rapeculturerealities:

CVS: Guarantee In-Store Contraception Access

diegueno:

Can you imagine walking into a pharmacy to buy ibuprofen and, finding that it was kept behind the pharmacy counter, you ask the pharmacist if you can buy some and are told no. The pharmacist doesn’t believe in selling ibuprofen, and unfortunately the sales associate on shift doesn’t either. It’s against their religion. You’re out of luck.

It sounds funny, but if you go to a CVS pharmacy for emergency contraception, or to refill a monthly birth control prescription, their corporate policy allows employees to refuse to serve you in the store, even if there isn’t anyone else on duty who’s willing to do so. Is there another store to go to? If you’re in an urban center, have time on your hands, are very mobile and have access to transportation, sure. If you’re in a rural area or have difficulties getting around, you may be out of luck at one of the largest pharmacy chains in the country.

It’s become something of a fad these days for certain people to try and prove their righteousness in public by refusing to do their jobs so they can try to interfere in the health care decisions of strangers. CVS has a policy that allows this kind of shirking of professional responsibility by its employees. But if CVS wants to be seen as a health care provider, as they say they do, they need to prioritize the needs of their customers.

CVS, a company that takes in more prescription revenue than any other pharmacy in the United States, should ensure that there is always someone on duty at each of their stores who’s willing to meet customers’ needs for legal, preventative health care.

Sign the petition: CVS must guarantee in-store access to all forms of contraception.

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bebinn:

Guys, this is just too good. Anti-abortion groups can’t even get it right when they use legitimate science.

The National Right to Life Committee’s report on fetal pain has been used to support a number of 20-week abortion bans, but the scientists they’ve cited disagree with the way their findings are being used.

In a typical anti-abortion move, Dr. Bjorn Merker’s work on children with brain defects was cited 12 times in the NRLC’s report, even though it didn’t deal with fetal pain at all. We’ve seen this kind of blatant misinterpretation in studies anti-choicers claim to prove the link between abortion and breast cancer - studies that actually had nothing to do with abortion.

The most interesting response in the article is Dr. Sunny Anand’s. I’ve discussed him before (under his publishing name, K.S. Anand), being one of the most prolific publishers of fetal pain papers, so I was pleased to see what he thought of his work being used to push abortion bans. Turns out, he’s not too happy. For the past nine years, he’s refused to testify on abortion legislation, and says the politicization of his work has “gotten completely out of hand.”

Fetal pain is a huge topic in the abortion debate right now, and I urge everyone to read this article. You can also find more in my #fetal pain tag, where I discuss and debunk studies used to push abortion bans.

Interestingly, I see the same thing happen with anti-vaccine reports - they frequently cite studies that have NOTHING to do with autism. If vaccines and abortions were actually terrible, maybe there’d be some actual, legitimate science to back it up. It says a lot about a movement when they have to lie to you to convince you they’re right.

I like the last part most of all. Yes, how many anti-choicers would support anesthetics for the fetuses in abortions? After all, if the pain is the best reason they’ve got…

If a woman has (the right to abortion), why shouldn’t a man be free to use his superior strength to force himself on a woman? At least the rapist’s pursuit of sexual freedom doesn’t (in most cases) result in anyone’s death.

A Republican elected official in Maine actually said this. But what war on women? (via whitegirlpolitickin)

I can’t….

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the rapist’s pursuit of sexual freedom 

the rapist’s pursuit of sexual freedom 

the rapist’s pursuit of sexual freedom 

the rapist’s pursuit of sexual freedom 

the rapist’s pursuit of sexual freedom 

the rapist’s pursuit of sexual freedom 

BRB STABBING MYSELF IN THE FACE

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every time i think we’ve found rock bottom there’s still more rock bottom to find

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I really really thought this was going to be an Onion-type thing until I clicked the link jfc.

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bebinn:

ncapablog:

The South Dakota House passed a bill that would ban abortions based on the sex of the fetus, also called “sex-selective” abortions, according to an article in Mother Jones.

Lawmakers claim the bill is necessary because Asian immigrants, who they say don’t value woman and girls, are coming to their state. The Asian American community grew more than 70 percent in South Dakota in the last 10 years, according to the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF).

In the Mother Jones article, Stace Nelson, a Republican state representative running for the U.S. Senate, is quoted as saying, “Many of you know I spent 18 years in Asia … And sadly, I can tell you that the rest of the world does not value the lives of women as much as I value the lives of my daughters.”

NAPAWF launched a campaign today to take action to stop the passing of the bill, HR 1162. 

