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According to Stop Patriarchy, Mark Ruffalo sent a speech to be read at an abortion rights rally this weekend in Mississippi in which he expressed his frustration with the state legislature’s ongoing attempts to close every last women’s health centers that offer abortion services.

The Clarion-Ledger reports that over 100 supporters gathered at the Jackson Women’s Health Organization, and listened to a personal account of Ruffalo’s about the issue of abortion rights, in which he mentioned his mother’s struggle to obtain an abortion when she was young:

I am a man. I could say this has nothing to do with me. Except I have two daughters and I have a mother who was forced to illegally have an abortion in her state where abortion was illegal when she was a very young woman. It cost $600 cash. It was a traumatizing thing for her. It was shameful and sleazy and demeaning. When I heard the story I was aghast by the lowliness of a society that would make a woman do that. I could not understand its lack of humanity; today is no different.

Ruffalo reportedly referenced the United States as it existed pre-Roe v. Wade as “relic of an America that was not free nor equal nor very kind”, saying that it “we have worked long and hard to leave behind” that time:

My own mother fought to make herself more than a possession; she lived her life as a mother who chose when she would have children, and a wife who could earn a living if she so chose. I want my daughters to enjoy that same choice. I don’t want to turn back the hands of time to when women shuttled across state lines in the thick of night to resolve an unwanted pregnancy, in a cheap hotel room just south of the state line. Where a transaction of $600 cash becomes the worth of a young woman’s life. So that is why I am lending my voice to you and your movement today. Because I actually trust the women I know. I trust them with their choices, I trust them with their bodies and I trust them with their children.

Ruffalo has been politically active before; he’s a vocal opponent of fracking. And while his characterization of the impact of Roe v. Wade as a “law of the land for decades” is slightly historically inaccurate – anti-choice supporters have been chipping away at Roe v. Wade since that Supreme Court ruling came down – his decision to discuss abortion via women who have actually gone through it is a welcome relief from all the men talking about how they know thetruth about the experience.

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Because I actually trust the women I know. I trust them with their choices, I trust them with their bodies and I trust them with their children.

Viola Davis. Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Mark Ruffalo. For ever.

I will never stop loving Mark Ruffalo. NEVER.

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"The Satanic Temple set up a website where women seeking an abortion can print out a letter for her healthcare provider explaining why she is exempt from informed consent mandates.

The letter reads that ‘[a]ll women who share our deeply held belief that their personal choices should be made with access to the best available information, undiluted by biased or false information, are free to seek protection with this exemption whether they are members of the Satanic Temple or not.’”


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Okay guys, I’m going to get serious for a minute. 
If you’re not in Ireland at the moment, you may not know about the situation regarding the laws on abortion. It is completely illegal, even in cases of rape, incest, fatal foetal abnormality, and other such things. 

Women have died in this country because inability to have an abortion put strain on their health. A woman who wasn’t even Irish begged for an abortion because her child was about to die in the womb. The complications arising from her case resulted in her contracting septicaemia, organ failure, and tragically dying. 
In 1992, the X Case took place, involving a 14-year-old girl, knowns only as x, who became pregnant after being raped. Instead of offering help to the girl, who because suicidal, they prevented her from travelling out of the country for an abortion.

Any Irish woman* who needs an abortion has to travel to the UK, which means if you don’t have the money, you’re out of luck. What does the Irish Government have to say about this?

Well, recently the UN confronted the Government about our abortion laws, pointing out that we were breaking Human Rights laws, and that the Government treated Irish women* like vessels.

Joan Burton, the Tánaiste, said that there will be no referendum on abortion in this Government’s lifetime. They’re literally saying that they don’t care enough to rectify Human Rights breaches.

I am NOT a vessel, and neither are you. Make your voice heard. Come to the March for Choice on the 27th of September in Dublin. 

Never give up, never stay quiet.

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this scene really got me. I think it’s a perfect example of people’s views on abortions. 

For 75 years 1000+ children have been sent into the arena to fight for survival for the enjoyment of the richest people. Then along with that there are a million+ children across the other districts living in abstract poverty. All of them too, fighting for survival. The chance for them to move up in the world is virtually impossible because they don’t have the tools to do so and the people above them have kept them down as much as possible. 

However the idea that a foetus, a blob of cells, is at risk and suddenly they stand up and protest. 

Too much value is placed on the unborn, and not enough on those already alive. 



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This is the Memorial to the Missing and contains over 50,000,000 pennies to represent the lives of each American child abandoned to abortion by a society and a culture that has embraced their destruction. We must prevent the need to add to this memorial. Take a stand. Get involved.

 ”How we treat the least of us defines us.”

"should I use this $500k to help struggling parents and pregnant people or should I put it in a glass box"

Prolife: puts money on display to try and bring more lives into the world, ignores the living that are actually suffering.

That’s Scrooge McDuck levels of nuts.

