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Abortion Sonogram Bill close to becoming law in Texas

The anti-abortion sonogram bill is becoming law in Texas. According to the Tribune:

“As currently written, HB 15 would require a woman to receive a sonogram and listen to a description of the fetus. The woman could choose or refuse to view images and hear the heartbeat of the fetus….Women 100 miles or more from the nearest licensed abortion provider, or who live in counties with populations under 60,000, only have to wait two hours, rather than 24 hours, after the sonogram to have an abortion. Victims of rape or incest are now excepted from the law.”

This is another instance of the government butting into women’s private lives, and insulting them in the process. This bill is an affront to women’s intellect everywhere, as it is based on the assumption that if a woman *really* knew what it meant to be pregnant, she would not have an abortion. Good thing the law was written and passed by a bunch of men, who obviously have the inside track on being pregnant. This bill is a slap in the face– a reminder of the time when women weren’t allowed in classrooms or voting booths because of their uteri. This bill envisions that a woman goes to a clinic to get an abortion without understanding what she’s doing– so it must be explained to her, and then it mandates time for her to “think.”

I’m wondering when the TX house will create legislation that mandates men to “think” before doing, oh, anything.

 

I’m sure women across the state will be crying out: “Oh my gosh my ladybrain! It makes it SO HARD to think! Thank goodness I had extra time to consider the decision!”

Donate to protect abortion rights here or here.

 

Posted on: May 4th, 2011 by Fair and Feminist 2 Comments

Blog Carnival Update 5

Decadent Depravity details how she supports Planned Parenthood not just because of her own experiences, but because of the work she does: “When I heard about the attack on Planned Parenthood, I signed every petition I could to support them and urge our leaders to defend them.  I called representative Gary Peters and asked him to support Planned Parenthood because, as a social worker advocating for at-risk, low-income young women, many of my clients and the rest of my community would suffer.  The removal of this incredibly necessary resource would result in higher rates of teen pregnancy, STI contraction, insufficient family planning and  decreased health and well-being for communities that have been and continue to be underserved.” Planned Parenthood is a beacon of hope for many people in this nation, and it is under attack from right wing extremists who are out of touch with the lives of everyday Americans.

The Living Artist, in addition to a totally awesome graphic that I’d love to have on a T-shirt, brings us these powerful words: “Because no one else can define my life or my moral landscape, because no one else lives my life, because of all these things, I stand with Planned Parenthood.”

Complications of a Mastermind reveals her personal connection to Planned Parenthood: “I stand with Planned Parenthood because there are many times I could not afford birth control and Planned Parenthood is how I got it. They have never once been judgmental, rude or anything but helpful to me.” That is EXACTLY the kind of experience women (and men) should have when they need healthcare–helpful, accurate, and non-judgemental.

It’s a Small World highlights a few points I haven’t read much of today: “If Planned Parenthood was an organization focused on men’s health – there would be no fight…When women are able to take control over their own bodies, the poverty gap is reduced & so is the gender gap.” AGREED.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Blog Carnival today– I had a great time reading and getting the word out about how important Planned Parenthood is to the American people. Remember to sign a petition, and perhaps attend a rally or Walk for Choice event tomorrow.

Happy Blogging!

Shelly

Posted on: February 25th, 2011 by Fair and Feminist 1 Comment

Blog Carnival Update 4

I’m loving reading all your great posts in support of Planned Parenthood! Let’s look a few more blogs…

Gender Across Borders puts the issue of de-funding Planned Parenthood into a global context:

“As it stands, the US already has a pitiful maternal health ranking compared to other industrialized nations. Undermining the crucial women’s health services that Planned Parenthood provides – like mammograms, cervical cancer screenings, prenatal care, and birth control, in addition to abortions – will surely cause our ranking to tumble even lower.

And policy-wise, the de-funding of Planned Parenthood has global implications. The domestic policy decisions of the US inform our foreign policies on the same issues, and also set an example for other countries. If we are devaluing women’s rights and health, we are tacitly allowing others to do the same and undermining our ability to pressure governments to treat their women better.”

The implications of the Pence amendment are far-reaching–not only will they affect the millions of women in the U.S. who use PP services, but they will send a message to the international community.

86 Red Shoes gives a slew of reasons to support Planned Parenthood–it almost reads as poem.  One of my favorites on the list: “I stand with Planned Parenthood …Because my uterus is mine.” WELL SAID.  The fact that a bunch of non-uterus-owning fellas are trying to control MY uterus gets me quite riled up.

Politics Power Sex echoes what is now a familiar refrain of the day: Planned Parenthood was there for me when I needed accurate information.

Incongruous Feminisms has an awesome video blog and points out the insanity of the GOP voting to fund NASCAR and not voting to fund reproductive healthcare for poor women.

Paponda joins the chorus of women who have shared their personal stories of using Planned Parenthood’s services.

 

Thanks everyone, and remember, it’s never too late to write a blog about why you stand with Planned Parenthood! Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments

Posted on: February 25th, 2011 by Fair and Feminist 1 Comment

Blog Carnival Update 3

This update focuses on two posts that have something in common–both authors talk about using PP services while married.

