There is no trickle-down feminism. The denial of access to abortion is not waged equally, and (re)building access to abortion across the country does not have a universal strategy. It is a legal issue; it is an economic issue; it is a social issue; it is a cultural issue; it is a religious issue; it is an educational issue; it is a justice issue. We must concern ourselves with its every aspect, to fulfill the nation’s promise to its girls and women.
On the 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade…I do not blog for choice. I blog for reproductive justice.
Today at 1pm EST, join Feminism2.0, WIN (Women’s Information Network), abortion funds and reproductive justice activists on Twitter for a chat about Roe v. Wade and reproductive justice. Use the hashtag #RoeAt40
The facts about abortion rights on the 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade:
- More Americans than ever oppose overturning Roe v. Wade.
- Most religious groups don’t want it overturned either.
- But Republicans are successfully chipping away at abortion rights.
- Following two of the worst years for reproductive freedom since the 1973 Supreme Court decision.
- While House GOP trip over themselves to introduce competing bills defunding Planned Parenthood.
- Most Americans under age 29 don’t know Roe v. Wade is about abortion.
As you may know, today is the 1st ever #GivingTuesday, a day to give back and celebrate generosity. There are a lot of worthy causes I could write about that are dear to my heart: feminist media, domestic violence shelters, animal sanctuaries. And if you give to any of these…huzzah! But I’m going to write about why it’s important to give to abortion funds. Because of all the causes and charities I support, abortion funds may just be the most stigmatized.
Reproductive rights are human rights. Abortion is healthcare. No one has the right to dictate what you do with your body. No one should ever be turned away from having an abortion (or any medical care) due to an inability to pay. Everyone should have the ability to make healthcare choices without worrying about financial constraints.
Having vacillated my whole life between living low-income and fiscal comfort, I know what it’s like to have to choose between rent and groceries, healthcare and electricity. I know what it’s like to go hungry because you’ve already spent your entire paycheck on bills. Desperately worrying about where you’re going to get the money to pay your expenses is a frenetic nightmare. No one should ever have to decide between rent or their reproductive healthcare.
…So why do I give to abortion funds? For all of these reasons. Because I trust people to choose what’s right for them. Because income should never mandate healthcare. Because I hope someday, reproductive freedom will truly be free.
I love the right wing freakout over mythical “discount abortions.” Like someone was saying, “Well, I WAS going to have a baby, but $10 off!
Originally published at Bitch Flicks.
Election Day is TODAY, people! So I’m going to chat a bit about politics.
Many assume Hollywood is a liberal nirvana (or I guess a hellhole if you’re a Republican). But that’s not exactly true. Not only do films lack gender equality and purport sexist tropes. While many participate in fundraisers or ads for natural disasters or childhood illnesses or breast cancer, most celebrities remain silent when it comes to supposedly controversial human rights issues like abortion and contraception. But not this year! Because of the GOP’s rampant attacks on reproductive rights (gee thanks, GOP!), more celebs are adding their voices to the pro-choice symphony dissenting against these oppressive laws.