TRIGGER WARNING for MURDER and TORTURE OF A TRANS* WOMAN.
Trans Activist Agnes Torres Murdered In Puebla
Friends and supporters gathered to mourn and pay tribute to Agnes this evening in Puebla, the state’s capital city. Earlier today, the hashtag #AgnesTorres was a trending topic on Twitter, with thousands posting messages of support for Agnes, her family, and the LGBT community.
Former colleagues of Agnes Torres are demanding a thorough investigation and calling for a special department within Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission dedicated to cases of hate crimes against lesbians, gays, and transsexuals.
¡Justicia Para Agnes Torres!
Oh hell to the mother fucking no.
And forced pregnancy is a gift! I’m just going to go walk on my ceiling now since everything is all turned upside down today :/
Go ahead embryo, keep your “body.” In many abortions you’re removed intact anyway. But you don’t have a right to mine. It’s not my fault that the nature of your development makes survival on your own impossible once we’re separated, that’s just the way it is.
[Image: a macro of a woman who looks like stereotypical college liberal over an eight-piece red background. Top text, “AGAINST EATING EGGS BECAUSE IT’S INHUMANE”. Bottom text, “SUPPORT KILLING HUMAN FETUSES BECAUSE IT’S HUMANE”. End description.]
Let’s not forget “cruelty-free”.
Actually, more like “support all lifestyle choices because they’re none of your goddamned business.”
Pro-choice: support everyone’s freedom of choice. It’s as simple as that.
Oh, abortion isn’t cruel or inhumane to the embryo (it’s an embryo most often), by the way. Most abortions happen before 21 weeks, and a fetus can’t even feel pain until 35. This isn’t even worth a “nice try.” This was five seconds on Google.
Not to mention that abortion CAN be the most humane option FOR THE PERSON CARRYING THE FETUS. You know, the grown, thinking, feeling, sentient adult? Yeah, that one. Sheesh, why is it when these anti-choice dingleberries talk about what’s humane they seem to be forget about everyone but the fetus?
Also: Vegan prochoicers care about sentient, autonomous creatures whether it’s non-human animals being exploited and tortured or pregnant people. I know you really want to make some sort of comparison between a sentient, autonomous non-human animal and an embryo but that’s untenable. The only comparison to be made is between a chicken whose reproduction is being exploited for eggs and a pregnant person whose reproduction is being coerced and exploited by the likes of you. You know what is mind-boggling, though? People who have a love-affair with a non-autonomous, non-sentient embryo and then go eat a pork roast. That, my friend, is cognitive dissonance; considering a pig is as intelligent as a 2-3 year old child and has far more worth than an embryo does, if we’re being honest. The only difference in your mind is an embryo’s so-called “humanity.” Hate to break it to you but there’s nothing superior about mere human DNA.
As for “cruelty free”: reproductive rights violations and forced pregnancy/birth are considered torture in some cases and cruel, unusual, and inhumane/degrading treatment in many others. Not to mention they’re a human rights violation. Giving people a choice to have an abortion is 100% “cruelty free”; your side, not so much.
But with its existance in a womb without the uterus-owner’s consent, the fetus is violating their human rights.
Let’s go through some of those rights:
- Freedom from torture (Forced pregnancy is torture.)
- Freedom from slavery (Forced pregnancy is slavery.)
- The right to legal and safe abortion (part of Reproductive Rights) (Forced pregnancy is a violation of this, obviously.)
The fetus, a non-person, who is not sentient and not physically autonomous does not have the right to infringe on these other rights.
If you’re not born, you don’t have rights. It’s stated clearly in the International Declaration of Human Rights that all people are BORN free and of equal rights/dignity etc, not before. THAT’S the first of all human rights, actually.
Seriously. How deluded do you have to be to think you can co-opt human rights and think you have any business applying them to embryos? 78.9% of the time it’s an embryo, not a fetus, that is so far from personhood, sentience, or moral significance it’s not even funny. You cannot trample the rights of people in an effort to give rights to something which has never been granted them before, and whose very existence conflicts with the rights of the person it’s inside of if not there consensually. We know by looking at 20 different human rights treaties, conventions, and conference documents that reproductive rights are human rights. We know that reproductive rights violations constitute torture in some cases and cruel, unusual, or inhuman and degrading treatment in many more. And your Pope is hardly the person to be taking human rights advice from. Oops.