The Sin City Siren had me tearing up with her honest reflections on the role Planned Parenthood has played in her life. She writes about how she needed Planned Parenthood early on in her marriage:  ”I grew up poor. I knew what that childhood was like. I knew about the sacrifices that you learn to endure even at early ages. I knew about the neglect of parents working double-shifts and multiple jobs just to pay the bills. I knew about food stamps and welfare and thrift stores and one-gift Christmas. And I knew the fear of no health care when someone got sick. I didn’t want that for any potential child of mine. Like so many, I wanted a better life for any child I might have. And I wanted the liberty — the very liberty promised me as a citizen of these United States — to make the choice of whether or not I wanted to have a baby at all. And so did my husband. So we knew that we needed to use contraception until the time was right for us to decide if we wanted to have a baby. And isn’t that the essence of family planning? We wanted to plan our family. What could be more responsible than that?”

She also echoes a sentiment that I personally hold– as a person of faith, I believe that Planned Parenthood is a wonderful, helpful, lifesaving organization. She offers a great personal tale of how Planned Parenthood is part of routine, much needed medical care.

Hannah Wept, Sarah Laughed shares a personal anecdote of a pregnancy scare as a newlywed. She writes: It was the first time I realized what pro-choice actually meant. It’s not about being pro-abortions for all: it’s about being pro-the freedom to have control over your own body.”  I am so glad to have married women talking about their need for Planned Parenthood, as there is a stereotype about who uses PP’s services. As an infertility blogger, she also writes about the link between  reproductive health the infertility community. It’s wonderful to hear women’s bodies talked about in such a holistic, comprehensive way.

The GOP wants to make this about abortion, they want to claim that Planned Parenthood is evil, and that it doesn’t help women. They are way off the mark, and these two bloggers show us how.

Stay tuned for more updates!

Shelly

Posted on: February 25th, 2011 by Fair and Feminist No Comments

Blog Carnival Update 2

Blog Carnival is off and running! Here’s the second update :)

Plenty of Otherwise cuts through the BS and points out the GOP’s real goal in defunding Planned Parenthood: “Because what gets me about this bill is that it works against what the GOP says it wants: no abortion. If you really want to eliminate abortion, you shouldn’t cut funding to the very thing that prevents women from having to seek one.” WELL SAID. She also provides us with some hope: “The term “forcible rape” was removed from the HR3 bill because we spoke the fuck up and demanded that it be removed. In the grand scheme of things, it wasn’t the biggest victory in the world. But it’s something–proof that if we fight, we can win.” Here, here. We have to fight, we have to make our voices heard, we have to take action to Stand With Planned Parenthood. I hope in some way this blog carnival is contributing to the chorus of outrage about the Pence Amendment. She sums it up with this thought: “Hopeful and angry is a good mix for me, though. It makes me do things, makes me act.” Me too, me too.

 

Over at Femocracy, we get to hear about the author’s trip to a Planned Parenthood in New York. She highlights the extra security in place because of anti-abortion activists penchant for violence: “do you want to know something that’s really off-putting? Having to be scanned for explosives before seeing a doctor.” She continues: “As I’m fairly certain seeing a doctor is a basic right in this country, I’m pretty sure it infringes on my freedom that a vaginal exam becomes a war zone activity.”

I couldn’t agree more. I think there should be protest free zones around all the Planned Parenthood clinics, but that of course is passed on a city or state basis. Here in Bryan, TX, we have a pretty consistent presence of protesters outside the clinic, shouting the most bizarre things. We’re gearing up for 40 days of harassment, which is when protesters stand outside the clinic every day for 40 days. Its exhausting, frustrating, and in my opinion, a violation of the patient’s privacy.

Memoirs of a Gangsta Feminist highlights the idiocy and hypocrisy of the GOP claiming to be working to help Americans get jobs, when all they’re doing is trying to legislate morality. The author writes: “In actuality, the preventive care provided at Planned Parenthood saves the federal budget from spending money on sick citizens later on. Not to mention the thousands of people employed by Planned Parenthood (if you wanna talk about job creation).” Well said.

Alright, I have to go do my actual job for a couple hours, and I will be back this afternoon with more updates!

Keep blogging and tweeting!

Shelly

Posted on: February 25th, 2011 by Fair and Feminist No Comments

Blog Carnival Update 1

Blog carnivals are my favorite things ever for two reasons: one, I get to read a bunch of blogs all day and call it productive, and two, they start a conversation that the blog carnival planner (in this case, me!) really thinks needs to happen. I am excited to be reading why you all support Planned Parenthood! So, here we go…

The Feminist Texican draws me in immediately with a personal tale about Planned Parenthood helping her out when she was dealing with really bad UTIs. I love her honesty, and also the way that she represents millions of women who use Planned Parenthood because they don’t have the resources to go to a hospital or doctor. She writes: “Why does all of this matter to me? Because I know that, for thousands of women nationwide, Planned Parenthood is the only place they can go for affordable, necessary screening services.” She also points out that it’s not likely the Senate will pass this law–I hope that is true. After recent assaults on our rights at the state and national level in Texas, I’m not taking anything for granted.

