A Republican elected official in Maine actually said this. But what war on women? (via whitegirlpolitickin)
I think this is something I’m going to point people to when I tell them that the pro-life position is directly related to rape culture.
I have observed [two regular protesters] standing by the PPLM-Boston garage entrance in Boston Police hats and jerseys…I saw [them] wearing Brookline Police hats and jerseys while standing near the entrance to the parking lot in front of Women’s Health Services.
They carried clipboards and had patients write on clipboards. These patients appeared to be frightened and upset when they learned that [they] were not police. Patients informed me that they had provided their names, addresses, and telephone numbers.—
Planned Parenthood’s Massachusetts head of security, in a sworn 2007 affadavit.
Yo, so like a bunch of people seem really interested in what STFUFauxminists had to say about being a clinic escort. And I just really want to say, if there was a time to become an escort or any other type of volunteer at a clinic IT IS NOW.
Why? Because 40 Days for Life starts March 5th. For 40 days straight, antis around the world engage in relentless protests outside health centers that they think may provide abortions. It is a campaign of intimidation and abuse that patients and staff endure every year, and it is a time when volunteers and escorts are desperately needed. With your help, these clinics can be a safer place during this time.
To see if there’s a registered 40 days for life protest in your city click here.
If you know of a 40 days of Life protest planned for your area and you don’t see it here, reblog and let everyone know.
Please signal boost and provide resources and info that can help others out. Good luck!
overthe--love asked: Okay so I'm a catholic and I'm prolife. But about your post about the "antis",I am truly sorry for that. I've prayed outside of a clinic before with my youth group but we do it after hours when no one is there and I've done it on the days when the clinic is open but when we stand outside of the clinics we stand in silence and pray. We don't yell or scream or judge people or attack them. I just wanted to let you know that not all of the "antis" do that.
Look, I appreciate you taking the time to send me this message and what you were trying to say or do by doing so, and I hope you don’t take this the wrong way.
But I don’t really care if not all antis do what I encounter every weekend. Because enough of them do. And enough of them stay silent about it. And even if you are just standing outside the clinic praying - you do not need to be there.
You do not need to be anywhere around the clinic. You do not need to be at the clinic during operating hours ever. You do not need to be standing outside the clinic praying while people seek a medical procedure that has nothing to do with you. God is omnipresent, right? So he’ll probably hear your prayers from not an abortion clinic parking lot. And so your goals will still be met without having to unnerve people trying to access medical care if you don’t pray outside of an abortion clinic. God is great like that, right?
So if that’s the case, you have no business being there unless you hope in some way that your prayers or your presence will unnerve someone so much that they will not go into the clinic or will somehow be dissuaded from their decision - not for any reason that is actually relevant to their situation or that makes any changes to it, but simply because they were fearful, nervous, anxious, or simply wanted to have some freaking privacy (which all medical procedures and patients are entitled to).
So you know, it may not seem “that bad” to just go to an abortion clinic and pray or whatever, but I don’t care. You still don’t need to be there. It’s still pointless. It still doesn’t do anything to improve maternal health outcomes so that pregnant people who desperately want their pregnancies can carry them to term safely and deliver healthy babies. It still doesn’t do anything to end the poverty which leads pregnant people to seek abortions in the first place. It still doesn’t do anything to create universal childcare for pregnant people who can’t take care of multiple children.
The only thing it does do is continue to violate the privacy of my patients and make them uncomfortable as they walk into an already emotional (for many) and difficult situation.
So again, I appreciate you apologizing for the more awful members of your movement, I really do, I just don’t really care if what you describe doing instead is not “that bad”. None of it should be happening, because people should be able to access clinics without having to walk through crowds of people who can possibly identify them, etc. etc. etc.
brandycooklyninc asked: What are some of the worst experiences you've had when dealing with antis? I've never had any negative experiences, mainly because I'm not sure the antis are as bad in Australia as they might be in the US. Then again, I've never had to visit an abortion clinic, because I'm a man! Genuinely curious as to how disgusting these people can be.
Well, let’s see, negative experiences in general? One time at a protest a lady spit in my face and yelled in my face about how I was committing genocide. She kept spelling it out incorrectly - j-e-n-o-c-i-d-e.
Doing escorting? I’d say probably the time one of the escorts threatened to slap my best friend and myself because we were taking his rosaries off of the fence around the clinic because that’s our property and he can’t do that.
The time one of the antis told a woman who had brought her daughter in to get an abortion that if her daughter had the baby she would have abused it anyway was also pretty bad. Turns out the daughter had to abort because she was addicted to drugs. So yeah.
I mean, I find that they’re mostly disgusting in the way they try to emotionally manipulate people. They rely on the most threadbare stereotypes of masculinity and fatherhood to try to goad the men that come into the clinic with their partners into either getting angry at them or (I guess) storming into the clinic and claiming “their” child or whatever. They’re also relentless. If a patient ignores them walking through the parking lot, they’ll shove their grubby paws filled with pamphlets through our fence as they walk in the door, asking for people’s names, etc.
They have a mobile CPC bus that they park right next door. They bring their children to the clinic and make them hold signs. One woman wears a microphone and repeats over and over again how abortion is “cold blooded baby murder” for hours on end.
The clinic I work for has also been vandalized multiple times. Someone took a baseball bat to the security camera system they had. Someone sliced up a banner they put up on the fence to block people from putting their hands through.
I mean, I’ve been really lucky. I haven’t experienced a lot of direct violence as a result of working as a clinic escort or even at the many protests and counter demonstrations I’ve attended. But it happens to a lot of other people, and honestly, I’m still pretty young, so who knows.
Anonymous asked: Guess what. I'm pro-life and I consider myself to be a feminist. Contrary to popular belief, these are not contradictory.
How can you consider yourself a feminist knowing you’ll trap people in abusive relationships?
How can you consider yourself a feminist knowing some people will never be able to escape their abusers?
How can you consider yourself a feminist knowing you’ll bring violence onto some people from family, friends, or partners because they got pregnant?
How can you consider yourself a feminist knowing people will die that would otherwise have survived their pregnancy had they been able to get an abortion?
How can you consider yourself a feminist knowing you’re potentially causing more trauma to rape victims? (Rape exceptions are ineffective shit so don’t even start.)
How can you consider yourself a feminist knowing you’ll cause people to lose their jobs from pregnancy related causes?
How can you consider yourself a feminist knowing you will harm some trans and non-binary individuals who can get pregnant?
How can you consider yourself a feminist knowing you will cause some people’s mental illnesses to worsen temporarily or permanently?
How can you consider yourself a feminist knowing you’ll cause some people to drop out high school or college? (Wage gap increase, anyone?)
How can you consider yourself a feminist knowing you’ll cause people to maim, harm, or poison themselves to self abort?
How can you consider yourself a feminist knowing you’ll push some people deeper into poverty or make it harder/impossible to get out?
How can you consider yourself a feminist knowing you’ll have people forced or coerced into placing a child for adoption?
How can you consider yourself a feminist knowing you’ll cause some people to be disowned by their friends and families?
How can you consider yourself a feminist by denying people able to become pregnant their bodily autonomy, something they’ve been fighting for and are still fighting for for millennia?
Pro-life feminism is an oxymoron.