Texans for Reproductive Rights


Texan pro-choice blog. Information on Texas news, events, and politics. Anything that we feel falls under the heading of "reproductive rights" (including abortion facts, sex education, and sexual health information)

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bedsider:

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Research shows long-acting reversible methods to be…freakin’ awesome but most women don’t know it. If you don’t know, now you know. 

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themidwifeisin:

You all knew that there were two types of birth control pills, right?  This is the second type - the progesterone-only, or mini pills.  Read up - Molly has made you a super handy, clear explanation of them.

prochoiceamerica:

Women make up TWO-THIRDS of minimum wage workers. Access to affordable birth control is critical to their economic success.

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pro-choice-or-no-voice:

zero777knight:

What a lot of people who did the ice bucket challenge or want to do it don’t realize is that by donating and/or promoting the ALS foundation is that they are also inadvertantly promoting abortion. And for you pro-choices, know this: only 7% of donations go to ALS research.

boneycircus:

team-joebama:

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beastregards:

another way to ruin a pop classic with teenage angst.  Cyndi Lauper would be turning in her freshly dug grave

ah yEs, those angsty teenage years when overdramatic girls go through that oh-so-trivial phase of believing they deserve fundamental human rights a hah ha *wipes a stray tear of mirth*

Cyndi Laupers not even dead

Cyndi Lauper is a long-time activist for human rights and would most likely be holding the damn sign herself

"It is not a dirty word, "feminism." I just think that women belong in the human population with the same rights as everybody else. … The problem is, "A feminist looks like this, or is like that." We are taught not to like ourselves as women, we are taught what we’re supposed to look like, what our measurements are supposed to be. I never hear what measurements men are supposed to be. Just women.

  - Cyndi Lauper

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janetmock:

When all bodies are recognized as worthy bodies of care. 

This image includes a pull quote from my acceptance speech at Planned Parenthood’s excellence in media awards luncheon, where I was recognized for creating the tumblr, I Am #RedefiningRealness

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farsizaban:

"Iranian mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani has become the first woman to ever win the Fields Medal — known as the "Nobel Prize of mathematics" — since the award was established in 1936. The Stanford mathematics professor was awarded the prestigious honor for her contributions to the fields of geometry and dynamical systems."

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pro-choice-or-no-voice:

The Importance of Comprehensive Sexual Education:

"Research has identified highly effective sex education and HIV prevention programs that affect multiple behaviors and/or achieve positive health impacts. Behavioral outcomes have included delaying the initiation of sex as well as reducing the frequency of sex, the number of new partners, and the incidence of unprotected sex, and/or increasing the use of condoms and contraception among sexually active participants. Long-term impacts have included lower STI and/or pregnancy rates." [x]

We need to equip people with knowledge and resources to maintain a healthy and safe lifestyle. By teaching comprehensive sex education we are allowing people to make informed decisions about their health and and personal lives. - Paige

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The Basics (Anatomy and Biological functions):

Menstrual Cycle:

Vaginal Hygiene:

  • The vagina, is in fact, designed to keep itself clean with the help of natural secretions (discharge). But there are ways you can help maintain the cleanliness of your vagina (i.e. avoiding perfumed soaps and gently washing the vulva area, not the actual vagina.) Click the link for more information.
  • *Vaginal odors and discharge; what’s normal and what’s not?
  • What is douching?

What are Pap Smears?

  • "A Pap smear, also called a Pap test, is a procedure to test for cervical cancer in people. A Pap smear involves collecting cells from your cervix — the lower, narrow end of your uterus that’s at the top of your vagina."
  • When do I need a pap smear?

What are vaginal orgasms? Clitoral orgasms? G-Spot orgasms? How can you achieve an orgasm?

  • "A “vaginal orgasm” is the notion that [people] can have an orgasm through stimulation during intercourse or other vaginal penetration, entirely without clitoral stimulation. However, the vagina has few nerve endings, and therefore cannot create an orgasm on its own. Instead of thinking of the vagina and clitoris as separate entities, try thinking about them as a network of nerves and muscles."
  • "There’s some disagreement about the size of the G-spot; it may range from a quarter inch to a couple inches along the upper wall of your vagina, about an inch or two past your vaginal opening. Underneath it is highly sensitive tissue that, when touched the right way, triggers feelings of sexual happiness, explains Debby Herbenick, PhD."
  • Myths and facts about orgasms.
  • Tips on how to have an orgasm.
  • Having trouble reaching an orgasm? No worries, there is help! [x][x]

Female Genital Mutilation Information:

  • "Female genital mutilation (FGM) includes procedures that intentionally alter or cause injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons."
  • The procedure has no health benefits for girls and women.”
  • "Procedures can cause severe bleeding and problems urinating, and later cysts, infections, infertility as well as complications in childbirth and increased risk of newborn deaths."
  • "FGM is a violation of the human rights of girls and women."