Over at SheRights, we get an awesome list of  ”I stand with Planned Parenthood Because…” Once again, we see where Planned Parenthood stepped in when the author did not have access to healthcare: “I stand with Planned Parenthood because Of that life-saving pap-smear they gave me when I had no insurance and no money.”  I have a feeling we’re going to see this theme a lot today–that Planned Parenthood is an awesome healthcare choice. SheRights also touches on something I find extremely important related to healthcare: “PP provides medically accurate information on all-things sexual and reproductive health — unlike bastard CPCs.” With all the misinformation out there- from friends, the internet, school, wiki-whatever, it can be difficult to discern accurate information from false information. Planned Parenthood is always there with accurate, unbiased info.

At See Jane Run…The Show we get another testimonial of someone who was helped by Planned Parenthood: “I stand with Planned Parenthood because they were one of the first organizations that had absolutely zero judgment about a poor female student in her early 20s who wanted birth control, who didn’t have a steady boyfriend but wanted to be cautious, who wanted to explore her sexuality without worrying about pregnancy issues.” This is it, right there– Planned Parenthood provides a non-judgmental space where women can find out about their bodies. This space *should* exist in other places–homes and schools, for example. But as many of us know, it doesn’t. Planned Parenthood is there, all across the nation, with a safe space for women to explore what their bodies, their health, and their sexuality means to them.

 

Alright, I’m off to read some more blogs, keep em coming!

Shelly

Posted on: February 25th, 2011 by Fair and Feminist No Comments

I Stand with Planned Parenthood Blog Carnival: Participating Blogs List

The Feminist Texican

Adventures in Global Strategery

Memoirs of a Gangsta Feminist

Plenty of Otherwise

Femocracy

Brooklyn Fit Mami

The Living Artist

The Beautiful Kind (possibly NSFW)

She Says

Gender Across Borders

The Sin City Siren

The Tired Feminist

Radical Flower

Queering the Feminist Lens

See Jane Run…The Show

86 Red Shoes

Decadent Depravity

American Muslimah’s Musings

Incongruous Feminisms

Southern Discomfort

Hydrotion Natural Skin Care Blog

It’s a Small World

Complications of a Mastermind

Paponda

Hannah Wept Sarah Laughed

She Rights

 

Look for updates on FairAndFeminist.com throughout the day! Hooray!

 

 

Posted on: February 25th, 2011 by Fair and Feminist 4 Comments

Walk for Choice

Another awesome grass roots way to speak up for choice if you’re in a city is to check out Walk For Choice! The WFC is going on the day after our blog carnival! Hooray for prochoice activism!

Also, this, for inspiration:

Posted on: February 19th, 2011 by Fair and Feminist No Comments

Blog carnival day before rally for PP!

Just figured out the blog carnival will be the day before the Rally in NYC for those who live in the area–perfect! For those of us who don’t we will support you Feb 25th!

Here’s some inspiration:

Posted on: February 18th, 2011 by Fair and Feminist No Comments

Announcing: I Stand with Planned Parenthood Blog Carnival*

So even in my 3rd day of flu-ridden feverish body, I am so ticked off  by the House (Federal) (and the Texas Senate’s actions) that I’ve decided we have to do something about it. To catch you up (just in case) The U.S. House of Representatives has just voted to “bar Planned Parenthood health centers from all federal funding for birth control, cancer screenings, HIV testing, and other lifesaving care.” This means that funds that go to Planned Parenthood for non-abortion services are being cut. As in, “I don’t like that your restaurant serves alcohol, so I’m refusing to supply food to it anymore. I don’t want anyone to have alcohol.” Replace “alcohol” with “legal medical procedure” and “food” with “badly needed funds that support healthcare” and that’s basically what’s happening.

Oh and by the way,the GOP has decided it wants to fund contraception for horses, but not for women. Nope, this is not a joke.

We knew this was coming from the GOP, but we did NOT know it was going to be this bad. At least I didn’t. And now, I’m pissed. So here’s what we’ll do….

Next Friday, Fair and Feminist will host an “I STAND WITH PLANNED PARENTHOOD” blog carnival. If you’d like to participate, leave a comment with your name (or screen name) and blog name. Then, download the badge at the bottom of this post.* Finally, on Friday the 25th, blog on the following prompt:

“I Stand with Planned Parenthood because…”

Be sure to tag your post with “I stand with PP.” Of course, as always, you don’t have to directly respond to that prompt. I’m happy to read anything that supports Planned Parenthood and the right to the legal medical procedure known as abortion. I will post updates throughout the day next Friday. Please get the word out about this blog carnival to as many people as you know, and if you are willing to accept guest posts from people who don’t have a blog, leave that in the comments as well. Let’s stand up for Planned Parenthood, and for the right of every woman to decide what goes on in her uterus.

OH and RIGHT NOW, go sign this petition. Thanks!

*This is NOT sponsored by Planned Parenthood, and if anyone from PP objects to me using the PP logo for this carnival, email me at fairandfeminist (at) gmail.com  and I’ll make something else ASAP.

Posted on: February 18th, 2011 by Fair and Feminist 46 Comments