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On funding abortion

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Hi I’m panicking right now because I think I may be pregnant and I have no means for an abortion and it’s early enough for an abortion pill but it costs around $300-$800 and I don’t have that kind of money. Is there anything I can do because I know planned parenthood still makes you pay. Please if your followers have any suggestions about what I can do monetary wise it would be a big help.


 Meg at Cognitive Dissonance

First, call the closest clinic to you. Ask if they know about private funds. Explain your situation. If they can’t help, call as far away as you can feasibly travel if you have to — they’re usually willing to direct you. Make sure you are not calling a crisis pregnancy center — these places will mislead you. Also, try the state chapter of NARAL where you live.

If that doesn’t work, hit up the site for the National Network of Abortion Funds. Here’s the link for funds in almost all 50 states. Also, visit the Feminist Women’s Health Center, National Abortion Federation, and the Guttmacher Institute for more information.

Followers, feel free to chime in! In your case, it sounds like there’s time to get around most restrictions, but not much. I hope this helps. If it doesn’t, write me back here or at my email, and we’ll see what we can dig up.

Take care.



ETA: American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
*as our contributor wrote, “religious-based link in there, however. Review with objectivity”

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From Citation Machine…
Wikipedia is NEVER a source. It’s a good start for research, but go to the footnotes. Find out where they got the information. Why?
Here’s why.
And one of my personal favorites [Click image to view larger]:

Image text: [“Fremont County School District 1 is a resplendent, immaculately conceived, ambitious, prestigious back water public school district based in Lander, Wyoming, United States”]
So, yeah. Stop citing Wikipedia.

From Citation Machine

Wikipedia is NEVER a source. It’s a good start for research, but go to the footnotes. Find out where they got the information. Why?

Here’s why.

And one of my personal favorites [Click image to view larger]:

Image text: [“Fremont County School District 1 is a resplendent, immaculately conceived, ambitious, prestigious back water public school district based in Lander, Wyoming, United States”]

So, yeah. Stop citing Wikipedia.



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This shit also irritates me: False "information" regarding abortion



This Shit Irritates Me: War on uteri continues

I watched Fox News today (yes, I hate myself) and listened to commentators defending various radically restrictive anti-abortion laws, including Texas’ new law. The biggest line of defense seems to be, “Well, we just want women to have all the information. We want to make sure they have the right…

A study in Finland from 1997 says that women are much more likely to die in the year after an abortion then women who carry the child.  The same woman who is not pregnant would take more risks then if she was pregnant.  Pregnant women were half as likely to commit suicide then non-pregnant women.  Miscarriages were 1.4 more likely then non-pregnant with abortion being almost 4 times more likely to commit suicide.  

Between 2 and 3 % of all women who have an abortion have their uterus perforated.  This risk greatly increases for women with previous abortions or child births.  This can cause problems in a later pregnancy if it is not seen and treated. 

Hmmm… citation needed for the above “facts” — so I’ll provide some mythbusting. First, mental health:

The relationship between abortion and mental health is a highly contested issue. Some have claimed that a (presumed) negative relationship between abortion and mental health is a reason to make abortion less accessible. This argument is based on the reasoning that if abortion and a mental health problem (e.g., substance abuse) are related, then reducing access to abortion would reduce the prevalence of that problem. We would like to caution the reader against falling prey to this example of the “interventionist fallacy.” The interventionist fallacy results from the belief that if a relationship is currently observed between two variables, the form or magnitude of the relationship will remain unchanged if an intervention is instituted—for instance if the availability of abortion were to be dramatically reduced. As applied to the case of abortion, this reasoning (that if the number of abortions were to decrease, then there would be a proportional decrease in mental health problems) is flawed.

One consequence of such an intervention would be that the characteristics of the population of women who delivered children would change. Characteristics previously more prevalent among women who have abortions (e.g., greater poverty, problem behaviors, exposure to violence) would now be more prevalent among women who deliver. Note that this potential change in the profile of women giving birth may include new mental health problems that might develop from stresses associated with raising a child a woman feels unable to care for or may not want or from relinquishing a child for adoption. Thus, reducing access to abortion could result in poorer mental health among the population of women who deliver. Hence, rather than reducing the prevalence of mental health problems among women, this intervention could potentially increase it.

This is taken from the American Psychological Association Task Force on Mental Health and Abortion (2008). The task force reviewed every single study regarding the mental health claim from peer-reviewed journals — including the 1997 Finnish study you neglect to cite. Here’s their full report. I’ll give the key findings from the task force:

The relative risk of mental health problems among adult women who have a single, legal, first-trimester abortion of an unwanted pregnancy for nontherapeutic reasons is no greater than the risk among women who deliver an unwanted pregnancy. This conclusion is generally consistent with that reached by the first APA task force on mental health and abortion (Adler et al., 1990), as well as with a recent review of the literature by Charles, Polis, Sridhara, and Blum (2008).

