Call Gov Perry’s Opinion Hotline 1800-252-9600 tell him not to reject 35 mil in funds for WHP. #dontmesswithtxwomen #seeingred
And please SIGNAL BOOST for the 130K poor Texans who will be denied reproductive health care starting tomorrow.
[NB: This denial of federal funds will hurt more people than just cis women.]
2012 Student Loan Forgiveness Act: FAQs
I was reading the FAQs on the 2012 Student Loan Forgiveness Act on Hansen Clarke’s website, and these two points stuck out:
- Would I still be eligible to enroll if my loans are in default?
Yes. Unlike the federal government’s program of Income Based Repayment (IBR), there is no requirement for the borrower to be current on his or her loans in order to qualify for enrollment in the new 10/10 program.
- What if I’ve already paid the equivalent of 10% of my discretionary income for at least 10 years?
Under the terms of this bill, those who have already paid the equivalent of at least 10% of their discretionary income over the prior 10 years totaling 120 payments would immediately qualify for forgiveness upon passage of the bill.
Guys, if this bill actually passes it would be huge. HUGE. I have no idea what its chances are, but this bill would have such an immediate and pervasive impact on people’s lives and the economy I just don’t understand why every democrat and non-asshat republican isn’t rallying behind it RIGHT NOW.
Sign the petition to make this happen.
This NEEDS to happen.
[TW mention of antichoice violence]
*pregnant people, not just cis women
The list goes on. These men are just three of many abortion providers who have suffered at the hands of anti-choice extremism. Unlike other medical practitioners, abortion providers are under a constant – and very real – threat.
Doctors have been harassed at their offices and homes, their neighborhoods littered with fliers espousing their “murderous” proclivities. In some cases, the anti-choicers have even gone after the businesses that the doctors used, intimidating bystanders like dry cleaners, mechanics and restaurants.
Abortion providers are also under increasing legislative attack. Last year, state legislatures enacted 69 restrictions on abortion access. These include abortion bans, mandatory ultrasound laws, parental notification requirements, and targeted regulation of abortion provider (TRAP) laws.
TRAP bills, as the acronym suggests, saddle abortion providers with unnecessary regulations like the size of janitorial closets and door sizes. They have no basis in medicine, instead aiming to drive doctors out of business. Indeed, such a law passed last year in Virginia.
For these reasons and more, an astonishing 87% of counties in the United States, where abortion is a legal medical procedure, do not have an abortion provider. This number rises to 97% in non-metropolitan areas. To make matters worse, there is also a “graying” of abortion providers, with 57% over the age of 50. There are organizations working to correct this, like Medical Students for Choice, but we need to do more. Without providers there is no abortion. At least not the safe kind.
As a former clinic staffer, I can say from experience that the work these doctors do is incredibly undervalued. Here in D.C., it’s not as bad as other places. For all its faults, the general climate of the area is resoundingly pro-choice. Still, providers, patients, and passersby are accosted by protesters when they go to work. Doctors and staff are encouraged to wear street clothes to blend in and avoid confrontational protestors when entering the clinic.
For a procedure that is legal, routine, and accessed by about 1 in 3 American women, such vitriolic and vocal hatred seems woefully out of step with reality. Yet, it continues. Indeed, those who oppose abortion always seem to find the time to make their voices heard.
We need to counter this by doing more to positively recognize those who provide abortion services. March 10 is National Abortion Provider Appreciation Day. If you know a doctor or clinic staffer who provides this much-needed and beleaguered service, please thank him or her.
How you do it doesn’t really matter. Send a text message saying thanks, buy a round of drinks, or stand outside the clinic next Saturday with a giant thank-you card.
If you don’t know a provider, consider making a donation to a pro-choice organization like DC Abortion Fund. In fact, this is a great time to donate to DCAF, because we are participating in the National Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon HOLE-a-Thon fundraiser! If you’re feeling really jazzed and are ready to take action, start your own HOLE-a-Thon fundraising team! Silly names and Twitter trash talking are strongly encouraged.
Our ability to exercise our right to have an abortion only goes as far as our access, and without abortion providers, our access recedes to the back alley. Let’s make sure that doesn’t ever happen again.
Credits: Photo, Colleen C. Source on anti-abortion assassinations, Ms. Magazine.
Want to read more from Colleen? Check out her righteous blog Get Off My Soapbox forfeminist politics, pop culture and more.
