Yesterday President Obama delivered his State of the Union address saying “When women succeed, America succeeds.” But a few hours before anti-choice politicians passed the dangerous H.R.7 bill rolling back basic freedoms for women across the country. Share this graphic to send the message that we will continue to fight for women!
Today we stand with clinic employees, patients, and women in Massachusetts! Protect women, protect access, PROTECT THE ZONE! http://j.mp/1ciTmra
"Baby killer! Heartless monster! You’re a disgrace!"
Sharp as knives, the anti-choice protesters’ words dug into my skin as I made my way up the ramp to my local Planned Parenthood. The journey from car to clinic door, which should have taken 10 seconds, took more than 20 as I pushed my way past an enraged elderly couple waggling their fingers at me and a teen sporting an “Abortion Kills” T-shirt. I felt utterly scared, amazed that the presence of three angry protesters could make the journey from car to door so horribly difficult.
The protesters took one look at me, a 20-year-old college student, and assumed that I was struggling with an unplanned pregnancy. I didn’t bother letting them know that I was going to Planned Parenthood to inquire about internship opportunities. Bombarded by their incessant shouts and cruel attacks, I doubt I would have gotten a word out anyway.
In 2007, Massachusetts passed the Buffer Zone Law – a law that requires anti-choice protesters to remain 35 feet away from the entrance of abortion clinics. After a number of anti-choice organizations claimed that the law robbed them of their right to free speech, The Supreme Court of the United States has agreed to review the case next week.
Women must be trusted to make their own decisions about their reproductive health. Women do not need anti-choice protesters feet away from their health clinic to help them make an informed medical decision. If a woman seeking an abortion is a willing listener – if she, of her own volition, would like to hear an anti-choice protester’s ideology – she can walk the mere 35 feet – the approximate length of a school bus – and engage in a dialogue with the protester.
Most women, however, would prefer not to be bombarded by shouting, physically intimidating protesters as they enter their reproductive health clinic seeking legal, safe medical procedures. Women should not have to undergo herculean efforts to access basic medical care. The Buffer Zone law allows anti-choice protesters to express their opinions while simultaneously keeping women seeking reproductive healthcare safe.
Buffer zones are necessary because, in Massachusetts and across the country, there is a history of violence against abortion providers, clinic staff, and those seeking reproductive health procedures. Between 2007 and 2012, there were eight reported arsons, 41 incidents of assault and battery, and more than 200 acts of vandalism. Buffer zones prevent protesters from being physically close enough to commit violence against those accessing health care and encourage public safety officers to take the threats of violence seriously.
The Supreme Court should uphold the Massachusetts Buffer Zone. If it does not, the Massachusetts Legislature should be prepared to pass another effort to protect women’s access to basic health care. My personal experience at my local Planned Parenthood helped me to realize that being bombarded by anti-choice protesters inhibits my ability to safely access the healthcare I need. Women seeking health services, and the people who provide those services, should be able to do so without fear of violence, harassment, or intimidation.
By: Hailey Magee
I am sick to death of these ridiculous posts running loose in this site with a picture of some idiot either blowing up a condom with water or putting a condom on a hand or a foot and then adding the text “if it fits this limb or stretches this wide it can fit him and he’s just trying to take advantage of you.”
First of all! Condoms all come in different sizes, much like clothing. If you’re a size 20 and you put on pants that are size 14 IT IS NOT GOING TO FIT and if it does fit I’m willing to bet anything you feel unbelievably uncomfortable.
Ladies, that is as close of an example as I can give so you have an idea of what wearing a condom that doesn’t fit feels like.
A condom that doesn’t fit has a high percentage of breaking, not to mention that your partner will have a hell of a bad time performing due to discomfort and worry over the condom breaking. There is no greater panic than finding out the condom broke while still inside.
How does it break? The friction between flesh and latex. The fact that the latex is being stretched beyond its capacity and is under the stress of friction for more than 25 minutes are all a condom needs to break.
Second of all, those posts I am referring to are spreading horrible rumors. Just because they stretch it doesn’t mean they’ll work. Condoms aren’t delicate but they aren’t made of unbreakable material. They are meant to fit human penises. Not your fucking hand, not your fucking foot and they sure as hell are not meant to be filled with water.
The images above were taken after I tried putting a condom that doesn’t fit my boyfriend on my hand. Obviously that damn thing broke.
Never ever spread ridiculous rumors like those. It doesn’t make you funny, or edgy, and it sure as hell won’t make you popular. It just makes you a complete and total dumbass.
Here are a few links to several sites with actual information about condoms:
Trojan Condoms FAQ
plannedparenthood.org on condoms
Condom size chart
WORD OF CAUTION:
You should always use condoms when having sex and just because that condom doesn’t fit it doesn’t mean you should go on ahead and have unprotected sex. If it doesn’t fit, leave it for another time when both of you are prepared and willing. Find a condom that fits and use it correctly. Find a reputable site with the information you need or talk to your doctor or healthcare provider or ask a sex ed teacher but for goodness’ sake do not buy into those ridiculous posts.
And as for the people making those posts we need you to stop spreading such bullshit and stop shaming people IMMEDIATELY!
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(Source: spywerewolf, via antiprolife)
The need for comprehensive, medically accurate sex-ed is REAL.