Longhorns in Pursuit of Health
When UT’s Dell Medical School opens in fall 2016, it will join a campus already devoted to health. Here is just a small dose of the medical work, research and education happening at UT.
An abortion saved me. It saved me from an abusive relationship. It saved me mentally and physically. You want MORE crisis pregnancy centers? I got called a slut, I got told lies and was degraded. They didn't care about me, they didn't care about helping. They just wanted the fetus in me to be born. She didn't even know my name, but she knew that something killing me was still more important.
I don’t know what you want me to say.
It appears you believe murder is an acceptable way to get out of a horrible situation. That the only way to get out of an abusive relationship when pregnant is to get your unborn child crushed and pulled out of you. Congratulations.
May you be happy for the rest of your life. - Gabbie
Wow, the civility in oh-snap-pro-lifers answer is near non-existent. They’re blatant disregard for the anon above’s well-being is astonishing.
The anon is trying to get you to emit empathy for their situation, which you are clearly incapable of, the only thing you are able to empathize with is a fetus, which isn’t saying much as fetuses are non-sentient beings whom have no thoughts or feelings (physical or emotional.)
Let this be a reminder that no matter how dire your situation may be, no matter how hard the choice was you had to make, no matter the reason, OSPL will make you feel like shit and provide no support, just judgement and hate.
To the anon: if you need anything we’re here for you. I know what you went through was really tough and you do not deserve the judgment and shaming OSPL has spewed at you. If you’d like someone to talk to Exhale is a really great post-abortion counseling hotline, no judgment just love. Stay strong, and just know you are not alone and you do not deserve to be judged or shamed. - Paige
If anon wanted support and comfort they wouldn’t have come gloating to a pro life blog.
All anon wanted to do was rub her abortion in my face to try and get some sort of angry emotional reaction from me.
If she wanted support she would have gone to you. I’m never going to support that. Abusive relationships are horrible, but abortion isn’t the only way out.
They, like many of us, are attacked by your movement on a daily basis for having an abortion, they were reaching out looking for an empathetic ear. They were not gloating, they were sharing their experience trying to help your community understand where they were coming from, they were trying to help you empathize with them, show you that their choice to have an abortion was our of need, and it helped save THEIR life, to which you replied like an asshat clearly unsatisfied with the fact that their life was saved.
In their case, they felt it was absolutely necessary to have an abortion as part of their plan to evade an abusive and possibly deadly relationship. Let’s take a look at the statistics shall we?
Provided by Your-Lies-Ruin-Lives:
- "Pregnant and recently pregnant women are more likely to be victims of homicide than to die of any other cause , and evidence exists that a significant proportion of all female homicide victims are killed by their intimate partners." [X]
- "Pregnancy can be an especially dangerous time for women in abusive relationships, and abuse can often begin or escalate during the pregnancy." [X]
They did what they felt was absolutely necessary to save their life, so who the fuck are you to tell them otherwise? Are you them? No, so you don’t get to say what they should/should not have done, you have NO right.
I thought Christians were supposed to not judge and condemn? You may want to go back and do some reading, you can’t just pick and choose what parts of the bible you want to practice and what parts you don’t. - Paige
This is the most breathtakingly self-centered, confused response I’ve ever seen from an anti-abortion blog. I hope this person never works directly with clients or patients. The asker was trying to show that the pro-life resources they sought did more harm than good, and all they got from this “pro-lifer” was more verbal abuse and a complete (deliberate?) misinterpretation of their words. “Gloating?” “Rub[bing] her abortion in my face?” Unbelievable.
If you haven’t seen it before, a post on reproductive coercion had an amazing response from Curious Georgiana about how Planned Parenthood helped her survive her abusive, coercive relationship by providing unconditional, nonjudgmental support and discreet birth control services.
In contrast, the documentary 12th & Delaware features a woman who was encouraged by a crisis pregnancy center to stay with her abusive partner and have the baby, suggesting it would “change him.” In another instance, a woman in an abusive relationship was told by CPC staff that it was her fault for “not letting him lead,” that she was “subjugating his masculinity,” and that “spare the rod and spoil the child is meant for the wife as well in some more difficult cases.”
