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Ms. Blaspheming Bitch: sexedhorrorstories: If you need help paying for an abortion and live...


If you need help paying for an abortion and live in the US, the National Network of Abortion Funds can help. Clicking the link will take you to their website where you can find an abortion fund near you.

If you recently had unprotected sex and/or experienced contraceptive failure, going here will take you to a $10 off coupon for Plan B One-Step. It’s an emergency contraceptive pill available to anyone 17 and older over the counter. It is not the abortion pill so it will not work if you are currently pregnant. It simply reduces the chance of pregnancy when taken as directed up to 72 hours after having unprotected sex. If you need a little help asking for it, going here will take you to the pharmacy request card. If you need more information about emergency contraception, you can go to this website.

If you think you might be pregnant and need a test done or you’re just looking for quality and affordable healthcare, you can go here to find a Planned Parenthood near you.

For the teenagers in need of quality and comprehensive sex education, Scarleteen is here to help.

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axis of haterade: I volunteered at my city's reproductive health clinic for a year, and these are the four (most important) things I...



[Content includes descriptions of anti-choice verbal abuse and harassment in #1, as well as domestic/sexual violence in #2]
  1. Clinic “”protesters”” are not exercising their 1st amendment rights. They’re engaging in emotional terrorism, slander, and harassment. Their goal is to inflict damage. Clinic employees, interns, and volunteers who are harassed sometimes daily should be able to take out restraining orders against them. They should be able to take out restraining orders on whole organizations, ideally, as well as individuals. Massachusetts is lucky enough to have a sort of legally-mandated “buffer zone;” protesters need to stay a certain number of feet away from the clinic’s door, but they get up in your face as you walk down the street and they are more than happy to yell to you right up until you make it inside.
  2. “Parental notification” or “parental consent” laws are bullshit. Nobody under the age of 18 gets an abortion without telling their parent(s) unless there is a damn fucking good reason. Minors with abusive parents who might withhold medical treatment as “leverage,” minors who were actually knocked-up by their legal guardian in the first place, minors who aren’t in contact with their parents (and who have reason to fear violence or abuse if they DO get back in touch), and minors with anti-choice parents who would medically/reproductively abuse their child by forcing them to carry a pregnancy to term—all of these people are the ones who get hurt by these laws. The white, middle-class, kindly, heterosexual, cis parents with the wayward daughter who runs off and gets an abortion before her parents have a chance to tell her about her options? The ones lawmakers are constantly referencing when they pass these kinds of bills?? The ones who “have the right to know”??? They know. If they have shown themselves to be safe people, their kid will come to them. Few people make this decision lightly. Very few people will actually pass up the chance to be supported in this by the non-abusive people in their lives (especially their fucking parents).
  3. Many reproductive-health-focused organization contribute directly to trans healthcare disparities. I volunteered at the clinic for a year. I had to sign each patient in individually, and I would talk with them before they got called in my a doctor or nurse. I never saw one person who didn’t at least pass as cis (including “passing” as cis on paper, too). There probably were individual cis-passing trans people who came, who were misgendered, and who did not receive the full scope of treatment/education/respect that their cis counterparts did. But trans people—men, women, and people who are both/neither—are disproportionately under-represented and under-served at the expense of our health as a community.
  4. Abortion is not our only fight. Abortion access is so, so important. But the vast majority of reproductive health organizations/clinics recognize that prevention, education, and empowerment are vital. Abortion is not its own isolated example of a single privilege/oppression dichotomy. Instead, it’s one crucial piece of an over-arching, multi-focused conversation about sexual and domestic violence, misogyny, sexual health, trans rights, youth and childrens’ rights, white supremacy, ableism, nationalism, and capitalism. Losing this focus obscures the broader picture and pushes aside very goals we should ultimately be working in service of.

Once while volunteering as an escort, one of the protesters shouted out at me, “The Ku Klux Klan is so happy about what you are doing right now! You’re doing exactly what they want!” I turned to the middle aged white man and laughed, he in turn responded, “Yeah! Keep laughing away! Your mother decided to keep you! What you are doing is wrong!”

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Trans rights are reproductive rights


This is a guest post by Katherine Cross for our partnership with the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Conference happening this weekend. Cross is President of the Hunter College Women’s Rights Coalition and a Core Collective member of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project.

Count me among the legions of women who never thought our nation would be revisiting Griswold v. Connecticut in 2012. The spirit of the landmark 1965 case, establishing American citizens’ right to use contraception legally, is now publicly under attack from the political right. In the midst of this has arisen one of the most amazing groundswells of women’s activism in a generation. We have a lot to be proud of, even as the fight for reproductive justice grinds on. We are not ceding the field.

But as a woman of trans experience I also have to say that we need to summon more courage as feminists; we need to cultivate a far wider vision of “reproductive justice” than we have hitherto. Even as I raised my voice in defence of Sandra Fluke and in defence of women’s right to choose, even as I opened my wallet to Planned Parenthood, I felt something was amiss. As we argued valiantly for the right to have health care plans cover contraception we glossed over the fact that transgender people still lack a meaningful right to choose in this country.

When I came out, one of the first things my father lamented was the loss of his grandchildren, the loss of progeny who would—by blood—carry his name and his “legacy.” Then came the recriminations about what my body was “for” and what “God put us on this earth to do.” Interwoven in all of this is an ideology about what bodies are for. It is precisely the same ideology that has seen women coerced into having children, that has seen people of colour brutalised under eugenics programs that sterilised them, and that has created a byzantine web of regulations regarding what trans people can and cannot do with their bodies.

It is the ideology behind laws in many countries that require trans people to be sterilised before our gender markers can be changed on various IDs and the ideology that still sees too many psychiatrists enforcing gender norms on their trans patients as a pre-requisite of trans healthcare. We all have different medical needs as trans people, but for those of us who require hormones and surgery we are often spiritually blackmailed for them (“wear this skirt and makeup or I won’t see you as a serious woman”), charged heavily for them and then laughed at if we suggest such things should be covered by either public or private insurance. We may also be denied transition altogether.

At the heart of much of this is the idea that trans bodies should not exist because we defy some mandate about human reproduction. The idea of a man giving birth or a woman donating sperm strikes some people as aberrant. The idea that we would surgically alter our “god-given/natural-born genitalia” is considered heretical. Reproductive justice means standing against those ideas, standing against them firmly, proudly, and forthrightly. It means fighting for trans people’s right to choose, and it means recognising that a right to choose is meaningless is access is denied on the basis of income. If a woman—cis or trans—has a right to reproductive health, it will only be a theoretical right unless a measure of economic justice is part of the package. The same goes for trans people of all genders.

We often find ourselves unable to pay, and at the mercy of a small number of service providers or adversarial doctors. Our bodies are public property, up for every cis person’s debate and scrutiny, owned by everyone but ourselves.

If that isn’t a reproductive rights issue — if that isn’t about “my body, my choice” — then I don’t know what is.

This is one of many issues I’ll be raising at the upcoming Civil Liberties and Public Policy conference From Abortion Rights to Social Justice: Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom at Hampshire College this weekend. Our focus will be on how to roll back the swelling anti-choice tide, and how to build a truly holistic justice movement around that very issue. Hopefully I’ll see some of you there!

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