Predictably, Texas’ most vulnerable residents are suffering the most. In partnership with the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, Anderson’s group recently published a report on the health care crisis in the Rio Grande Valley. The report collected stories from low-income and immigrant women who have essentially been locked out of the state’s struggling family planning system — women who have been waiting for years to afford mammograms after finding lumps in their breasts, or have been forced to stop using their birth control because they can’t spare the extra money for it.
But the women of the Rio Grande aren’t anyone’s victims. They’re standing up, and they’re fighting to take their community back.
This gives me hope.
Hobby Lobby is arguing in front of the Supreme Court to prevent their employees from accessing many kinds of birth control on the grounds that corporations have religious freedom.
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It saddens me, because so many women will now turn to dangerous and potentially lethal methods, in place of a legal safe procedure all because of access.
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?"
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.
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.