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as-thin-as-fuck:

malfunctioning-kitten:

carry-on-my-wayward-butt:

unbubbliness:

rawdi-kun:

Lmfao wtf Christians chill out!

why the fuck were the nurses beating him

i wonder how many ppl actually believe a pill can find it’s way into the uterus and give the fetus demonic abilities

thats how i was born 

This is the funniest shit I’ve read in a while

S-so… the baby was the anti-christ? o_o

4 months ago on June 1st | J | 210,827 notes

Just found out there’s a Planned Parenthood that offers abortion care like five minutes from my house. I feel like the most privileged person in the world right now. o_o People in NC and SC who have to drive a while to get to a clinic, hit me up if you need a place to stay, I’m actually really close to the clinic and I have a spare room and a cot. 

6 months ago on April 22nd | J | 1 note

stfueverything:

arguing-about-abortions:

thegrandstonedblood:

I will say this about the abortion argument.

If you don’t want the baby, ok, that’s fine and you should have the choice to get an abortion legally and safely.

But please give me a good reason you wouldn’t put the child up for adoption

- They don’t want to be pregnant.
- They don’t want school to be more difficult because of being pregnant.
- They can’t go off an important medication that’s harmful to pregnancy.
- They are Tokophobic.
- They are trans* and this would cause them dysphoria. 
- They are transitioning and this would negatively effect their transition.
- Adoption would be too emotionally devastating for them. 
- They can’t afford to take off work for appointments, birth, and recovery.
- They are Child Free and do not want children in any way, shape, or form.
- They are in an abusive situation, and it would make it more difficult to escape. Their partner might not let them place the baby.
- They pregnant via rape, and carrying and placing a baby would add to the trauma.
- They have a mental illness that would worsen with pregnancy. 
- Their partner will not agree to placing the baby up for adoption. 

-There are currently 500,000 kids in need of adoption in the US.

-Some states still don’t allow gay people from getting married let alone adopting.

Cuz apparently it’s better to have NO parents than GAY parents.

I often wonder what’s up with people asking this question. Not in a “the fuck is wrong with you” way, but seriously. I hear this a lot, and genuinely, out of people both pro and anti choice. They seem genuinely confused… Which means they have absolutely never researched pregnancy or adoption, either, ever, in their entire lives. In which case… WHY WOULD YOU SUGGEST THIS TO SOMEONE IF YOU HAVE LITERALLY NO IDEA WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT? You haven’t researched pregnancy, or you’d know the myriad health issues that can and do crop up. You would have known about school issues, work issues, losing jobs, losing pay, which can mean losing homes, losing food. God forbid the pregnant person already have children who STARVE because oops she’s pregnant and missed a day of work or can’t do the job any more and got fired, WHICH IS LEGAL IN MOST PLACES.

You can’t have researched adoption, or you’d know that you need the permission of BOTH parents, something the father absolutely might not be willing to do. After all, he’s not the one who is going to actually be expected to carry the child to term or care for it. Or he might just really want children, whereas the one actually carrying it does not. Or it might be an abusive situation, or turn into one. Or he might change his mind. Or a million other things that /will mean this person is stuck caring for a baby they never even wanted to have forever./ You would also have known that the chances of a baby getting adopted are quite against them, and that the foster system is one of the most dangerous places for a child to be, and that it’s been shown that giving a child up for adoption is infinitely more emotionally stressful and traumatizing for parents than never actually having a child to begin with. 

The answer to this question is obvious with a little research, so I’d ask the people who always ask this question… ask GOOGLE first, try to find some non-Christian, non-anti-choice websites, and see what people already in these situations are saying. The information is out there, if you’d just look for it in your spare time instead of coming up to me and being like “hey, I’m literally too bothered to use Google, let me ask you this question that will upset you no matter how politely I phrase it.” 

1 year ago on August 19th | J | 2,374 notes

i-once-had-a-guy-tell-me:

[TW Rape, Incest, Abortion]

I once read a book by a male catholic reacher that was addressing issues facing young catholics. One question was “Is abortion still wrong, even in the case of rape or incest?” and the author had the audacity to answer “A woman will forget the rape before she forgets the abortion”. ABHORRENT.

