naamah_darling: Intentionally hilarious cutesy illustration of a super-adorable anime girl with blood pouring from her crotch. (Menstrual)
I only recently ran across this article at Womanist Musings from back in September of 2012.

It's called "Annoying are the peacemakers, for they will call for our silence", and it's all so immensely quotable that you should just go ahead and read it.  I do like this bit:

Y’see, Peacemakers, every time you speak, what I tend to hear is “sit down and shut up.” Because I, we, aren’t talking just to cause trouble, or because we love a good fight – and no, we don’t. It’s the biggest straw man in the world that marginalised people ENJOY these battles to be treated like full human beings. We’re speaking up – angrily – because we have to. We’re speaking up to protect ourselves. But you’re trying to stop us doing so.

Silence supports the status quo. Our peace, our refusing to make waves, ensures that the world will continue as it is – and as it is is oppressive, prejudiced, bigoted and deeply unjust. It is hurting us and we need to speak to stop that. You stop us fighting and you help those attacking us and holding us down.

Right now, in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling about Hobby Lobby and birth control, I'm especially feeling this.  How am I supposed to meet someone halfway when they are are legislating away my right to make my own medical decisions?  How am I supposed to meet someone halfway when they don't think I deserve the same rights as everyone else, so they're trying to take mine away?  Where the fuck is the "halfway" on wanting me to have fewer rights than a dead body?

Meeting people halfway on legislation only leads to people wanting to be met halfway again.  You lose another half of your ground.  Why should I want to give up my safety by halves to keep things "civilized" and "peaceful"?  Because it doesn't feel either civilized or peaceful to me.  It feels like being threatened and attacked, and told to be nice about the entirely justifiable noise I make when someone really, really hurts me.  On fucking purpose.

I'm not interested in giving bigots and regressives a free pass to walk away from the shit they do and say without being challenged.  If I choose not to challenge or engage, that's my choice.  But I am not going to let someone else tell me I shouldn't because it's not nice.

That's not peace.  That's silence.  There's a difference.

(This entry originally appeared on Silver Into Steel.  Comment here or there, either is good!)

naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Abortion Is Bloody Murder)
Amanda Marcotte writes a piece for RH Reality Check about the training manual she obtained from "pro-life" group Justice For All. Link here.

The link to the actual parts of the manual she scanned is here. It is one of the most disturbing things I've ever read in my life. I strongly, strongly recommend you read as much of it as you can stand to read, and you need to link this far and wide. People need to understand the lies these people are being fed, and which they spew in turn.

This is the manual used to train protesters in how to debate, derail, and blame. It trains them to sound compassionate, yet you will note the complete lack of compassion there, the focus on hiding one's actual opinions until such time as you have derailed the other person and forced them into a corner. It is raddled with straw-man arguments, blatant falsehoods, misogyny, and self-righteousness. This manual admits things that anti-choicers always deny; the truths we know because we live them, but which they try to cover up with lies atop lies. It is a veritable tour guide to their twisted worldview.

Horrifying.
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Abortion Is Bloody Murder)
Amanda Marcotte writes a piece for RH Reality Check about the training manual she obtained from "pro-life" group Justice For All. Link here.

The link to the actual parts of the manual she scanned is here. It is one of the most disturbing things I've ever read in my life. I strongly, strongly recommend you read as much of it as you can stand to read, and you need to link this far and wide. People need to understand the lies these people are being fed, and which they spew in turn.

This is the manual used to train protesters in how to debate, derail, and blame. It trains them to sound compassionate, yet you will note the complete lack of compassion there, the focus on hiding one's actual opinions until such time as you have derailed the other person and forced them into a corner. It is raddled with straw-man arguments, blatant falsehoods, misogyny, and self-righteousness. This manual admits things that anti-choicers always deny; the truths we know because we live them, but which they try to cover up with lies atop lies. It is a veritable tour guide to their twisted worldview.

Horrifying.
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Abortion Is Bloody Murder)
A lot of people are suggesting donating to Planned Parenthood in the wake of Dr. Tiller's assassination.

This is worthy, and I'm not saying don't donate to them. However, please, all of you, be advised that not all Planned Parenthoods provide abortion services. Many only provide referrals.

