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Abortion Funds by State

rosalarian:

dreadhawkedmuckaround:

fuckyeahsexeducation:

Alaska

Arizona

California

Colorado

District Of Columbia

Delaware

Distrito Federal (Mexico City)

Florida

Georgia

Iowa

Illinois

Kansas

Kentucky

Massachusetts

Maryland

Maine

Michigan

Minnesota

Montana

North Dakota

Nebraska

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

Nevada

New York

Ohio

Oklahoma

Ontario

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Virginia

Vermont

Washington

Wisconsin

West Virginia

Wyoming

My state is not on this list :( My state is horrible. For everyone whose state is NOT horrible, I hope this helps you.

signal fucking boosted, abortion should be accessible by all who need it.

In case you ever need it.

(Source: bebinn)

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In the U.S. if you destroy an eagle’s egg (that’s an embryo) it is a federal crime punishable by more than 10 years jail time and a $250,000 fine. Destroy a human embryo and it is federally funded.

depressingfacts:

Because eagles are endangered species and destroying an eagle’s egg is doing so against the mother’s choice.

When it comes to abortion, humans are neither endangered, nor is abortion going against the uterus-bearer’s choice.

Nice try though, except that abortions aren’t federally funded. Please look up the Hyde Amendment

(via fuckyeahfeminists)

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Please Help Save Mississippi Women From the Life-Endangering "Personhood" Ballot

womenaresociety:

Women in Mississippi already face the nation’s highest rates of poverty, unintended pregnancy, and teen pregnancy. In just three weeks, things could get a whole lot worseunless you and I step up now to stop the most aggressive attempt to ban abortion and birth control in decades. Here’s the message I received from Felicia, Outreach Director at Mississippians for Healthy Families:

 Dear Cecile,

Thank you so much for asking me to share with the whole Planned Parenthood family what’s happening here in Mississippi. We truly need all the help we can get to stop the “personhood” ballot initiative during the next three weeks.

If we lose, even in cases of incest and rape, even if a woman’s life is in danger, she will be forced to carry a pregnancy because all abortions will be banned.

If we lose, women may be banned from using the birth control pill, IUDS, and other contraception. 

If we lose, life-saving treatments for pregnant women facing conditions like cancer may be blocked.

If Initiative 26 passes, it will cause terrible suffering across the state. I, my colleagues, and a growing but vocal group of advocates for women here in Mississippi are doing everything we can to let voters know about this dangerous initiative, but we can’t talk to everyone and we need your help. We just can’t do it alone.

My job is to protect women’s health, but I honestly don’t know how that will be possible if this initiative passes. Our staff and volunteers are working day and night — but we just don’t have the resources to win this fight on our own. Thank you for spreading the word among Planned Parenthood supporters.

Thank you,

Felicia, Outreach Director
Mississippians for Healthy Families 

I can’t say no to a request like that. I’m betting that you can’t either. This is what standing up for women’s health looks like, today. Click here to make a donation to Mississippians for Health Families.

You and I know too well that this ballot initiative is about more than just one state. Anti-choice activists hope that a win in Mississippi will lead to a national movement to ban all abortions and many forms of birth control. We’ve stopped similar efforts in other states — and we must help to stop this dangerous ballot initiative as well.

Let’s stand up for women in Mississippi. Let’s tell the people behind Initiative 26 that we won’t let them destroy women’s lives and trample their rights. Let’s send a message that these vicious assaults on basic health care will not stand — not in Mississippi, not anywhere.

Thank you, once again, for protecting women’s health and rights anywhere and everywhere they are attacked.

Sincerely,

Cecile Richards, President
Planned Parenthood Action Fund

*I’m pretty much broke right now, but I’m going to try to donate at least $10. Please help these women, any amount makes a difference - and even if you can’t, spread the word.

