Yesterday, I read a Politico piece by Robin Marty. In it, Marty comes out in favor of (essentially) martyring of folks who can become pregnant in states where, if Roe is overturned, abortion will be criminalized because, she believes that it will lead to abortion being taken seriously. It was published in March and, since then, Marty has issued a public apology. Thus my intention here isn’t to condemn Marty but to use her mistake as a point of entry for a discourse that is integral to but, not often dwelt upon in the debate(s) surrounding reproductive rights: Empathy. Marty wrote: “When the entirety of the Gulf Coast is abortion-free […] or Midwesterners have to choose between Illinois or Minnesota for abortion care, unintended childbirth will jump […] the real-life consequences of forced childbirth will become real for Americans for the first time.” This put me in mind of an essay written by African-American author Octavia Butler called “UN Racism Conference.” In it, she questions the economy of empathy: “the threat of shared pain [won’t] necessarily make people behave better towards one another.” Reading these two (different) essays against one another made me question not only the humanity of Marty’s argument (which goes against the notion in pro-choice rhetoric of harm reduction for pregnant folks) but also the truth of it. Western history (even the master narrative) is full of instances in which threats to a minority group do nothing to change the minds of those in the unaffected majority (oftentimes they reify it). Marty herself is case in point: although she establishes that “the privileged and well-connected would still be able to nab private procedures,” Marty’s argument is without interrogation of her own privilege in using the bodies of poor/non-binary/trans folks and POC as sacrifices to the political machine to, in theory, make the same unaffected people change their minds: Marty uses other peoples’ future trauma to make a political point without regard for the individuals whose lives she offers up… the same way that the privileged folks she identifies disregard the experiences of those who do not have the means to “nab private procedures”!!
Reposted from @voxdotcom - "Missouri became the latest state to severely restrict abortion rights on Friday.
Gov. Mike Parson signed a law that would ban abortion at 8-weeks gestation, except in case of a medical emergency, with no exceptions for rape and incest. This follows four states — Kentucky, Mississippi, Georgia, and Ohio — that have passed so-called “heartbeat bills,” which outlaw abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected. That can happen as early as six weeks, before many women even know they’re pregnant. Alabama, meanwhile, passed a law earlier this month that bans abortion at any stage of pregnancy, unless the life of the pregnant person is at risk. None of these restrictions have taken effect yet, and abortion is still legal in all 50 states. But the wave of new laws passed in 2019 shows that the anti-abortion movement is pursuing more aggressive tactics, and it could be the start of a prolonged legal battle over Roe v. Wade and the future of abortion rights in America. Follow the link in our bio to learn more." #politics#abortion#abortionrights#usa#HumanRights#womenrights#womenempowerment#bodypolitics#gender#sexualdiscrimination#constitutionalrights#America#devolution
ABORTION HOTLINES 👇👇
National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE
Post Abortion Counseling 1-800-228-0332
Post Abortion Project Rachel 1-800-5WE-CARE
National Abortion Federation Hotline 1-800-772-9100
National Office of Post Abortion Trauma 1-800-593-2273
“An even longer pause followed. The silence stretched between us and I refused to be the one to break it. Then he said slowly: 'I know you don’t believe me, but I am sorry. I didn’t give you a choice. I will never forgive myself for what I did.' I know many women yearn for an apology like that. @eveensler, the renowned feminist playwright, just published a powerful book, @theapology, that lays out in wrenching detail what she wished her father had said to her after years of brutal violence and sexual abuse.“ Michelle Alexander for @nytimes in a powerful op-ed on women’s right to choose abortion and apology.
To read: https://nyti.ms/2X4tQG6
The Sanctity of Choice
Some of these photos are CROPPED due to the uncomfortable imagery. If you would like to see the full images I will dm privately.
@evolution.images and I decided to speak on the issues facing Alabama and other anti-abortion states. I did not realize women, my friends, would contact me personally telling me how much these photos mean to them and their own experiences. Women make up 51% of the population of this country, yet are being denied choice. A link for @plannedparenthood donations is in my bio.
This is my baby Lux. She is my second baby. Before she was born Erik and I received some terrifying information about her genetic profile. And we had to wait. So we did. There was a very real possibility that this baby was not going to make it past 1 year due to chromosomal abnormalities. The only, ONLY, thing that got, not just me, but my whole family, through this awful possibility of bringing a dying baby into the world, was that I had the choice to terminate this pregnancy if necessary. IF. NECESSARY. No one has an abortion because it’s easy or fun. #legalabortion#roevswade#abortionrights#womensrights#mybodymychoice#reproductivefreedom#abortion
breast feeding + pregnancy gestural figure watercolor study | 20 min, 05.24.2019
i think motherhood is a pretty amazing phenomenon & i also believe every woman in the world has her own story and experiences that lead her to decide whether she wants to give birth in her life or not or whether it is even possible for her to or not. What i think is absolutely ridiculous and horrifying is how it is even up for debate that our bodies and rights can be controlled. Abortions are necessary for many & should be a right for all and in no way should anyone be allowed to dictate what any woman can or cannot do in terms of it, especially not 50 year old males thinking they know whats best. I’m prochoice, for educated reasons & also because women are living, breathing humans that this patriarchal world needs to STOP THINKING THEY CAN CONTROL. Enough is enough. You’re either prochoice or anti-women.
This is serious folks, what have we become? This is something created by a predator. I have no respect for any republican, this is their doing. The religious right wing doesn’t want abortions legal, yet when anyone challenges gun laws, they say it’s infringing on their constitutional right. I’m not trying to take away your guns (I actually own them myself), why are you trying to take away my rights to my own body? If you don’t want an abortion, don’t have one! Next you will try to require me to go to church - I don’t believe in god and I should not have to worship any god who has followers that believe in this. I don’t attack your right to worship so leave me out of your twisted bible beliefs. This sounds like we are going back to a time of slavery when a man owned other people. Democrats- you need to get off your lazy ass “my vote won’t count” attitude and take action #istandwithplannedparenthood#prochoice#abortionrights#fucktrump#democrats