This collection is also posted at the Abortion Assistance Blog.
The Abortion Diaries (a short documentary featuring 12 women)
Another Memory of Visiting Dr. Tiller (severe fetal anomalies)
National Network of Abortion Funds: How are women’s lives affected?
A Heartbreaking Choice (severe fetal anomalies)
Judicial Bypass for Minors
There are 37 states that currently enforce parental notification or consent laws - find out here if yours is one, or call your local Planned Parenthood. To avoid having to notify or obtain consent from parents or guardians, you must get a judicial bypass, meaning a judge will decide if you can get an abortion. Here are a few resources I’ve found on judicial bypass for minors seeking a safe, legal abortion without parental notification or consent.
Getting a judicial bypass does not cost anything, and you are entitled to a court-appointed lawyer.
- I found a lawyer in Ohio, Christine Baker, who offers free, confidential assistance.
- Texas has a program called Jane’s Due Process that ensures legal representation for pregnant minors.
- Contact your state’s American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). They may have a program that provides legal representation, or give referrals to lawyers.
- Contact the National Abortion Federation’s hotline (1-800-772-9100) for information and referrals in your state.
- Search your local Planned Parenthood’s website (find it here) for information on judicial bypass in your state. They may have a hotline or references for someone who can represent you.
- Be prepared to go out of your county, or even out of your state. Some judges will refuse to handle judicial bypass petitions, or to even hear the proceedings. If you need help getting to a court that will hear your petition, check out or contact the Abortion Assistance Blog or your state’s abortion fund.
I’ll keep updating this post, so any more information is much appreciated.
Since I was told I have privilege…
1. Name me a TV series or movie where a main or secondary character is asexual, has come out as asexual, remains asexual and their asexuality is not due to abuse, a medical condition that can be fixed, a “phase”, being too young to be sexual or an alien race/supernatural creature or “waiting for the right person”. They can be of any romantic inclination (including aromantic) or any gender but they MUST have stated they are asexual.
Bonus if they’re also childfree.
2. Name me a TV series or movie where a main or secondary female character is childfree. Not childless(wanting kids but being unable to have them/not having had them yet) but actually childfree (never wanting children and sticking to never giving birth to any or adopting any - childfree people have no children. Peroid.) and not only has stated such but remains true to their childfree beliefs even if they get pregnant (yes that means an ABORTION not AWWW I WANNA BE A MOMMY NOW). Their childfree desire cannot stem from being “tragically sterile”, the last of their race, a supernatural or alien creature, a medical/mental illness or because the love of their life died young.
Bonus if they’re asexual too.
3. Name me a TV series or a movie where asexuality is shown in a positive light and treated as valid; not as something that can be fixed or a choice one embraces because “no one wants them” or a medical or mental illness.
4. Name me a TV series or movie where a woman being childfree is shown in a positive light and treated as valid; not as child-hating, being bitter, a “phase”, being immature, abusive, a “rabid man hating feminist” or the result of a medical/mental illness that needs to be fixed.
5. Name me a TV series or movie where a woman/person with a uterus actually has an abortion because she wanted to and with zero or little regrets afterwards because it was the right choice for her.
Bonus if she’s childfree and is shown sticking to that belief.
Now the reason I was female specific on the CF questions is because there are plenty of examples of CF men and men who don’t really want kids, so much so that Hollywood has made a billion cliche movies about it (and always the guy seems forced into parenthood because his girl is pregnant and happy) so a guy not wanting kids isn’t so much of a big deal. Females are supposed to want children because we supposedly have this clock that makes us want to breed. The other side of that is rarely, if at all, represented.
I’d actually love to see answers to these because I’d love characters I can look at and see myself fairly represented by the media.
Abortion - Myths and Reality
Abortion has become an increasingly controversial topic. The anti choice movement has created a plethora of misinformation and flat-out lies. If you google information about abortion, a lot of scary, untrue “information” can come up, and this can be dangerous. I’m here to debunk some common myths about abortion.
MYTH: If you have an abortion, you won’t be able to have any kids in the future.
