Posts tagged "planned parenthood"


February 24th, 2014

However, once a child does exist in your womb, I’m not going to assume a right to kill it just because the child’s host (some refer to them as mothers) doesn’t want it.

— Republican Virginia state Senator Steve Martin in a Facebook post defending his anti-choice views. Martin later changed his post to refer to women as “bearer of children” instead of “host.” (via kileyrae)

So, again, I have less rights than an actual living human being because I am a host.

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February 12th, 2014

I know I’ve told this story before, but my abusive ex refused to let me take birth control. I was on the pill until he found them in my purse.

I went to the Student Health Center—they were completely unhelpful, choosing to lecture me about the importance of safe sex (recommending condoms) instead of actually listening to my problem.

Then I went to Planned Parenthood. The Nurse Practitioner took one look at my fading bruises and stopped the exam. She called in the doctor. The doctor came in and simply asked me: “Are you ready to leave him?” When I denied that I was being abused, she didn’t argue with me. She just asked me what I needed. I said I need a birth control method that my boyfriend couldn’t detect. She recommended a few options and we decided on Depo.

When I told her that my boyfriend read my emails and listened to my phone messages and was known to follow me, she suggested to do the Depo injections at off hours when the clinic was normally closed. She made a note in my chart and instructed the front desk never to leave messages for me—instead, she programmed her personal cell phone number into my phone under the name “Nora”. She told me she would call me to schedule my appointments; she wouldn’t leave a message, but I should call her back when I was able to.

And that was it. No judgment. No lecture. She walked me to the door and told me to call her day or night if I needed anything. That she lived 5 blocks from campus and would come get me. That I wasn’t alone. That she just wanted me to be safe.

I never called her to come to my rescue. But I have no doubt that she would have come if I had called. She kept me on Depo for a year, giving me those monthly injections in secret, helping me prevent a desperately unwanted pregnancy.

I cannot thank Planned Parenthood enough for the work they do.

Curious Georgiana

Such an amazing story. Thank you for sharing.

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xoxo CG

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I always reblog this, too.

(Source: sexistmorons, via ladyfabulous)

July 18th, 2013

Deplorably, the combined impact of years of budget cuts to women’s health care services and the dismantling of the successful Women’s Health Program will take affordable, preventive health care options away from women in Bryan, Lufkin and Huntsville — just as these policies have taken health care away from an estimated 130,000 others — when Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast is forced to close these family planning health centers at the end of August.

- Melaney A. Linton, president of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast (from Texas Politics: Planned Parenthood to shut down three Texas clinics)

Huntsville?  My parent’s home is near there.  That’s no joke.  That’s going to impact hundreds of thousands of lives.   Only one of these three clinics even performs abortion.  

July 18th, 2013

Make no mistakes… this is exactly what the abortion bill in the Texas Legislature was all about: campaigning.  Appealing to the hard core Tea Party that votes in primary races. 

…and that speech about the first amendment towards the end?  Makes me roll my eyes.  What part of respecting freedom of speech means that you can restrict women from carrying necessary hygiene related products?  What part of respecting freedom of speech means that you confiscate them?  

What part of respecting freedom of speech means that you threaten to arrest protestors against the bill who make so much as a peep in the gallery, but allow protestors for the bill and your side of the aisle to clap, cheer, and talk at will?  

This is a campaign video that glorifies God and Christianity, while conveniently forgetting that we enjoy Freedom of Religion in the United States, so what if that “religion” is Atheism or Science?  

But what I find best?  

The part about the “divide between principles and beliefs.”  Uhmmm… did no one think to check before including that in the video?  Or, is it intentional?  Or is it a message that their side has “principles” while we just have “beliefs”? Because we weren’t the ones that started nearly every argument, testimony, question, answer with the phrase, “I believe…”  We were the ones that said, “if you’ll read this study…” or “Doctors say…”  or, more importantly, “ACOG says…” rather than what an opthamologist believes in her spare time.  

But, this, right here is proof that the bill was not just for banning abortion, but for political gain, and anytime you put the lives of women at risk to further your career or keep power, you have blood on your hands. 

Shame on you, David Dewhurst.  (In fairness, I’ll give Dan Patrick equal time when I can stomach to watch his video.”)

July 15th, 2013

So while the ‘people’s filibuster’ will go down in history for putting a stop (if only temporarily) to a misguided bill, the filibuster was more than organized opposition or even endurance — it was an expression of mainstream Texans standing up against partisan power-mongers who no longer act in Texas’ best interest or even tell Texans the truth.

Texas Sen. Wendy Davis, in a Washington Post op-ed on the protests over the abortion bill. (via shortformblog)

Read the hell out of this of the day.

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But, seriously, haven’t they not been acting in Texas’s best interest for a while now?  

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July 11th, 2013

Sarah Slamen, (@VictorianPrude), Bad Ass Hero of women everywhere testifies in the contentious House State Affairs Committee on HB60 during the first special session of Texas’s 83rd Legislative Session. Her testimony prompts Byron Cook to threaten to shut down testimony and puts the committee hearings at ease.