Filed under WHY DOES LEGISLATION LIKE THIS EXIST I DON'T UNDERSTAND abortion birth control mississippi women's health

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Abortion is a healthcare right and should be accessible to all, but what scares me the most about the Personhood Act is that it would ban the pill. It would ban all hormonal birth control. This would pretty much require abstinence only education and destroy any family planning. I’m a lesbian who’s (hopefully) never going to need the pill as a contraceptive, but what it does for me is fantastic. I literally cannot move on the first day of my period. I sweat and I can’t support my own body and I’m pretty much restricted to my bed, except sometimes I don’t get it in the morning or when I am conveniently at home. The pill instantly fixes that.

Keeping birth control out of the hands of women (and transmen who still need it) is a very scary prospect that could ruin everything we’ve been fighting for. I really hope this amendment dies here.

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Crisis Pregnancy Centers Claim Constitution Gives Them Right To Lie To Pregnant Ladies

The Huffington Post reports that the city ordinance was designed to address the fact that two crisis pregnancy centers led patients to believe that they offered abortion services, when in fact they basically exist to convince women to carry their pregnancies to term. One group, called First Resort, purchased Google ad space so that their clinic would appear first in search results for “San Francisco abortion,” even though they don’t provide abortion services.

The crisis pregnancy centers say that this law is unfair and a violation of their free speech rights.

It is your first amendment right to speak your opinion and advocate for what you think is right. It is not your first amendment right to lie to scared women and feed them misinformation that convinces them to make a decision they might not’ve made otherwise.

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[tw rape, abortion] Siri Failures, Illustrated

itswalky:

sickdays:

amaditalks:

The recent illustrations of Siri, the iPhone 4S voice-recognition based assistant, failing to provide information to users about abortion, birth control, help after rape and help with domestic violence has gotten a lot of notice. Yesterday’s post with screenshots from a Twitter conversation I was a part of has netted 200+ notes the last I looked.

There have been a number of arguments, three of which compelled me. The first was “why aren’t there screenshots?” Here, you have them, in spades. The second two:

  • “It’s just a phone, why do you expect it do all this?”
    Siri can answer a lot of health related questions perfectly well, why shouldn’t we expect it to be able to answer reproductive health related queries too? Why treat reproductive health as a walled-off garden that the general public can’t or shouldn’t be exposed to? It’s not simply that in some places Siri has sent people to distant anti-choice fake clinics when they’ve asked where they can get abortions (and there are providers near to them) it’s also that in some locations (including mine) Siri refuses to disclose abortion clinic locations at all. Watch:

    Siri can't find an abortion clinic or even define the word.

    So even though there’s a clinic less than 3 miles from where I was sitting at the time, Siri couldn’t find one. Nor could Siri even define abortion. And note what’s missing: no offer to search the web. Usually when Siri can’t find an answer, there’s an offer to search the web for you, as I found when I asked about abortion counseling

    Siri offers to help me find abortion COUNSELING

    So Siri won’t help me find where to get an abortion or search the web for me about it, but will search the web for me to find someone who will talk to be about abortion. Huh. Odd.

    But what if I know the name of the clinic I’m looking for? What does Siri do then?

    Siri can't find Allegheny Reproductive

    This particular clinic’s name is unique, so much so that if you simply Google “Allegheny Reproductive” you find it, first result. (The website is alleghenyreproductive.com) But Siri is stumped. Not so with other businesses that you provide a full name for, such as:

    Siri knows hardware, not healthcare

    South Hills Hardware isn’t actually the name of the Hardware store, it’s South Hills True Value Home Center. But that didn’t stop Siri!

    But how about if we get a little more specific? City names, or even street names attached to the full and proper names of the other abortion providers in Pittsburgh?

    Siri still can't find Allegheny Reproductive



    Siri can't find Allegheny Women's Center



    Siri can't find American Women's Services either

    Well, maybe the problem is that Siri just doesn’t have a good index of locations in Pittsburgh? No, I don’t think so.

    Siri can't find an abortion clinic, but can find numerous purveyors of donuts.

    And as has been discussed elsewhere, it’s not just abortion. It’s birth control. You know, that stuff that 99% of American women will use in their lifetimes. (More common than gyros for certain.)

    No birth control clinics

    No birth control clinics to be found. Okay, two questions are raised: why is Siri’s response to the keywords “birth control” mapping to a search for birth control clinics to begin with? Second: why, again, is there no option to search the web? If you search the web, incidentally, for “birth control clinic Pittsburgh” guess what you get?