If your goal is to support abortion providers directly, please find out who your local abortion providers are.
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Abortion Is Bloody Murder)
A lot of people are suggesting donating to Planned Parenthood in the wake of Dr. Tiller's assassination.

This is worthy, and I'm not saying don't donate to them. However, please, all of you, be advised that not all Planned Parenthoods provide abortion services. Many only provide referrals.

If your goal is to support abortion providers directly, please find out who your local abortion providers are.

"Life."

May. 31st, 2009 12:36 pm
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Abortion Is Bloody Murder)
Wichita abortion provider Dr. George Tiller shot dead while walking into church.

White male suspect is at large, driving a powder-blue late 90's Ford Taurus with license plate 225-BAB. Details here.

He had previously been shot and survived, his clinic burned down, his life and his medical practice threatened, and somehow he survived, only to be gunned down going into church. He was one of the few late-term abortion providers in the country.

Culture of "life." Pro-"life." "Life" is sacred.

"Life."

May. 31st, 2009 12:36 pm
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Abortion Is Bloody Murder)
Wichita abortion provider Dr. George Tiller shot dead while walking into church.

White male suspect is at large, driving a powder-blue late 90's Ford Taurus with license plate 225-BAB. Details here.

He had previously been shot and survived, his clinic burned down, his life and his medical practice threatened, and somehow he survived, only to be gunned down going into church. He was one of the few late-term abortion providers in the country.

Culture of "life." Pro-"life." "Life" is sacred.
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Feminazi)

Shakesville: Breaking the Silence: On Living Pro-Lifers' Choice for Women

I think y'all need to go read that, no matter which side of the choice line you stand on. That's the most insightful essay about choice I have read in a long time, and it's not even about abortion. It's about adoption. It's about things that nobody talks about. Namely, the effect giving a child up has on the mother.

Adoption is painted as this thing that is supposed to be easier than abortion because it is more "right." It's painted as an emotionally weightless act, something that is easy, that doesn't leave marks, that holds no hidden barb or sting. And that simply isn't true.

I've lambasted anti-choicers before because as a whole, they do not care about children once they are born. I am ashamed to say that until I read that brave, anonymous woman's essay, it had never occurred to me that nobody cares about the birth mothers, either, once they've had their baby. It never occurred to me that there would not be a safety net there, ready to help women who have given up their children for adoption.

There are post-abortion counseling services, both pro-choice and pro-life, though the religious certainly has a leg up on the secular. There are support groups for women suffering from post-partum depression. There are infant loss support groups. But who stands for the women who let their children go? As if making the "right" choice and giving birth instead of aborting is enough to make the adoption process painless or without consequence.

It never occurred to me that adoption might be more psychologically damaging, on the whole, than abortion, and that by and large, nobody fucking cares.

I'm not interested in debating this -- if you want to scrap about it or bitch about some damn thing or other, well, I think that Anonymous does a really good job of addressing your concerns, and I ain't in the mood -- so y'all go read instead of arguing, and keep it civil here.

And link this around. This very, very badly needs to be read, by people on both sides. This needs to be understood.
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Feminazi)

Shakesville: Breaking the Silence: On Living Pro-Lifers' Choice for Women

I think y'all need to go read that, no matter which side of the choice line you stand on. That's the most insightful essay about choice I have read in a long time, and it's not even about abortion. It's about adoption. It's about things that nobody talks about. Namely, the effect giving a child up has on the mother.

Adoption is painted as this thing that is supposed to be easier than abortion because it is more "right." It's painted as an emotionally weightless act, something that is easy, that doesn't leave marks, that holds no hidden barb or sting. And that simply isn't true.

I've lambasted anti-choicers before because as a whole, they do not care about children once they are born. I am ashamed to say that until I read that brave, anonymous woman's essay, it had never occurred to me that nobody cares about the birth mothers, either, once they've had their baby. It never occurred to me that there would not be a safety net there, ready to help women who have given up their children for adoption.

There are post-abortion counseling services, both pro-choice and pro-life, though the religious certainly has a leg up on the secular. There are support groups for women suffering from post-partum depression. There are infant loss support groups. But who stands for the women who let their children go? As if making the "right" choice and giving birth instead of aborting is enough to make the adoption process painless or without consequence.

