I hate when people call me an “anti-choicer”
I AM NOT ANTI CHOICE
I AM PRO LIFE
I AM NOT ANTI CHOICE
I AM PRO LIFE
That’s like me calling Pro choice “Pro murder”
Here is the difference:
When you become pregnant there are two choices. Carry the pregnancy or terminating the pregnancy (Adoption or parenting are the two choices made after this first one, so there are only two options upon discovery of a pregnancy). Pro life people seek to eliminate the choice entirely. They are literally against choice. Hence they are actively anti-choice and anti-choice is an accurate statement because that is literally the stance of the movement.
Pro choice people however can’t be labeled ‘anti life’ or ‘pro abort’ or ‘pro murder’. Because they aren’t any of those things.
Pro choice people are not ‘for abortion’. If someone doesn’t want an abortion they are totally okay with that. It’s cool, everyone can make the decision that works best for them.
Pro choice people are not pro murder because murder violates the same right pro choice people fight actively for -Bodily autonomy. Can’t really be hypocritical after all if we want to be taken seriously, so pro murder is also inaccurate (especially since regardless of what you believe personally, it is literally impossible to murder a fetus)
Pro choice people are also not anti-life. We simple think that the rights and life of the fully autonomous, fully sentient and fully aware being should come before a fetus that is unaware of it’s own existence, incapable of pain, thought or emotion and is not autonomous.
We do value life. We value the lives of the already born, from the moment they come out and become aware persons to the moment of their death (And after, I am personally very against desecrating the dead, they deserve respect as well).
The only thing you could really call pro choice people other than pro choice while remaining accurate is pro bodily autonomy which is a bit of a mouthful.
So there you have it. Pro murder, not accurate; Pro abortion, not accurate; anti life, not accurate. Anti choice however is actually very accurate. In fact it’s actually more accurate than pro life is considering the pro ‘life’ movements long history of violence and murder and tenancy to be against birth control(Warning, this site makes up it’s facts, most of it’s stories and more), sex education, WIC, food stamps, medicaid, and other programs that assist the poor or actively cut abortion rates. (FYI Free and easy access to birth control and comprehensive sex education DECREASE abortion rates by quite a significant percentage, there is no logical reason to be against it)
I think in many cases, your morality is deeply lacking if all you want is a child born, but not a child fed, not a child educated, not a child housed. That’s not pro-life. That’s pro-birth.
I’m beyond fucking angry. Tomorrow: https://www.facebook.com/events/306835169430369/
“For Release: Woman Dies in UCHG after Being Denied a Life-Saving Abortion. On Sunday the 28th of October, Savita Praveen died at UCHG after being denied a termination which would most likely have saved her life. She was 31 years old, married for four years and hoping to start a family.
If legislation is not introduced immediately, more women will die. Under the X Case ruling, women in Ireland are legally entitled to an abortion when it is necessary to save their life. However, legislation has never been passed to reflect this. It is the failure of successive governments to do so that led to Savita’s death.
Savita was first admitted to the hospital on October 21st complaining of severe back pain. Her doctor initially told her that she would be fine, but she refused to go home. It became clear that her waters had broken, and she was having a miscarriage (spontaneous abortion). She was told that the foetus had no chance of survival, and it would all be over within a few hours.
However, her condition did not take its expected course, and the foetus remained inside her body. Although it was evident that it could not survive, a foetal heartbeat was detected. For this reason her repeated requests to remove the foetus were denied. By Tuesday it was clear that her condition was deteriorating. She had developed a fever, and collapsed when attempting to walk. The cervix had now been fully open for nearly 72 hours, creating a danger of infection comparable to an untreated open head wound. She developed septicaemia.
Despite this, the foetus was not removed until Wednesday afternoon, after the foetal heartbeat had stopped. Immediately after the procedure she was taken to the high dependency unit. Her condition never improved. She died at 1.09am on Sunday the 28th of October.
Had the foetus been removed when it became clear that it could not survive, her cervix would have been closed and her chance of infection dramatically reduced. Leaving a woman’s cervix open constitutes a clear risk to her life. What is unclear is how doctors are expected to act in this situation.