A woman living with HIV in Chile is forcibly sterilized while unconscious and undergoing a cesarean delivery.
A Kenyan woman, along with her newborn child, is detained for weeks by hospital staff in miserable conditions. Her crime is poverty; she has no money to pay her medical bill.
In Peru, a young girl lives in a tragically diminished physical capacity because doctors valued her pregnancy—which resulted from rape—more than they did her life and health.
This kind of treatment, and its consequences, is horrifying and unconscionable. For too long, such acts have not been treated with the gravity they deserve. But the Center for Reproductive Rights is leading the movement in asserting that such egregious abuses amount to nothing less than torture or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment. And we demand that it stop today.
International human rights bodies have clearly defined torture. It’s the intentional infliction of severe pain or suffering—physical or mental—with the specific purpose of obtaining information, intimidating, punishing, or discriminating. And someone, or some entity, acting in an official capacity must be involved, have instigated it, or acquiesced to the treatment.
The threshold for cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment, as distinguished from torture, can be crossed even more readily. The abusive treatment need not be intentional—negligence, with or without a specific purpose, is enough. And an act can be degrading simply because of the humiliation it causes.
Why do these definitions, these standards, matter in the fight to stop violations of reproductive rights? Because torture and ill treatment are universally condemned as grave offenses in violation of international law. All countries, whether bound by official treaty or not, are held to a global understanding that torture and cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment are wrong and prohibited.
But the common perception of these offenses is narrower than their actual reach. Torture and ill treatment are not confined to prisons and theaters of war. The Center for Reproductive Rights has just released the video “Sanctioned Cruelty: Reproductive Rights Violations as Torture” which identifies a far more common setting in which women find themselves subject to the mistreatment and discriminatory whims of government officials, where they suffer severe physical and/or mental pain simply because of who they are. These places? Hospitals, clinics, doctors’ offices.
The Center, in partnership with the Campaign to Stop Torture in Health Care, documented these stories to illustrate the severity of the harm inflicted by certain reproductive rights violations. These violations of fundamental human rights, because of their tragic consequences, and the circumstances and conditions under which they are committed, absolutely rise to the level of torture and ill treatment.
Calling these atrocities by a different name won’t help a girl walk again, allow a woman to build the family she’d dreamed of, or restore the dignity of a mother wrongly detained, but our urgent efforts will signal to the world the gravity of these kinds of crimes against women. And that like all forms of torture and cruelty, they cannot be tolerated.
Cases and resources:
[TW: rape, rape apologism, forced birth]
Anon asked: Just because a fetus is the product of rape doesn’t mean that it’s its fault. You shouldn’t be making two wrongs
Oh, Anon. Do tell me where on my blog I’ve ever blamed a non-autonomous, non-sentient embryo for it’s existence? That would be ridiculous. I blame rapists and rape apologists, like yourself, for trying to create laws which further violate a rape survivor’s bodily integrity. Sorry, over here in the land of logic I just can’t bring myself to advocate for rapists being able to reduce their victims to incubators for nine months AFTER they’ve been brutalized physically, mentally, and emotionally. Nor can I bring myself to legislate torturing pregnant people because other people have twisted sadistic fantasies about forced birth.
Rape survivors can make their own decisions. And many certainly do choose to carry to term, whether to parent or choose adoption. The operative word, though, being choose. I’ve heard from more than one survivor that they chose to keep children that were products of rape, but that it was incredibly difficult and they’d never dream of mandating other pregnant people be forced by misogynists to do the same.
Oh, and the only time pregnancy and abortion is ever wrong is when it’s forced and coerced. The fact that you equate reproductive rights with the violent and horrifying act of rape says it all really.
Why don’t you come off anon, so everyone capable of being pregnant knows who they should be avoiding like the plague.
[made rebloggable upon request]