My Story behind @VictorianPrude’s video:
quickhits:

Activist decries Texas ‘police state.’
[screenshot via Raw Story]

This is so wild… So amazingly wild. 
Though I will give 99% of the credit to Sarah, a woman I’ve known for a few weeks as VictorianPrude on Twitter, we had chatted back and forth privately a couple of times, the video is actually mine.  
I was extremely bummed that I had to be in the office on Monday and could not make it in to the Senate Committee Hearing.  I thought because I would have Tuesday off, that if they were still taking testimony around 8 p.m., I’d pop on over to Austin and cobblesquat on a floor (many have kindly offered their extra rooms or floor space to do just that).  However, when it was announced they would not accept anyone to be in line after 11 a.m. to speak to the committee, I was resigned to the fact that I would not get to go and speak.
I had toyed around with the idea of grabbing the video of people testifying, because what I’d seen in the House State Affairs Committee meeting was riveting - heartfelt and emotional women that were allowed to speak about their choices did so, even though only 90 people were able to testify.  What I ultimately want to do is splice together an awesome video of the most powerful moments. 
I was recording the stream off and on all day, so I only have about 3 to 4 hours of the Senate Testimony… and I was severely disappointed a few times when I would look up after a particularly awesome testimony to see that I had not hit “record”.  I was, ironically, waiting to record my union sister, Andie Gardner’s testimony, when Sarah started speaking.   (I did not get a chance to do so.)  
I watched the whole thing play out… with video of her being escorted out of the room (and I’m sure the Capitol) and while I was waiting to hear back if we would need to pitch in for bail money, I finally came to my senses and checked to see if I was recording.  
HOLY HELL, I WAS!!  
The next hour or so, was spent trying to import my video into iMovie, editing out just Sarah’s part, and then, uploading it to Tumblr and then to YouTube.   (This was the original post.)
In less than a week, this video has gone on to be included in stories in Salon (above), MoveOn, DailyKos, and was featured on Lawrence O’Donnell’s show last night and has over 330 thousand views on YouTube.  
This was incredible timing, as well.  This video, the reception of it, and Sarah’s appearances on Lawrence and in several online articles have rejuvenated us, at least in my opinion, in what has been a somewhat defeating few days.  
My role was incredibly small, but I’m proud of that part I played.
(And, I’m incredibly grateful to the people that have credited my YouTube channel as the source of the video.) 
I wanted to go back and grab a few other important testimonies I saw, but I can’t seem to get the link to work.  If anyone does, please let me know?  Thanks!
ETA:  Both Sarah and Jordon, whose testimony I grabbed and posted on YouTube have been incredibly kind in giving me credit for the videos.  
July 11th, 2013

My Story behind @VictorianPrude’s video:

quickhits:

Activist decries Texas ‘police state.’

[screenshot via Raw Story]

This is so wild… So amazingly wild. 

Though I will give 99% of the credit to Sarah, a woman I’ve known for a few weeks as VictorianPrude on Twitter, we had chatted back and forth privately a couple of times, the video is actually mine.  

I was extremely bummed that I had to be in the office on Monday and could not make it in to the Senate Committee Hearing.  I thought because I would have Tuesday off, that if they were still taking testimony around 8 p.m., I’d pop on over to Austin and cobblesquat on a floor (many have kindly offered their extra rooms or floor space to do just that).  However, when it was announced they would not accept anyone to be in line after 11 a.m. to speak to the committee, I was resigned to the fact that I would not get to go and speak.

I had toyed around with the idea of grabbing the video of people testifying, because what I’d seen in the House State Affairs Committee meeting was riveting - heartfelt and emotional women that were allowed to speak about their choices did so, even though only 90 people were able to testify.  What I ultimately want to do is splice together an awesome video of the most powerful moments. 

I was recording the stream off and on all day, so I only have about 3 to 4 hours of the Senate Testimony… and I was severely disappointed a few times when I would look up after a particularly awesome testimony to see that I had not hit “record”.  I was, ironically, waiting to record my union sister, Andie Gardner’s testimony, when Sarah started speaking.   (I did not get a chance to do so.)  

I watched the whole thing play out… with video of her being escorted out of the room (and I’m sure the Capitol) and while I was waiting to hear back if we would need to pitch in for bail money, I finally came to my senses and checked to see if I was recording.  

HOLY HELL, I WAS!!  

The next hour or so, was spent trying to import my video into iMovie, editing out just Sarah’s part, and then, uploading it to Tumblr and then to YouTube.   (This was the original post.)

In less than a week, this video has gone on to be included in stories in Salon (above), MoveOn, DailyKos, and was featured on Lawrence O’Donnell’s show last night and has over 330 thousand views on YouTube.  

This was incredible timing, as well.  This video, the reception of it, and Sarah’s appearances on Lawrence and in several online articles have rejuvenated us, at least in my opinion, in what has been a somewhat defeating few days.  

My role was incredibly small, but I’m proud of that part I played.

(And, I’m incredibly grateful to the people that have credited my YouTube channel as the source of the video.) 

I wanted to go back and grab a few other important testimonies I saw, but I can’t seem to get the link to work.  If anyone does, please let me know?  Thanks!

ETA:  Both Sarah and Jordon, whose testimony I grabbed and posted on YouTube have been incredibly kind in giving me credit for the videos.  

July 11th, 2013

Texas women are renowned for their strength, courage, and smarts. Women across this nation are completely capable of making their own medical decisions with their physicians, as they make many other important decisions every day for themselves, their families, and their businesses. Women do not need—or want—any government to make medical decisions for them.

This open letter to Texas Legislators from the America Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is worth a read.