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"Wendy Davis Redefines ‘Pro-Life,’ Enrages Anti-Choicers"


“I am pro-life,” she told a University of Texas at Brownsville crowd on Tuesday. “I care about the life of every child: every child that goes to bed hungry, every child that goes to bed without a proper education, every child that goes to bed without being able to be a part of the Texas dream, every woman and man who worry about their children’s future and their ability to provide for that future. I care about life and I have a record of fighting for people above all else.”
“This isn’t about protecting abortion,” Davis explained in the same appearance. “It’s about protecting women. It’s about trusting women to make good decisions for themselves and empowering them with the tools to do that.”

Texas Gubernatorial candidate, Wendy Davis

"Wendy Davis Redefines ‘Pro-Life,’ Enrages Anti-Choicers"

“I am pro-life,” she told a University of Texas at Brownsville crowd on Tuesday. “I care about the life of every child: every child that goes to bed hungry, every child that goes to bed without a proper education, every child that goes to bed without being able to be a part of the Texas dream, every woman and man who worry about their children’s future and their ability to provide for that future. I care about life and I have a record of fighting for people above all else.”

“This isn’t about protecting abortion,” Davis explained in the same appearance. “It’s about protecting women. It’s about trusting women to make good decisions for themselves and empowering them with the tools to do that.”

Texas Gubernatorial candidate, Wendy Davis

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thisgingerisback:

One of two fake abortion clinics on the same street as the REAL center, the EMW’s Women Center here in downtown Louisville. This one is right next door to the actual clinic and this place is seriously a nightmarish hell-hole for any unsuspecting women tricked by the anti’s. They assure you this this the abortion clinic, they get you inside, and then offer you food and drink—which of course, means that once you realize your mistake, you can’t run next door and catch your actual appointment, since you need to fast.
Women have come out of this building crying, and on a few rare occasions, without their pants. They take you to a back room for an ultrasound, have you remove your pants, and then begin lecturing you on the sins of aborting. They do not give you back your pants until you have listened, and a few women tricked this far refused to listen and stormed out furious, ashamed, and in their underwear.
This is the anti-choice agenda—lying, tricking, shaming, and embarrassing women to the brink of hysterics in hopes that she carry the pregnancy to term. Forcing her, through lies and manipulation, to do with her body what THEY want, not what is best for her.
There is no “choice” at the Louisville “Women’s Choice” clinics. Just abuse, shame, and bigots who would rather undress a woman to make her feel vulnerable and then explain how awful of a person she is than let her make HER. CHOICE.


Christianity: an excuse for small stupid people stuck in superstition to rape, kill and set the bar for laziness.

thisgingerisback:

One of two fake abortion clinics on the same street as the REAL center, the EMW’s Women Center here in downtown Louisville. This one is right next door to the actual clinic and this place is seriously a nightmarish hell-hole for any unsuspecting women tricked by the anti’s. They assure you this this the abortion clinic, they get you inside, and then offer you food and drink—which of course, means that once you realize your mistake, you can’t run next door and catch your actual appointment, since you need to fast.

Women have come out of this building crying, and on a few rare occasions, without their pants. They take you to a back room for an ultrasound, have you remove your pants, and then begin lecturing you on the sins of aborting. They do not give you back your pants until you have listened, and a few women tricked this far refused to listen and stormed out furious, ashamed, and in their underwear.

This is the anti-choice agenda—lying, tricking, shaming, and embarrassing women to the brink of hysterics in hopes that she carry the pregnancy to term. Forcing her, through lies and manipulation, to do with her body what THEY want, not what is best for her.

There is no “choice” at the Louisville “Women’s Choice” clinics. Just abuse, shame, and bigots who would rather undress a woman to make her feel vulnerable and then explain how awful of a person she is than let her make HER. CHOICE.

Christianity: an excuse for small stupid people stuck in superstition to rape, kill and set the bar for laziness.

(via occupyv)

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Why Republicans Hate Abortion
Republicans know if their parents could have aborted them, they probably would have, just like America should abort the Republican party now. 
Republicans are property of the corporate institute for unwanted offspring.
GOP is SHIT

Why Republicans Hate Abortion

Republicans know if their parents could have aborted them, they probably would have, just like America should abort the Republican party now.

