» Send a Girl to School This Giving Tuesday!

Giving Tuesday is a wonderful concept, but not everyone can donate as much as they’d like to the causes they care about. Here’s a way to contribute that won’t break the bank: just sign to help get girls into school!

To put it in context, 1 in 3 girls around the world are still denied an education. 

Yeah, pretty much.

That’s why there’s an initiative to develop training centres in Burkina Faso, in West Africa, with a focus on giving girls access to vocational skills that will empower them to make choices about their future. These programs don’t charge school fees to ensure that the most vulnerable girls are given a chance for a better future.

But it takes the support of the global community to ensure life-changing programs like these get off the ground. This Giving Tuesday, please spread the word and support girls around the world!

stfuprolife:

Last night you, Rona Ambrose, the Minister for the Status of Women voted in favour of a bill that would strip Canadian women of their right to security of person and the right to a safe and legal abortion.

Canadian women deserve a representative who knows women are more than their biological abilities; that those abilities should never be regulated by the government; and the only person capable of defining a woman’s future is that woman.  

You are not that representative.

We’re asking you to resign immediately. You don’t represent Canadian women and Candian women deserve better than you.

Let’s sign the petition.

(Source: stfuprolifers)

blankmuse:

cheshires-hat:

realizingtheobvious:

canislupusdingo:

amber-and-ice:

stfunithingas:

destroythegop:


Why Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are EVIL MONSTERS

In a vile and disgusting example of 1) the misogynistic extremism that has taken over the Republican Party, and 2) the despicable dishonesty of Republican claims of favoring ‘small government’,  Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are not only in favor of Outlawing Birth Control, they are in total support of making State-Mandated, Non-Consensual, Non-Medically Necessary Vaginal Probing the law of the land.

For men who think this doesn’t concern them: this is already the law in several Republican-controlled states and if these monsters gain national power, every state will have the right to do this to your wife, girlfriend, daughter, granddaughter, sister, aunt, niece — even your mother if she’s young enough — without her consent and against her will.

Make no mistake: Romney and Ryan are Totalitarian Religious Extremists, the  ringleaders of The American Taliban, and it is up to YOU to get the word out to every woman you know — especially women who are not paying attention to politics.

They should be.


The only path forward for women of our nation is the UTTER DESTRUCTION
of this Republican Party.

BOOTS ON THE GROUND NOW!

GET OUT THE VOTE »»»»

DFAB folks of any gender really

For anyone who doubts whether this procedure is truly “invasive”, it is.

I had this done (consensually) as part of a larger battery of tests to diagnose pelvic pain (it turns out I’m like my mother and while I do not have PCOS, I am prone to cysts, hence birth control for both that and not being pregnant). Even as a procedure I agreed to and was able to mentally prepare for it was incredibly stressful and painful, and I have no history of sexual trauma. I can’t even imagine knowing I had no ability to refuse this and it’s unthinkable to do this to someone who has experienced sexual trauma.

These laws are disgusting and so is anyone who supports them.

I am so glad I don’t live in America, if someone came at me with one of those I would kill them.

I can’t even imagine how horrible this would be for someone with trauma—EVEN ANYONE AT ALL. It’s fucking disgraceful. 

I have a feeling this is going to cause a civil war at some point

This is utterly disgusting. We fought and got our fucking equal rights already, we shouldn’t be having to fight for them again.

nationofsluts:

polkadot-21:

totallyadorkablenii:

motherjones:

25 states offer no protection to mothers of rape-conceived children whose rapists demand custody rights.

Do you live in one of them?

What in the flying fuck?? 

Visitation rights for rapists???? 

Are you fucking kidding me?? RAPISTS CAN ASK FOR CUSTODY OF THEIR RAPE BABIES? OMFG. I’m going to go fucking vomit everywhere. The US is too fucked up for words.

WHY NEW YORK? I THOUGHT YOU WERE BETTER THAN THIS. 

