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motherrr · a day ago
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Imagine you're at school and you get partnered with someone to complete a research project to present to the class. You're partnered with a friend, someone you know you have good chemistry with, so you think working on this project should be a breeze.
At first, everything seems to be going well. You and your partner have a discussion or two, swap some sources back and forth....and then they stop answering their texts. They blow you off. You can't get ahold of them no matter how hard you try. They make excuses when you see them in class. But you're on a deadline and this project has to get done, so now you're stuck wading through your resources alone. You have to do the writing. You have to add graphics. You have to edit. Your teacher refuses to listen to you when you tell them your partner isn't helping, and points to the two source pages your partner gave you, insisting that proves they've been doing their fair share. Somehow, you end up spending a week or more of your life by yourself trying to finish this project when it should have been a 50/50 effort.
You finish the project and presentation day arrives. Your partner skims over the project right before class and you present it together. You both get A's, even though the asshole beside you did nothing to earn it, and there's nothing you can do about it.
Would that make you angry? If so, why? Because it's unfair? Because it's fucked for someone to receive full credit for something they invested minimal effort in, when someone else did all the real work? Okay, now explain to me why you think fathers should have the same rights to fetuses, infants, and children as mothers do.
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liberalsarecool · 18 days ago
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Access to safe abortion is a woman’s right.
And abortion is a decision to be made between a woman, her doctor, her family, and her god.
...Not a majority white male cohort of politicians with a false sense of morality.
And your judgement?
It matters not.
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zombiezuko · a month ago
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WAKE UP, Y'ALL, LYFT FUCKING SNAPPED.
NPR's article here.
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odinsblog · a month ago
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“Women’s rights are meant to protect ALL women, regardless of their situation!”
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liberaljane · a month ago
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Abortion rights are under attack, and it's time to fight back.
If you think this is just about Texas or ‘red’ states, you’re wrong. Attacks on abortion anywhere are a threat to our rights everywhere. Today Texas’ SB8 takes effect. This dangerous and extreme law bans abortion as early as six weeks (way before most people even know they’re pregnant) and includes an unprecedent provision that allows private individuals - including anti-abortion protestors - to file lawsuits enforcing the bans. There’s even a monetary reward - up to $10,000 - for successful lawsuits. There have been over 90 abortion restrictions enacted this year alone - more than any year since Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973. It’s time to raise the alarm - keep #bansoffourbodies. What can you do? Follow and donate to: West Fund, @BuckleBunniesFundTX (Instagram & Twitter), Jane's Due Process, The Bridge Collective ATX, Fund Texas Choice, @LaFronteraFund (on Twitter), Texas Equal Access Fund - TEA Fund, The Lilith Fund for Reproductive Equity, Clinic Access Support Network & The Afiya Center.Sending love and access to all Texans.
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kaleidoscope-vol2 · a month ago
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Abortion has now effectively been banned in Texas.
Supreme Court failed to block the 6-week abortion ban. Many people don't even know they're pregnant by then. They will carry pregnancies against their will. People will die.
And that's not all. This law also allows people to sue anyone they believe is providing or assisting someone in getting an abortion, like Uber drivers. The law will also award the people who report with at least $10,000.
A bounty.
A fucking bounty on pregnant people.
Fuck the Supreme Court.
Fuck Susan Collins.
Fuck Republicans.
Fuck men.
Fuck Texas.
Fuck Trump.
Fuck Trump voters.
And fuck the pathetic women who defend this shit.
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roguebelle · 2 months ago
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[Text:  So… apparently Texas has passed some asinine anti-abortion law where private citizens can claim a fucking bounty for spying on their neighbours, and someone setup this site to take reports from anyone on which women to persecute prolifewhistleblower.com Remember the Trump Tulsa rally ticket fiasco? It’s time to poison the dataset, my friends. If you’re in the US, go and enter as many random reports as you can. Use fake but believable names. If you’re outside the US, use a VPN. Spread the word. Let’s see if the WordPress instance they’re running this shitheap on will hold up.]
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I encourage y’all to be creative with what you submit! From me, they’re getting quotes from The Crucible, reporting various characters from the play.
If you need an address, the Texas Capitol is in Austin, Travis County,  78701.
Can someone alert the TikTok kids and the KPop fans? I feel like they could have this website broken by dawn.
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pwh3 · 23 days ago
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Women's March NYC, October 2nd, 2021.
Women's March events were held all over the country in response to recent efforts by right-wing radicals to use the rigged judicial system to restrict the rights of women. Here in New York City, a large rally and march was organized. The rally began in Foley Square where participants listened to guest speakers and musical performances.
Several of the guest speakers urged everyone present to vote out any politician who is not staunchly supportive of women's rights. Other speakers pointed out that the Supreme Court has been compromised by right-wing radical judges and should be expanded during the Biden Presidency to restore balance to the institution.
