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I’ll say that again: If you define pro-life as preventing abortions, Planned Parenthood is the most effective pro-life organization in the history of the world. No, it doesn’t give teenagers the idea of having sex. That idea comes to them quite naturally, thank you very much. What Planned Parenthood does, more comprehensively than anyone else, is to distribute the means and knowledge to control your risk of getting pregnant when you don’t want to be pregnant. And those two things, combined with pressure to exercise that control assiduously, are the surest way to prevent abortions. If you wait till women are already unhappily pregnant, you’re too late.

Human Nature : The Pro-life Case for Planned Parenthood (via becauseiamawoman

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stfuconservatives:

fuckyeahplannedparenthood:

http://www.politico.com/blogs/burns-haberman/2011/12/newt-takes-noadultery-pledge-106920.html

Gingrich wants to defund planned parenthood

 - submitted by undeadredhead

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Thanks for sending this in.

Can we just take a moment to break down this mess?

Defending the Unborn. I believe that life begins at conception. On day one of my administration, I will sign an executive order reinstating Ronald Reagan’s Mexico City policy that prevents taxpayer dollars from being used to fund abortions overseas. I will also work with Congress to repeal Obamacare, defund Planned Parenthood so that no taxpayer dollars are being used to fund abortions but rather transfer the money so it is used to promote adoption and other pro-family policies, and enact legislation that provides greater protections for the unborn.

On day one. This is the only policy that he mentions a time in which he will enact the policy, and that time is day one. We have to assume that this is his top priority then, no? Newt’s top priority upon entering office is to reinstate a piece of anti-choice legislation. Also, he seems to have forgotten that Planned Parenthood does not use federal funds to pay for abortions. I guess he didn’t pay much attention back in April when that fact was reiterated endlessly. The money that they do receive funds contraception, cancer screenings, breast exams, and everything else that constitutes for the 97% of services other than abortion.

Planned Parenthood is not anti-family. They provide essential services so that a person can maintain their health and plan when and if they want to start a family. So many of the people who access Planned Parenthood services are parents already. Planned Parenthood is not anti-family, anti-children, or anti-pregnancy and to suggest otherwise is to display a willful ignorance of this organization and everything it stands for.

Defending Religious Liberty. As President, I will vigorously defend the First Amendment’s rights of religious liberty and freedom of speech against anyone who would try to stifle the free expression of believers. I will also promote legislation that protects the right to conscience for healthcare workers so they are not compelled to perform abortions and other procedures that violate their religious teachings.

I’m alright with that first sentence, but I hope he does realize that that means the rights and freedoms for people of all religions. You can’t pick and choose which religious affiliations are politically convenient to protect.
This was the second time that abortion (more specifically, enacting anti-choice legislation) was mentioned in this pledge. This conscience clause is dangerous to the health and safety of, well, just about everyone since Newt doesn’t specify which procedures would not have to be performed. In any case, he’s placing religion over the health and safety of his constituents, and that just doesn’t sit well with me.

Don’t even get me started on his point about “Defending Marriage.” Mr. Gingrich, please take your bullshit elsewhere.

-Rachel

Truth bombs from our friends at PP!

et-tu-dionyse:

[TRIGGER WARNING: rape and domestic abuse]
curiousgeorgiana:

welcometothelauracone:

bowiecadmium:

feministblackboard:

