Contraceptive Use Is the Norm Among Religious Women

(Source: thefeministlibrary)





your-lies-ruin-lives:

yeahihaveopinionssoz:

persephoneholly:

I would force a Jewish hospital to do an organ transplant if it meant saving a life.I would force a Jehovah’s Witness hospital to do a blood transfusion if it meant saving a life.I would force a Muslim hospital to house men and women together if it meant saving a life.I would force a Catholic hospital to preform an abortion if it meant saving a life.
Why? Because hospitals, places where you go when you are at your most vulnerable, cannot pick and choose what they do simply because ‘it goes against their faith.’ We jail Christian ‘Scientists’ for allowing their children to die.
There is a clear and defined line between keeping to religious tradition and saving a person from death. It’s not okay to let someone die or simply live a life of pain or insufficiency because ‘my god said no!’

Then go to a hospital that believes what you do? Who the fuck are you to force your agenda on anyone else when you pro choice arseholes are the ones who always shout “my body my rules” well if a religious group owns a hospital it’s “their hospital their rules” and you can go somewhere else for your abortions idiot.

Because typically EMTs have an obligation to take you to whichever hospital is geographically closer. And a hospital is full of doctors. Doctors who took oaths to treat patients, to give them the best quality care and help their patient. Who is the one who can tell them where it hurts or has physical presentation of what’s wrong. Also, pretty sure they swear along with everything else,”I will not permit considerations of gender, race, religion, political affiliation, sexual orientation, nationality, or social standing to influence my duty of care." Notice that bit? How it says they can’t let their personal preferences interfere with whatever care their patient needs? It’s almost like going into the medical field - you can’t let your own personal beliefs influence how you treat patients. Now.. what’s a hospital? A great big building with a bunch of doctors. So, what’s that? A building full of people who swore to not let anything get between treating patients and are. So, strip ‘em of their license and let them work at some building that doesn’t require such oaths. Like a McDonalds. ;) 

your-lies-ruin-lives:

yeahihaveopinionssoz:

persephoneholly:

I would force a Jewish hospital to do an organ transplant if it meant saving a life.
I would force a Jehovah’s Witness hospital to do a blood transfusion if it meant saving a life.
I would force a Muslim hospital to house men and women together if it meant saving a life.
I would force a Catholic hospital to preform an abortion if it meant saving a life.

Why? Because hospitals, places where you go when you are at your most vulnerable, cannot pick and choose what they do simply because ‘it goes against their faith.’ We jail Christian ‘Scientists’ for allowing their children to die.

There is a clear and defined line between keeping to religious tradition and saving a person from death. It’s not okay to let someone die or simply live a life of pain or insufficiency because ‘my god said no!’

Then go to a hospital that believes what you do? Who the fuck are you to force your agenda on anyone else when you pro choice arseholes are the ones who always shout “my body my rules” well if a religious group owns a hospital it’s “their hospital their rules” and you can go somewhere else for your abortions idiot.

Because typically EMTs have an obligation to take you to whichever hospital is geographically closer. And a hospital is full of doctors. Doctors who took oaths to treat patients, to give them the best quality care and help their patient. Who is the one who can tell them where it hurts or has physical presentation of what’s wrong. 

Also, pretty sure they swear along with everything else,”I will not permit considerations of gender, race, religion, political affiliation, sexual orientation, nationality, or social standing to influence my duty of care.

Notice that bit? How it says they can’t let their personal preferences interfere with whatever care their patient needs? It’s almost like going into the medical field - you can’t let your own personal beliefs influence how you treat patients. Now.. what’s a hospital? A great big building with a bunch of doctors. So, what’s that? 

A building full of people who swore to not let anything get between treating patients and are. So, strip ‘em of their license and let them work at some building that doesn’t require such oaths. Like a McDonalds. ;) 

(Source: freeoldglory)



If employees’ health plans have to adhere to company owners’ religious beliefs, what happens if your boss doesn’t believe in vaccinations? Or as Guardian columnist Jill Filipovic tweeted, “What if your blood transfusions violate your employer’s religious beliefs? No surgery coverage?” Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America said in a statement, “Allowing this intrusion into personal decisions by their bosses opens a door that won’t easily be shut.”

Judy Waxman, vice president of health and reproductive rights at the National Women’s Law Center, says these scenarios are real possibilities. “What if an employer believes women should be subservient and doesn’t believe in providing the same wage and hours for them as male employees?” She relayed one case where a private school denied health insurance to married women, because school management believed husbands are the “head of the household” and should provide for their wives.


persephoneholly:

I would force a Jewish hospital to do an organ transplant if it meant saving a life.I would force a Jehovah’s Witness hospital to do a blood transfusion if it meant saving a life.I would force a Muslim hospital to house men and women together if it meant saving a life.I would force a Catholic hospital to preform an abortion if it meant saving a life.
Why? Because hospitals, places where you go when you are at your most vulnerable, cannot pick and choose what they do simply because ‘it goes against their faith.’ We jail Christian ‘Scientists’ for allowing their children to die.
There is a clear and defined line between keeping to religious tradition and saving a person from death. It’s not okay to let someone die or simply live a life of pain or insufficiency because ‘my god said no!’

persephoneholly:

I would force a Jewish hospital to do an organ transplant if it meant saving a life.
I would force a Jehovah’s Witness hospital to do a blood transfusion if it meant saving a life.
I would force a Muslim hospital to house men and women together if it meant saving a life.
I would force a Catholic hospital to preform an abortion if it meant saving a life.