Republicans are property of the corporate institute for unwanted offspring.

GOP is SHIT

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Glue Sniffing Governor Jan Brewer Goes on a Binge
A federal judge last Friday overturned HB 2800, a state law in Arizona that banned Planned Parenthood from contracting with Medicaid.
From The New American:
In his 11-page ruling shooting down the measure duly passed by the state’s elected lawmakers, federal Judge Neil Wake said that there was no reason to believe the abortion giant was not qualified to provide non-abortion “family planning” services covered under the federal medical assistance program, and that the law appeared to be an attempt by Arizona legislators to disqualify Planned Parenthood from state and federal funding.
Anti-abortion advocate Governor Jan Brewer had signed this bill, misleadingly called “The Whole Woman’s Health Funding Priority Act,” into law last May, thereby blocking Medicaid family planning funds from flowing to any health organization that provided abortions. It effectively prevented thousands of low-income Medicaid recipients in Arizona from choosing Planned Parenthood as a health and family planning provider.
Despite the fact that the use of public funds for abortions was already restricted, this particular funding was intended to ban prohibited money from going to any health care providers that provided abortions at all.
Of course, making health care services inaccessible doesn’t make the need for those services go away. What it does mean is that women have to go to greater expense simply to take care of their bodies. And if it costs too much, women will choose to skip doctors’ appointments.
During a signing ceremony Governor Brewer called the measure a “common-sense law that tightens existing state regulations and closes loopholes in order to ensure that taxpayer dollars are not used to fund abortions, whether directly or indirectly. By signing this measure into law, I stand with the majority of Americans who oppose the use of taxpayer funds for abortion.”
But not everyone agreed with Brewer. Planned Parenthood has fought back in every state that has removed its funding, pointing out that this is an assault on all women making their own decisions about their bodies, and particularly an assault on poor women.

GOP is SHIT

Glue Sniffing Governor Jan Brewer Goes on a Binge

A federal judge last Friday overturned HB 2800, a state law in Arizona that banned Planned Parenthood from contracting with Medicaid.

From The New American:

In his 11-page ruling shooting down the measure duly passed by the state’s elected lawmakers, federal Judge Neil Wake said that there was no reason to believe the abortion giant was not qualified to provide non-abortion “family planning” services covered under the federal medical assistance program, and that the law appeared to be an attempt by Arizona legislators to disqualify Planned Parenthood from state and federal funding.

Anti-abortion advocate Governor Jan Brewer had signed this bill, misleadingly called “The Whole Woman’s Health Funding Priority Act,” into law last May, thereby blocking Medicaid family planning funds from flowing to any health organization that provided abortions. It effectively prevented thousands of low-income Medicaid recipients in Arizona from choosing Planned Parenthood as a health and family planning provider.

Despite the fact that the use of public funds for abortions was already restricted, this particular funding was intended to ban prohibited money from going to any health care providers that provided abortions at all.

Of course, making health care services inaccessible doesn’t make the need for those services go away. What it does mean is that women have to go to greater expense simply to take care of their bodies. And if it costs too much, women will choose to skip doctors’ appointments.

During a signing ceremony Governor Brewer called the measure a “common-sense law that tightens existing state regulations and closes loopholes in order to ensure that taxpayer dollars are not used to fund abortions, whether directly or indirectly. By signing this measure into law, I stand with the majority of Americans who oppose the use of taxpayer funds for abortion.”

But not everyone agreed with Brewer. Planned Parenthood has fought back in every state that has removed its funding, pointing out that this is an assault on all women making their own decisions about their bodies, and particularly an assault on poor women.

GOP is SHIT

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Catholic Church Is Not About People, It’s About Booga Booga in the Sky and Booga’s Gaudily Dressed Elderly Fanatics Sick Control

50 Reasons to Boycott the Catholic Church


1. Throughout the world, Catholic bishops have engaged in a systematic, organized effort going back decades to cover up for priests who molest children.

2. Strike one: ” What did the pope know and when did he know it? " The current pope, when he was Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, was personally implicated in a case from the 1970s in which at least three sets of parents reported that a priest in his diocese had sexually abused their children.

3. Strike two: In 1981, again when the current pope was Cardinal Ratzinger, he got a letter from the diocese of Oakland asking him to defrock a priest who had acknowledged molesting two children. Ratzinger ignored this letter, and several followup letters, for four years.