A few weeks ago my mom stapled pages of a story in one of her women’s magazines together and handed it to me. She gave it to me pretty much with the tag lines “for your feminist blog” and “something new to consider.” Indeed it was; she knows me well.
The story is titled “I was forced to be pregnant.” With a title like that, reading it was actually not on the top of my to read list. I thought it was about women not exercising their right to choice. I was very, very wrong on that one.
Have you ever heard of Reproductive coercion? It is a term that was quite recently coined by the advocates against domestic violence to describe a certain type of abuse some women face. It occurs when a man pressures their partner to have kids and/or impregnates them against their will. Reproductive coercion comes in three different types:1. Emotional pressure that turns into verbal and physical abuse.2. Sabotaging birth control3. Marital rapeOver 75% of women 19-49 who reported once experiencing domestic violence also endured some type of reproductive control by men. It’s all about control and domination over a woman’s body.
The first story in the magazine is about a woman who got married around 36 years of age. After a few months of dating her boyfriend talked excitedly about having children. After he proposed he began calling her “The Babymaker.” She then confided with him that one of her fallopian tubes was blocked. He in return insisted she see a fertility doctor. She recounts, “I had finally met a great guy who was eager to start a family with me. What woman wouldn’t fall for that?” Soon after her honeymoon he persisted on in an obsessive manner, but his efforts had to be temporarily halted as she had to get emergency back surgery. Alas, 6 months into recovery he was back to pressuring her again. She was in much pain at the time due to her back, but she agreed to In Vitro Fertilization. She then became pregnant, but soon miscarried. In response, her husband grabbed her by the neck, choking her. He apologized, blaming his outburst on his grief and had her sign up for another round of IVF. And then a third round. She tried to put him off with the excuse that she needed to weigh more before she could take treatments, her husband forced her to get on the scale often and filled the fridge with fattening foods. “It hurt that all I was good for was getting pregnant.” She recounts. At the end, he screamed at her, threatening to replace her with a maid if she couldn’t get pregnant and she told him she no longer wanted to have his child. He destroyed bedroom furniture, pushed her down the stairs and threatened her with a gun. She fled to a domestic violence shelter.
The second story was about a woman who faced marital rape. This woman was 40, had a then boyfriend and two children from a previous marriage. After telling her boyfriend she did not want any more children, her boyfriend refused to wear a condom and began to rape her.  She then became pregnant with her third child. Birth control was never an option for her because she couldn’t hide pills anywhere for he went through all of her belongings. Three months after giving birth, he raped her again, impregnating her with twins. She lost the twins in a physical fight with him, but soon became pregnant again. During her recovery she begged her obstetrician to remove her ovaries and devise a lie to tell him; that she had cancer. After a decade of sexual abuse and violence she was able to get a job that kept her out of the house and often times traveling.
One in four callers to the National Domestic Abuse hotline said that their partners had tried to force them to become pregnant. Why? As one woman stated, “Its like he wants to own me from the inside out.”  Having a baby is the perfect tie that binds. These type of abusers want to create a circumstance in which their partner is dependent on him.
WHAT’S THAT HAVE TO DO WITH PLANNED PARENTHOOD?
Many voters never consider how defunding these clinics could hurt victims of domestic violence who turn to them for counseling as well as pregnancy prevention. Abused women will turn to health care providers long before they will turn to domestic abuse hotlines and organizations. Many women in abusive relationships rely on life saving, affordable care programs such as Title X. It is critical that such places are open and operation when women and children need them so desperately. 

“Its like he wants to own me from the inside out.”
“Its like he wants to own me from the inside out.”
“Its like he wants to own me from the inside out.”
“Its like he wants to own me from the inside out.”

read this. very powerful and important stuff.

This is why I was on Depo when I was stuck with my abusive boyfriend.  He beat the shit out of me when he found my hidden birth control pills. 
Guess who opened 2 hours early so that I could get my Depo injection without my abuser knowing?  Planned Parenthood.


^I always respected Planned Parenthood, but WOW. My respect for them just jumped 1000%
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et-tu-dionyse:

[TRIGGER WARNING: rape and domestic abuse]

curiousgeorgiana:

welcometothelauracone:

bowiecadmium:

feministblackboard:

A few weeks ago my mom stapled pages of a story in one of her women’s magazines together and handed it to me. She gave it to me pretty much with the tag lines “for your feminist blog” and “something new to consider.” Indeed it was; she knows me well.

The story is titled “I was forced to be pregnant.” With a title like that, reading it was actually not on the top of my to read list. I thought it was about women not exercising their right to choice. I was very, very wrong on that one.