It never occurred to me that adoption might be more psychologically damaging, on the whole, than abortion, and that by and large, nobody fucking cares.

I'm not interested in debating this -- if you want to scrap about it or bitch about some damn thing or other, well, I think that Anonymous does a really good job of addressing your concerns, and I ain't in the mood -- so y'all go read instead of arguing, and keep it civil here.

And link this around. This very, very badly needs to be read, by people on both sides. This needs to be understood.
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Alpha Female)
I've written about this six times before.

The comment period for the proposed Health and Human Services rule closes on the 25th, so if you haven't written in yet, you need to do so now. No, I don't give a fuck how tired of politics you are. It's an email. It won't break your legs or render you impotent.

Here's how to do it, taken directly from the proposal itself:

Electronically. You may submit electronic comments on this regulation to http://www.Regulations.gov or via e-mail to consciencecomment@hhs.gov. To submit electronic comments to www.Regulations.gov, go to the Web site and click on the link “Comment or Submission” and enter the keywords “provider conscience”. (Attachments should be in Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, or Excel; however, we prefer Microsoft Word.)

By regular mail. You may mail written comments (one original and two copies) to the following address only: Office of Public Health and Science, Department of Health and Human Services, Attention: Brenda Destro, Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Avenue, S.W., Room 728E, Washington, DC, 20201.

By express or overnight mail. You may send written comments (one original and two copies) to the following address only: Office of Public Health and Science, Department of Health and Human Services, Attention: Brenda Destro, Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Avenue, S.W., Room 728E, Washington, DC, 20201.

By hand or courier. If you prefer, you may deliver (by hand or courier) your written comments (one original and two copies) before the close of the comment period to the following address: Room 728E, Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20201. (Because access to the interior of the Hubert H. Humphrey Building is not readily available to persons without Federal Government Identification, commenters are encouraged to leave their comments in the mail drop slots located in the main lobby of the building. A stamp-in clock is available for persons wishing to retain proof of filing by stamping in and retaining and extra copy of the documents being filed.)

Submitting Comments: We welcome comments from the public on all issues set forth in this proposed rule to assist us in fully considering issues and developing policies. For all comments submitted, you should specify the subject as “Provider Conscience Regulation”.

Inspection of Public Comments: All comments received before the close of the comment period are available for viewing by the public, including any personally identifiable or confidential business information that is included in a comment. We post all comments received before the close of the comment period on the following Web site as soon as possible after they have been received: http://www.Regulations.gov. Click on the link “Comment or Submission” on that Web site to view public comments.

Why should you bother?

From Planned Parenthood, an adequate summary:
The proposed regulation jeopardizes a patient’s right to know her options. This rule would completely disrupt the nation’s health care delivery system at a time when more and more families are uninsured and under economic assault. Here’s why:

• The HHS proposed regulation is intentionally vague. By leaving the term “abortion” undefined, the regulation creates a dangerous space for ideology and political views to be inserted into medical practices, emergency rooms, and clinics all across the country, and when that happens, women suffer.



• The proposed regulation complicates the law instead of clarifying the law. The new regulation lets health care providers define abortion, which could threaten broader reproductive health care, including contraception.

• The fact that HHS took out the definition of abortion that was included in an earlier draft is a red herring because this proposed regulation — even more than the previous leaked version — leaves health care services and information open to personal interpretation and political agendas.

• This rule will allow anti-choice extremists to receive federal funds for so-called "crisis pregnancy centers" — anti-choice facilities whose purpose is to deceive and dissuade women from accessing birth control and abortion information and services.

There you have it.

Don't know what to say? Go to the entries linked at the top of this one and peruse them; there are lots of good letters in the comments. Feel free to take inspiration from those.

Feel free to link to this, copy from it, whatever. Get the word out.

And, for the record, I am not interested in debating any aspect of this in any way, shape, or form. If you want to play devil's advocate, vomit your anti-choice rhetoric, or simply sling shit, go do it in your own journal. That's what it's for. This isn't the place for it.

