Those people are trying to intimidate and scare you. If you act scared, you are feeding into their fear tactics and giving them what they want. DON’T GIVE THEM THAT POWER. They are bullies. THEY are the ones who are scared. They are so scared, they’re telling lies and showing pictures of dead babies. An abortion does NOT look like that. They don’t even understand what they are talking about. Planned Parenthood is about affordable healthcare for men and women, not dead babies. They are trying to SAVE lives and help people. The protester’s anger is their fear in disguise. They don’t know any better. We need to show compassion to them. We need to REPLACE THE FEAR WITH LOVE. So when we walk out of here, you need to look them in the eye with love on your mind and smile. Remember, YOU are in charge of your feelings. Can you do that?
St Louis woman’s encouragement to her daughter at a local anti-Planned Parenthood rally.
I was recently told about the latest bit of backlash against the neurodiversity movement: that it’s incompatible with the pro choice movement, and therefore it’s misogynist.
I’m completely confused as to how people can pull this tasty bit of “logic” out of their asses, but my guess is that it stems from those in the neurodiversity movement who are against selective abortion of fetuses that are diagnosed with autism (which I don’t see how that could in any way be possible but okay).
The neurodiversity movement is no way in conflict with the pro choice movement. I myself am autistic, and unabashedly and unwaveringly pro choice. I’m pretty sure I can say the same for Eric and Evan, the other two who run this blog.
I’m sure there’s a lot more to say, but all I can say is that neurodiversity is justice for those on the autism spectrum. The pro choice movement is justice for women. Please do not bring ableism into the pro choice movement, and please do not bring misogyny into the neurodiversity movement.
"The neurodiversity movement is no way in conflict with the pro choice movement." Definitely worth repeating.
I would like to make one addition to that last post about the “conflict” with the pro-choice movement.
And that’s that I (and Mairead) recognize that not all people who have uteruses are women, and not all women have uteruses.
Of course, the pro-choice movement itself ignores this a lot (as does society at large), and if I recall correctly, (some of?) the people who have claimed that they are incompatible did as well, but I want to make it clear.
Six in 10 women having abortions already have a child and
many have two or more.
They know what it means to be a mother.
And they often cite the need to care for their children as a
primary reason for deciding not to have another right now.
Three out of four women who have abortions describe
themselves as religiously afﬁliated.
Catholic women have abortions at about the same rate as
"Ectopic pregnancies are not viable pregnancies. And so it is essential an ectopic pregnancy be terminated as soon as possible. But by giving all fertilized eggs legal rights under the law, that calls into question what kind of methods a doctor can actually use to save a woman’s life in a situation like this."
And it’s not just medical questions raised by personhood laws. Would pregnant women be counted as two people for the purposes of using carpool lanes on the highway? Could fetuses inherit property?
The poll, conducted by Lake Partners, found that Americans feel Congress has focused too much on abortion and not enough on things like preventive care, reproductive health and expanding access to birth control.
Trying to end abortion without trying to prevent pregnancy is asking for failure.