After the rally, the group took to the streets, marching from Foley Square to Washington Square Park. The weather once again favored liberal New Yorkers, with an unusually warm October day featuring bright sunshine and temperatures nearing 80F (27C) degrees. --PWH3
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Solidarity with Polish Women.
Keep fighting the good fight.
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genderoutlaws · 6 months ago
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Members of Boston’s Lesbian Avengers eating fire at a reproductive rights rally | 1995
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vaspider · a month ago
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I originally wrote this post as a Twitter thread. You can go over there and read it there if you want to.
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One of the things that I think a lot of people are missing when they focus on the 'abortion rights' portion of the concept of 'overturning Roe v. Wade' is that the Roe v. Wade decision wasn't legally centered on the question of abortion per se but on the right to privacy.
(Before everyone crawls up my ass: I was, until my salpingectomy in 2019, a non-binary person capable of becoming pregnant. I have been pregnant 13 times, had multiple D&Cs as a result of spontaneous abortions (aka miscarriages), and had one live birth. I shouldn't have to present my fucking bona fides in order to talk about this stuff, but I'm gonna, in order to make it clear that yes, I know abortion is important, but we need to not miss the other things this can impact, and (I think) is planned to impact.)
The main argument of Roe v. Wade hinged on the right to privacy under the 4th amendment, namely the idea that a private individual has the right to engage in such medical decisions as they see fit without the state getting involved. It also hinged on the 14th Amendment's 'due process' clause. So basically, the idea here is that without 'due process,' you cannot be deprived of your liberty to make medical decisions for yourself, nor can you be deprived of your right to privacy about those decisions.
This Britannica article does a pretty good job of explaining the high-level overview of the case itself, the legal arguments made, and what parts of the Constitution they depend upon.
And if you're saying 'okay, yeah, but it's really about abortion,' maybe it is. But you know what else depends upon the constitutional right to privacy? How about the case which established that right to privacy, Griswold v. CT, which guaranteed married couples the right to legal contraception?
And if you're convinced (as I am) that the attack on abortion is not just a white supremacist attempt to solve the 'birth dearth' and make sure the US has more white babies than brown babies (more on that in a second) but an attempt to narrow our privacy expectations and protections under the law, there's a lot here to be concerned about if Roe v. Wade's Constitutional privacy protections disappear in a puff of 'but the babiesssss'. This Cornell page explains multiple cases which depend on that privacy right.
Eisenstadt v. Baird (which established that access to contraception must be legal regardless of marital status) relied upon Griswold's right to privacy, and extended that right to privacy under the Equal Protection Clause. So basically, this right was established in Griswold for married couples, and then it was extended to unmarried individuals bc the state has no "rational basis" for excluding unmarried individuals from it. But again, if we have no medical right to make our own decisions and the state's "compelling interest" can be found to extend to abortion, it can be found to extend to contraception, since these decisions are all tied together. And if you think 'oh that can't happen,' I invite you to look at the last 5 years of our legal history.
Any fucking out-there bullshit that you think couldn't possibly happen because it's just too ridiculous? It could happen with this Court, I assure you, because Trump's appointees are making decisions on ideology & not law. But wait! There's more! (Of course there's more.)
Let's consult the Legal Information Institute again. What OTHER decision relies upon this right to privacy? If you guessed 'Lawrence v. Texas,' which struck down that state's sodomy laws that essentially made queerness illegal, you're right! (And you should read the details of that case, it's pretty fucked up, actually, in that it's a case of someone's ex-boyfriend weaponizing the police against two other queer men.)
Not only do I think that this is a very deliberate target of this entire attack on our very literal freedom to decide how we live our lives and what we want to do with our bodies, who we love, etc., but I think the cases to challenge these decisions are already being set up. If these arrests aren't intended to pipe upward to the Supreme Court and challenge Lawrence v. Texas, I will be very, very surprised.
And if those arrests in particular were not planned that way, I guarantee you someone else is figuring out how to challenge it. I guarantee it. That's how this works. You have to set up a challenge to the law somehow, you can't just ask the court to overturn a precedent.
If the Supreme Court finds that the state's interest vis a vis Roe v. Wade falls the other way now -- that the state's interest IS in regulating private medical decisions -- then it can easily find that the state can regulate personal sexual decisions. And we're not just talking about abortion when we talk about personal medical decisions.
We're talking about the right to medical transition, both HRT and surgical intervention. We're talking about the right of disabled people to not be forcibly sterilized by the state. We're talking about the right to not be experimented upon without our consent, or the right to not have 'practice' pelvic exams done on us by medical students while we're asleep for surgery, or the right to end our own lives if we so choose.