There are some strange racial politics happening here. And I’m gonna leave it at that.
#I’m also going to stop posting reproductive choice pics with white women in them #there’s a very clear disparity in what will happen to white women who are not desperately poor should we lose reproductive choices #and what will happen to very poor women and the vast majority of woc should that happen #this poster set is not reflective of that
Yeah, this irked me, too. I appreciate the sentiment, and I’m a sucker for black and white photography (I’m a photo major y’all), but it’s a little lacking in self-awareness or intersectionality…
Intersectionality is not optional. It is not something you can take off and put back on again at will, when you feel like it. An intersectional lens should inform any critical evaluation of a subject, because these connections are key to understanding the web of oppression that weighs down on us all. These interconnections, too, are very weblike in their nature, because when you tweak one string, all the rest vibrate with it. There is no way to separate these things out from each other.
People complain that people keep dragging ‘side issues’ into ‘their movement’ and they don’t understand that these issues are the movement. Because a movement that commits oppression in the name of liberation is not a good movement, to put it bluntly. We are more vocal about these issues because we have learned the cost of shutting up, because we constantly have to remind people, because the minute we stop, everything returns to the way it was, the status quo is reestablished, and the real structural and institutional problems that create inequality go, once again, uninterrogated.
This is all connected. To misquote Patrick Henry for a moment, give me intersectionality, or give me death. This is not hyperbole: The current system, as it stands, is killing me. It is killing my people. It is killing the people I work in solidarity with. It is killing you. If you do not give me intersectionality, if you will not commit to being intersectional in your deeds, your thinking, your doing, all the time, no matter how you identify your politics, you are killing me.
"People complain that people keep dragging ‘side issues’ into ‘their movement’ and they don’t understand that these issues are the movement. Because a movement that commits oppression in the name of liberation is not a good movement, to put it bluntly."
"The current system, as it stands, is killing me. It is killing my people. It is killing the people I work in solidarity with. It is killing you. If you do not give me intersectionality, if you will not commit to being intersectional in your deeds, your thinking, your doing, all the time, no matter how you identify your politics, you are killing me."
If you are on Twitter, let’s make some noise to get some national media on Texas
I love Tumblr but I just don’t know how to use it mobilize.
But I know Twitter.
And so I’m starting there.
If you are on Twitter and you’d like to see more national media coverage about what is going on in Texas, let’s let the right people know:
@upwithchris (hashtag #uppers)
@mhpshow (hashtag #nerdland)
I’m hashtagging my tweets with #TXreprohealth.
Always, if you can fit it, #prochoice, #fem2, #p2.
Some links you can provide:
- From Austin Chronicle: Perhaps the clearest explanation of the destruction of Texas’ Women’s Health Program (and health care for 130K Texans)
- From Texas Tribune: Denial of medicaid funds to repro health simply to punish PP will cost 130,000 people health care
- From Texas Tribune: In TX and VA, Sonogram Bills Got Different Reactions
- From The American Prospect: Where was Outrage over Texas’s Sonogram Law?
- From Hay Ladies: Texas Has Transvaginal Ultrasounds even though ruled unconstitutional
Feel free to steal this sample tweet:
.@maddow, please cover the dismantling of #reprorights in TX: 1) transvaginal ultrasounds and 2) this: http://www.texastribune.org/texas-health-resources/abortion-texas/suehs-signs-rule-banning-abortion-affiliates/ #TXreprohealth
I know there are other states suffering right now, especially South Dakota and Oklahoma. I want to fight all the fights. But for me, this one is personal.
If you have other twitter accounts, hashtag ideas, any kind of ideas on how to mobilize the national media, I would love to have them.
Hundreds silently protest the Virginia bill that would force women to undergo involuntary vaginal penetration before receiving an abortion.
[NB: The bill would force any person who wants/needs an abortion to undergo involuntary vaginal penetration.]
As requested, a gender-neutral version of the Planned Parenthood poster. Apologies for the exclusion in the original. We all have tingly bits in need of easy-access, low-cost, no-judgment care and maintenance. :)
If you want insurance companies to stop discriminating against trans people, sign this
This valentine to Congress is part of a new campaign to let politicians know that we are serious about birth control. Print it out, sign it, and upload the picture to Facebook or Twitter with the hash tag: #BC4US . Let them know we mean business!