4. Strike three: In 2001, Cardinal Ratzinger wrote a letter, De Delictis Gravioribus , to all Catholic bishops advising them how to handle accusations of sex crimes by priests. There was no recommendation to contact the police, but rather an instruction for them to report such cases only to the Vatican and tell no one else: ” Cases of this kind are subject to the pontifical secret.

5. Some church officials, like the American friar Benedict Groeschel, have blamed the epidemic of child molestation on sexually wanton boys who tempt priests into assaulting them.

6. They threaten to cut off funding for immigrants’ rights advocates because they sometimes work with gay-rights advocates. Preventing immigrants from getting legal and medical aid is less important than ensuring the church isn’t contaminated by even indirect contact with anyone who helps gay people.

7. In a sign of how ridiculously disproportionate and unhinged the church’s martyrdom complex is, the current pope has compared expanding the rights of women and gay people to the murderous anticlerical violence of the 1930s Spanish civil war.

8. They’ve used their official UN observer status to team up with Islamic theocracies like Iran and Libya to oppose calls for family-planning services to be made available in the world’s poorest nations.

9. They’ve gone to desperately poor, AIDS-ravaged regions of Africa to spread the life-destroying lie that condoms don’t prevent transmission of HIV.

10. In the mid-20th century, they appointed a special papal commission to study whether Catholicism should permit the use of birth control. When the commission almost unanimously recommended that they should, they ignored that recommendation and doubled down on their absolute ban on contraception.

11. They excommunicated the doctors who performed an abortion on a pregnant 9-year-old who’d been raped by her stepfather.

12. They did not excommunicate the stepfather.

13. Savita Halappanavar wasn’t the first: Catholic-run hospitals are willing to let women die rather than get lifesaving abortions, even when a miscarriage is already in progress and no possible procedure could save the fetus.

14. They refused to provide contraception or abortion to women who were abducted and forced to work as prostitutes, and then filed a lawsuit complaining it was violating their religious freedom when the government took away their contract.

15. In Poland, they ordered politicians to vote for a law banning IVF and threatened to excommunicate any who didn’t comply.

…and 35 more…to Hell with the catholic church.

Spirituality Is in No Way Associated With Christianity, Judaism or Islam.

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"I Want the Government in my Vagina!"

Kate Beckinsale, Judy Greer and Andrea Savage use mockery and comic genius to show just how ridiculous — and offensive—  anti-choice legislation like forced ultrasound really is. I recommend watching the  clip in full — some of the funniest moments come at the very end. 

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Wisconsin Lawmaker to Spousal Abuse Victims: If You Are Being Beaten, Just Remember the Things You Love About Your Husband
Wow, sort of touches one’s heart that Republicans have developed this level of sensitivity. I mean, it’s better than, “Learn to like it”.


If you need any further proof that we are in the midst of a full-on patriarchal biblical-religious war on women, a Wisconsin lawmaker is happy to provide it.
According to Yahoo News, Wisconsin Rep. Don Pridemore helpfully suggests that, rather than divorcing an abusive spouse, you should try to remember the things you love about the guy while he is beating you up.
In Wisconsin — yes, the same state where lawmakers have introduced a bill penalizing single mothers for being unmarried — a Republican state representative has come out against divorce for any reason — even domestic abuse. 
Instead of leaving an abusive situation, women should try to remember the things they love about their husbands, Representative Don Pridemore said. “If they can re-find those reasons and get back to why they got married in the first place it might help,” he told a local news station.  Jodi Jacobson

 awkwardbutaccurate reblogged this from echoesandsighs and added:  This is obviously gross, but is it really fair to lump all Republicans together as somehow “pro-rape”?
mikeoo56:
The Republican Party itself damns an individual and the overall effort of the Republican party is cancerous towards women and by extension the entire human race, so I would say that the two or three Republicans that don’t promote rape can get fucked.
Considering the profound ignorance in general of those in the Republican party, the Republican’s party continued attack on women’s rights, Republican’s presidential contender Santorum’s comments concerning rape being a blessing, Limbaugh’s remarks (and a lack of condemnation of Limbaugh’s remarks by the Republican’s) and the Republican Party being rooted in the patriarchal christian “bitch ate the apple horseshit”, one can soundly state that it is giving the Republican party the benefit of the doubt to say that they are not indifferent to a woman’s rape. Presently, the Republican party’s battle cry is that “women are the nigger of the world”. Those belonging to the GOP, who are not pro-rape should police their ranks more than a little better and weed out their own mentally ill and possibly they would deserve some consideration as a relevant party.
Somewhere in the Republican handbook, the bible: Deutoronomy 22: “If a woman does not scream loudly enough while being raped, she should be stoned to death.”
The Republican Party, deserves all the condemnation it can get.