(submitted by lingonveckan)

W O W

1 year ago on May 9th | J | 82 notes

rabbleprochoice:

thisgingersnapsback:

You’re not an “abortion survivor,” you were just born. Get the fuck over yourself.

Yep.

Love,

Rabble

I like to think of myself as a “masturbation survivor.” 

1 year ago on November 4th | J | 631 notes

I can’t be the only one…

Who’s getting sick of this weird combination of pro-choicers who call themselves pro-lifers and pro-lifers who don’t want to cop to it? I mean, how simple can we make this? 

Pro-choice: You think that women* should be able to choose for themselves whether or not to have an abortion (AKA abortion should be legal)

Pro-life: Reguardless of why, you want abortion to be illegal (the most common reason being “life begins at conception”)

Stupid: You think life begins at conception. 

I don’t know how I can make this any more clear. You could arguably be pro-life in the sense that you don’t like war and shit but that’s really NOT how the term is used so you should just say anti-war or something. Yeah, it would be a lot easier if you could use pro-life but that term has been claimed by fucking crazy people. If you want to take back the word pro-life to actually mean something that’s pro-life, you’re just going to have to wait until it’s not known by EVERYONE EVERYWHERE as the above definition. 

And if you have a bone to pick with me over my definition of stupid, feel free to whine into my inbox or something. There’s about seven hundred standard arguments I can throw at you, depending on whether or not you think science is a liberal conspiracy. 

2 years ago on June 26th | J | 0 notes
Hi. I posted the thing against abortion. And obviously it wasn't literal. I was putting it into perspective, about what it would be like to be unwanted.


Wait, what, you’re actually going to try and explain your position? That’s kind of interesting, but I can’t help feeling that you haven’t been reading most of the responses you’re getting. 

Your position is that a clump of cells that has no thoughts or personality or memories or sentience or more capability to feel pain beyond, say, wheat or plankton (if that, depending on how early the abortion is), is far more important than me or the fact that I would definitely die if my birth control decided to fuck me over and not work and I couldn’t get myself an abortion. If I didn’t die of complications, which is likely due to health problems that are none of your business, the dysphoria and emotional distress would certainly cause me to take my own life or kill myself and the baby with the constant dumping of stress and anxiety hormones. 

Your position is that I don’t MATTER. That who I am and what I want to do with my life is infinitely less important than a possible child who would die halfway through the birth, taking me with it. A child, who if it survived, would have to live with the knowledge that A) its parents didn’t want it and threw it away and possibly b) that it killed its mother. 

And you know what? THAT child would know those REAL feelings of being unwanted you seem so keen to fost onto a clump of cells with no sentience and no ability to feel any emotions. THAT child, that you so DESPERATELY want me and everyone like me to be forced to bring into the world, would actually feel the agony you’re using to further your idiot agenda. 

2 years ago on May 19th | J | 3 notes

Georgia senate panel approves ‘fetal pain’ anti-abortion bill

stfuconservatives:

propaganda-for-life:

stfuconservatives:

abaldwin360:

A Georgia state senate committee has voted in favor of a so-called “fetal pain” bill, a measure that would narrow the legal window during which women can legally obtain an abortion by six weeks.According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, House Bill 954 would “tighten medical exemptions for terminating pregnancies and require any abortion performed after 20 weeks of pregnancy be done in a way to bring the fetus out alive.”

The measure alleges that at 20 weeks a fetus is capable of feeling pain and therefore it must be protected by the state. Democrats, women’s groups and medical professionals have lobbied hard to defeat the measure. Democratic legislators requested that the committee recount the votes by hand, a motion that committee chair Renee Unterman (R-Buford) overruled.

Any attempts to determine fetal gestational age will require a transvaginal ultrasound, the invasive procedure that featured prominently in a controversial Virginia anti-abortion law. Also, under the new law, physicians performing abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy can be charged with a felony and face up to a decade in prison.