Rachel Donnelly, Galway Pro-Choice spokesperson stated:“This was an obstetric emergency which should have been dealt with in a routine manner. Yet Irish doctors are restrained from making obvious medical decisions by a fear of potentially severe consequences. As the European Court of Human Rights ruled, as long as the 1861 Act remains in place, alongside a complete political unwillingness to touch the issue, pregnant women will continue to be unsafe in this country.”
Sarah McCarthy, Galway Pro-Choice member said:
“Galway Pro-Choice believes that Ireland must legislate for freely available abortion for all women. Deaths like Savita’s are the most severe consequence of the criminalisation of abortion, yet it has countless adverse effects. We must reflect long and hard on the implications of Savita’s tragic and untimely passing, and we must act to ensure that such a tragedy never happens again.”
For more information please contact Galway Pro-Choice on 087 706 0715 or Sarah McCarthy on 085 7477 907”Savita Halappanavar was repeatedly told “this is a catholic country.”
[Image: Two teddy bears hugging. Top text: It is Ok … Bottom text: to need an abortion. \end transcription]
There is this huge, super-shamey anti-choice billboard campaign going on in my city right now. It’s been pissing me off, so I decided to make a pro-choice teddy bear. Because whatever you need to do is ok. No matter what it says on those awful billboards. <3
Bringing this one back. This was Pro-Choice Teddy Bear’s very first post.
The reality is that so-called pro-life movement is not about saving babies. It’s about punishing women for having sex. That’s why they oppose birth control. That’s why they want to ban abortion even though doing so will simply drive women to have dangerous back alley abortions. That’s why they want to penalize women who take public assistance and then dare to have sex, leaving an exemption for those who become pregnant from rape. It’s not about babies. If it were about babies, they would be making access to birth control widespread and free and creating a comprehensive social safety net so that no woman finds herself with a pregnancy she can’t afford. They would be raising money for research on why half of all zygotes fail to implant and working to prevent miscarriages. It’s not about babies. It’s about controlling women. It’s about making sure they have consequences for having unapproved sex.
“Safe Abortion Is a Human Right. No matter what your income. National Network of Abortion Funds #Sept28”
On the Global Day of Action for Safe and Legal Abortion, we join our allies around in the world in declaring our support for abortion access. Click this link to find out more: http://fundabortionnow.org/news/global-day-action-safe-and-legal-abortion
Pathfinder International…is marking Global Safe Abortion Action Day by sharing stories of what abortion looks like in parts of Africa, where reproductive rights are not guaranteed. As we know, reproductive rights aren’t guaranteed anywhere, not even in the US, without fierce defenders among policymakers. Securing reproductive rights globally is an active, ongoing pursuit.
Pathfinder is doing fundraising through the 30th that’s being matched by a generous donor, if you’d like someplace to point your teaspoon today.
Other suggestions for donations, volunteer opportunities, and other ways to wield your teaspoon: Planned Parenthood. Doctors Without Borders. The Lilith Fund. Care. The Guttmacher Institute. The National Abortion Federation. The Feminist Abortion Network. Choice USA. European Pro-Choice Network. NARAL. Catholics for Choice.
The logical conclusion to the anti-abortionist’s ‘human potential’ argument is that we potentially deprive a human soul of the gift of existence every time we fail to seize any opportunity for sexual intercourse. Every refusal of any offer of copulation by a fertile individual is, by this dopey ‘pro-life’ logic, tantamount to the murder of a potential child! Even resisting rape could be represented as murdering a potential baby.
to “pro-lifers” that want to argue and say abortion is murder b/c life starts when the egg meets the sperm blah blah blah:
let’s say i wanna make cookies. i get all the ingredients and mix them all together in a large bowl. does that mean i have cookies? uhhhh, no. i’ve got cookie dough. it’s everything necessary to make cookies, but they aren’t cookies until they’re cooked. even if you’re supposed to cook them for 20 mins and leave them in the oven for a minute or two, all you’ve got is warm cookie dough, NOT COOKIES. it isn’t until 8-10 mins, you’ve got cookies that you can take out early and eat if you really wanted to.
For those whose pro-choice activism is limited to online activities, here are some posts to spread around:
For everyone else: Get off the damn computer and do something about it.
When I say I’m pro-life…
It doesn’t mean I’m religious.