Wisconsin Lawmaker to Spousal Abuse Victims: If You Are Being Beaten, Just Remember the Things You Love About Your Husband

Wow, sort of touches one’s heart that Republicans have developed this level of sensitivity. I mean, it’s better than, “Learn to like it”.


If you need any further proof that we are in the midst of a full-on patriarchal biblical-religious war on women, a Wisconsin lawmaker is happy to provide it.

According to Yahoo News, Wisconsin Rep. Don Pridemore helpfully suggests that, rather than divorcing an abusive spouse, you should try to remember the things you love about the guy while he is beating you up.

In Wisconsin — yes, the same state where lawmakers have introduced a bill penalizing single mothers for being unmarried — a Republican state representative has come out against divorce for any reason — even domestic abuse

Instead of leaving an abusive situation, women should try to remember the things they love about their husbands, Representative Don Pridemore said. “If they can re-find those reasons and get back to why they got married in the first place it might help,” he told a local news stationJodi Jacobson

awkwardbutaccurate reblogged this from echoesandsighs and added: This is obviously gross, but is it really fair to lump all Republicans together as somehow “pro-rape”?

mikeoo56:

The Republican Party itself damns an individual and the overall effort of the Republican party is cancerous towards women and by extension the entire human race, so I would say that the two or three Republicans that don’t promote rape can get fucked.

Considering the profound ignorance in general of those in the Republican party, the Republican’s party continued attack on women’s rights, Republican’s presidential contender Santorum’s comments concerning rape being a blessing, Limbaugh’s remarks (and a lack of condemnation of Limbaugh’s remarks by the Republican’s) and the Republican Party being rooted in the patriarchal christian “bitch ate the apple horseshit”, one can soundly state that it is giving the Republican party the benefit of the doubt to say that they are not indifferent to a woman’s rape. Presently, the Republican party’s battle cry is that “women are the nigger of the world”. Those belonging to the GOP, who are not pro-rape should police their ranks more than a little better and weed out their own mentally ill and possibly they would deserve some consideration as a relevant party.

Somewhere in the Republican handbook, the bible: Deutoronomy 22: “If a woman does not scream loudly enough while being raped, she should be stoned to death.”

The Republican Party, deserves all the condemnation it can get.

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Insanity Rules Apply to Anti-abortion Terrorists
Anti-abortion terrorists do not know the people they murder nor do they know or love the people, the unborn they claim are their own personal inspiration to commit murder themselves. Anti-abortion terrorists are not family or friend to any fetus nor do they know personally those folks that they themselves murder. Anti-abortion terrorists are just murderers. Anti-abortion terrorists are murderers, first last and foremost. Anti-abortion terrorists don’t exactly agree that their acts are cold blooded murder; they try to turn their acts of murder into a vague sort of crusade or string of justifiable homicides with a halo. Abortion terrorists are murderers and no murderer can claim to be acting with regard to the sanctity of life. Anti-abortion terrorists are in it for the attention.
Anti-abortion terrorists easily demonize and dehumanize one isolated vulnerable health care provider to murder in a cowardly way. Anti-abortion terrorist never behave with courage in the open. Anti-abortion terrorists are murderers looking for an excuse to murder and get a round of applause from a few sickos in the process.
Anti-abortion terrorists murder people like those insane people who kill political figures. They murder for fame and self-righteous status, under the pretense of being…”pro life” or a member of god’s god damn crazy army.
Insanity rules apply.