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This, just, this day, oh my god. Today is a travesty for women. I just don’t even know what to say anymore. The GOP is chipping away at our legally protected right to have an abortion. Bit by bit, they’re making it so a bunch of mostly old white men control when, where and how I have children. And then once the fucking kid is born, they’re rallying to take away my means to feed, clothe and house it. And keep it healthy. The GOP doesn’t give a shit about “preborn babies” once they’re born babies. And they really, really don’t give a shit about me or anyone else capable of carrying a pregnancy to term.

-Jess

This isn’t even remotely scientifically accurate, to boot. Fetuses cannot feel pain until 35 weeks. Not that anti-choicers have ever particularly given a shit about scientific accuracy, mind you, but this is clearly not about fetal “pain” if the threshold is 15 weeks before the fetus can actually feel pain.

^ Ah, right, the GOP is anti-science AND anti-woman.

I wonder how long it is until some woman who was raped and forced to keep the baby or some shit storms the Senate or some other political building and just shoots the place up. 

Seriously. 

I know it’s really taboo to talk about violence towards politicians and, you know, mass murder and shit, but think about it. Really, really think about it. You have a group of people that’s doing literally everything in their power to harm, kill, and ruin the lives of one particular kind of person. It doesn’t even TAKE that much to get some agonized person to decide the only course of action is that if they don’t think she’s a living person, make sure they aren’t living people. 

I mean, I’ve been signing all the petitions and doing all the marches and e-mailing every politician in the country, and you know what? It’s not actually DOING anything. It’s almost impossible for me to get birth control right now. I’m terrified of getting pregnant despite using condoms, despite being safer than safe. Because you know what will happen? They’re going to ruin my life if I get pregnant. If it happens to me, my life is effectively over. The money I can’t afford, the trauma, being disowned by my parents because I would HAVE to at least try to beg them for the money. I wouldn’t be able to finish college even if I did manage to get the money for the abortion. It would be psychologically scarring because of all the new regulations. I live in NC where they perform government sanctified rape to people just trying to get this one kind of medical care. 

With all of this, I would very likely not be able to get it at all. And then what? My life would be on hold for almost a year, and what would I DO, after I’d been forced to carry some unwanted, unloved, cursed child to term, risking my life, health, and well-being? I couldn’t fucking KEEP it, I’d have to give it up. And then what? What do I tell it if it finds me again, one day? “Sorry, I wanted to stop the pregnancy but they wouldn’t let me. Sorry you spent your whole life in foster care. Sorry when you turned 18 they through you out on the street with nothing.” 

These scenarios are running through my mind every minute of every day, and I bet they are to a lot of people who have uteri that are anything short of barren. So what do the politicians really think is going to happen when they have a country of terrified people pushed to the edge? Other than illegal, dangerous abortions that could kill the woman (but that would be a good thing to them, right?). They’re terrifyingly stupid if it’s never occurred to them the kind of atmosphere women are carrying around them in this country now. Suddenly, everyone with a uterus is persecuted, and we don’t know why.

2 years ago on March 20th | J | 338 notes

stfuconservatives:

leeleeleelee submitted: “This is the reality of Texas’ ultrasound for abortion bill.  A 30 year old Texas woman’s fetus’ heart stopped beating after 12 weeks.  The options given were to wait until miscarriage, give birth to it, or to abort it (the preferred, safest option).  She has to look at an ultrasound of her already dead fetus and if she looks away, she will have to listen to the Doctor describe it.”

—-

I don’t have anything snarky to say about this. This is heartbreaking. These ultrasound laws are cruel, invasive, and do nothing to lower abortion rates.

-Jess

Nothing I can say. It’s tragic and disgusting. 