Why? Because hospitals, places where you go when you are at your most vulnerable, cannot pick and choose what they do simply because ‘it goes against their faith.’ We jail Christian ‘Scientists’ for allowing their children to die.

There is a clear and defined line between keeping to religious tradition and saving a person from death. It’s not okay to let someone die or simply live a life of pain or insufficiency because ‘my god said no!’

(Source: freeoldglory)



voldymore:

I find it funny how religious people can point out all the inaccuracies and bullshit in other religions except their own



radiumradiator:

There are a lot of religious beliefs that are worthy of respect, but a lot that are not, and I generally agree with this …

radiumradiator:

There are a lot of religious beliefs that are worthy of respect, but a lot that are not, and I generally agree with this …

(Source: stitch--please)



When I say I’m pro-life…

desliz:

speakfortheweak:

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! :)
-speakfortheweak 

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.



A Catholic Classmate Rethinks His Religion



(Source: villagevoice)



Christian Rock Band Preaches Hate Of LGBT Community During School Assembly, Tells Girls To Be Submissive To Husbands.

unfriendlyatheist:

Holy shit this is surprising

When Dunkerton High School in Iowa invited a Christian rock band called Junkyard Prophet to perform during a school assembly this past Thursday, they never expected to get a hate filled sermon as part of the deal. But that’s exactly what happened.

According to the Lacrosse Tribune, the message was supposed “to be about bullying and making good choices,” such as being non-violent and against drugs and alcohol. “Instead, junior and senior high students at Dunkerton High School and faculty members said they were assaulted by the group’s extreme opinions on homosexuality and images of aborted fetuses,” along with messages against strong independent women.

After the band performed their music, they separated the boys, girls, and faculty in the building, which should have been an immediate red flag. According to witnesses, the band talked to the boys about the band’s Ten Commandments and talked about musicians that have died of drug overdose. The discussion with the girls was much different. The band told them “to save themselves for their husbands and assume a submissive role in the household. The leader in that effort also forced the young ladies to chant a manta of sorts about remaining pure” and would not allow any of them to leave the room.

One parent, Jennifer Littlefield, told the Tribune about a phone call she received from her daughter after the assembly. “They told my daughter, the girls, that they were going to have mud on their wedding dresses if they weren’t virgins. I couldn’t even understand her, she was crying so hard. They told these kids that anyone who was gay was going to die at the age of 42. It just blows me away that no one stopped this.”

According to LGBTQ Nation,”the band is part of the “You Can Run But You Cannot Hide International” Christian youth ministry founded by Bradlee Dean. Dean has advocated for imprisonment of gays and lesbians, and has said that gay men molest an average of 117 children “before they get caught,” and that Muslim nations that execute gays are more moral than American Christians.”

At the end of the day, Superintendent Jim Stanton told the students that the band doesn’t represent the beliefs of the administration and that the school is tolerant of those who are different and that diversity is celebrated in the school. But that doesn’t excuse the inaction of the school staff. They never should have allowed the students to be separated into groups and away from faculty members in the first place. It shows a complete lack of responsibility. And the very fact that they allowed a Christian band with dubious ties to a hate group to perform in front of students is disturbing. The problem is that the damage has already been done. Undoubtedly there are students that completely agree with what the band had to say, and now feel inspired to begin bullying others who don’t believe as they do. What this band did, is indoctrinate students with a message of hate. Clearly, this band holds the same beliefs as many in the Republican Party.

This is precisely why religion should remain outside of school. Though school officials expected a general message of  ’don’t do drugs and don’t be violent,’ the current wave of hatred spreading throughout the Christian organizations should have prompted school administrators to research the band’s associations. The school paid $1,500 for the band to perform. That’s tax payer dollars, folks. Tax dollars paid to a religiously affiliated group. That sounds very much like a violation of the religious freedom of students to me. The school didn’t have to invite this band. They could have hired a non-religious band to perform and stress the positive anti-drugs, anti-violence message the school had intended in the first place. Heck, they could have just delivered the message themselves. But they didn’t. They chose a religiously affiliated band with ties to a Christian hate group. This is why parents should bring lawsuits to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future. This kind of hate speech should not be tolerated in our schools.



The FACTS about the cost of birth control

unfriendlyatheist:

Religious mandates against birth control are:

  • A violation of equal rights for males and females (treating pregnancy like a special condition is treating females unequally, as the vast majority of females have a reproductive system for pregnancy)
  • A violation of the mandates disallowing the government to endorse any particular religion (anti-birth control attitudes are religious)
  • Terribly burdensome and viciously punishing to those who have done nothing but have ovaries and uteruses

think-progress:

  • Oral contraceptives, or “the pill,” can cost $1,210 per year without health insurance. 
  • Women of reproductive age spend 68 percent more on out-of-pocket health care costs than do men, in part because of contraceptive costs.
  • Surveys show that nearly one in four women with household incomes of less than $75,000 have put off a doctor’s visit for birth control to save money in the past year.
  • Twenty-nine percent of women report that they have tried to save money by using their method inconsistently.
  • More than half of young adult women say they have not used their method as directed because it was cost-prohibitive.
  • Nearly half of women ages 18–34 with household incomes less than $75,000 report they need to delay or limit their childbearing because of economic hardships they’ve experienced in recent years.

(Source: americanprogress.org)



We cannot legislate medicine, we cannot legislate morality, we cannot legislate religion. And when we try, we make mistakes.
Virginia Del. Jennifer McClellan (D-71) in a debate on the mandatory pre-abortion ultrasound bill passed there yesterday (watch the clip on The Rachel Maddow Show here).

(Source: coffeewithants)