Have you ever heard of Reproductive coercion? It is a term that was quite recently coined by the advocates against domestic violence to describe a certain type of abuse some women face. It occurs when a man pressures their partner to have kids and/or impregnates them against their will. Reproductive coercion comes in three different types:
1. Emotional pressure that turns into verbal and physical abuse.
2. Sabotaging birth control
3. Marital rape
Over 75% of women 19-49 who reported once experiencing domestic violence also endured some type of reproductive control by men. It’s all about control and domination over a woman’s body.

The first story in the magazine is about a woman who got married around 36 years of age. After a few months of dating her boyfriend talked excitedly about having children. After he proposed he began calling her “The Babymaker.” She then confided with him that one of her fallopian tubes was blocked. He in return insisted she see a fertility doctor. She recounts, “I had finally met a great guy who was eager to start a family with me. What woman wouldn’t fall for that?” Soon after her honeymoon he persisted on in an obsessive manner, but his efforts had to be temporarily halted as she had to get emergency back surgery. Alas, 6 months into recovery he was back to pressuring her again. She was in much pain at the time due to her back, but she agreed to In Vitro Fertilization. She then became pregnant, but soon miscarried. In response, her husband grabbed her by the neck, choking her. He apologized, blaming his outburst on his grief and had her sign up for another round of IVF. And then a third round. She tried to put him off with the excuse that she needed to weigh more before she could take treatments, her husband forced her to get on the scale often and filled the fridge with fattening foods. “It hurt that all I was good for was getting pregnant.” She recounts. At the end, he screamed at her, threatening to replace her with a maid if she couldn’t get pregnant and she told him she no longer wanted to have his child. He destroyed bedroom furniture, pushed her down the stairs and threatened her with a gun. She fled to a domestic violence shelter.

The second story was about a woman who faced marital rape. This woman was 40, had a then boyfriend and two children from a previous marriage. After telling her boyfriend she did not want any more children, her boyfriend refused to wear a condom and began to rape her.  She then became pregnant with her third child. Birth control was never an option for her because she couldn’t hide pills anywhere for he went through all of her belongings. Three months after giving birth, he raped her again, impregnating her with twins. She lost the twins in a physical fight with him, but soon became pregnant again. During her recovery she begged her obstetrician to remove her ovaries and devise a lie to tell him; that she had cancer. After a decade of sexual abuse and violence she was able to get a job that kept her out of the house and often times traveling.

One in four callers to the National Domestic Abuse hotline said that their partners had tried to force them to become pregnant. Why? As one woman stated, “Its like he wants to own me from the inside out.”  Having a baby is the perfect tie that binds. These type of abusers want to create a circumstance in which their partner is dependent on him.

WHAT’S THAT HAVE TO DO WITH PLANNED PARENTHOOD?

Many voters never consider how defunding these clinics could hurt victims of domestic violence who turn to them for counseling as well as pregnancy prevention. Abused women will turn to health care providers long before they will turn to domestic abuse hotlines and organizations. Many women in abusive relationships rely on life saving, affordable care programs such as Title X. It is critical that such places are open and operation when women and children need them so desperately.

“Its like he wants to own me from the inside out.”

“Its like he wants to own me from the inside out.”

“Its like he wants to own me from the inside out.”

“Its like he wants to own me from the inside out.”

read this. very powerful and important stuff.

This is why I was on Depo when I was stuck with my abusive boyfriend.  He beat the shit out of me when he found my hidden birth control pills. 

Guess who opened 2 hours early so that I could get my Depo injection without my abuser knowing?  Planned Parenthood.

