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    fuckyeahfeminists:

rhrealitycheck:

Did you know that pregnant women have been fired for using the bathroom to vomit, needing to carry a water bottle on the job, or asking to sit on a stool instead of standing in place all day? While employers have to make allowances like these for other types of temporary disabilities, a number of bad court decisions have encouraged them to feel they can get away with firing or mistreating pregnant workers with impunity.
It’s disgraceful and unacceptable that at a time when unnecessary budget cuts are decimating food, medical, and educational supports for low-income families, pregnant women continue to be pushed out of their jobs just as they take on all the expenses of having a new baby.
Read more about the Pregnant Workers Fairness Actand take action by contacting your congressperson.

This is unacceptable. Pregnant workers need more protection. With a child coming up they need employment more than ever. Please contact your rep.

    fuckyeahfeminists:

    rhrealitycheck:

    Did you know that pregnant women have been fired for using the bathroom to vomit, needing to carry a water bottle on the job, or asking to sit on a stool instead of standing in place all day? While employers have to make allowances like these for other types of temporary disabilities, a number of bad court decisions have encouraged them to feel they can get away with firing or mistreating pregnant workers with impunity.

    It’s disgraceful and unacceptable that at a time when unnecessary budget cuts are decimating food, medical, and educational supports for low-income families, pregnant women continue to be pushed out of their jobs just as they take on all the expenses of having a new baby.

    Read more about the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act
    and take action by contacting your congressperson.

    This is unacceptable. Pregnant workers need more protection. With a child coming up they need employment more than ever. Please contact your rep.

    (Source: action.rhrealitycheck.org)

     
  2. 19:09 18th May 2013

    Notes: 558

    Reblogged from queerbuckthrace

    Tags: pregnancyabortion

    choosechoice:

    thedaysofforever:

    hahaha omfg i love when pro-lifers say “i’d love to adopt/foster WHEN I’M ABLE TO” when asked if they care what happens to a baby after birth. why the fuck do you get to decide when you can and can’t parent but a pregnant woman doesn’t? you are laughable. honestly. 

    This is such an amazing point…

     
  3. Pro-life Rant

    corelliaantilles:

    epichlexi:

    Why is a “potential” fossil of microbial “life” on Mars considered life, but a developing, growing, ALIVE baby considered not alive?

    Being a vegetarian/vegan vs. not has NOTHING to do with being pro-life or pro-choice.

    How do you think you have a “choice” when it comes to killing another human being? 99% of the time, you made a CHOICE to have sex, odds are in favor that you made a CHOICE not to take adequate precautions. Your choices end there, because your choices should not infringe on anyone else’s right to life.  Yeah, your BABY is an “anyone else”

    For you created my inmost being;
        you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
     I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
        your works are wonderful,
        I know that full well.
    My frame was not hidden from you
        when I was made in the secret place,
        when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
     Your eyes saw my unformed body;
        all the days ordained for me were written in your book
        before one of them came to be.
    Psalm 139:13-16

    “Before I formed you in the womb I knewyou,
        before you were born I set you apart;
        I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
    Jeremiah 1:5

    “A person’s a person - no matter how small!”
    - Dr Seuss

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    I’m gonna stop you right there, OP.

    One, you mention that 99% of the time people who have sex do it voluntarily. If 99% of the time, sex is voluntary, you’re implying that the remaining 1% of the time, non-voluntary sex, also known as rape, happens! Point A, if you’re suggesting that rape only happens 1% of the time, hoo buddy are you EVER downplaying something that shouldn’t be downplayed!!! Point B, if you’re going to criticize someone who was raped for getting an abortion I’m gonna need you to step RIGHT THE FUCK OFF. 

    Two, while it is still common to call a developing fetus a “child” or a “baby” while it’s still in the womb, it’s medically either an embryo or a fetus until it gets born. Do I agree with late-term abortion, when the fetus is closest to getting born/being able survive outside the womb? I don’t fucking know! I haven’t fully formed my opinion of that yet! But to lots of people who strongly consider getting an abortion, they do not look at an ultrasound and have fast-forwards of a future of parenthood. They look at the ultrasound and see a clump of cells that may or may not represent something, good or bad. They might consider those cells a child, sure. But they might also consider those cells a parasite (would you advocate someone being forced to host a tapeworm for nine months?:), or a threat to their ability to live a fulfilling life (social standing or career prospects or economic security, the list goes on and on), or a way for the person who impregnated them to run their life, even!