REALITY: Abortion is an extremely safe procedure. It’s 10 times safer than giving birth if performed before the 18th week of pregnancy, and about twice as safe as having your tonsils removed. A safe, uncomplicated abortion procedure should not affect future fertility. An abortion does not make miscarriage more likely, increase the risk of ectopic pregnancy, cause birth defects, cause premature birth, or increase the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
MYTH: Abortion causes breast cancer.
REALITY: A link between abortion and breast cancer has never been found. This myth has been promoted by people and groups that are against abortion; they use this idea to frighten people away from obtaining an abortion.
MYTH: If I have an abortion, I will become depressed and get “post-abortion stress syndrome.”
REALITY: The American Psychological Association and the American Psychiatric Association do not recognize the existence of “post-abortion stress syndrome.” They have found the anti-choice studies and research flawed. Most scientific studies found that the long-term reactions to having an abortion are positive. Those at high-risk for depression and other psychological issues after abortion are people who already had emotional and psychological issues before the procedure.
MYTH: Plan B/emergency contraception causes abortion.
REALITY: Emergency contraception, also called Plan B and the morning after pill, is not the abortion pill. Emergency contraception stops a pregnancy from happening, while the abortion pill (RU-486 or mifepristone) terminates an already existing pregnancy.
MYTH: Only irresponsible people want abortions.
REALITY: According to the Guttmacher Institute, one in three people will have an abortion before age 45. Roughly two-thirds of those people will already have children and families. Mistakes happen. In a perfect world, birth control would be 100% effective, easy to use, and free or low cost. Everyone would have fact-based comprehensive sex education and access to sexual health services. There would be no rape or incest. Birth complications and birth defects would no longer exist. But, unfortunately, the world is not like that. Until that happens, abortion needs to be kept safe, legal, and accessible.
My Pro-Choice Politician: Nina Turner (D-Cleveland, OH)
This is the fifth in an on-going series where you all nominate state- or local-level elected officials who are standing up for reproductive rights in their communities and states, and we all, as a community, thank them for what they do.
We need to keep reminding these hard-working, often unacknowledged state-level politicians that we see the work they are doing and we are incredibly grateful for it.
(list of previous installments at end of post)
Today’s Pro-choice Politician is Nina Turner, an Ohio state senator (D-Cleveland).
Ms. Turner was nominated by both Gig Hartline and Heidi Swindell.
Ms. Turner became nationally famous in March when she introduced her “viagra bill.” Mimicking the paternalistic rhetoric of much anti-choice/anti-contraception legislation and the politicians who support it, Senator Turner said the bill was necessary to “protect men’s health.” From Robin Marty:
As I’m sure anyone who has experienced priapism can no doubt tell you, erectile drugs side affects are no laughing matter. Well, unless you’re in an “American Pie” sequel.
That’s why Ohio state Senator Nina Turner is introducing a very important bill to help regulate Viagra usage.
Via the Middletown Journal:
Before getting a prescription for Viagra or other erectile dysfunction drugs, men would have to see a sex therapist, receive a cardiac stress test and get a notarized affidavit signed by a sexual partner affirming impotency, if state Sen. Nina Turner has her way.
At least she didn’t mandate a rectal exam.
Today, if you head over to Senator Turner’s website, this is the first image you will see:
Help us say, “THANK YOU!” to Senator Turner for being a staunch pro-choice ally and for fighting tirelessly for reproductive rights.
Thank you, Senator Turner!
This idea was inspired by our post a while back for Kentucky State Rep Darryl Owens.
First installment: Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago)
Second installment: Kathy Stein (D- Fayette, Kentucky)
Third installment: Edith Ajello (D - Providence, Rhode Island)
Fourth installment: Mark Dayton (Governor of Minnesota)
Remember the scandal over Janet Jackson’s boob during the Super Bowl?
christianist propaganda is OK but cock and pussy is obscene. welcome to Amerikkka.
Michael Jay Tucker (via fox-power)
This. Stop threatening to occupy my womb and instead adopt some of the 500,000 children in the US alone waiting for permanent families.