TRUST PEOPLE WHO ARE BEING ABUSED TO KNOW WHAT THEY NEED. Even if this means staying with their abuser. Even if it means making choices you don’t agree with. Their self-worth, self-reliance, and autonomy is already under attack - our job as support systems is not to reinforce that by criticizing or dictating their decisions. Enduring abuse is about survival, and only victims have that intimate knowledge to decide what needs to happen for them to survive.
The anti-choice movement is up in arms over my play, MOM BABY GOD, and I have a simple message for them: Bring it on. We’re not backing down.
Based on two years of immersive undercover research on the anti-choice movement, MOM BABY GOD explores the resurgent attack on reproductive rights and, especially, the student arm of the anti-choice movement. As firm believers that live theater can be an important tool for social change, the MOM BABY GOD team (myself, director Emma Weinstein and designer and production manager Allison Smartt), decided to take the show on tour across the country this fall to engage audiences in urgent conversations about the escalating attack on reproductive freedoms
Facilities that provide checkups, physical and gynecological exams, cancer screening, birth control, abortions, and general health care services such as cholesterol and diabetes screening and various vaccines and treatments are generally known as clinics. You know, without the scare quotes.
Planned Parenthood also provides education on sex, sexuality, domestic violence, and sexual abuse to teens, parents, students, and clients. They push for more accessible education and care to minorities, education for adults with developmental disabilities, collect donations for domestic violence shelters, and host workshops for parents and children to talk about sex and puberty and to improve communication.
They provide educational services to over five million people per year, and provide health care services to three million.
Crisis pregnancy centers intentionally advertise themselves to confuse people looking for answers and clinics. They lie about fetal development, about abortion procedures, about the risks of abortion (more here), about where to get an abortion, and about the services they provide. They harass, stalk, and expose their victims, try to convert them, try to convince them to stay with their abusive husbands, and practice coercive adoption.
Given the choice between funding one or the other, I’d say the pick is pretty obvious. Wouldn’t you?
We need a better sex ed program in school because there are STILL 15-16 year old boys who think you “pop a cherry”
Here’s the real story you won’t hear from the politicians behind this political theater: Texas women are facing a health-care disaster at the hands of a small and extreme group of politicians. Any one of the restrictions passed in the last several years would be bad enough—but taken together, they create a catastrophe. In 2011, the Texas legislature made cruel and devastating cuts to basic preventive health care. Adding insult to injury, it also banned Planned Parenthood—the largest provider of family planning services in the state—from the Texas Women’s Health Program. Low-income women systematically were denied access to the health care they require, including cancer screenings and birth control.
In 2013, rather than restoring the family planning cuts, the legislature added $100 million in new funding to the state’s budget for women’s health care, including family planning. On paper, it sounds good— until you take a close look. The network of providers in this program does not include providers like Planned Parenthood, which traditionally serve the most family planning patients and provide the widest range of reproductive health services, leaving many Texas women in need out in the cold. Let’s be clear: Texas politicians have not restored the programs that provide birth control and wellness exams for low-income women.
But the people of Texas are straight shooters who will not stand for this intolerable bait-and switch. Texans continue to rely on Planned Parenthood for affordable care and accurate health education. Planned Parenthood continues to provide cancer screenings, birth control, and other preventive care at nearly 50 health centers across the state. Safe, legal abortion services are provided at its health centers in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio, and Houston. For everyone, Planned Parenthood’s doors remain open—no matter what.
Texas Equal Access Fund helps low-income women who need somewhere between $100 and $400. But Tierce said once they reach their funding cap each day, they can’t do more. They return many of the calls to tell women they are out of money and to call the next day. When it comes to deciding whom to help, Tierce said that while the fund tries to help callers in the order they are received, in the end the process is often random.
“When there’s so many people who need so much, sometimes it can start to feel arbitrary,” Tierce said. “And it’s hard to make a judgment call, and it’s hard to try to categorize people based on their experiences.”
Tierce said that women they are able to help are extremely thankful and some even imply they almost did what women did pre-Roe v. Wade — attempt to self-induce an abortion.
“So many times people will speak in these euphemisms like, ‘I was thinking about doing something,’ meaning, ‘I was to the point where I would have harmed myself in order to not continue this pregnancy and because you gave me 50 bucks, I didn’t have to do that,’” she said. “It’s really heartbreaking to hear that over and over, to hear people being so grateful. They’re put in a position where they have to beg for help, and they feel so indebted to someone just for giving them their human right and what should be part of standard health care.”