    Google knows Planned Parenthood has a birth control dispensing clinic, why can't Siri figure that out?

    And if you search, more meaningfully, on Google for your express need, it’s simple to see where you should go:

    Google helps when you need birth control

    Siri can’t help in a situation where you need emergency contraceptives, either, a situation that is very time sensitive and when a person might want the app that’s being used to sell their phone, branded as a convenience device that’s meant to save your time, energy and provide what you need at the speaking of a sentence, to be able to help. Here’s Siri’s take on EC:

    Siri says if you need EC go to the ER

    Now it might be reasonable to think that “emergency contraceptive” means “emergency room” because that’s where emergencies go. But it’s not helpful. EC is available over the counter to adults, at any pharmacy (that’s willing to stock/dispense it). You don’t need or want to go to an ER for it. So while the thinking is clear, it’s wrong. And what happens if you ask for EC by it’s more colloquial name?

    Siri is incredulous about a need for EC

    And what if you ask for EC by its brand names?

    Siri can't find Plan B

    Siri can’t recognize “Plan B.”

    Siri thinks Plan B One Step is a company stock

    And Siri believes that “Plan B One Step” is a company, and provides a stock report. I’m not sure what PLB.AX is but it can’t help me to not get pregnant.

    But maybe the issue is that Siri just doesn’t understand the names of medication or where one goes to get medication. That could be beyond Siri’s programming. That’s possible, right?

    Siri knows Viagra!

    Nope.

    Overall, Siri is really limited here. There is no legitimate reason that inquiring about a business by name and with the name of the street on which its located (to a device that can pinpoint your location within meters and can use it as a starting parameter for a search) should get a response of “can’t be found” with no option to search further. There’s really no reason why it should be handling birth control requests the way that it does, and no reason why the same keyword searches on these topics give results on Google (or any other general search engine) and nothing on Siri at all.

  • Another objection I saw was along the lines of “Why would you use Siri if you were raped or beaten by your husband?
    This is pretty obvious to me: maybe because if you’re hurt badly, all you might be able to do is hold down one button and say what happened to you. Nevertheless, if Siri can understand “I broke a tooth” and direct you to a dentist:
    Siri offering a listing of dentists
    Or knows what to do if you’re simply “hurt”:
    Siri knows that hurt means go to the hospital
    Then there’s no excuse for her to be a smartass about serious violence:

    Siri is incredulous that you've been a rape victim

    At least somewhere in the mix of rape-related inquiries and resultant snark, Siri did sneak in an offer to search the web for me.

    How nice, search the web as you mock.

    Note, however, that Siri does know what rape is, as demonstrated by this query and response:

    At least Siri knows that rape is a form of sexual abuse.

    Why the programming treats that inquiry that way (and can’t find PAAR which is 1.5 miles from where I sit) I do not know. This would be a great time to list those ERs, or perhaps even law enforcement, but apparently rape is just sexual abuse, never a medical or legal issue? I can’t begin to understand this thinking.

Is this the most terrible programming failure ever? No. Is this worth a boycott of Apple? I don’t think so. What it is, however, is a demonstration of a problem. Especially when certain topics seem to be behind a black wall where information that’s readily available online is not being “found” or presented. This is something that Apple and/or Wolfram Alpha need to address and rectify.

Here is Apple’s contact page (lower right is “Feedback”). Let them know about this problem so the iPhone 5 is better about all of this. 

WOW that’s just um…disgusting? yeah i guess that’s a good word for it.

Man, Siri is a butthole.

My god.

Filed under siri apple cell phone rape abortion reproductive freedom

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onlyslightly:

textualdeviance:

Earlier today, a friend asked for someone to make this poster idea for her. So I did. :)
Full-size version here. 
Please donate to Planned Parenthood if you can! 

