“It comes down to who is the patient. Is the woman the patient, or is the fetus the patient? One or other is the patient. I’ve never heard a fetus talk to me. I’ve heard thousands and thousands of women share their pain, their desperation, and their hopelessness.”—
“Make no mistake, this battle is about self-determination by women of the direction and course of their lives and their family’s lives. Abortion is about women’s hopes and dreams. Abortion is a matter of survival for women.”—
- Dr. George Tiller, murdered three years ago today by an anti-choice fanatic. (via iamdrtiller)
Remember when doctors did what was in the best interest of the patient? Remember when refusing to provide care could get you fired or even arrested? Well, those days are coming to a close as doctors and nurses have been freed by the GOP from any ethical or moral restraints. These days, a medical practitioner can simply ignore a patient because treating them goes against their “religious beliefs.” (read more)
Three years ago today, I was 6 months pregnant sitting on the couch with the windows open. My husband was in the kitchen doing dishes from the brunch that we’d just finished eating. I had my laptop open on my lap, and said, “Holy shit,” as I reached for the TV remote.
it’s so hard for me not to get into it with outspoken (& simultaneously misinformed) conservatives on twitter. i try to dismiss it all as petty cyberbullying. but it matters. when people with 20K followers tweets a rally to “defund planned parenthood” or “get rid of social security, end welfare, end headstart, medicare” (it’s @kurtschlichter, by the way) the issue is that they have a platform now, and people are listening. they treat these right wing lunatics’ rhetoric like gospel.
it’s scary that someone with a vehement following would allocate such energy to depriving resource-poor communities of their lifeblood, but they do, and that’s why it matters. feminism matters because when you speak out, you speak for thousands, literally millions of disenfranchised individuals who will be stripped of their few amenities if the GOP would have their way. everybody needs feminism, and your voice matters.