Edit: Probably the best letter I've seen yet. Made me laugh, anyway.
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Alpha Female)
I've written about this six times before.

The comment period for the proposed Health and Human Services rule closes on the 25th, so if you haven't written in yet, you need to do so now. No, I don't give a fuck how tired of politics you are. It's an email. It won't break your legs or render you impotent.

Here's how to do it, taken directly from the proposal itself:

Electronically. You may submit electronic comments on this regulation to http://www.Regulations.gov or via e-mail to consciencecomment@hhs.gov. To submit electronic comments to www.Regulations.gov, go to the Web site and click on the link “Comment or Submission” and enter the keywords “provider conscience”. (Attachments should be in Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, or Excel; however, we prefer Microsoft Word.)

By regular mail. You may mail written comments (one original and two copies) to the following address only: Office of Public Health and Science, Department of Health and Human Services, Attention: Brenda Destro, Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Avenue, S.W., Room 728E, Washington, DC, 20201.

By express or overnight mail. You may send written comments (one original and two copies) to the following address only: Office of Public Health and Science, Department of Health and Human Services, Attention: Brenda Destro, Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Avenue, S.W., Room 728E, Washington, DC, 20201.

By hand or courier. If you prefer, you may deliver (by hand or courier) your written comments (one original and two copies) before the close of the comment period to the following address: Room 728E, Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20201. (Because access to the interior of the Hubert H. Humphrey Building is not readily available to persons without Federal Government Identification, commenters are encouraged to leave their comments in the mail drop slots located in the main lobby of the building. A stamp-in clock is available for persons wishing to retain proof of filing by stamping in and retaining and extra copy of the documents being filed.)

Submitting Comments: We welcome comments from the public on all issues set forth in this proposed rule to assist us in fully considering issues and developing policies. For all comments submitted, you should specify the subject as “Provider Conscience Regulation”.

Inspection of Public Comments: All comments received before the close of the comment period are available for viewing by the public, including any personally identifiable or confidential business information that is included in a comment. We post all comments received before the close of the comment period on the following Web site as soon as possible after they have been received: http://www.Regulations.gov. Click on the link “Comment or Submission” on that Web site to view public comments.

Why should you bother?

From Planned Parenthood, an adequate summary:
The proposed regulation jeopardizes a patient’s right to know her options. This rule would completely disrupt the nation’s health care delivery system at a time when more and more families are uninsured and under economic assault. Here’s why:

• The HHS proposed regulation is intentionally vague. By leaving the term “abortion” undefined, the regulation creates a dangerous space for ideology and political views to be inserted into medical practices, emergency rooms, and clinics all across the country, and when that happens, women suffer.



• The proposed regulation complicates the law instead of clarifying the law. The new regulation lets health care providers define abortion, which could threaten broader reproductive health care, including contraception.

• The fact that HHS took out the definition of abortion that was included in an earlier draft is a red herring because this proposed regulation — even more than the previous leaked version — leaves health care services and information open to personal interpretation and political agendas.

• This rule will allow anti-choice extremists to receive federal funds for so-called "crisis pregnancy centers" — anti-choice facilities whose purpose is to deceive and dissuade women from accessing birth control and abortion information and services.

There you have it.

Don't know what to say? Go to the entries linked at the top of this one and peruse them; there are lots of good letters in the comments. Feel free to take inspiration from those.

Feel free to link to this, copy from it, whatever. Get the word out.

And, for the record, I am not interested in debating any aspect of this in any way, shape, or form. If you want to play devil's advocate, vomit your anti-choice rhetoric, or simply sling shit, go do it in your own journal. That's what it's for. This isn't the place for it.

Edit: Probably the best letter I've seen yet. Made me laugh, anyway.
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Lucian No Going Back)
I'm really tired of making this post.

For all y'all who thought, "Well, I'll do something when it becomes official," it has become official, and it is time to get off your fucking ass:

The Bush administration officially proposes conscience rule for doctors who don't want to do their fucking jobs.

This does not just apply to doctors -- surgeons, anesthesiologists, etc. -- but to anyone involved. Nurses, equipment wranglers, the dude who monitors the machine that goes "bing!", anyone. Anyone could walk away at any time from a woman who is simply trying to live her life the way she thinks most wise.