(Source: Mother Jones)

» TODAY: Michigan Call to Action

bebinn:

Tomorrow, the GOP-led Michigan Senate will vote on the nation’s cruelest anti-choice bill, HB 5711. If signed by Republican governor Rick Snyder, this bill would force people who have abortions to pay for the burial, cremation, or internment of any fetus 10 weeks or older. For fetuses at 20 weeks gestation, a death certificate would be required, which could expose the patient to the public.

Additionally, the bill bans abortions via telemedicine, limiting access to safe, legal abortion for people living hours from their nearest clinic. It also requires physicians to purchase $1 million in liability insurance if they perform six or more abortions per month, and for clinics to have a full surgical suite, even if the clinic doesn’t offer surgical abortion.

What can you do to stop this bill? If you’re outside Michigan, you can sign this petition demanding the senators vote no on HB 5711. For those in Michigan, you can call your senator today and tell them the same.

If this bill is passed tomorrow, clinics in Michigan could be regulated out of existence - the financial burden placed by anti-choicers could simply be too much to bear. If this happens, people in Michigan will need your help accessing safe, legal abortion. The Abortion Assistance Blog has already had three offers of transportation, two for lodging, and one for child care in Michigan, but we will always need more. If you or someone you know can help the people of Michigan, contact AAB through the Ask or Submit boxes, email (abortionassistanceblog@gmail.com) or Twitter (@prochoicehelp).

kiddblink:

caffeinatedfeminist:

elytra:

bebinn:

stfuprolife:

Remember those Michigan lawmakers who were silenced for saying the word “vagina”? The bill those women legislators wanted to discuss has passed the Michigan House and is now headed to the full Michigan Senate. If it passes and is signed into law, it will become virtually impossible to find a clinic in Michigan that can meet state regulations for performing abortions.


The bill is called HB-5711, and it would force women who have abortions to pay for the burial, cremation, or interment of any fetus 10-weeks or older, a first in the nation that would create unbearable costs for women, including those who have been raped. For fetuses at 20 weeks gestation, a death certificate must be obtained, subjecting the woman to potential public scrutiny at a time of private stress.


Additionally, any doctors who perform abortions would have to make costly and unnecessary renovations to their clinics — even if they only administer the morning-after pill. The dramatic effect of all this needless regulation is the closure of most Michigan health centers that provide abortions, and the remaining ones will be forced to charge much higher fees for services that one in three women will need some time in their life.


Tell Republican State Senators: HB-5711 will drive doctors out of Michigan and close family planning clinics. Say no to this bill and protect women’s access to the health care.


We have to stop this radical erosion of women’s access to healthcare masquerading as “reasonable restrictions.” The state Senate will consider this bill after it returns to session on August 15, and we need to show a determined opposition as soon as possible.


Under the bill, some physicians performing more than five abortions per month must carry $1 million in liability insurance. And it completely bans the best method for many rural women to access medication abortions through telemedicine practices. Michigan women are already suffering from too few obstetricians and gynecologists — especially in rural areas — and if HB-5711 gets passed and signed by the governor, some doctors will quit providing abortions, leave the state, or simply retire.


The committee that considered this bill in the Michigan House heard testimony from 10 people. Nine of them were against the bill, including a board-certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist. Just one person testified in favor of the bill: the head of an anti-abortion group. Despite this testimony, the committee passed the bill. And the fact that these requirements are directed only at clinics where abortions are performed, a procedure that is less invasive than many procedures done routinely in doctor’s offices, shows that this has nothing to do with women’s health or safety, and everything to do with politics.


It’s still possible that with enough pressure and publicity, we can slow or stop this extreme and dangerous bill from getting out of the Michigan Senate and onto the Governor’s desk for signature. But we have to act fast to build the necessary momentum before the legislature returns to session on August 15.


Tell your State Senator: Reject HB-5711 and stop the war on women’s access to reproductive health care in Michigan.

*this issue affects everyone, not just women.

SIGN THE PETITION.

If you in any way participated in the “Vagina” issue, you’d better be signing this damn petition, calling your representatives, and making just as big a fuss about the actual bill.

Wow. Wooooow.