2 years ago on February 29th | J | 2,390 notes
amaditalks:

On Tuesday, after liveblogging my read-through of Pennsylvania’s HB1077, the bill which would force unwanted endovaginal ultrasounds on most persons seeking an abortion in the state, I sent a scathing email to my state representative, Harry Readshaw, who is a co-sponsor of the bill. To be entirely fair, I dislike my representative a great deal. He’s nominally a democrat, yet he’s entirely anti-choice, he also introduced a copy of the Arizona “papers please” anti-immigrant bill in this legislative session. I don’t know why he calls himself a democrat, but he does, and I hold him accountable. I wrote:

Dear Representative Readshaw:
I know this message will fall on deaf ears as you’re firmly committed to destroying my constitutional right to control my reproductive life, nevertheless, this legislation that you are co-sponsoring is both onerous and offensive and I feel it my responsibility as your constituent to let you know that your support of this bill completely erodes any possibility of my continued support for you.
Fact: there is no evidence, from actual empirical studies, that ultrasounds change people’s minds when they’re seeking an abortion. All that these “educational” ultrasounds do is add unneeded time, expense and delay to the process and, as a consequence, increase the number of medical complications that arise. If the goal is to improve women’s health, this bill is already a failure on its face.
Fact: More than 60% of those seeking an abortion already have had at least one child. they know what pregnancy is, how it works, and what continuing an unwanted pregnancy would mean to their lives and the lives of their families. they don’t need counseling, waiting periods or extra ultrasounds to “know” as per this “right to know” concept.
Women do have independent intellect. We are able to come to decisions about important issues in our lives without being handheld or spoonfed information, and if there’s information that women want or need to know, we are capable of asking for ourselves.
The arrogant overriding of women’s agency and presumption of women’s ignorance inherent in this bill, from its very first line, and the “right to know” language makes me wonder: if women are so dreadfully incapable of independent decision making and learning, how on earth are they meant to parent the end results of the pregnancies that they’re being encouraged not to terminate? Or the children that they already have?
The illogical position that you are espousing by co-sponsoring and, I’m sure, ultimately voting for this repulsive piece of legislation speaks volumes about your inherent disdain and mistrust of women and bigotry against us. Given that, I’m not sure why you think that more than half of the electorate should support you, given that you’ve demonstrated time and again how little you think of us, our abilities and ultimately, our humanity.

Yeah, I was a little bit fired up, because this bill? Is ridiculous. (Yes, I also went to “women” rather than my normal gender neutral language. This dude is a Neanderthal, no way was he going to grasp the point of gender neutrality.)
Today, I received an oversized manilla envelope from Rep. Readshaw. Inside was a printout of HB 1077, a printout of some database’s information about me, indicating where I live, that I’m not the head of the household (why/how it knows this I do not know) and a few other things about me, like ethnicity, that no elected official should or needs to know. I’m going to have to get to the bottom of that.
Also included was a printout of my email, with the phrases “will fall on deaf ears” “destroying my constitutional right” and “my continued support for you” underlined in red ink. Apparently these phrases were exceptionally offensive? I don’t know.
And then there was the letter you see above. Handwritten by the representative himself, in all its chickenscratchy, grammatically questionable glory.
Let’s break it down together, shall we? First, note the black bar? That’s where the letter was addressed to me solely by my first name. (Government name, hence the censoring.) Not Ms. Lastname, not even Dear Firstname, just Firstname, as if he knows me and is writing to a friend. I don’t play that way. I gave him the respect of referring to him by title, he’ll do the same if he ever addresses me again.

He writes:
I know this message will fall on deaf ears but….. I do not choose to debate “intellect” vs. morals. As I believe morals should overwhelmingly be the favorite.
This is obviously a reference to my amazing assertion that “women do have independent intellect.” He disdains that, clearly. And thinks that if we choose abortion, we’re immoral. And I, by extension, am immoral for my stance. The inference is pretty clear to me, how about you? So this is a moral issue, which says to me that it’s not a legal issue. If it’s about morality, that’s not for the state to legislate to me, it’s for me to determine a course of action about, perhaps with the people I trust to discuss moral issues with, and whose guidance I can trust.
Let’s move on, though, shall we?

