LPJL Daily Takedown – July 26th, 2017

Go To Hell-th Care Bill

FEAR THE WALKING DEAD! The zombie Senate hell-thcare debacle has risen from the grave to feast on the flesh of the currently insured! GOP Senators voted to open debate on a bill without knowing what bill it would even be! Not that every variation isn’t a disaster. In its various permutations, this mutant abomination of a bill treats people like shit and women like less-deserving shit. Last night they voted down the so-called “Clean Repeal,” but GOP Senators are going to be throwing versions of it at the wall until one of them sticks. One way or another, it’ll throw at least 22 million more people off of their insurance. Maternity care will no longer be an essential healthcare benefit. It won’t let tax credits be used for insurance that covers abortion, or decimates Medicaid that pays for half the births in America, and completely defunds Planned Parenthood, endangering all kinds of family planning and women’s health services. Fittingly, the only two GOP votes to end this nightmare came from female Senators—something some of their male colleagues have pointed out. In any of its various forms, this bill is bad for everyone and worse for women. 

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Things That Go “F*ck You” in the Night

NIGHT TERRORS: Partying late into the night as part of their anti-abortion special session BAN-AROO festival, the TEXAS Senate passed a bill that should deny cancer and HIV screenings to millions of people. Whoo hoo! UNBORN RULE! Passed after midnight, the bill bans state and local governments from ANY contracts with abortion providers. SO IF YOUR TRUSTED HEALTHCARE PROVIDER OFFERS THE FULL RANGE OF REPRODUCTIVE CARE, INCLUDING ABORTION, you can kiss that cervical cancer screening goodbye, along with pregnancy care, contraception, and other services that reproductive healthcare clinics provide. Because purity! And this is only one of the toxic stew of anti-choice measures that lawmakers are stirring up in the dark of night to spring on Texas. Night, night! 

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KY Clinic Remains Chill AF Despite…Well, Everything

UNFAZED: The SHEROES and HEROES keeping the last clinic standing in KENTUCKY are themselves still standing tall! And that’s despite harassment that has gone OFF THE FUCKING CHARTS. The monsters at Operation Save America have sent out fliers with pictures and addresses of clinic staff. They distribute their “Wanted Posters” and agitate in the neighborhoods where the staffers live. And they know EXACTLY what they’re really doing. As the Louisville Clinic Escorts point out “The only reason to do a mass mailing saying ‘this person kills babies’ is to get that person hurt or killed.” God bless those who are willing to stand up to that kind of intimidation in order to provide care! It happens at one level or another all over the country–Support your local clinic! 

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OMG Some Good News in the Middle of This Sh*t Storm

EMPOWER TOOLS: Free your uterus! DELAWARE is out with a FUKKING BADASS program to provide FREE birth control to women in the state! The Be Your Own Baby website will hook you up to nearby health centers, give you information on birth control methods, and even arrange a free lift if you need one!

And if you’re uninsured, they’ll pay for the costs of your doctor appointment. The program is from the nonprofit Upstream USA, and the promo videos are more Beyonce than PSA. That’s helping attract the young women the program wants to reach. Delaware’s teen pregnancy rate is 60 per 1,000 women aged 15-19 compared to a national rate of 52 per 1,000. Bottom line–Planned Parenthood locations in Delaware noticed a significant increase in women seeking birth control after the website launched. With all the bad news recently—it’s great to see people MAKING good news!

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#ExposeFakeClinics

Becky with the Vaginal Ultrasound

Did you catch her saying, “If you’re not very far along in your pregnancy, we’ll also need to do a vaginal ultrasound?” Well, Nurse Becky was kinda fibbing right there. She doesn’t need to do a vaginal ultrasound. She wants to do it, because that’s the only way to get an image of an embryo before about seven weeks pregnancy when it can be picked up on a regular abdominal ultrasound. …

A real medical care provider like Planned Parenthood might do a transvaginal ultrasound to determine if a patient is a candidate for a medication abortion. An obstetrician might perform one to diagnose uterine fibroids or an ectopic pregnancy. But A Place For Women isn’t a medical care provider, although it has a nurse and a radiologist on staff

LPJL Daily Takedown – July 20th, 2017

Still wondering how to #ExposeFakeClinics? Bustle Gif-splains it for you!