WHAT THE FUUUUUUUCK

are you fucking kidding me

OMFG THIS ISN’T CONSTITUTIONAL OKAY

YOU CAN’T MAKE PEOPLE BUY FUNERALS AND THIS IS A BLATANT VIOLATION OF SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE SINCE THIS IS ENTIRELY RELIGIOUS IN INTENT

BECAUSE THE REQUIREMENTS ARE RELIGIOUS PRACTICES THEY MAY BE COMMON BUT SO IS CHRISTMAS

(Source: stfuprolifers)

justinspoliticalcorner:

A Louisiana public charter school drew criticism this week for requiring female students ”suspected” of being pregnant to take pregnancy tests—and expelling students who tested positive. But a national outcry has led the school to scrap the rule, according to school offiials.

Dehli claims that “just a handful” of female students had been affected by the policy since it was instated in 2006. But when students return to school next week, it will no longer be in effect.

Previously: ThinkProgress: Louisiana School Forces Students to Take Pregnancy Tests, Kicks Out Girls Who Refuse Or Test Positive  

h/t: Kate Sheppard at Mother Jones

nannairb:

azurerose09:

thenewwomensmovement:

Today in What The Entire Fuck: School Forces Pregnancy Tests on Girls, Kicks Out Students Who Refuse or Are Pregnant

In a Louisiana public school, female students who are suspected of being pregnant are told that they must take a pregnancy test. Under school policy, those who are pregnant or refuse to take the test are kicked out and forced to undergo home schooling.

Welcome to Delhi Charter School, in Delhi, Louisiana, a school of 600 students that does not believe its female students have a right to education free from discrimination. According to its Student Pregnancy Policy, the school has a right to not only force testing upon girls, but to send them to a physician of the school administration’s choice. A positive test result, or failure to take the test at all, means administrators can forbid a girl from taking classes and force her to pursue a course of home study if she wishes to continue her education with the school.

This is in blatant violation of federal law and the U.S. Constitution.

Another bullshit sexist piece of legislation from the South! -.-

WHAT D8

So

they

what

Why are people trying to go back to refusing women education and forcing them home to have babies instead

And we came so far

abaldwin360:

“This is My Abortion.” One woman documents her abortion with cell phone pictures, for the purpose of demystifying the sensationalist images propagated by the religious and political right on the matter.

Lining the street in front of the clinic were a dozen or so protesters. They held up large banners with anti-abortion slogans, religious iconography, and images of dead babies.

Just past the bulletproof security doors, the graphic nature of that imagery haunted me in the waiting room. What would my abortion look like? I decided to secretly document my abortion with my cell phone.

My intention in documenting and sharing my abortion is to demystify the sensationalist images propagated by the religious and political right on this matter. The perverse use of lifeless fetus photographs are a propaganda tool in the prolife/prochoice debate in which women and their bodies are used as pawns to push a cultural, political, and religious agenda in the United States.

At 6 weeks of pregnancy, my abortion looked very different than the images I saw when I entered the clinic that day.

More at the link above, the author of this post encourages everyone to share these photos.

damegreywulf asked:
Tell us everything about natural abortions. I’ve heard of animals that will intentionally cause miscarriage, and animals that will reabsorb their fetuses in inopportune conditions, but beyond that I didn’t know much.

nationofsluts answered:

Alright.

So first of all, most people know by now that there are plants and other natural ways to induce abortions - I don’t know all of the plants and such that can, so if anyone wants to drop them in my submit box I would be grateful. 

Second of all, there are plenty of non human animals that have induced abortions or some variant of.

  • Geladas will abort when a new male becomes alpha to prevent their children from being killed once they’re born. 
  • Mice will abort when exposed to unfamiliar males. 
  • Pipefish will abort based on the females level of attractiveness. 
  • Bison will abort due to exposure to brucellosis. 
  • Rabbits will reabsorb their fetuses when they’re lacking food or highly stressed.
  • Bears will reabsorb their embryo if they aren’t in peak condition when they start to hibernate. 

And that’s just some examples, I’m sure that there are more so if anyone wants to share something - please do! Also, keep in mind that I’m referring to wild animals - domestic animals and animals kept by humans don’t necessarily act the same way.