This blew my socks off. The arrogance and ignorance you’re about to read from a sitting elected official is absolutely breathtaking.
There should be no need to consider “what continuing an unwanted pregnancy would mean to their lives.” This can be controlled by contraception. Why create and kill? Simply, do not create….. Be responsible!
Where do I start? Apparently in whatever fantasy land this man inhabits, everyone has access to contraceptives. We know this is false. We know that this is demonstrably false. Apparently in that same fantasy land, contraception is 100% effective in every case. We know that this is demonstrably false. Apparently in that same fantasy land there is no rape, no coercion, no sexual abuse, no domestic violence, no birth control sabotage. There should be no need to consider. Nothing to think about. Just move along, you irresponsible killer sluts.
How dare he? I’m seething here. Seething.

Seven cosponsors are women of HB1077 and I do not believe any of the cosponsors have a “disdain and mistrust of women or bigotry against them.”
Once again, he misuses quotes to try to paraphrase things I wrote in my email, and does dreadful things to proper English grammatical syntax. Also? I really don’t care what he believes, the evidence contradicts him. This bill says in the very first line that we are too ignorant to understand our own pregnancies. It’s disdainful, it’s brimming with mistrust of our knowledge and our ability to make decisions for ourselves, ask questions for ourselves or understand our needs and those of our families, and I’ll stand by bigotry every day. That’s what underpins this all. And yes, women can be bigoted against other women. I think we’ve all seen and experienced that. It’s evident on its face — if you’re willing to look.

You stated my position is “illogical” and your feeling is no doubt prompted by disagreement with my stance on the subject.
Really? Are you just now getting that, Harry? Also, note that word feeling I don’t have thoughts or positions or stances, I have feelings. Little hypersensitive woman that I am. Yeah, the tone is clear, isn’t it?
Now, prepare to be appalled, if you’re not already, because he’s about to cross a line so broad and so unbelievable it will take your breath away.

I have a daughter that is not biologically capable of having a child due to complications. She cannot bear a child and you want to kill them. She has also experienced 2 miscarriages. Sorry, I disagree with your convictions.
HE JUST DISCLOSED HIS DAUGHTER’S PRIVATE MEDICAL INFORMATION IN AN EFFORT TO JUSTIFY HIS SUPPORT OF THIS BILL AND GENERAL ANTI-CHOICE POSITION.
Sorry for shouting, no, actually, I’m not. I am beyond disbelief that he believes that this woman’s personal pain, her private information, her reproductive status is fair game to be bandied around like this, to be used to score political points, as a gotcha at me. She can’t have babies and I want to KILL THEM! What kind of person am I that I could possibly support other people having autonomy over their own reproduction when she doesn’t have any?
What kills me is that he doesn’t actually know whether I’m pro-choice. My email to him didn’t say. I’m opposed to forced endovaginal ultrasounds before abortions, that doesn’t mean that I necessarily like abortions. For the record, I don’t much care for them. I wish no one ever had to have one. But that isn’t reality. Even with ideal comprehensive sexual education, universal healthcare and unfettered contraceptive access there will still be pregnancies that cannot be sustained. That’s why I’m pro-choice because I recognize reality, and because it’s not my right to interfere in other people’s medical choices.
But it doesn’t matter to him. Anyone who has support for autonomy is some kind of horrible monster who’d kill the precious thing his daughter wants and can’t have.
What he doesn’t know, couldn’t know, in his fantasy land of assumptions and presumptions, is that I too am actually incapable of having much-wanted children. (I’ll give benefit of the doubt that his daughter actually is, that he’s not making that up to justify himself.) And yet, despite the fact that being pregnant would make me incredibly happy, and won’t ever happen, I still recognize that my desire to be pregnant is not universal and I cannot expect other people to continue pregnancies that they do not want, cannot afford, cannot physically or emotionally sustain, just because of my feelings about pregnancy for me. I am not other people. I cannot expect them to live their lives as I would. That’s kind of the cornerstone of what liberty is, isn’t it?
Let’s press on, before I get all maudlin all over this thing.