TAKIN’ ON THE FAKES: A big shout out to Bustle for showing us a little love with a great story on our #ExposeFakeClinics Week of Action! If you haven’t heard then you haven’t been listening—NOW is the time to call out those fake “Crisis Pregnancy Centers” that masquerade as real clinics to shame women and pregnant people out of making their own choices. Bustle talks to our own Lizz Winstead about giving the manager of one of these phony clinics located in Pittsburgh, the same treatment they give abortion providers every. When you protest a fake clinic you don’t risk inflaming an already tense situation like you can when you counter-protest a real clinic. And it shouldn’t be hard to find a protest a fake clinic—there are five times the number of these imposter clinics than their are of real clinics! Follow the links in story and learn how to get involved. 

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Holy Sh*t We’re Basketball Fans Now!

SLAM DUNK! The WNBA’s Seattle Storm put on a full-court press for Planned Parenthood this Tuesday. Five dollars from every paid admission went to support Planned Parenthood, netting them over $41,000. This is the very first official partnership between a professional sports team and Planned Parenthood. Gee, maybe that’s because the ownership of the Seattle Storm is all-female—which is something else we need more of! More donations came from a raffle, an online auction, and contributions from Seattle-based app, Vermouth. Four Storm players took part in a PSA for PP, and the pre-game rally even featured a PP supporter who had an abortion that very day! And it included center Imani Boyette of the rival Chicago Sky. Let’’s make this a trend and expand to Indie clinics also!  Hey San Antonio Stars- how about supporting Whole Woman’s Health! When it comes to supporting reproductive health—we’re all on the same team.

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#ExposeFakeClinics Update

It’s day 4 of the #ExposeFakeClinics Week of Action, and the site has had over 10,000 visits! Online and in-person actions are happening all over the country, and we’re thrilled to be one of the 40 reproductive rights orgs on the ground and calling CPCs out. Are YOU taking action? Share your stories on the Expose Fake Clinics Facebook Event Page, tag @calloutfakeclinics on Instagram, and make sure to use the hashtag #ExposeFakeClinics. We can’t wait to see how you’re fighting back!

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Tex-asses Back At It- Now Trying to Jail Doctors

HYPOCRITICAL OAFS: This state ain’t big enough for OB-GYN’s! Texas, birthplace (and burying ground) of some of the vilest, most insidious anti-abortion scams, is at it again. Now a bill is being proposed that would revoke the licenses of physicians who perform virtually any abortion—never mind that ABORTION IS A CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT. This piece of nutbaggery from State Rep Valoree Swanson is extreme enough that it hasn’t made the agenda even in the Texas legislature’s current special session especially devoted to extremist nutbaggery. But this being Texas, somebody could always throw it on the grill. 

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Stop (clap emoji) Comparing (clap emoji) The (Clap emoji) Holocaust (clap emoji) To (clap emoji) Abortion (clap emoji)

HOLOCAUST CONTAINMENT: Isn’t there a rule that you NEVER use a Holocaust comparison? It’s offensive AND ineffective—WRONG on so many levels. Which is why when a Holocaust reference does bubble to the surface of the sociopolitical sceptic tank, it usually comes from a “fetus fetishist.” Here’s just the latest to cause a furor—a new communications specialist for Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner named Brittany Carl has compared abortion rights to Nazi atrocities. Carl wrote “Certainly nothing matches the atrocity of the Holocaust, but it’s undeniable that abortion is being used to rid the world of disabled and other ‘unwanted’ persons” and followed up with “Attempting to rid the world of people with Down syndrome simply because they are different constitutes the dangerous and morally reprehensible practice of eugenics not entirely unlike what was practiced in . . . Nazi Germany.” OK, Brittany—family planning is not genocide. And a look through Hitler’s kit bag of favorite tricks would undoubtedly turn up plenty of parallels with the operations of “pro-life” types who shame, vilify, and even murder to advance their agendas. But we don’t mention that. Because there’s another reason that Holocaust comparisons are avoided—they show the moral bankruptcy of the people making them. Thanks for making that clear! 

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When repro right are under attack, what do we do? Bare minimum, give them a buffer zone.

SHARK WEEK: The single abortion oasis in Louisville Kentucky is in survival mode as the Summer of Justice invades their clinic this week and they are asking this hostile government to give both patients and providers some protection.  Louisville’s federal prosecutor has asked a judge to institute a buffer zone to give patients and caregivers at least a modicum of safety. A restraining order under the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act would result in stiffer penalties for violating the buffer zone. In the meantime, LPJL is going to be in Louisville on July 22 to provide a buffer between the good people of Louisville and the approaching sharks! Be there!