Clinics that receive government funds would have to abide by this rule, and could not fire someone for not doing their job, even if they are the only person in a hundred miles who could do it. Even if it is the only abortion-providing facility in the state.

There are no provisions for assisting women who have been denied -- none. No statement that a doctor must help the woman find another doctor who will help her. No offers to help with transportation, should a woman need to go to a different city to get help. Nothing. We get nothing. We are their patients and we are not only being put behind our employees' consciences, we are being left with nothing as recourse.

"Nothing in the new regulation in any way changes a patient's right to any legal procedure," [Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt] said, noting that a patient could go to another provider.

No, you fucking idiot, it doesn't change my right to do it, but it is going to mean that thousands upon thousands of women are not going to be able to do it.

You don't have to make a thing illegal to make it impossible to fucking get, and that is the effect this is going to have. That should scare the shit out of every single one of you who values their ability to do as they wish with their bodies.

This is the rule. Not the draft, the actual rule that will go into effect if we do not act to stop it and act now.

The rule goes into effect in 30 days.

We have one month to stop this.

Do something.

Planned Parenthood is fighting this as hard as they can. Make a donation here.

Write to your legislator, telling them you oppose the rule, and asking them to fight it.

The public is encouraged to comment on this. You can send your comments to consciencecomment@hhs.gov. Make sure to use “provider conscience regulation" as the subject line. All comments will be published for public viewing. So, maybe don't swear or include personal information you don't want available to the public. There are other ways to contact them as well. They are listed
on page two of this document.

It does not matter how articulate you are. It does not matter that you are a man, or not political, or too busy, or whatever. What matters is that we speak out now so that our voices, the voice of reason, is heard. If they pass this abominable rule, do not let it be because you sat by and said nothing. Now is the time to go dig up all the comments you left on his blog and send them in.

Go and do something. Goddammit. Go!

This is me on my knees, begging. Please, even if every other woman you know means nothing to you, do it for me.

Edit:

HEY! Pro-life, devil's-advocating would-be commenters!

You're not a genius, you're saying nothing new, you're not convincing anyone, and you're wrong. Take it elsewhere, like to your own journal. I'll ban you if you comment.
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Lucian No Going Back)
I'm really tired of making this post.

For all y'all who thought, "Well, I'll do something when it becomes official," it has become official, and it is time to get off your fucking ass:

The Bush administration officially proposes conscience rule for doctors who don't want to do their fucking jobs.

This does not just apply to doctors -- surgeons, anesthesiologists, etc. -- but to anyone involved. Nurses, equipment wranglers, the dude who monitors the machine that goes "bing!", anyone. Anyone could walk away at any time from a woman who is simply trying to live her life the way she thinks most wise.

Clinics that receive government funds would have to abide by this rule, and could not fire someone for not doing their job, even if they are the only person in a hundred miles who could do it. Even if it is the only abortion-providing facility in the state.

There are no provisions for assisting women who have been denied -- none. No statement that a doctor must help the woman find another doctor who will help her. No offers to help with transportation, should a woman need to go to a different city to get help. Nothing. We get nothing. We are their patients and we are not only being put behind our employees' consciences, we are being left with nothing as recourse.

"Nothing in the new regulation in any way changes a patient's right to any legal procedure," [Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt] said, noting that a patient could go to another provider.

No, you fucking idiot, it doesn't change my right to do it, but it is going to mean that thousands upon thousands of women are not going to be able to do it.

You don't have to make a thing illegal to make it impossible to fucking get, and that is the effect this is going to have. That should scare the shit out of every single one of you who values their ability to do as they wish with their bodies.

This is the rule. Not the draft, the actual rule that will go into effect if we do not act to stop it and act now.

The rule goes into effect in 30 days.

We have one month to stop this.

Do something.

Planned Parenthood is fighting this as hard as they can. Make a donation here.

Write to your legislator, telling them you oppose the rule, and asking them to fight it.

The public is encouraged to comment on this. You can send your comments to consciencecomment@hhs.gov. Make sure to use “provider conscience regulation" as the subject line. All comments will be published for public viewing. So, maybe don't swear or include personal information you don't want available to the public. There are other ways to contact them as well. They are listed
on page two of this document.