Insanity Rules Apply to Anti-abortion Terrorists

Anti-abortion terrorists do not know the people they murder nor do they know or love the people, the unborn they claim are their own personal inspiration to commit murder themselves. Anti-abortion terrorists are not family or friend to any fetus nor do they know personally those folks that they themselves murder. Anti-abortion terrorists are just murderers. Anti-abortion terrorists are murderers, first last and foremost. Anti-abortion terrorists don’t exactly agree that their acts are cold blooded murder; they try to turn their acts of murder into a vague sort of crusade or string of justifiable homicides with a halo. Abortion terrorists are murderers and no murderer can claim to be acting with regard to the sanctity of life. Anti-abortion terrorists are in it for the attention.

Anti-abortion terrorists easily demonize and dehumanize one isolated vulnerable health care provider to murder in a cowardly way. Anti-abortion terrorist never behave with courage in the open. Anti-abortion terrorists are murderers looking for an excuse to murder and get a round of applause from a few sickos in the process.

Anti-abortion terrorists murder people like those insane people who kill political figures. They murder for fame and self-righteous status, under the pretense of being…”pro life” or a member of god’s god damn crazy army.

Insanity rules apply.

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Sanctity of Life

How could anyone, any person know for certain that no baby inside the womb is not and has not ever been conscious? We develop from conception until old age. Using EKG’s on the unborn as proof that the unborn are non sentient tissue is about as believable as the statement that aliens must have built the pyramids because ancient humans were to undeveloped and stupid to accomplish it. At least near the end of gestation there is human life at stake.

I can not believe that anyone would hide behind the medical terminology - fetus - and falsely imply that “personhood” is bestowed upon a human as it emerges from the fetus chamber and thereby at that moment is subject to all the laws that apply to the rest of us emergees. What a dance of semantics, law and medical terminology and really just a fucking bowl of bullshit. It seems there is bullshit on both sides of the argument. At some point in a pregnancy, fetus is merely a name with little significance and there is a very, very young person waiting to begin their great journey.

Who decides if the baby makes it to term? It certainly should not be the decision of those parasites who wish to feel pious by forcing their belief in the sanctity of life on people they don’t give a fuck about. Those of the Christian belief, eat shit and die; you’d being doing the rest of us a favor and you would leave behind a group of people more capable than you of caring for each other. To pander ones religion by passing an intrusive law upon women, and only women, requiring women to listen to a heartbeat; a heartbeat of a life distinct from the panderer but the heartbeat of a life merged with the woman within her body is arguably one of the most base self serving and profoundly insulting acts against women, against the human race and against the sanctity of life, ever.

It is a tough decision to make, but it is the mothers decision. Mom brings us into this world and she can take us out.

My response to those Republicans, Christians and pro-fuckthenewbornandmom who push these anti-choice bills is to say that if Osama bin Laden had taken more careful aim with those jets and flew them into a Republican National Convention, hosted by FOX news at the Vatican, Osama would have been a hero.

Anti-Choice is SHIT

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Abortion: Is it Possible to be both “Pro-life” and “Pro-Choice”