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Terrifying Precedent: Woman to Be Tried for Murder for Giving Birth to Stillborn When She Was 16





Mississippi has one of the worst records for maternal and infant health in the U.S., as well as some of the highest rates of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease, and among some of the most restrictive policies on abortion…

"It is tremendously, tremendously frightening, this case…There’s real fear for young women whose babies are dying early who [lack the resources to] defend themselves and their actions."

Rennie Gibbs’ daughter was stillborn with the cord wrapped around her neck, but when autopsy results turned up traces of a cocaine byproduct in her baby’s blood, Gibbs was indicted for “depraved heart murder,” with a maximum sentence of life in prison.

It should come as no surprise that Gibbs is a young, low-income black woman, a member of a demographic disproportionately targeted by the legal system in cases like this and others, and more vulnerable to stillbirths.

A committee for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists determined that “pregnant women who fear the legal system avoid or emotionally disengage from prenatal care - the very thing that might help assure they give birth to health babies. Drug enforcement policies that deter women from seeking prenatal care are contrary to the welfare of the mother and fetus.”

Until we stop pretending punishment and stigma is an effective deterrent, and work to address the underlying issues in maternal health, women will continue to be targeted for addiction, mental illness, and self-determination.

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She used cocaine while pregnant. If they can prove that the cocaine was related to the baby’s death, she should face legal consequences. Liberals don’t believe in consequences, especially not for the segments of the population they have designated as victims. Coincidentally the same segment that can be counted on to elect liberal democrats.

She used cocaine while pregnant, and her fetus died of strangulation from an unfortunate positioning in the wound. You… you don’t actually know what cocaine is or what it does, right? I mean, that’s the only possible explanation for how you could think those two facts are related.

The problem isn’t that liberals don’t believe in consequences for certain segments of society. The problem is that conservatives think that “consequences” are something that should ONLY and ALWAYS happens based on what segment of society you’re in. If this were a wealthy white woman from the right family or the right part of town, this would be declared a private tragedy and you’d be saying the vulture media and activist courts should leave the poor woman alone, hasn’t she suffered enough?

I didn’t know cocaine repositioned babies in the womb. Does it also sour milk and put the evil eye on the neighbor’s chickens?

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Central to the political agenda of Men’s Rights Activists is floating the idea that men somehow have a “right” to an abortion, or more accurately a right to interfere with a woman’s right to an abortion. MRAs argue that women’s autonomy is directly oppressive to men because men are disallowed input as to whether or not women should give birth. Thus, they argue that the state should intervene by forcing women to consult men before they can legally abort a pregnancy or that women or doctors should be held legally accountable to men after an abortion has taken place, usurping their right to self-determine.

Unfortunately, this hazardous ideology has been taken seriously and supported by a few lawmakers.

Does giving up a baby for adoption erase all the extra personal expenses shelled out over the course of a pregnancy? Does it magically restore any pay or chance at advancement that you might have lost? Does the act of adoption fully return your body to its pre-pregnancy, uninjured state, such that you don’t need time off work to recover afterward? Does it decrease the cost of taking care of pregnancy-induced diabetes or other pregnancy-related conditions that don’t heal up right away? I don’t think so.
Pregnant women who choose not to continue their pregnancy do NOT owe it to the infertile to choose adoption. They are not brood mares for those who cannot bear their own children.

-Christine Cugino

"They are not brood mares for those who cannot bear their own children."

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There are nearly 400,000 children in foster care in the United States. Nobody is entitled to someone else’s pregnancy.

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After reading an NPR segment featuring a cheery grandmother as the face of anti-abortion protestors, clinic escort Erin Matson decided to show the truth behind the innocent facade. Click through for more first-person accounts of anti-choice harassment and terrorism.

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Population Institute grades states based on women’s reproductive rights

If you could grade your state when it comes to its reproductive rights record, would it even pass?

That’s what the Population Institute set to find out. Despite the Affordable Care Act’s significant impact on women, America lags behind when it comes to ensuring women’s reproductive rights are protected. Half of all pregnancies in this country are unintended, and our teen pregnancy rate is higher than most developed countries. Family planning clinics have become the Republican Party’s new punching bag, while ludicrous laws regulating everything from water fountains to the size of janitor closets are being used to shut down clinics, under the guise of “safety.” Because nothing makes me feel more protected than knowing that brooms are stored comfortably.

Thanks to the GOP’s quest to take away women’s right to bodily autonomy, many states in America are failing when it comes to women’s health. The Population Institute, a non-profit organization that specializes in reproductive health, gave the United States a C- grade in its latest report. That means if America was a student, it would probably need to be grounded by its parents.

So how does you state fare? 

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Washington - A+!!!

F of Mo. saw that coming.

D for NH. Not that surprised.


Strangest jobs plan ever?

“It very much promotes job creation for all the care and services and so on that need to be provided by a lot of people to raise children.”

It’s so cute how Goodlatte thinks that the people who need abortions are the same people who can afford daycare.

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