"The racism and the stereotypes and the stigma is laid so bare here," said Miriam Yeung, executive director of NAPAWF, told Mother Jones. The group has long argued that that sex-selective abortion bans perpetuate negative stereotypes about Asian American women. “We’ve been saying that these bills are wolves in sheep’s clothing. But in this case, I think the wolf has left off the sheep’s clothing.”

NAPAWF asks you to sign their petition here: “Don’t let South Dakota pass a racist anti-abortion bill!”

Follow @NAPAWF on Twitter for more information and graphics like the one posted above.

Just when you think anti-choicers have reached peak absurdity, they manage to prove you wrong.

keep in mind that sex selective abortions are so rare they’re not even recorded in the US, regardless of the increase in the Asian populations
could it be that Asian immigrants leave their countries BECAUSE of assbackward cultural norms? gosh I thought immigrants had no reasons for leaving their homes

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ecotc:

This means that in the very near future, people seeking generic emergency contraception, which tends to cost $7 less on average than the brand name product, will be able to get it directly off the shelf instead of from a pharmacist. Moving generic products to the shelf will also hopefully result in market competition that will drive down the price of EC overall. MORE HERE

This is good news.

I had a patient in the clinic who really did not want an abortion but who had no resources to cover the costs of prenatal care or childbirth. She was single and without insurance coverage but made just enough money to be ineligible for state assistance. She already had outstanding bills at the hospital and with the local ob-gyn practice. No doctor would see her without payment up front.

We were willing to do the abortion for a reduced rate or for free if necessary. But she really didn’t want an abortion. Once I understood her situation, I went to the phone and called the local ‘crisis pregnancy center.’

"Hello, this is Dr. Wicklund."

Dead silence. I might as well have said I was Satan.

"Hello?" I said again. "This is Dr. Wicklund."

"Hello," very tentatively, followed by another long silence.

"I need help with a patient," I said. She came to me for an abortion, but really doesn’t want one. What she really needs is someone to do her prenatal care and birth for free."

"What do you expect us to do?"

I let that hang for a minute.

This Common Secret, Susan Wicklund

Crisis Pregnancy Centers often disguise themselves as medical facilities, with advertisements offering “help” with an unplanned pregnancy. Their main goal is to keep the pregnant person from having an abortion at all costs. Usually, all they’ll give you is a free pregnancy test, some baby clothes, and maybe a box of diapers.

The patient referred to in the quote was given free prenatal care and did not have to pay the financial cost of childbirth by a local anti-choice doctor. She would often stop by Dr. Wicklund’s office to let her know how she was doing:

"He (the doctor) always moans and groans about being tricked into [doing this]," she says. "Then he goes off on these tirades against abortion."

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"This Common Secret" is such a phenomenal book. And yeah, crisis pregnancy centers are generally evil, so there’s that.

bebinn:

I was nervous about volunteering for the hotline. I was nervous about being responsible for dividing up the money (or, rather, turning people down). I was nervous about listening to and having to react in real time to people’s difficult situations. I assumed that it would be too much emotionally for me to handle.

I was wrong.

Yes, the stories are hard sometimes and making decisions regarding who to fund is stressful. But these things are balanced by (or even utterly destroyed by) the power of a single person saying, “Thank you” six times over, happy that anyone cares about their situation, relieved to receive help without judgement.

I’m blogging about abortion funds today, so stay tuned for more!

bebinn:

Today, hundreds of thousands of women go hungry, risk eviction, and pawn their possessions as they attempt to raise money for an abortion.

Some are never able to raise enough money and are forced to continue the pregnancy. 

Repealing the “Hyde Amendment,” which forbids federal funding for abortion in the Medicaid program, could change all that. If we repeal the Hyde Amendment, a woman would be able to obtain an abortion regardless of her income. Medicaid would again cover abortion care like it does every other health care service a women needs. Congress also denies abortion coverage to military personnel and their families, women receiving care from Indian Health Services, and people on disability insurance.

Without the Hyde Amendment, many abortion funds would not be necessary. Please click through to sign the petition.

"But I don’t support abortions and don’t want to pay for them!!1"

Did you know that you have to pay probably around 100x more money for the care of the child that you forced the birth of? Welfare and the adoption system may not be much of our taxes but it’s significantly more than paying for abortion, birth control, and other preventative healthcare. The point of preventative healthcare is to save money down the road by preventing big shit from happening. Having a child is a big shit happening.

(Source: fuckyeahplannedparenthood)