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The Basics (Anatomy and Biological Functions):

Penile Hygiene:

  • "Gently wash the penis with warm water each day when you’re having a shower or bath. If you have a foreskin, pull it back gently and wash underneath."
  • "Gently washing your penis once a day with warm water is sufficient to maintain good hygiene. If you want to use soap, choose a mild or non-perfumed soap to reduce the risk of skin irritation."

What is an erection and ejaculation?

What is circumcision & is it medically necessary?

  • "Circumcision is the removal of a simple fold of skin (the `foreskin’ or `prepuce’) that covers the head (glans) of the un-erect penis."
  • While there are benefits of being circumcised, it is not medically necessary.

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The Basics:

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What is sex?

  • People define “sex” in different ways. Some people believe that it only counts as sex if a penis goes into a vagina, but this isn’t true for everybody. There are lots of different ideas about what sex can be: Vaginal sex (penis-in-vagina intercourse), Oral sex (mouth-to-genital contact), Anal sex (penis-in-anus intercourse), Dry humping or genital rubbing, Fingering or hand jobs (hand-to-genital contact), and Masturbation.
  • What is oral sex?
  • What is anal sex?
  • Why do people have sex?
  • How to have safe sex.
    (STI and pregnancy prevention goes more in depth below!)

What is Consent and is it mandatory?

  • "Whenever you have sex, you need to make sure that your partner is just as enthusiastic about having sex. In other words, that they give their full consent.” Consent is an enthusiastic, freely-given, uncoerced, sober, “yes”.
  • Consent is ALWAYS mandatory, whether you’re married, dating or just met.
  • What is sex without consent? Rape/Sexual Assault.

What is sexual assault? What is rape? (Resources below.)

Is sex supposed to hurt the first time?

  • "While it’s common for [some] to feel pain or discomfort with sex, it’s not “normal” in that it has to happen or there isn’t an alternative. Sex is not supposed to hurt: it’s supposed to feel very good.”
    [Inside the link above, it does explain what to do to make sure sex is not painful.]

Are there benefits to having sex?

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What does MOGII mean?

  • Marginalized Orientation, Gender Identity, and Intersex.
    It’s a synonym for LGBTQIAP+ and is inclusive for people who don’t have or don’t want labels, rejects allies, and uses no reclaimed slurs.

What is a sexual orientation?

  • "Sexual orientation describes to whom a person is sexually attracted. Some people are attracted to people of a particular gender; others are attracted to more than one gender. Some are not attracted to anyone."
  • Affectional orientation is a term that describes to whom a person is romantically attracted, acknowledging that for many people there are more components to attraction than just sexual desire.”

What is gender identity?

  • "The ways in which a person identifies and/or expresses their gender, including self-image, appearance, and embodiment of gender roles. One’s sex (e.g., male, female, intersex, etc.) is usually assigned at birth based on one’s physical biology. One’s gender (e.g., man, woman, genderqueer, etc.) is one’s internal sense of self and identity.”
  • Some gender identities.
  • Some more gender identities.
  • Genderqueer and Non Binary Identities.
  • Resources for most Gender Identities.
    (Resources for understanding gender identity, figuring out yours, how to come out to parents and friends, transitioning resources, local supports, and more!)

What is asexuality?

  • "Some people who identify as asexual do not experience sexual attraction to other people, while others experience sexual attraction but no desire to act on these attractions."
  • Asexuality and Celibacy are not the same. Many people who are asexual live a celibate life, meaning that they do not engage in sex with others. But while Celibacy is a choice, asexuality is not.”
  • "Asexuality is not a dysfunction, and there is no need to find a "cause" or a "cure."" [x]
  • Are all people who identify as asexual sex repulsed? No!
  • Asexual Visibility and Education Network.

What does transgender mean? (Resources below!)

What does intersex mean?

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What are STIs, how do you get them, and what are the symptoms?

How do you protect yourself from STIs?

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What is pregnancy? When are you considered to be pregnant? How do you get pregnant?

  • To be pregnant is to have an embryo/fetus developing in your uterus. “A pregnancy is considered to be established only after implantation is complete.”
  • "When engaging in unprotected vaginal intercourse during which ejaculation of sperm occurs in the vagina. The sperm can then travel up through the cervix, into the uterus, and, if an egg is present, the sperm may fertilize it."
  • "It is also possible — but less likely — for a person to become pregnant through any kind of sex play in which semen, or ejaculate, comes in contact with the vulva. The sperm can travel through the moisture on the vulva into the vagina."
  • WebMD’s Online Pregnancy Center.
  • What to Expect: Pregnancy.
  • Pregnancy Resources.