Despite many claims to the contrary, life does not begin at  conception: It is an unbroken chain that stretches back nearly to the  origin of the Earth, 4.6 billion years ago. Nor does human life  begin at conception: It is an unbroken chain dating back to the origin  of our species, hundreds of thousands of years ago. Every human sperm  and egg is, beyond the shadow of a doubt, alive. They are not human  beings, of course. However, it could be argued that neither is a  fertilized egg.
In some animals, an egg develops into a healthy adult without  benefit of a sperm cell. But not, so far as we know, among humans. A  sperm and an unfertilized egg jointly comprise the full genetic  blueprint for a human being. Under certain circumstances, after  fertilization, they can develop into a baby. But most fertilized eggs  are spontaneously miscarried. Development into a baby is by no means  guaranteed. Neither a sperm and egg separately, nor a fertilized egg, is  more than a potential baby or a potential adult.  So if a sperm and egg are as human as the fertilized egg produced by  their union, and if it is murder to destroy a fertilized egg—despite the  fact that it’s only potentially a baby—why isn’t it murder to destroy a sperm or an egg?
By far the most common reason for abortion worldwide is birth  control. So shouldn’t opponents of abortion be handing out  contraceptives and teaching school children how to use them? That would  be an effective way to reduce the number of abortions. Instead, the  United States is far behind other nations in the development of safe and  effective methods of birth control—and, in many cases, opposition to  such research (and to sex education) has come from the same people who  oppose abortions.
Different religions have different teachings.  Among  hunter-gatherers, there are usually no prohibitions against abortion,  and it was common in ancient Greece and Rome.  In contrast, the more  severe Assyrians impaled women on stakes for attempting abortion.  The  Jewish Talmud teaches that the fetus is not a person and has no rights.   The Old and New Testaments—rich in astonishingly detailed prohibitions  on dress, diet, and permissible words—contain not a word specifically  prohibiting abortion.  The only passage that’s remotely relevant (Exodus  21:22) decrees that if there’s a fight and a woman bystander should  accidentally be injured and made to miscarry, the assailant must pay a  fine.
by 1900, abortion had been banned at any time in pregnancy by  every state in the Union, except when necessary to save the woman’s  life.  What happened to bring about so striking a reversal?  Religion  had little to do with it.  Drastic economic and social conversions were  turning this country from an agrarian to an urban-industrial society.   America was in the process of changing from having one of the highest  birthrates in the world to one of the lowest.  Abortion certainly played  a role and stimulated forces to suppress it.
One of the most significant of these forces was the medical profession.   Up to the mid-nineteenth century, medicine was an uncertified,  unsupervised business.  Anyone could hang up a shingle and call himself  (or herself) a doctor.  With the rise of a new, university-educated  medical elite, anxious to enhance the status and influence of  physicians, the American Medical Association was formed.  In its first  decade, the AMA began lobbying against abortions performed by anyone  except licensed physicians.  New knowledge of embryology, the physicians  said, had shown the fetus to be human even before quickening.
Their assault on abortion was motivated not by concern for the health of  the woman but, they claimed, for the welfare of the fetus.  You had to  be a physician to know when abortion was morally justified, because the  question depended on scientific and medical facts understood only by  physicians.  At the same time, women were effectively excluded from the  medical schools, where such arcane knowledge could be acquired.  So, as  things worked out, women had almost nothing to say about terminating  their own pregnancies.  It was also up to the physician to decide if the  pregnancy posed a threat to the woman, and it was entirely at his  discretion to determine what was and was not a threat.  For the rich  woman, the threat might be a threat to her emotional tranquility or  even to her lifestyle.  The poor woman was often forced to resort to the  back alley or the coat hanger.
This was the law until the 1960s, when a coalition of individuals and  organizations, the AMA now among them, sought to overturn it and to  reinstate the more traditional values that were to be embodied in Roe v. Wade.
 Carl Sagan


Regardless, the Pro Lifers, Religious Zealots and Republicans do not have the moral high ground.

Abortion: Is it Possible to be both “Pro-life” and “Pro-Choice”

Despite many claims to the contrary, life does not begin at conception: It is an unbroken chain that stretches back nearly to the origin of the Earth, 4.6 billion years ago. Nor does human life begin at conception: It is an unbroken chain dating back to the origin of our species, hundreds of thousands of years ago. Every human sperm and egg is, beyond the shadow of a doubt, alive. They are not human beings, of course. However, it could be argued that neither is a fertilized egg.

In some animals, an egg develops into a healthy adult without benefit of a sperm cell. But not, so far as we know, among humans. A sperm and an unfertilized egg jointly comprise the full genetic blueprint for a human being. Under certain circumstances, after fertilization, they can develop into a baby. But most fertilized eggs are spontaneously miscarried. Development into a baby is by no means guaranteed. Neither a sperm and egg separately, nor a fertilized egg, is more than a potential baby or a potential adult. So if a sperm and egg are as human as the fertilized egg produced by their union, and if it is murder to destroy a fertilized egg—despite the fact that it’s only potentially a baby—why isn’t it murder to destroy a sperm or an egg?

By far the most common reason for abortion worldwide is birth control. So shouldn’t opponents of abortion be handing out contraceptives and teaching school children how to use them? That would be an effective way to reduce the number of abortions. Instead, the United States is far behind other nations in the development of safe and effective methods of birth control—and, in many cases, opposition to such research (and to sex education) has come from the same people who oppose abortions.