Because I’m not.
It doesn’t mean I hate LGBT community.
Because I am a supporter.
It doesn’t mean I force women to give birth.
Because I never will.
Take what you want from my blog, but never assume I’m just your stereotypical pro-lifer. It is VERY possible to ask questions, state your opinions in a civil manner on this blog. I am respectful and I enjoy answering all questions received!
Thanks for following! :)
Let me tell you some things.
I used to investigate child abuse and neglect. I can tell you how to stop the vast majority of abortion in the world.
First, make knowledge and access to contraception widely available. Start teaching kids before they hit puberty. Teach them about domestic violence and coercion, and teach them not to coerce and rape. Create a strong, loving community where women and girls feel safe and supported in times of need. Because guess what? They aren’t. You know what happens to babies born under such circumstances? They get hurt, unnecessarily. They get sick, unnecessarily. They get removed from parents who love them but who are unprepared for the burden of a child. Resources? Honey, we try. There aren’t enough resources anywhere. There are waiting lists, and promises, and maybes. If the government itself can’t hook people up, what makes you think an impoverished single mom can handle it?
Abolish poverty. Do you have any idea how much childcare costs? Daycare can cost as much or more than monthly rent. They may be inadequately staffed. Getting a private nanny is a nice idea, but they don’t come cheap either. Relatives? Do they own a car? Does the bus run at the right times? Do they have jobs of their own they need to work just to keep the lights on? Are they going to stick around until you get off you convenience store shift at 4 AM? Do they have criminal histories that will make them unsuitable as caregivers when CPS pokes around? You gonna pay for that? Who’s going to pay for that?
End rape. I know your type errs on the side of blaming the woman, but I’ve seen little girls who’ve barely gotten their periods pregnant because somebody thought raping preteens was an awesome idea. You want to put a child through that? Or someone with a mental or physical inability for whom pregnancy would be frightening, painful or even life-threatening? I’ve seen nonverbal kids who had their feet sliced up by caregivers for no fucking reason at all, you think sexual abuse doesn’t happen either?
You say there’s lots of couples who want to adopt. Kiddo, what they want to adopt are healthy white babies, preferably untainted by the wombs and genetics of women with alcohol or drug dependencies. I’ve seen the kids they don’t want, who almost no one wants. You people focus only on the happy pink babies, the gigglers, the ones who grow and grow with no trouble. Those are not the kids who linger in foster care. Those are certainly not the older kids and teenagers who age out of foster care and then are thrown out in the streets, usually with an array of medical and mental health issues. Are they too old to count?
And yeah, I’ve seen the babies, little hand-sized things barely clinging to life. There’s no glory, no wonder there. There is no wonder in a pregnant woman with five dollars to her name, so deep in depression you wonder if she’ll be alive in a week. Therapy costs money. Medicine costs money. Food, clothes, electricity cost money. Government assistance is a pittance; poverty drives women and girls into situations where they are forced to rely on people who abuse them to survive. (I’ve been up in more hospitals than I can count.)
In each and every dark pit of desperation, I have never seen a pro-lifer. I ain’t never seen them babysitting, scrubbing floors, bringing over goods, handing mom $50 bucks a month or driving her to the pediatrician. I ain’t never seen them sitting up for hours with an autistic child who screams and rages so his mother can get some sleep while she rests up from working 14-hour days. I don’t see them fixing leaks in rundown houses or playing with a kid while the police prepare to interview her about her sexual abuse. They’re not paying for the funerals of babies and children who died after birth, when they truly do become independent organisms. And the crazy thing is they think they’ve already done their job, because the child was born!
Aphids give birth, girl. It’s no miracle. You want to speak for the weak? Get off your high horse and get your hands dirty helping the poor, the isolated, the ill and mentally ill women and mothers and their children who already breathe the dirty air. You are doing nothing, absolutely nothing, for children. You don’t have a flea’s comprehension of injustice. You are not doing shit for life until you get in there and fight that darkness. Until you understand that abortion is salvation in a world like ours. Does that sound too hard? Do you really think suffering post-birth is more permissible, less worthy of outrage?
“Pro-life” is simply a philosophy in which the only life worth saving is the one that can be saved by punishing a woman.