    Three, believe it or not, abortion really isn’t something most people go about casually!! It’s a fucking heavy decision, whether the pregnancy was wanted or not!! Consider cases where the pregnancy could threaten the life of the person carrying it! Consider cases where there’s a life-threatening condition present in the fetus that would greatly reduce the chance of survival after birth! Consider cases of rape! Consider cases of pregnancy causing dysphoric or phobic reactions! Consider physical, mental, or economic conditions that would cause someone to not be able to carry a pregnancy to term and raise a child! Consider cases of preteens getting pregnant when holy shit, a preteen body ISN’T FUCKING READY TO DEAL WITH THAT! Do you HONESTLY think that in ANY of those cases, somebody would just stroll into a clinic singing Tiptoe Through The Tulips, have an abortion done, and go skipping out like nothing ever happened? NOPE.

    Four, “odds are in favor that you made a CHOICE not to use adequate precautions.”  Wow, way to assume shit, and way to be a judgmental, pretentious snotrag! And you’re disregarding the fact that contraceptives are NOT 100% EFFECTIVE. Condoms break. People miss their pills sometimes. Hormonal BC rings or IUDs can slip out. Non-hormonal insertable contraceptives that are NOT latex condoms, like diaphragms and such, are less effective at preventing pregnancy. Also, consider that sometimes, people can’t get access to contraceptives or never learn how to use them properly!! Sure, unintended pregnancies can and do happen because people don’t use contraceptives, but the way you’re posing your argument almost sounds like you want to blame people for the fact that contraceptives don’t always work. Which is NOT a thing that makes for a valid argument.

    Five, your “microbes on Mars versus fetus” argument doesn’t hold up. A fossil of a microbe on Mars demonstrates that there could have been a life-form on Mars that was capable of surviving independently of the life-form it came from. An embryo or a fetus that cannot survive outside the womb is not the same thing. It can’t survive independently before a certain point in the pregnancy. So yes, fossils of microbes on Mars suggest “life” because the microbe can survive on its own, separately from the microbe(s) that contributed to its existence.

    Six, you’re bible-thumping as if Christianity is a thing that everyone solidly believes in. You seem to work with the idea that Every Person Ever believes the exact same thing you do and believes it with as much conviction as you do. You’re talking down to us as if we’re naughty children in kindergarten who need to be reminded not to take little Johnny’s blocks or push little Suzy into a cubbyhole! Hey guess what! You’re being a condescending snotrag again! And hey, guess what else? NOT EVERYONE BELIEVES IN THE SAME RELIGION AS YOU! The world doesn’t work like that! And wasn’t American society founded with explicit instructions on separation of church and state? Yes it was! And even if you’re not asking the government to ban abortion, it’s still kind of a dick move to use your religion as an excuse to police people’s actions!!

    Seven, you are dishonoring Dr. Seuss with your citation of Horton Hears A Who! When he was alive, he objected so strongly to the use of that book to spread anti-abortion messages that he threatened to sue anti-abortion groups for using it. He did NOT write that book to defend the unborn from “heartless” baby-killers! Here, check out this list of other possible meanings for Horton Hears a Who, tell me what you think of those!

    And finally, eight. The reasoning you give seems to be little more than an attempt to guilt-trip people who have sex, get pregnant, and have abortions into either a) feeling miserable about a really difficult decision they made, or b) bringing a kid into the world in a situation that would end up being extremely unfavorable to parent, child, or both. This mentality is nothing short of fucking POISON. You are not in a position to force your ethical code onto someone in a situation where the well-being of that person may depend on their ability to choose what happens to their own body. You are not in a position to demand that another person allow something to grow inside them and radically alter their body because of beliefs you hold that MAY NOT EVEN BE THE SAME AS THE PERSON MAKING THE DECISION. You are NOT in a position to shame and blame someone for making a decision that affects their body. NOR are you in a position to force compliance with demands that someone have a child just because YOU define having a child as the ONLY option once pregnant, no matter what the circumstances.

    Dear epichlexi, you say that a child is not a choice, but you know what I say?

    A child is not a punishment.

    And the way you make your arguments, you are reducing what you see as a child into a tool to punish someone for violating YOUR personal moral code.

    Good fucking BYE.