My male best friend and I get into a shit ton of debates. He dismisses my opinions a lot, which is fine sometimes because they’re usually not very well-worded or coherent, but sometimes he says some really offensive things and doesn’t even realize it.
For example, we talked about Planned Parenthood one time, and he said that he didn’t support funding them because you had to be “stupid” to need their services, by which he meant abortion. I pointed out that that was a ridiculous statement, because they do a hell of a lot more than help with abortion access, such as STI tests and help with birth control and the other things pointed out in this image, as well as making all of those things a lot more accessible for those with lower incomes.
To which he replied that they just shouldn’t be having sex and being “stupid” to begin with if they couldn’t afford to pay for the consequences.
Because in privileged upper-middle class male world, sex is something that should only be enjoyed by the wealthy, silly!

onlyslightly:

textualdeviance:

Earlier today, a friend asked for someone to make this poster idea for her. So I did. :)

Full-size version here

Please donate to Planned Parenthood if you can! 

My male best friend and I get into a shit ton of debates. He dismisses my opinions a lot, which is fine sometimes because they’re usually not very well-worded or coherent, but sometimes he says some really offensive things and doesn’t even realize it.

For example, we talked about Planned Parenthood one time, and he said that he didn’t support funding them because you had to be “stupid” to need their services, by which he meant abortion. I pointed out that that was a ridiculous statement, because they do a hell of a lot more than help with abortion access, such as STI tests and help with birth control and the other things pointed out in this image, as well as making all of those things a lot more accessible for those with lower incomes.

To which he replied that they just shouldn’t be having sex and being “stupid” to begin with if they couldn’t afford to pay for the consequences.

Because in privileged upper-middle class male world, sex is something that should only be enjoyed by the wealthy, silly!

Filed under Planned Parenthood abortion birth control male privilege sex

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A woman almost died in an emergency room because the "pro-life" doctor on call refused to perform an abortion

Last week the Med Students for Choice were out with us at clinic defense, and they told us how abortion was a very simple procedure that only doctors were allowed to do. Apparently there was some kind of push to teach even students so we wouldn’t have to rely on anti-choice doctors and they wouldn’t be forced into being OBGYNs to provide services. It’d be a relief to see that happen, so women like this one wouldn’t have to wait in pain while a doctor refused her service.

(Source: anticapitalist, via socialistexan)

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Some new rules for Vaginaphobes far and wide

fuckyeahfeminists:

AKA a guide for Virginia delegate David Albo, who seems to be okay with sex and invasive unnecessary vaginal procedures, but not saying the fucking word VAGINA.

1. It’s “vagina” and “vaginal” not “Vblahblahblah” or “v this” or even “v that.” Try saying “vagina” and “vaginal” 10 times a day and you’ll get the hang of it!

2. “Vagina” is not a vulgar or crude word. It was most likely the channel through which you, person who thinks that “vagina” is crude or vulgar, entered the world.

3. When laws regarding vaginas and transvaginal anything are being discussed, the words “vagina” and “vagina”l might, and probably should, come up.

4. If you don’t like hearing people say “vagina,” you have issues and are most likely sexually repressed. (What a pity that the people who would most benefit from reading Foucault hate him or would hate him if they knew who he was.)

5. If you don’t like hearing the word “vagina” or “vaginal,” then don’t try to pass laws mandating transvaginal procedures in which instruments are put into women’s vaginas against their will (otherwise known as rape).

6. If you don’t like saying the word “vagina” or “vaginal,” you don’t get to legislate them.

or, to be more direct,

7. If you can’t say it, you can’t probe it.

8. Like the old saying, if you can’t take the word, get out of the vagina.

9. If you want to get some from your wife, leave other women’s vaginas alone.

10. All men who want women to be forced to undergo medically unnecessary transvaginal ultrasounds and look at images of a zygote before they are allowed to terminate a pregnancy must submit to urethral dilatation and cystoscopy (that means there’s a camera going up your penis, just like you want probes going up into our vaginas) and look at images of their prostates, before they are allowed to be treated for erectile dysfunction. THEN Rachel Maddow’s favorite word will be PENILE!

[from Feministing]

my new dating requirement: can’t say? sorry, but you can’t probe it.

except I won’t really be sorry.

if you can’t say it, you can’t probe it

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