As of this date, you are the only person other than 2 medical doctors that have contacted me in the negative.
Huh, doctors are opposed to a broadly invasive and overreaching bill that directly interferes with patient care and injects politics into treatment rooms. Is that surprising? Is that extraordinary? I don’t think so. And when this thing blows up, as Texas should have and Virginia has, and it will, I think that this number will change. And now, I’m going to do my best to be sure of it.
One last note, remember when I said that in the envelope with the letter was a printout of some database’s information about me? Check out the last line again:

Congratulations on your voting record it is very good!
I’m going to presume that there is some database that shows how many times I’ve voted since I registered in 1991. (The answer is “twice a year, every year, or 42 times thus far.) But why is he looking that up before sending me a letter in response to me writing to him? Why is it germane? Why is it his business? Why is it legal? Do I not get a letter if I don’t vote or vote often enough for his tastes? I’m going to be looking into this too, I assure you.
Now, the question is: what to do about this. First, I’m definitely writing him back, and calling. I have a few words to say, the first of which will be don’t you ever call me by first name again. Start with basic respect and work from there.
Other than that? I’m not sure. I’m still seething. I’ve been essentially called an immoral baby killer here, by my elected representative, and he’s disclosed information about his daughter that is reprehensible. There should be some consequences for this.
I’d say that you should all email Representative Readshaw and let him know what you think of his letter, but he only accepts email from constituents. But if anyone is inclined to send him postal mail
Representative Harry A. Readshaw 1917 Brownsville Road Pittsburgh, PA 15210 or Room 122 Irvis Office Building House Box 202020 Harrisburg, PA 17120-2020
If you’re inclined to call or fax:
Call: 412-881-4208 or 717-783-0411 Fax: 412-886-2077 or 717-705-2007
If you have other suggestions for responses, please share. I don’t think that this should go unaddressed.

Sorry it’s long, but it’s worth reading. I’m FROM Pittsburgh, so I’ll definitely be getting in touch with this scum. >I

amaditalks:

On Tuesday, after liveblogging my read-through of Pennsylvania’s HB1077, the bill which would force unwanted endovaginal ultrasounds on most persons seeking an abortion in the state, I sent a scathing email to my state representative, Harry Readshaw, who is a co-sponsor of the bill. To be entirely fair, I dislike my representative a great deal. He’s nominally a democrat, yet he’s entirely anti-choice, he also introduced a copy of the Arizona “papers please” anti-immigrant bill in this legislative session. I don’t know why he calls himself a democrat, but he does, and I hold him accountable. I wrote:

Dear Representative Readshaw:

I know this message will fall on deaf ears as you’re firmly committed to destroying my constitutional right to control my reproductive life, nevertheless, this legislation that you are co-sponsoring is both onerous and offensive and I feel it my responsibility as your constituent to let you know that your support of this bill completely erodes any possibility of my continued support for you.

Fact: there is no evidence, from actual empirical studies, that ultrasounds change people’s minds when they’re seeking an abortion. All that these “educational” ultrasounds do is add unneeded time, expense and delay to the process and, as a consequence, increase the number of medical complications that arise. If the goal is to improve women’s health, this bill is already a failure on its face.

Fact: More than 60% of those seeking an abortion already have had at least one child. they know what pregnancy is, how it works, and what continuing an unwanted pregnancy would mean to their lives and the lives of their families. they don’t need counseling, waiting periods or extra ultrasounds to “know” as per this “right to know” concept.

Women do have independent intellect. We are able to come to decisions about important issues in our lives without being handheld or spoonfed information, and if there’s information that women want or need to know, we are capable of asking for ourselves.

The arrogant overriding of women’s agency and presumption of women’s ignorance inherent in this bill, from its very first line, and the “right to know” language makes me wonder: if women are so dreadfully incapable of independent decision making and learning, how on earth are they meant to parent the end results of the pregnancies that they’re being encouraged not to terminate? Or the children that they already have?

The illogical position that you are espousing by co-sponsoring and, I’m sure, ultimately voting for this repulsive piece of legislation speaks volumes about your inherent disdain and mistrust of women and bigotry against us. Given that, I’m not sure why you think that more than half of the electorate should support you, given that you’ve demonstrated time and again how little you think of us, our abilities and ultimately, our humanity.