Different religions have different teachings. Among hunter-gatherers, there are usually no prohibitions against abortion, and it was common in ancient Greece and Rome. In contrast, the more severe Assyrians impaled women on stakes for attempting abortion. The Jewish Talmud teaches that the fetus is not a person and has no rights. The Old and New Testaments—rich in astonishingly detailed prohibitions on dress, diet, and permissible words—contain not a word specifically prohibiting abortion. The only passage that’s remotely relevant (Exodus 21:22) decrees that if there’s a fight and a woman bystander should accidentally be injured and made to miscarry, the assailant must pay a fine.

by 1900, abortion had been banned at any time in pregnancy by every state in the Union, except when necessary to save the woman’s life. What happened to bring about so striking a reversal? Religion had little to do with it. Drastic economic and social conversions were turning this country from an agrarian to an urban-industrial society. America was in the process of changing from having one of the highest birthrates in the world to one of the lowest. Abortion certainly played a role and stimulated forces to suppress it.

One of the most significant of these forces was the medical profession. Up to the mid-nineteenth century, medicine was an uncertified, unsupervised business. Anyone could hang up a shingle and call himself (or herself) a doctor. With the rise of a new, university-educated medical elite, anxious to enhance the status and influence of physicians, the American Medical Association was formed. In its first decade, the AMA began lobbying against abortions performed by anyone except licensed physicians. New knowledge of embryology, the physicians said, had shown the fetus to be human even before quickening.

Their assault on abortion was motivated not by concern for the health of the woman but, they claimed, for the welfare of the fetus. You had to be a physician to know when abortion was morally justified, because the question depended on scientific and medical facts understood only by physicians. At the same time, women were effectively excluded from the medical schools, where such arcane knowledge could be acquired. So, as things worked out, women had almost nothing to say about terminating their own pregnancies. It was also up to the physician to decide if the pregnancy posed a threat to the woman, and it was entirely at his discretion to determine what was and was not a threat. For the rich woman, the threat might be a threat to her emotional tranquility or even to her lifestyle. The poor woman was often forced to resort to the back alley or the coat hanger.

This was the law until the 1960s, when a coalition of individuals and organizations, the AMA now among them, sought to overturn it and to reinstate the more traditional values that were to be embodied in Roe v. Wade.

Carl Sagan


Regardless, the Pro Lifers, Religious Zealots and Republicans do not have the moral high ground.

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Imagine Being Harassed by Violent Right-Wing Lunatics Every Time You  Go to Work — Meet the Brave Doctors Who Risk Their Lives to Help Women
   Imagine having to go everywhere in a  bulletproof vest. Having your personal information spread around the  Internet, and in circles known to promote violence in their midst.  Imagine knowing that your colleague, or the man whose office you now  work in, was shot to death in church and that a vital movement cheers  his killer on every day. 
   Imagine watching legislature after legislature pass bills designed to make your work uncomfortable or impossible.

Imagine Being Harassed by Violent Right-Wing Lunatics Every Time You Go to Work — Meet the Brave Doctors Who Risk Their Lives to Help Women

   Imagine having to go everywhere in a bulletproof vest. Having your personal information spread around the Internet, and in circles known to promote violence in their midst. Imagine knowing that your colleague, or the man whose office you now work in, was shot to death in church and that a vital movement cheers his killer on every day. 

   Imagine watching legislature after legislature pass bills designed to make your work uncomfortable or impossible.

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15-Year-Old Girl Faces Life in Prison for a Miscarriage? Why Conservatives Are Criminalizing Pregnant Women

   Perhaps the most persuasive argument put forward in the amicus briefs is that if such prosecutions were designed to protect the unborn child, then they would be utterly counter-productive: “Prosecuting women and girls for continuing [a pregnancy] to term despite a drug addiction encourages them to terminate wanted pregnancies to avoid criminal penalties. The state could not have intended this result when it adopted the homicide statute.” Ed Pilkington

   Reproductive laws: Fuck the mother and the newborn, these laws have no sincere basis, just bible thumping trash.

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Pious Farts
Religion: What defines religion, what pisses me off about religion is  the false moral authority they adopt from knowing basically an imaginary  friend. From knowing “the way”…to nowhere. They hide their  complacency behind a wall of concocted moral authority.

Pious Farts

Religion: What defines religion, what pisses me off about religion is the false moral authority they adopt from knowing basically an imaginary friend. From knowing “the way”…to nowhere. They hide their complacency behind a wall of concocted moral authority.

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