^I always respected Planned Parenthood, but WOW. My respect for them just jumped 1000%

(Source: feminist-blackboard)

kishona:

darthcunt:

notblueatall:

outrageandsprinkles:

propaganda-for-life:

ashleyintransit:

[Image: a young woman holding some condoms, boxes of birth control, and other sexual health medicine.]
So for once, the state has helped my butt out.  I went to planned parenthood today and I told them that I lost my health insurance, my edometriosis is acting up and I have been on my period for three weeks.
So they gave me a year’s supply of birth control, two boxes of Plan B, and 30 condoms, varying as sheer, mint flavored, strawberry, and polka dotted.  
I called the Doctor an angel and she told me to thank the state.  So this is me, thanking the state.  I knew Planned Parenthood did this kind of thing, but I had never experienced it.  Its such a blessing that I live in California where we support women in their health and pregnancy prevention.  The doctor there asked more about my edometriosis than any ER doctor or OBGYN ever had.




Yay PP! If it wasn’t for PP my ass would be so grass. I got my IUD for free! Now I don’t have to worry about pregnancy for 5 years. And they’ve supplied me with free condoms, emergency contraception and and a years worth of the patch before. I <3 Planned Parenthood and you should too. 

Lol, those are the kind of pills I’m on! xD
I have health insurance at the moment, but I’ve been to Planned Parenthood before, and it’s great to know that if I ever lose my health insurance, they’ll have my back. :]

Planned Parenthood got me through my first year ever of having sex. Thank god I didn’t have to worry about health insurance (or pregnancy)! They’re really great!

kishona:

darthcunt:

notblueatall:

outrageandsprinkles:

propaganda-for-life:

ashleyintransit:

[Image: a young woman holding some condoms, boxes of birth control, and other sexual health medicine.]

So for once, the state has helped my butt out.  I went to planned parenthood today and I told them that I lost my health insurance, my edometriosis is acting up and I have been on my period for three weeks.

So they gave me a year’s supply of birth control, two boxes of Plan B, and 30 condoms, varying as sheer, mint flavored, strawberry, and polka dotted.  

I called the Doctor an angel and she told me to thank the state.  So this is me, thanking the state.  I knew Planned Parenthood did this kind of thing, but I had never experienced it.  Its such a blessing that I live in California where we support women in their health and pregnancy prevention.  The doctor there asked more about my edometriosis than any ER doctor or OBGYN ever had.

Yay PP! If it wasn’t for PP my ass would be so grass. I got my IUD for free! Now I don’t have to worry about pregnancy for 5 years. And they’ve supplied me with free condoms, emergency contraception and and a years worth of the patch before. I <3 Planned Parenthood and you should too. 

Lol, those are the kind of pills I’m on! xD

I have health insurance at the moment, but I’ve been to Planned Parenthood before, and it’s great to know that if I ever lose my health insurance, they’ll have my back. :]

Planned Parenthood got me through my first year ever of having sex. Thank god I didn’t have to worry about health insurance (or pregnancy)! They’re really great!

thedailywhat:

    "Buying contraception, which is a silent abortion, is keeping planned parenthood alive." Silent abortion??? Really, lady??? I have no words.

    Nope. Zero,” the president said to the speaker. Mr. Boehner tried again. “Nope. Zero,” Mr. Obama repeated. “John, this is it.” A long silence followed, said one participant in the meeting. “It was just like an awkward, ‘O.K., well, what do you do now?’

    President Obama to Speaker Boehner about how much he would be willing to cut from Planned Parenthood funding. (via comeondontbullshitme)

    This makes me happy. REMEMBER WHEN THE GOP TRIED TO HOLD WOMEN’S BODIES HOSTAGE AND OUR PRESIDENT WAS LIKE NOPE?

    (via wingspans)

    ^ But…. no! It’s not about abortion! No federal funding goes to abortion! Planned Parenthood provides health care for men and women!!!!