Yeah, I was a little bit fired up, because this bill? Is ridiculous. (Yes, I also went to “women” rather than my normal gender neutral language. This dude is a Neanderthal, no way was he going to grasp the point of gender neutrality.)

Today, I received an oversized manilla envelope from Rep. Readshaw. Inside was a printout of HB 1077, a printout of some database’s information about me, indicating where I live, that I’m not the head of the household (why/how it knows this I do not know) and a few other things about me, like ethnicity, that no elected official should or needs to know. I’m going to have to get to the bottom of that.

Also included was a printout of my email, with the phrases “will fall on deaf ears” “destroying my constitutional right” and “my continued support for you” underlined in red ink. Apparently these phrases were exceptionally offensive? I don’t know.

And then there was the letter you see above. Handwritten by the representative himself, in all its chickenscratchy, grammatically questionable glory.

Let’s break it down together, shall we? First, note the black bar? That’s where the letter was addressed to me solely by my first name. (Government name, hence the censoring.) Not Ms. Lastname, not even Dear Firstname, just Firstname, as if he knows me and is writing to a friend. I don’t play that way. I gave him the respect of referring to him by title, he’ll do the same if he ever addresses me again.

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He writes:

I know this message will fall on deaf ears but….. I do not choose to debate “intellect” vs. morals. As I believe morals should overwhelmingly be the favorite.

This is obviously a reference to my amazing assertion that “women do have independent intellect.” He disdains that, clearly. And thinks that if we choose abortion, we’re immoral. And I, by extension, am immoral for my stance. The inference is pretty clear to me, how about you? So this is a moral issue, which says to me that it’s not a legal issue. If it’s about morality, that’s not for the state to legislate to me, it’s for me to determine a course of action about, perhaps with the people I trust to discuss moral issues with, and whose guidance I can trust.

Let’s move on, though, shall we?

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This blew my socks off. The arrogance and ignorance you’re about to read from a sitting elected official is absolutely breathtaking.

There should be no need to consider “what continuing an unwanted pregnancy would mean to their lives.” This can be controlled by contraception. Why create and kill? Simply, do not create….. Be responsible!

Where do I start? Apparently in whatever fantasy land this man inhabits, everyone has access to contraceptives. We know this is false. We know that this is demonstrably false. Apparently in that same fantasy land, contraception is 100% effective in every case. We know that this is demonstrably false. Apparently in that same fantasy land there is no rape, no coercion, no sexual abuse, no domestic violence, no birth control sabotage. There should be no need to consider. Nothing to think about. Just move along, you irresponsible killer sluts.

How dare he? I’m seething here. Seething.

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Seven cosponsors are women of HB1077 and I do not believe any of the cosponsors have a “disdain and mistrust of women or bigotry against them.”

Once again, he misuses quotes to try to paraphrase things I wrote in my email, and does dreadful things to proper English grammatical syntax. Also? I really don’t care what he believes, the evidence contradicts him. This bill says in the very first line that we are too ignorant to understand our own pregnancies. It’s disdainful, it’s brimming with mistrust of our knowledge and our ability to make decisions for ourselves, ask questions for ourselves or understand our needs and those of our families, and I’ll stand by bigotry every day. That’s what underpins this all. And yes, women can be bigoted against other women. I think we’ve all seen and experienced that. It’s evident on its face — if you’re willing to look.

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You stated my position is “illogical” and your feeling is no doubt prompted by disagreement with my stance on the subject.

Really? Are you just now getting that, Harry? Also, note that word feeling I don’t have thoughts or positions or stances, I have feelings. Little hypersensitive woman that I am. Yeah, the tone is clear, isn’t it?

Now, prepare to be appalled, if you’re not already, because he’s about to cross a line so broad and so unbelievable it will take your breath away.

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I have a daughter that is not biologically capable of having a child due to complications. She cannot bear a child and you want to kill them. She has also experienced 2 miscarriages. Sorry, I disagree with your convictions.

