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From a participant at the abortion clinic defense in Boston on 26 July 2014:

The event in front of Planned Parenthood was inspiring. Many women (and men) who live in the neighborhood came up to thank us for being there and to join us. Some of the bigots were so bothered by our presence that they left early.

From a participant at the abortion clinic defense in Boston on 26 July 2014:

The event in front of Planned Parenthood was inspiring. Many women (and men) who live in the neighborhood came up to thank us for being there and to join us. Some of the bigots were so bothered by our presence that they left early.


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saturdaychores:

Saturday Chores #6, July 5, 2014
This sign was all Grayson’s idea. I couldn’t stop laughing.

omg, this whole tumblr is amazing.
“A pro-choice husband/wife team from Raleigh, N.C.”

saturdaychores:

Saturday Chores #6, July 5, 2014

This sign was all Grayson’s idea. I couldn’t stop laughing.

omg, this whole tumblr is amazing.

A pro-choice husband/wife team from Raleigh, N.C.”


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Judea Beatrice, an activist in Boston, explains why reproductive rights are planning for a protest to defend our clinics from the growing attacks by the anti-abortion right

 … Our demands are free abortion; universal reproductive health care; an end to coerced sterilization; reproductive autonomy for all people, including disabled and trans people; and a safe environment in which to bear and raise children. We will also be taking a stand against mass incarceration and in solidarity with Palestine.

Planned Parenthood does not support our protest, saying that that it will create chaos and barriers to access. Other activists have voiced concerns that we will make it harder for the most oppressed to access care at Planned Parenthood.

But many of the women organizing this protest are Planned Parenthood patients. We have experienced right-wingers screaming at us as we try to get our annual pelvic exam. We are standing up for ourselves and for women around the country who need abortions and asserting that birth control is a basic right. We are not an alien group of people infringing on patient access. We are the very women who are affected by bigoted pro-lifers, acting in self-defense. To say that we are creating chaos is blaming the victim. It is blaming us for our own oppression. Right-wing terrorists are the ones creating chaos.


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Dr. George Tiller

Dr. George Tiller


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Today. Tuesday, July 8th. 5pm. City Hall Plaza, Boston.
https://www.facebook.com/events/341874052633263/

Today. Tuesday, July 8th. 5pm. City Hall Plaza, Boston.

https://www.facebook.com/events/341874052633263/


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Corrie Westing explains why the Supreme Court decision in favor of Hobby Lobby is about choosing corporations over women’s health—and workers’ living standards.

This is why the union movement must recognize that what are considered “women’s issues” are actually class issues. Hobby Lobby decided to come after their workers’ rights with an anti-woman message, but the consequences of this decision won’t stop at women workers. They may have gone after women in this instance, but that tack is also a cover for weakening working conditions overall and increasing the precariousness of the low-wage service sector, which is made up primarily of women and people of color.


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https://www.facebook.com/events/341874052633263/
Are you angry with the Supreme Court’s decision on the Hobby Lobby and Buffer Zone cases? Do you feel that the court is moving in the wrong direction when it comes to women’s health and reproductive rights? Join us on Tuesday, July 8th to speak out against this GIANT step back for women. Raise your voice to show that women ARE capable of making their own healthcare decisions without the interference of strangers on the street or their bosses. Even here, in deep blue Massachusetts, we are not immune to right-wing attacks on our access to basic health care. The court’s decisions have reversed decades of progress towards better reproductive health. These developments are fundamentally BAD for women. It is time to be heard and to fight for what is rightfully ours. Thank you for advocacy and support. We hope to see you there at #SupremeRally! RSVP here: http://j.mp/1iY9nNl When: Tuesday, July 8th Time: 5pm Where: Boston City Hall PlazaCity Hall Plaza, Boston, Massachusetts 02201

https://www.facebook.com/events/341874052633263/

Are you angry with the Supreme Court’s decision on the Hobby Lobby and Buffer Zone cases?

Do you feel that the court is moving in the wrong direction when it comes to women’s health and reproductive rights?

Join us on Tuesday, July 8th to speak out against this GIANT step back for women. Raise your voice to show that women ARE capable of making their own healthcare decisions without the interference of strangers on the street or their bosses.

Even here, in deep blue Massachusetts, we are not immune to right-wing attacks on our access to basic health care. The court’s decisions have reversed decades of progress towards better reproductive health. These developments are fundamentally BAD for women. It is time to be heard and to fight for what is rightfully ours.

Thank you for advocacy and support. We hope to see you there at #SupremeRally!

RSVP here: http://j.mp/1iY9nNl

When: Tuesday, July 8th
Time: 5pm
Where:
Boston City Hall Plaza
City Hall Plaza, Boston, Massachusetts 02201


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Apologies, each time I attempt a pithy comment about yesterday’s Supreme Court decisions eviscerating public sector union rights and women’s control over our bodies it just comes out Fuck these fossilized rich shitbags and their deadly interpretations of our slave-era Constitution.
Sherry Wolf

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interesting …

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A woman giving birth in America is more than twice as likely to die as a woman in Saudi Arabia or China.

 … Despite the fact that giving birth in the U.S. costs more than anywhere else in the world, that’s not guaranteeing a better quality of care for women in this country — particularly for women of color. African American mothers are more than three times as likely to die as a result of pregnancy and childbirth than their white counterparts.

 … It’s not entirely clear why the United States is lagging so far behind, but researchers agree it probably reflects a lack of access to health care and a high rate of unplanned pregnancies. Many women are dying from chronic health issues that are exacerbated by their pregnancies because they didn’t receive adequate care to manage their conditions beforehand. Other women lack the resources to prevent pregnancy if they’re not financially stable enough to have a child. And many expectant mothers struggle to get the prenatal care they need during their pregnancies.


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Actually, this isn’t too far off from the ignorant view held by a good deal of people that disability is some sort of punishment or retribution for past transgressions. A sort of cosmic or divine Scarlet Letter letting all others know that the disabled person is guilty of some sort of sin.

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Meet Bob Marshall, who wants to be the next representative from Virginia. Marshall is currently a member of the Virginia General Assembly and he has a 23-year record of saying jaw-droppingly offensive comments. In a 1989 interview, he explained that he opposes abortion without any exceptions because sometimes incest is voluntary. And more recently…

In 2010, at an event calling for an end to state funding for Planned Parenthood, Mr. Marshall suggested that women who have abortions are more likely to face “vengeance” from “nature” in children with a greater likelihood of having developmental disabilities.

“The number of children who are born subsequent to a first abortion who have handicaps has increased dramatically. Why? Because when you abort the firstborn of any, nature takes its vengeance on the subsequent children,” Mr. Marshall said.

While others might call these comments “gaffes,” Marshall, bless his unapologetic heart, stands by them. “I don’t care. I mean, if I say something in public, I say it in public,” he said when asked about a few of his more controversial views recently. This comment, however, was a rare case when he tried to backtrack, saying he didn’t intend to be offensive and he has “always maintained that they are special blessings to their parents.” Yeah, I’m not really sure how that could have been misconstrued.

To his credit (or something), Marshall isn’t all talk either. During his tenure in the state legislature, he’s co-sponsored a state amendment banning same-sex marriage, introduced multiple “personhood” bills, and was responsible for that transvaginal ultrasound bill that sparked national attention a couple years ago.

He’s a Republican even other Republicans think is too extreme. But if you believe in a vengeful God who views forced childbirth as a just punishment for voluntary sex and disabled children as just punishment for ending a pregnancy, apparently Marshall’s your guy.


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