It does not matter how articulate you are. It does not matter that you are a man, or not political, or too busy, or whatever. What matters is that we speak out now so that our voices, the voice of reason, is heard. If they pass this abominable rule, do not let it be because you sat by and said nothing. Now is the time to go dig up all the comments you left on his blog and send them in.

Go and do something. Goddammit. Go!

This is me on my knees, begging. Please, even if every other woman you know means nothing to you, do it for me.

Edit:

HEY! Pro-life, devil's-advocating would-be commenters!

You're not a genius, you're saying nothing new, you're not convincing anyone, and you're wrong. Take it elsewhere, like to your own journal. I'll ban you if you comment.
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (According to Whom?)
Original Poster: I'm tolerant of most opinions, but I just can't respect pro-lifers.

Me: Right there with you. But, then, why should I? They have no respect for me as a woman.

Random Person: Speaking as a pro-life woman over here - it's not that we have no respect for women. We just place a life, or potential for life, above comfort. Does that make any sense? I mean, I don't like women in general - I think most of us are annoying bitches - but I would never want to take away the rights of women because of it, or rights I feel women are entitled to. We deserve to vote and to work and all that good stuff, but abortion interferes with what most pro-lifers believe to be another human being and their superior right to live. It's not about respecting women at all, it's just about respecting life in general. But that's coming from somebody who catches flies in a glass to let them back outside.

Me: What with the "annoying bitches" thing, why should I believe anything you have to say about "respecting women?" I don't think you do, and it's obvious from your other beliefs that you don't trust women to make their own complicated moral decisions, which amounts to a fundamental lack of trust and respect. I'm sorry you don't realize how disrespectful all of that is.

You can have your opinion, and I don't have a problem with that, but you'll never get me to agree that anyone but me knows what is best for me, and you'll never get me to agree that you have a legal right to tell me what to do with my body. That's morally repugnant.


Is it just me, or is it especially disturbing to run across pro-life women? "Annoying bitches?" And yet she claims to respect women just fine, thanks.

No, it doesn't "make sense." I fail to see how, if you think things through, advocating the abolition of abortion is not fundamentally disrepectful to women, since it implies that we're just a bunch of stupid bitches who don't know what's good for us, and that our value as thinking human beings is exceeded by our potential use as vessels for the next generation of male children.

And "rights I feel women are entitled to?" Sweetheart, nobody wants to take away rights they feel people deserve. That's what sort of what "I think you are entitled to these rights" means. That you don't want to take them away. In fact, one could argue that there is no such thing as right to which someone is not entitled, because a "right" to which you are not automatically entitled is, in fact, a privilege. See, the thing about my right to do what I want with my body is that it exists whether or not you choose to acknowledge it. Because it's a right, not a privilege.

"Superior right to live?" According to whom, again? Oh, right. Someone who has no right to be making that judgment for anyone else. Period. Who the fuck made you the three-headed moral watchdog of my cunt?

Prithee, I invite thee to make thy repast from this paper receptacle packed chockablock with comestible phallic confections!
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (According to Whom?)
Original Poster: I'm tolerant of most opinions, but I just can't respect pro-lifers.

Me: Right there with you. But, then, why should I? They have no respect for me as a woman.

Random Person: Speaking as a pro-life woman over here - it's not that we have no respect for women. We just place a life, or potential for life, above comfort. Does that make any sense? I mean, I don't like women in general - I think most of us are annoying bitches - but I would never want to take away the rights of women because of it, or rights I feel women are entitled to. We deserve to vote and to work and all that good stuff, but abortion interferes with what most pro-lifers believe to be another human being and their superior right to live. It's not about respecting women at all, it's just about respecting life in general. But that's coming from somebody who catches flies in a glass to let them back outside.

Me: What with the "annoying bitches" thing, why should I believe anything you have to say about "respecting women?" I don't think you do, and it's obvious from your other beliefs that you don't trust women to make their own complicated moral decisions, which amounts to a fundamental lack of trust and respect. I'm sorry you don't realize how disrespectful all of that is.