What are my options if I get pregnant?

How do you prevent pregnancy? (Check out birth control masterpost below.)

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Asker bangstry Asks:
Hi! I have a question about emergency contraception. I've heard that Plan B doesn't work for women who are obese or even just overweight. Are there any alternatives can I can ask for at the pharmacy?
texansforreproductiverights texansforreproductiverights Said:

the-sparklefairy:

themidwifeisin:

This is, unfortunately, very true.  Here’s the low-down:

  • Plan B (levonorgestrel): Pill taken ASAP post unprotected sex to prevent ovulation (the releasing of an egg) and therefore prevent conception.  Most effective when taken immediately, can be taken up to 120 hrs (5 days) after unprotected sex.  When taken immediately by people with a BMI of less than 25, Plan B is 70% effective at preventing ovulation.  As the hours pass, it becomes less and less effective.  People with a BMI of 25 or more who take Plan B will become pregnant just as often as if they had not taken Plan B at all.  
  • Ella (ulipristal): Pill taken ASAP after unprotected sex to prevent ovulation (the releasing of an egg) and therefore prevent conception.  Most effective when taken immediately, can be taken up to 120 hrs (5 days) after unprotected sex.  When taken immediately by people with a BMI of less than 30, ella is 85% effective.  As the hours pass, it becomes less and less effective.  People with a BMI of 30 or more, ella is half as effective as it might be for people with a lower BMI.
  • Paragard (copper IUD): IUD inserted into uterus any time within 120 hrs (5 days) of unprotected sex to prevent fertilization of the egg.  It is speculated that the copper IUD may also prevent the attachment of already fertilized eggs to the uterine lining in a small percentage of cases.  Paragard is 99% effective for users of all BMIs when inserted at any time in the 5 days after unprotected sex.  The efficacy does not diminish over time.

These are the three main types of emergency contraception (this is not terminating a pregnancy, it is preventing one).  

How to get emergency contraception:

  • Plan B: Available over-the-counter without a prescription.  Even though the Plan B package directions for the generics say that it’s intended for use by women ages 17 and older, anyone can buy it without needing to show ID. Plan B One-Step usually costs about $40-$50, and the generics cost about $35-$45.
  • Ella: Must be prescribe by a healthcare practitioner. Costs approximately $60.
  • Paragard IUD: Must be inserted by a healthcare practitioner.  Covered by most insurances.

I feel very strongly that this is a major failing of our healthcare system, since I don’t believe it is OK to say, “Well, your BMI is over 25, we’ll just give you a Paragard.”  That’s not equality.  It’s a very different type of birth control, and it should not be the only option.  My soap-box-ing aside, though, Paragrd is the only option for people with a BMI over 30.  People with a BMI between 25 and 30 can use ella.  

Read the whole article about BMI and emergency contraception efficacy here - it is fascinating.

Read about the Paragard IUD here.

Read about the IUD insertion process here.

Figure out what your BMI is here.

Just adding a bit of information to this. All of the above is absolutely true EXCEPT ella is available without a rx through this website here. It still costs $59 but they offer free next day FedEx delivery which increases the accessibility of this highly effective drug. Choose whatever option works best for you but know that this is available without access to a health care provider!

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lisa-maxwell:

kyrafic:

"Never did like that much," is a baller and superb way to express your irritation with the way the patriarchy refuses to acknowledge how badass you are.

Word.

Before World War I, she shot a cigarette out of the mouth of the Kaiser of Germany at his request.

After the war started she sent him a letter asking for another chance, as she was afraid her aim might’ve been a little off.

Annie Fucking Oakley everyone

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pro-choice-or-no-voice:

Pro-Choice-Or-No-Voice's Sticker Giveaway!

We’re nearing 4,000 followers and thought it was about time we showed our appreciation for all you lovely folks!
- The stickers being given away are the one’s pictured above;

  • 2 “Pro-Parenting, Pro-Adoption, Pro-Abortion, Pro Choice” stickers!
  • 1 “My Uterus is my business” sticker!
The Rules & How to Enter!

- Must be following our blog, this is an appreciation giveaway to our followers of course!
- Likes will not count as an entry!
- Feel free to reblog as much as you like, but please, do not spam your followers!

Giveaway ends on September 6th, 2014!

We will be using a randomizer to pick the winner and then we will send them a message to let them know they’ve won! (So make sure your inboxes are open!)
*Also, please note that if an anti-choicer should reblog this and get picked, we will redraw.

Good luck to everyone! Cheers! - Paige

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weneeddiversebooks:

Mixed Diversity Reads is seeking book/guest reviewers. Happy to see a site reviewing books with characters of all types of backgrounds in featured roles.