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Some pro-choice facts and history for your evening. February 10, 2014

Posted by Erin Ptah in News Roundup.

There is a striking kinship between our movement and Margaret Sanger’s early efforts. […] Like we, she was a direct actionist — a nonviolent resister. She was willing to accept scorn and abuse until the truth she saw was revealed to the millions. At the turn of the century she went into the slums and set up a birth control clinic, and for this deed she went to jail because she was violating an unjust law. Yet the years have justified her actions.” Martin Luther King’s speech in praise of Planned Parenthood.

“So though the fight over Planned Parenthood might be about abortion, Planned Parenthood itself isn’t about abortion. It’s primarily about contraception and reproductive health. And if Planned Parenthood loses funding, what will mainly happen is that cancer screenings and contraception and STD testing will become less available to poorer people.

“The arguments would be endless, but they would be irrelevant to the facts: From the moment I started looking for an abortion, not once did I even consider going through with the pregnancy. Not for one second. It simply was not going to happen. Nothing, and I mean nothing, was going to stop me, and it could have cost me my life.”

“The Old Testament, despite some believers’ insistence to the contrary, does not take a hard line against contraception or abortion. The Bible and the 24 other books that make up the Jewish canon make both direct references and thinly veiled allusions to women using contraception.

“Just two days after Israel’s cabinet approved a new policy extending government abortion subsidies to all women ages 20-33, the staunchly anti-choice Liberty Counsel released an alert entitled, “Stand With Israel Now,” complete with a photograph of Benjamin Netanyahu with Liberty Counsel head Mat Staver.”

Mike Huckabee thinks a substitute for complete health care coverage is for women to ~control~ themselves. Also, why have government safety standards for cars? We would all still be safe if we just exercised the self-control to not drive.

“They’re going to focus on raising taxes on people who get medical care they don’t like rather than protecting the jobs of pregnant women like the Walmart worker fired for carrying a water bottle or the hospital cleaner who was forced onto unpaid leave rather than being allowed a lifting restriction. Or the Albertsons worker whose baby was born prematurely and died after the mother’s request—backed up by doctors’ notes—for light duty was turned down and after she was told to keep working despite being in pain. For these women, Republicans have nothing, not even as the fig leaf preserving the notion that life and women’s health are what motivates their latest anti-abortion push.


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