    But Obama is a BAMF. :]b

    (Source: The New York Times)

    thedailywhat:

Government Shutdown Explainer of the Day: The United States government will shut itself down in less than eight hours, unleashing a whole host of negative side effects, if Republicans and Democrats cannot resolve their budgetary differences.
One of the major, immutable sticking points appears to be government funding for reproductive health facilities, such as Planned Parenthood’s family planning clinics. Republicans are vehemently opposed to any agreement that doesn’t include the slashing of all federal funding (~$300 million/year) for women’s health care centers under Title X — a public health program signed into law in 1970 by Richard Nixon.
Despite the paltry sum (the US spends nearly twice that much on war every day), and the fact that it is illegal under Title X for any federal money to be used to fund abortions, Republicans insist that no federal funds should be appropriated to organizations that perform abortions.
But, according to Planned Parenthood’s 2009 report (as illustrated above), abortions accounted for 3% of all services performed — far outweighed by vital, lifesaving cancer screenings and STD examinations. Also, as Ezra Klein notes, cutting federal funds for family planning will ultimately result in increased spending to offset the additional cost of unwanted pregnancies “among people without the means to care for their children.”
With a heavily disruptive, potentially damaging shutdown only hours away, an ideological battle comes to a head — but at what cost?
[abcnews / wapo / cnn.]

    thedailywhat:

    Government Shutdown Explainer of the Day: The United States government will shut itself down in less than eight hours, unleashing a whole host of negative side effects, if Republicans and Democrats cannot resolve their budgetary differences.

    One of the major, immutable sticking points appears to be government funding for reproductive health facilities, such as Planned Parenthood’s family planning clinics. Republicans are vehemently opposed to any agreement that doesn’t include the slashing of all federal funding (~$300 million/year) for women’s health care centers under Title X — a public health program signed into law in 1970 by Richard Nixon.

    Despite the paltry sum (the US spends nearly twice that much on war every day), and the fact that it is illegal under Title X for any federal money to be used to fund abortions, Republicans insist that no federal funds should be appropriated to organizations that perform abortions.

    But, according to Planned Parenthood’s 2009 report (as illustrated above), abortions accounted for 3% of all services performed — far outweighed by vital, lifesaving cancer screenings and STD examinations. Also, as Ezra Klein notes, cutting federal funds for family planning will ultimately result in increased spending to offset the additional cost of unwanted pregnancies “among people without the means to care for their children.”

    With a heavily disruptive, potentially damaging shutdown only hours away, an ideological battle comes to a head — but at what cost?

    [abcnews / wapo / cnn.]

    warrennotg:

Tony Auth

    warrennotg:

    Tony Auth

    smashleyandbambam:

Feminist anger boiling over

    smashleyandbambam:

    Feminist anger boiling over

    (Source: michelleprimiani)

    What Planned Parenthood Actually Does

    lipstick-feminists:

    Submitted by nouvelliste:

    Conservatives are fond of willfully ignorant statements like: Our tax dollars shouldn’t go to abortion, so Planned Parenthood should have its funding stripped. We all know this is a lie. The information to debunk this claim is widely and readily available. Aside from the three percent of PP’s budget that goes to abortion care (and that 3% is privately funded, duh), PP’s wide range of health care services include:

    Women’s Health

    Includes:

    • birth control
    • emergency contraception
    • checkups for reproductive and sexual health problems
    • gynecological exams
    • pregnancy tests and pre-natal care
    • routine physical exams

    Men’s Health

    Includes:

    • checkups for reproductive or sexual health problems
    • colon cancer screening 
    • erectile dysfunction services, including education, exams, treatment, and referral 
    • jock itch exam and treatment 
    • male infertility screening and referral 
    • premature ejaculation services, including education, exams, treatment, and referral 
    • routine physical exams 
    • testicular cancer screenings 
    • prostate cancer screenings 
    • urinary tract infections testing and treatment 
    • vasectomy

    General Health Care

    Includes:

    • anemia testing 
    • cholesterol screening 
    • diabetes screening
    • physical exams, including for employment and sports
    • flu vaccines
    • help with quitting smoking
    • high blood pressure screening
    • tetanus vaccines
    • thyroid screening
    • STD testing, treatment, and vaccines

    So conservatives: tell me again why Planned Parenthood’s funding should be eliminated?

    (Source: lipstick-feminists)