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Vagical Update

Vagic was in the air at last night’s packed show in Pittsburgh! Our hilarious comedians were joined by Jill Sobule who got the crowd singing and dancing-

Shout out to the badasses that joined Lizz Winstead for a talk back!

(Sue Frietsche, Senior Staff Attorney at the Women’s Law Project, Becca Susman, Co-Director of the Western PA Fund for Choice, Adrienne Jouver, Co-Director of the Western PA Fund for Choice, Libbi Cox, Allegheny Reproductive Health Center)

Despite PA’s own restrictive laws Pittsburgh serves patients from surrounding states that have limited access and long AF waiting periods. It was so amazing to hear about the supportive care being provided!

You have one last chance to get in on the fun this summer- come hang out in Louisville at Headliners Music Hall (Tickets here!) this Saturday!

 

The In-Human Coalition

The ugliest face of the anti-abortion movement isn’t necessarily the spittle-bedecked, beet-red face screaming outside the abortion clinic. Sometimes it’s the calm and composed face of the “reasonable” organization that fronts those fruitcakes… and fools respectable media outlets into giving them a platform.

In the twisted, distorted, funhouse mirror world of anti-choice nut-baggery, it’s a given that the more innocuous the name of an organization, the more sick and extreme it’s methods and aims are. After all, these are the people who wrap themselves in the “pro-life” moniker and then proceed to do everything possible to disrupt and demean the lives of others.

So it stands to reason that a group calling itself the warm and fuzzy-sounding “Human Coalition” would be quite possibly the most insidious and nasty bunch out there… at least until there’s an anti-abortion group called the Lollipop Snuggles.

But the Human Coalition website trumpets their true extremism right on their splash page, along with the mandatory ultrasound baby-shape and appeal for donations. They say “We have a vivid hope that abortion will become unthinkable and unavailable in our lifetime. Unite with us in our mission to end the worst holocaust in human history….”  

They claim right on the top of their website “Abortion isn’t a political issue – it’s a human rights Holocaust” and boast about their goal to “remove the stain of abortion from America”–inflammatory language designed to dehumanize and stigmatize anyone who would stand up for a person’s right to control her own destiny.

In the past year alone, the Human Coalition claims to have “reached” over 1.1 million people and “saved” some 6,250 “babies”. The Human Coalition is all about children, alright–in the same way that 19th century factories were all about children. It’s all about ruthlessly exploiting kids to advance their own interests.

But the most insidious way The Human Coalition uses to advance their agenda of lies and misinformation would be to have it come out of the mouths of innocent children. So they set up a bunch of KIDS and asked them ON CAMERA a bunch of loaded questions about abortion like, “If you knew that parents were killing their babies would you save them if you could?” and “would you ever kill your baby?” Thanks for helping with the video, little Timmy–sleep tight!

This chilling and exploitative video is the Human Coalition’s most viewed project on YouTube. What’s even further telling is how this seems to be the only video they’ve disabled the comments on. We wouldn’t want anyone pointing out how disturbingly anti-human this behavior is.

Any slimeball with a camera and a lack of basic empathy can post videos like that to YouTube. What’s shocking is the amount of free column space these monsters are getting in the so-called mainstream media. When they’re not making exploitation flicks, the Human Coalition is spreading its unique brand of hatred in THE NEW YORK FUCKING TIMES!

Yep. Just last week LPJL devoted a whole another takedown to a journalistic train-wreck from Human Coalition national director Lori Szala–blatant abortion-shaming masquerading as socio-economic insight that the Times somehow deemed “fit to print.”

It wasn’t the first time the Times gave the Human Coalition a megaphone to lie into. Earlier this year they printed yet another shoddy op-ed from an HC apparatchik, this one critiquing feminism while lying about women’s attitudes toward abortion and defending Groper-in-Chief Donald Trump!

We live in a society where everyone’s voice can and should be heard. That doesn’t mean that every lying sack of shit needs to be given the imprimatur of the New York Times to spread their word-manure. Especially when the Times doesn’t mention the shadier activities of the sack of shit in question.
It’s bad enough that the Human Coalition exists, but what’s scarier is that it’s getting published on platforms that tend to legitimize their dangerous narratives. There are enough dark corners of the internet for vermin like like the Human Coalition to scurry around in.