The relative risk of mental health problems among women who terminate a wanted pregnancy because of fetal abnormality appears to be similar to (and no greater than) that of women who miscarry a wanted pregnancy or experience a stillbirth or the death of a newborn.

The claim that observed associations between abortion history and a mental health problem are caused by the abortion per se, as opposed to other factors, is not supported by the existing evidence. Unwanted pregnancy and abortion are correlated with preexisting and co-occurring conditions, life circumstances, problem behaviors, and personality characteristics that can have profound and long-lasting negative effects on mental health irrespective of how a pregnancy is resolved.

The majority of adult women who terminate a pregnancy do not experience mental health problems. Across studies, the prevalence of disorders among women who terminated a pregnancy was low, and most women reported being satisfied with their decision to abort both one month and two years postabortion (Major et al., 2000). Though most adult women do not have mental health problems following an abortion of an unwanted pregnancy, we do not mean to imply that no women experience such problems. Some women do. Abortion is an experience often hallmarked by ambivalence, and a mix of positive and negative emotions is to be expected (Adler et al., 1990; Dagg, 1991). Some women feel confident they made the right choice and feel no regret; others experience sadness, grief, guilt, and feelings of loss following the elective termination of a pregnancy. It is important that all women’s experiences be recognized as valid and that women feel free to express their thoughts and feelings about their abortion regardless of whether those thoughts and feelings are positive or negative.

And you’re right. Women who are pregnant typically take less risks than women who aren’t pregnant. I have never seen a pregnant woman skydive. So should we all get knocked up to mitigate risk? But Ddd you know that a woman’s leading cause of death rises from accidental injury to homicide if she’s pregnant — particularly if she’s young? So should women never get pregnant? It puts you at a higher risk of being murdered…

This is the correlation = causation fallacy. The homicide rate rises in the summer. So does consumption of ice cream. Therefore, ice cream causes an increase in homicide. 

As for the uterine perforation risk, fewer than 0.05% - 0.3% of procedures result in complications like perforation. Further, abortions performed in the first trimester pose virtually no long-term risk of such problems as infertility, ectopic pregnancy, spontaneous abortion (miscarriage) or birth defect, and little or no risk of preterm or low-birth-weight deliveries (See pp.11-22 or numerous medical journal citations). 

Guess what? Thirty-four percent of women in the US experience a uterine perforation large enough to pull a baby through. This procedure, otherwise known as a C-section, carries a much higher rate of complication. According to Dr. Jen Gunter, an OB/GYN, “27% of all c-sections will have some kind of complication and 10.4% of women will have a serious complication. An elective c-section (typically meaning a healthy mom in a controlled situation) has the lowest risk of complications, but that risk is still 7.1%.”

Do I need to discuss the complications with unsafe abortion?

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Participating in #OpBART tomorrow?

#OpBART participants - Here’s some very important info from @YourAnonNews:

#OpBART IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: We’re going to have the National Lawyers’ Guild hotline set up tomorrow, in case of arrests. If you’re going to the protest, PLEASE write the number - (415) 285-1011 - in permanent pen on your arm (or memorize it), and give the number a call if you get arrested.

As someone who’s participated in protests before and detained, write it on your arm in black Sharpie. You may not remember the number, and trust me, you don’t want to be in that situation. The police will not let you keep your phone, and they won’t let you look up a number, especially if shit goes down.

Be safe, and I’d be there if I could.

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Simone Back Announces Suicide On Facebook - And None Of Her Friends Help

Forty-two year-old Simone Back announced her intention to commit suicide in a status update on Facebook—and not one of her over 1,000 Facebook friends reached out in person to help.

According to the Daily Mail, Back, who committed suicide on Christmas Day, wrote in her Facebook status, “Took all my pills be dead soon bye bye everyone.”

What followed was a series of callous posts from some of Back’s Facebook friends. The Telegraph writes, “Some of the Facebook friends posted messages calling her a liar and one said it was ‘her choice’. Seventeen hours later, police broke down the door of her flat in Montague Street, Brighton, and found her dead.”

I don’t care if your friend posts overly dramatic shit all the time. When a person posts something specific, you don’t mock them. You never know when someone is serious or not - especially if you don’t know them well. Attempt to contact the person in crisis and call the police. I have friends who are cops, and they’d much rather respond to a live person and do a welfare check, possibly transporting them to the hospital, versus responding to a call of someone dead and needing transport to the morgue.

Here’s some information:
If you are feeling suicidal
If someone you know is suicidal: here and here

Comprehensive information from the CDC

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