You can have your opinion, and I don't have a problem with that, but you'll never get me to agree that anyone but me knows what is best for me, and you'll never get me to agree that you have a legal right to tell me what to do with my body. That's morally repugnant.


Is it just me, or is it especially disturbing to run across pro-life women? "Annoying bitches?" And yet she claims to respect women just fine, thanks.

No, it doesn't "make sense." I fail to see how, if you think things through, advocating the abolition of abortion is not fundamentally disrepectful to women, since it implies that we're just a bunch of stupid bitches who don't know what's good for us, and that our value as thinking human beings is exceeded by our potential use as vessels for the next generation of male children.

And "rights I feel women are entitled to?" Sweetheart, nobody wants to take away rights they feel people deserve. That's what sort of what "I think you are entitled to these rights" means. That you don't want to take them away. In fact, one could argue that there is no such thing as right to which someone is not entitled, because a "right" to which you are not automatically entitled is, in fact, a privilege. See, the thing about my right to do what I want with my body is that it exists whether or not you choose to acknowledge it. Because it's a right, not a privilege.

"Superior right to live?" According to whom, again? Oh, right. Someone who has no right to be making that judgment for anyone else. Period. Who the fuck made you the three-headed moral watchdog of my cunt?

Prithee, I invite thee to make thy repast from this paper receptacle packed chockablock with comestible phallic confections!
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Abortion Is Bloody Murder)
So, Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt still doesn't want to acknowledge that denying women access to birth control and abortion based on "conscience" is a morally reprehensible act.

His first clarification was little better. He doesn't plan on redefining contraception as abortion, but he does plan on letting any dumbfuck with an axe to grind deny women necessary health care based on nothing more than a hunch about what happens when you die. Someone else's moral beliefs should not dictate my rights, but nor should they limit my ability to exercise them.

Go leave him a comment telling him he missed the point yet again. Tell him about how hard it is to find good doctors in small towns or when you have shitty insurance. Tell him about what it's like to be denied birth control, abortion, or contraception. Or better yet, write him a fucking letter.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20201
Telephone: 202-619-0257
Toll Free: 1-877-696-6775

HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt
Office Phone: 202-690-7000 or 202-205-4708
Email: mike.leavitt@hhs.gov
Fax: 202-690-7203
Correspondence Secretary: 202-690-6392

No, I'm not shutting up about this. Because I am not seeing a whole lot of names I recognize there in the comments.

This is not about preserving a woman's "right" to anything. It's about preserving a woman's ability to functionally obtain medical care in the real world, and not the idealized and rarified world in which men like this think all women live. This is a much more insidious attack than direct assault on laws protecting abortion, but combined with everything else that is wrong with our education and medical systems, it is no less destructive.

Legal protection of a right does not mean that exercise of that right is a simple thing. Guys like this should not be allowed to make it any harder.

Go fucking tell him so.
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Abortion Is Bloody Murder)
So, Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt still doesn't want to acknowledge that denying women access to birth control and abortion based on "conscience" is a morally reprehensible act.

His first clarification was little better. He doesn't plan on redefining contraception as abortion, but he does plan on letting any dumbfuck with an axe to grind deny women necessary health care based on nothing more than a hunch about what happens when you die. Someone else's moral beliefs should not dictate my rights, but nor should they limit my ability to exercise them.

Go leave him a comment telling him he missed the point yet again. Tell him about how hard it is to find good doctors in small towns or when you have shitty insurance. Tell him about what it's like to be denied birth control, abortion, or contraception. Or better yet, write him a fucking letter.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20201
Telephone: 202-619-0257
Toll Free: 1-877-696-6775

HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt
Office Phone: 202-690-7000 or 202-205-4708
Email: mike.leavitt@hhs.gov
Fax: 202-690-7203
Correspondence Secretary: 202-690-6392

No, I'm not shutting up about this. Because I am not seeing a whole lot of names I recognize there in the comments.

This is not about preserving a woman's "right" to anything. It's about preserving a woman's ability to functionally obtain medical care in the real world, and not the idealized and rarified world in which men like this think all women live. This is a much more insidious attack than direct assault on laws protecting abortion, but combined with everything else that is wrong with our education and medical systems, it is no less destructive.