     
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    fuckyeahlesbianliterature:

[image description: a panel from Pregnant Butch. It shows a visibly pregnant in a plaid shirt standing at a subway station. A subway car is pulling up with the sound effects “groan, squeak, rumble…” The main character is saying “As a butch dyke I am accustomed to feeling exempt from most things covered in your glossy women’s magazine*” the asterisk leads to the footnote “You know, like hair, makeup, Mars-Venus commentary”. The bubble continues “… as a pregnant butch dyke, whoever, the heretofore irrelevant world came to include me.” End description.]
somuchflotsam:


Friend and Providence artist A.K. Summers has posted the final installment of her EXCELLENT comic-memoir PREGNANT BUTCH. If you haven’t been following along, grab yerself a cup of coffee (or something stronger) and settle in for a delightful (free!) read. It’s smart and funny and generally fantastic, and I dearly hope that it gets published in print soon so that I can hold it in my hands and read the whole thing again.
(Click-the-pic to start reading)

    fuckyeahlesbianliterature:

    [image description: a panel from Pregnant Butch. It shows a visibly pregnant in a plaid shirt standing at a subway station. A subway car is pulling up with the sound effects “groan, squeak, rumble…” The main character is saying “As a butch dyke I am accustomed to feeling exempt from most things covered in your glossy women’s magazine*” the asterisk leads to the footnote “You know, like hair, makeup, Mars-Venus commentary”. The bubble continues “… as a pregnant butch dyke, whoever, the heretofore irrelevant world came to include me.” End description.]

    somuchflotsam:

    Friend and Providence artist A.K. Summers has posted the final installment of her EXCELLENT comic-memoir PREGNANT BUTCH. If you haven’t been following along, grab yerself a cup of coffee (or something stronger) and settle in for a delightful (free!) read. It’s smart and funny and generally fantastic, and I dearly hope that it gets published in print soon so that I can hold it in my hands and read the whole thing again.

    (Click-the-pic to start reading)

     
  5. raebird replied to your post: having a friend whos nine months pregnant and…

    I promise Ill let you know when I have him! Im due in 8 days, so it could literally happen at ANY time :)

    SQUEALS! :D

     
  6. having a friend who’s nine months pregnant and constantly (anxiously, excitedly, in an omgomgomgomg sort of way) checking their blog to see if they’ve gone and had the kid yet

     
  7. 12:24 11th Apr 2013

    Notes: 342188

    Reblogged from fuckyeahdiomedes

    Tags: pregnancy

     
  8. Why do we have an abortion rate 20% higher than France’s (and more than twice as high as Germany’s), especially considering most doctors here won’t perform them? The answer is any country that has universal health care, where contraception is free, where child care is free or inexpensive, where there is less poverty because people don’t become bankrupt over medical bills — those societies are simply going to have fewer unplanned and unwanted pregnancies.

    And there the mask gets pulled off the Bart Stupaks and the “Christians.” If the statistics show that countries with government-provided universal health care and nearly-free abortions are, in fact, the countries with the fewest abortions, then why on earth wouldn’t the Right be the first in line to support universal health care?

    Because it isn’t about “universal health care.” It’s about controlling women, period. It’s about sticking your nose in other people’s business. It’s about pushing your religious beliefs on everyone else because voices in your head tell you your Jesus is The One — even though your Jesus never said one single solitary word in any of the four gospels of the Bible about abortion or fertilized eggs being human. You’ve just gone and made it up about “life beginning at conception.” Jesus never said that. The little voice in your head said that, the same little voice that wants your grubby paws on women’s uteruses. You need help. Please get some help and leave the rest of us alone, Mr. Stupak and friends.

    — 

    Michael Moore: My Congressman, Bart Stupak, Has Neither a Uterus Nor a Brain (via veruca-assault)

    I wish I could reblog this 1,000 times.

    (via evangotlib)

    It’s also totally about race.

    (via strugglingtobeheard)

     
  9. augustcasper:

    if you need any sort of medical care, live in new york, and are between the ages of 10-22

    the mount sinai adolescent health center is completely free. you need to make an appointment but once you go there they will give you

    • physical health care (check-ups, etc)
    • dental care
    • mental health care 
    • medications
    • sexual health care
    • pregnancy care

    you do not need parental consent and everything is confidential! the health center is completely free and you do not need healthcare. 

    (Source: augutsy)

     
  10. “Planned Parenthood has been my go-to place since college,” she says. “When I got to my appointment I laid out my situation for the social worker. She was amazing. One of things I remember most vividly is her telling me that I couldn’t make a wrong decision. It was the first time anyone had said this to me. She was telling me that either way—having a baby or having an abortion—was okay. She didn’t tell me what I should or shouldn’t do, but instead helped me think about the issues. As I talked I understood that my problem was not the pregnancy but the relationship I was in. By listening and not judging me the counselor helped me clarify what I had to do: Abort the father, keep the baby.”

    Almash’s speech is salted with adjectives: Great, helpful, compassionate. That’s why, she continues, she gets so riled up when conservative politicians condemn Planned Parenthood and other reproductive health providers. “I want these legislators to know that my three-year-old is here, not despite, but because of, Planned Parenthood.”

    Indeed, comprehensive options counseling—to help women determine whether abortion, adoption, or childbearing is right for them—is deeply woven into the care offered at women’s health facilities throughout the United States.