If you're thinking that no dude out there right now is thinking 'but what if we could establish the legal right to experiment on prisoners again and give them new drugs though?' then you are far less cynical than I am, just saying. We have done all of those things before and some of them we still do (you can google that pelvic exam thing if you have the stomach) & the enshrining of our right to privacy is the closest thing we get to a right to bodily autonomy, which is not a phrase the Court uses often.
If we lose the right to privacy, we may lose the right to equal marriage, bc if that right to decide who we have sex with isn't a private decision but something the state has the right to regulate, the state may say 'we can't be asked to enshrine protections for illegal sex.'
Again, you can think I'm alarmist as much as you fucking want to, and I'll just point you back at the last five years of our judicial and legislative history. It's ALL under attack. This is just where it starts.
I promised we'd come back to why the abortion debate is a white supremacist issue, and I'm going to start with a video. Please watch this and then come back.
The person whose interview is being quoted in that TikTok is Jane Elliott, and I'm going to just link to her website bc you really just need to go listen to her talk and read the things she's written in general. If you read the racist encoding of the book she's talking about from its NYT review from 1987, it becomes very very clear that this is exactly what the book is talking about, if you needed any more backup for that. The people who agree with the premise of the book note that 'Western' birth rates are dropping, while other people in the article say that 'immigration' will solve the population issue.
It isn't enough for these people to have 'enough babies to be consumers.' They need to be white babies, the argument goes, because otherwise white supremacy over the country will end! So we have to end abortion and stop immigration from Central America.
And if you think I'm being facetious about the concept of concern over having 'enough babies to be consumers,' I assure you that I absolutely am not being facetious whatsoever.
So we've got an attack on the right to privacy, which amounts to a desire to force white people who can give birth to do so so there are more consumers. Rich white people will always find a way to get abortions quietly and legally -- they did so before Roe v. Wade. This means more poor white babies to prey upon as consumers and wage slaves, which suits the ideologues just fine: that's what they prefer.
Sick, right? Yeah, well. Yeah.
It also means being able to push queer people out of public life and hopefully (to them) out of existence.
It means giving the state the ability to legislate what the people who don't have the money to be able to buy their way out of whatever laws are enacted do with their bodies, in a world where Amazon already puts their drivers in situations where they have to piss in bottles.
The right to privacy is where a lot of our human dignity protected under law comes from. If you don't have the right to medical privacy and to decide what you do with your body, you lose a lot of human dignity and choice.
(I know it's a little late to say this but I swear to fuck if any anti-vaxxers come in here with their bullshit I will launch you out of a rocket into the sun. Carrying a communicable disease around and making OTHER people ill is not comparable to any of this. Shut up.)
Also, this is part of why I get so fucking angry and spun up over the way the queer community is so fucking fractured right now. Like, I really don't care what you think about the colors of a flag or the label someone else uses. I don't. All of that stuff, from kink at Pride to trying to split us trans folx off from the rest of the queer community to the intra-lesbian wars, is part of a deliberate attempt of anti-queer right-wingers to weaken our community. They've said that part out loud. It absolutely is.
So what can we do about it? Well, short of communist revolution granting control of our lives to the people living them, we can fund the people fighting the good fight. We can BE the people willing to fight the good fight.
We can be part of mutual aid societies assisting those who need to access medical care today. (Feel free to link those below.) We can fund organizations like ACLU and Lambda Legal who fight the fights in court. We can push to enshrine those rights in law so they're not contingent upon court decisions, but written out in explicit text.
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odinsblog · a year ago
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ICE is carrying out forced sterilization on women detainees.
This is eugenics.
The police need to be defunded and ICE needs to be abolished. Unfortunately, there is no current U.S. presidential candidate advocating for either of these things. They do not need any training or reforming. They do need to be prosecuted immediately.
This is unconscionable. People need to go to prison over this. Don’t tinker around the edges — abolish ICE. Completely.
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mysharona1987 · 4 months ago
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Re: The Britney/IUD situation. Horrible as it is, I'm not sure I'd call it eugenics. It's obvious what her dad's real motives are.
- Another baby means she'd probably need to stop touring/recording for a couple of years, costing hundreds of millions in revenue/ticket sales. Her body's just a commodity to him.
-No doubt he doesn't like the idea of a new family member getting their share of her resources and money. As it is, I wouldn't be shocked if turned out her first two kids get shafted by him and don't get all the money they need or she wants them to have either.
Maybe he uses the superficial explanation of "You're too ill and troubled for another baby" to justify it (also horrible and it's not up to him) but that's not really why.
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thegaygalaxygirl · a month ago
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Yall understand that some men are going to attempt to rape and impregnate women just so they can cash in on reporting said woman when she attempts to get an abortion, right? Like this is an actual event that can and likely will occur if this insane bounty hunter shit is allowed to continue????
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manhattanrf · a month ago
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making women responsible for avoiding pregnancy when men cause all pregnancies is the greatest scam of all time
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