Legal protection of a right does not mean that exercise of that right is a simple thing. Guys like this should not be allowed to make it any harder.

Go fucking tell him so.
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Abortion Is Bloody Murder)
I would like to remind all of you to write to the United States Department of Health and Human Services about the proposed reclassification of contraception as abortion.

I wrote about it here, and the proposal is here.

Planned Parenthood is also asking people to go comment on Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt's blog, and then come back and tell them what you said so that they can keep track of how many comments get deleted and ignored.

So, he appears not to want to answer comments that are already there.

Go add some more. Kick up a fuss. Make some noise. Do it even if you are a politically apathetic dude who doesn't particularly believe we're in any imminent danger. It's a frigging blog comment. It costs you nothing.

And, again, should you decide this is worth the price of a stamp, the contact info for the HHS offices is as follows:

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20201
Telephone: 202-619-0257
Toll Free: 1-877-696-6775

HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt
Office Phone: 202-690-7000 or 202-205-4708
Email: mike.leavitt@hhs.gov
Fax: 202-690-7203
Correspondence Secretary: 202-690-6392

You do not have to be eloquent to make your point. You must simply speak. You deserve the right to control your own damn reproductive processes. Your words are good enough.
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Abortion Is Bloody Murder)
I would like to remind all of you to write to the United States Department of Health and Human Services about the proposed reclassification of contraception as abortion.

I wrote about it here, and the proposal is here.

Planned Parenthood is also asking people to go comment on Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt's blog, and then come back and tell them what you said so that they can keep track of how many comments get deleted and ignored.

So, he appears not to want to answer comments that are already there.

Go add some more. Kick up a fuss. Make some noise. Do it even if you are a politically apathetic dude who doesn't particularly believe we're in any imminent danger. It's a frigging blog comment. It costs you nothing.

And, again, should you decide this is worth the price of a stamp, the contact info for the HHS offices is as follows:

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20201
Telephone: 202-619-0257
Toll Free: 1-877-696-6775

HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt
Office Phone: 202-690-7000 or 202-205-4708
Email: mike.leavitt@hhs.gov
Fax: 202-690-7203
Correspondence Secretary: 202-690-6392

You do not have to be eloquent to make your point. You must simply speak. You deserve the right to control your own damn reproductive processes. Your words are good enough.
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Abortion Is Bloody Murder)
Here. It's Feminism Friday, or something.

This is a piece worth reading over at Pandagon lists the varying flavors of pro- and anti-choice, and provides good food for thought.

Marcotte basically breaks it down into six categories, starting with the most anti-choice and ending with the most liberal:

1) The American Taliban

2) The "Women You Fuck/Women You Marry" Brigade

3) Women Grow Up By Submitting Crew

4) I'm Gonna Fuck Random Bitches For The Rest of My Life Dudes

5) Abortion Should Be Legal, But You Should Feel Bad Contingent

6) Abortion On Demand Without Apology


What I really love about Marcotte's breakdown is that it takes apart the issue without dragging out the whole is it a human life or isn't it issue, and frames it as what it really is: a struggle to strip power away from women and put it in the hands of their minders. I agree with Amanda when she says "I have no doubt that many of the people who oppose abortion do think it’s murder, but that’s a post hoc rationalization for beliefs that are rooted in ideas about gender, sexuality, and family life."

I also love that I can now mentally classify annoying commenters by number. Right in this here blog we've had a recent and egregious example of a hybrid #3 and #5 in comments, despite the fact that I am staunchly #6, to the point of being pretty radical and not always very polite about it.

I will point out -- because I know I've got a lot of 'em as readers and I want to head off hand-wringing and pointless debate -- that I don't have an axe to grind with most #5s, even if I don't agree that there's something inherently wrong with abortion. There's a way to be #5 and supportive (like most of y'all), and a way to be #5 and insufferable (like that one commenter). I draw the line at that shame bullshit, and I should think that'd be apparent. Trot out the Irresponsible Woman on an abortion shopping spree crap, and you're out on your ass. Seriously.

. . . I want a shirt. "Irresponsible Woman on an abortion shopping spree!" What do you think? Black or red on salmon pink? Glitter gold on black? Colors, people! Colors!

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