Posts tagged "Women's Health"


March 26th, 2014

abortion has been set up in its own special category by conservative male legislators in this country. I am forced to support corporate welfare, Creationist schools and immoral wars with my tax dollars. But for some reason my conservative neighbor doesn’t have to support abortion rights with his tax dollars. And if Hobby Lobby gets their way, my conservative neighbor will be able to pay any potential employees differently based on whether they use birth control.
 
That’s not justice. If this country wants to move in that direction, then perhaps progressives nationally should reorganize into a “religion.” Sounds like a pretty cool perk: organize politically without the pesky IRS, and enshrine a bunch of political beliefs into a discriminatory legal code. But somehow I don’t think the Supreme Court would go for that. “Religious freedom” only goes in one direction: whatever misogynistic conservative men want.

Abortion rights are the law of the land. Hobby Lobby’s rejection of abortion rights as against their religious principles is no more valid a reason to deny an employee compensation than any other form of religious discrimination. The Constitution grants the owners of Hobby Lobby to exercise their own religion as they see fit. It doesn’t grant them the right to pay their employees unequally on the basis of their religious beliefs if we’ve passed a law stating that employees have a right to equal compensation (which is what the ACA essentially does.)

(via francotown)

January 21st, 2014

Feminists are constantly on the defensive. Whether it’s fighting back against sexist media depictions of women, working to hold ground on reproductive rights or arguing that rape is an actual thing that really happens—feminism’s fights are largely reactionary. In the wake of the Supreme Court fight over buffer zones, it occurs to me that we need something a bit more proactive to protect women and their rights. So I’d like to suggest that we implement a national call—a feminist addendum in the social contract—for people to Back The Fuck Up.

When a person is entering an abortion clinic, for whatever reason, protestors need to Back The Fuck Up. Because even if the media does paint antichoice protestors as “cheery grandmothers,” the people who work at clinics every day know that these people aren’t harmless—they’re harassers. So move over, “grandma.” I need to get in that building.

When we’re walking down the street minding our own business and a man implores us to talk to him or makes a comment about our bodies, a Back The Fuck Up policy would ensure women some much-needed space. Sorry dudes, I don’t make the rules. Perhaps you can tell that guy over there how much better he would look if he just smiled?

Back The F’ Up: Protect Women’s Rights by Getting Out of the Way, my latest at The Nation. (via jessicavalenti)

January 7th, 2014

I hope our politicians are made aware of how many girls are self-aborting in the Rio Grande Valley. This law is backfiring.

Lester Minto - Reproductive Services of Harlingen. 

This article on Al Jazeera America highlights well the problems with restricting women to adequate abortion privileges. Though politicians claim that it is making things “safer” for women, it actually hurts them. 

(via rhrealitycheck)

I thought we’d already established the fact that they don’t care for “life” once it’s outside the womb - unless it’s male and white.  Maybe sometimes just male and maybe sometimes white females, but other than that?  Our politicians have shown that they don’t care about health care or public education… Let alone “life” or making things “safer” for those of us that become essentially, incubators.  

(Source: rebelwomen, via rhrealitycheck)