HE JUST DISCLOSED HIS DAUGHTER’S PRIVATE MEDICAL INFORMATION IN AN EFFORT TO JUSTIFY HIS SUPPORT OF THIS BILL AND GENERAL ANTI-CHOICE POSITION.

Sorry for shouting, no, actually, I’m not. I am beyond disbelief that he believes that this woman’s personal pain, her private information, her reproductive status is fair game to be bandied around like this, to be used to score political points, as a gotcha at me. She can’t have babies and I want to KILL THEM! What kind of person am I that I could possibly support other people having autonomy over their own reproduction when she doesn’t have any?

What kills me is that he doesn’t actually know whether I’m pro-choice. My email to him didn’t say. I’m opposed to forced endovaginal ultrasounds before abortions, that doesn’t mean that I necessarily like abortions. For the record, I don’t much care for them. I wish no one ever had to have one. But that isn’t reality. Even with ideal comprehensive sexual education, universal healthcare and unfettered contraceptive access there will still be pregnancies that cannot be sustained. That’s why I’m pro-choice because I recognize reality, and because it’s not my right to interfere in other people’s medical choices.

But it doesn’t matter to him. Anyone who has support for autonomy is some kind of horrible monster who’d kill the precious thing his daughter wants and can’t have.

What he doesn’t know, couldn’t know, in his fantasy land of assumptions and presumptions, is that I too am actually incapable of having much-wanted children. (I’ll give benefit of the doubt that his daughter actually is, that he’s not making that up to justify himself.) And yet, despite the fact that being pregnant would make me incredibly happy, and won’t ever happen, I still recognize that my desire to be pregnant is not universal and I cannot expect other people to continue pregnancies that they do not want, cannot afford, cannot physically or emotionally sustain, just because of my feelings about pregnancy for me. I am not other people. I cannot expect them to live their lives as I would. That’s kind of the cornerstone of what liberty is, isn’t it?

Let’s press on, before I get all maudlin all over this thing.

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As of this date, you are the only person other than 2 medical doctors that have contacted me in the negative.

Huh, doctors are opposed to a broadly invasive and overreaching bill that directly interferes with patient care and injects politics into treatment rooms. Is that surprising? Is that extraordinary? I don’t think so. And when this thing blows up, as Texas should have and Virginia has, and it will, I think that this number will change. And now, I’m going to do my best to be sure of it.

One last note, remember when I said that in the envelope with the letter was a printout of some database’s information about me? Check out the last line again:

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Congratulations on your voting record it is very good!

I’m going to presume that there is some database that shows how many times I’ve voted since I registered in 1991. (The answer is “twice a year, every year, or 42 times thus far.) But why is he looking that up before sending me a letter in response to me writing to him? Why is it germane? Why is it his business? Why is it legal? Do I not get a letter if I don’t vote or vote often enough for his tastes? I’m going to be looking into this too, I assure you.

Now, the question is: what to do about this. First, I’m definitely writing him back, and calling. I have a few words to say, the first of which will be don’t you ever call me by first name again. Start with basic respect and work from there.

Other than that? I’m not sure. I’m still seething. I’ve been essentially called an immoral baby killer here, by my elected representative, and he’s disclosed information about his daughter that is reprehensible. There should be some consequences for this.

I’d say that you should all email Representative Readshaw and let him know what you think of his letter, but he only accepts email from constituents. But if anyone is inclined to send him postal mail

Representative Harry A. Readshaw
1917 Brownsville Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15210

or
Room 122 Irvis Office Building
House Box 202020
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2020

If you’re inclined to call or fax:

Call: 412-881-4208 or 717-783-0411
Fax: 412-886-2077 or 717-705-2007

If you have other suggestions for responses, please share. I don’t think that this should go unaddressed.

Sorry it’s long, but it’s worth reading. I’m FROM Pittsburgh, so I’ll definitely be getting in touch with this scum. >I

2 years ago on February 24th | J | 3,436 notes