Sorry if I tricked you into reading a post about sex, and actually plugging a conference thing that I’m working on. But! It is about sex, a little bit. I promise!
For the past couple months, I have been savagely planning a reproductive rights panel for the 2011 Campus Progress National Conference (#cpnc11) and now I am going to tell you all about it! Because it’s going to be awesome!
Fighting for Reproductive Freedom in a Conservative Congress
Recent measures by the 112th Congress attempt to limit access to reproductive health and services. How will these measures affect women and families? What do they mean for access to reproductive services in various communities? The discussion will address the role social media has played and can continue to play in organizing activists and gaining support for reproductive freedom.
YES! Remember when Gwen Moore pwnd the Pence Amendment and defended Planned Parenthood against the anti-choice terrorism that claimed Planned Parenthood was leading the genocide of black babies?
I’ve heard of some pretty bad ideas by Republicans, but this one is not only the cruelest but also the dumbest one yet. The Oklahoma GOP is attempting to change the Oklahoma nutrition bill so that independent contractors, such as Planned Parenthood, could not give out food vouchers to poor women and children. THAT’S RIGHT. THEY WANT TO STOP WOMEN WHO HAD BABIES AND DIDN’T GET ABORTIONS FROM EATING.
Woo, glad I got that out of my system. Now to the details
D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and 40 other individuals were arrested yesterday for blocking/demonstrating on Constitution Avenue. The protests were over Congress’ constant control of D.C.
Today, they protested again, this time outside of a local Planned Parenthood clinic, which is appropriate because Congress wants to control D.C.’s public funds for abortion. Those D.C. license plates that boast ‘taxation without representation’ are bound for an upgrade if this proposal moves forward. Continue reading
By now you’ve probably heard that the government is probably shutting down by midnight tonight. And you’ve also probably heard that its because of Planned Parenthood and abortion funding (which seems asinine because federal funds do not support abortions in the United States under the Hyde Amendment). But I live in Washington, DC, and yeah, sometimes it’s fun and all that, but I have been debating this whole shutdown thing all week and I have a serious headache with all of the insane partisan (buzzword alert!) rhetoric – with members on both sides of the aisle shouting to SHUT IT DOWN.
…then consider using emergency contraception.
Still not convinced? Here are some other fucking awesome reasons to use emergency contraceptives:
1 — “Because if you don’t remember his last name, you probably didn’t remember to use a fucking condom.”
2 — “You’re making a run to Walgreens for Advil and Gatorade anyway.”
3 — “Getting pregnant after you didn’t even get off would be the fucking cherry on top.”
4 — “It’s easier to ask a pharmacist about emergency contraception than to deal with the fucking harassers outside the abortion clinic.”
This last one is super applicable because I walk past the crazy lady reading the Bible in front of the Planned Parenthood clinic every day. [Ed. Note – not every crazy person reads the Bible, and not every Bible reader is crazy.]
I could go on listing them, but really just go read them for yourself. Also, I feel obligated to tell you that the comedy comes from Back Up Your Birth Control,” which took its cue from the whatthefuckhasobamadonesofar website and others that surfaced a few months ago. Also, BUYBC is, according to its website:
a national campaign committed to raising awareness of and expanding access to emergency contraception (EC). While significant progress has been made to expand access, there’s still work to be done. You can help spread the word about EC by taking part in the National Day of Action on Wednesday, March 30, 2011.
This post is brought to you by Laura, who speaks from experience…
Chloe Heintz’ incredible story of how Planned Parenthood helped her has been picked up by CBS.
“I find that women go to Planned Parenthood for their primary health care rather than for crisis situations like abortion, or rape like I did. I would implore lawmakers to look at the human side of things and to have a sense of dignity and responsibility for the people that they represent.”
Check out the rest of the article here.