A Friday Lizz Winstead Rant!

UNDERSTAND THIS: Harassment, assault, and humiliation are about power. In this current structure, women, LGBTQ+, and people of color are not considered equals. These behaviors are a way of marginalizing us and erasing us, in order to avoid sharing power and thus retaining control. This is not about someone’s politics. It is everywhere. Just YESTERDAY, The tax bill passed with a terrifying redefinition of fetal development as personhood that could be used to overturn Roe v Wade. Was that mentioned in any of the newscasts or media you read? If it was, was it feminist media? How many politicians never prioritize issues having to do with women, POC, or LGBTQ+ people? Progressives had sweeping victories in the 2017 elections that included women, trans folks, and POC, and yet the 2020 presidential chatter is about Terry McCauliffe and Joe Biden.

But it’s not just politics. NO MATTER WHERE YOU WORK, marginalized groups are not in positions to call shit out, because we do not have leadership in place who will not destroy us for doing it. I need every fucking PERSON WHO HAS PARTICIPATED IN THIS BEHAVIOR OR SELF RIGHTEOUSLY CONDEMNED THIS SHIT AS A SUPPOSED ALLY to show me with actions going forward that you UNDERSTAND the systemic problems that led to and have perpetuated this system of harassment and abuse, and that YOU WILL DEDICATE YOURSELVES to changing it by championing the marginalized and stepping back so we can take the leadership to tear this existing table apart because it has never included us.

When that process begins, and we see action towards true representation, we can DECIDE TOGETHER how we rebuild a structure that includes equality for all. If I do not see this progress, I swear to God, I will spend my time left on this earth BURNING IT ALL DOWN. Because those of us who have lived in the shadows and had to swallow this kind of behavior OUR WHOLE LIVES know how to make something great out of the ashes. We have lived our lives surviving on the crumbs that fell from this patriarchal table. 


Senate Republicans have just crammed a fistful of nasty stuffing into their turkey of a tax bill because… well because bad can always be made worse right? They would let any fetus, embryo, zygote, or fertilized egg be the beneficiary of college tax breaks—as a way of undermining Roe v Wade with “personhood” crap. Read their recipe here.


Hypocrisy much? While they were busy shoveling cash to billionaires, the fetus-hugging GOP Congress just let expire, a program to help new mothers.  And another rub? CPCs refer pregnant girls to this program while at tHE same time they vote for the POLITICIANS who are cutting IT.  Read & wretch!


Speaking of those lying CPCs, here’s an update from the Economist on the Supreme Court case over California’s law that makes CPCs tell patients the truth. Let’s see if our Founding Fathers wanted Puritan theocrats to have the freedom to lie to traumatized pregnant people.


Our military never leaves one of its own on the battlefield. In the gynecologist’s office …eh, not so much. This great piece from NPR shows how the military’s policies on abortion put soldiers at risk


Is Halloween over? Then why is the demonic ghost of the fucking phony “Planned Parenthood sold baby parts” scam still rising from the dead? Jeezus H. Fake Video, people! See how the anti-choice freaks are trying to summon up that foulness yet again.

LPJL Works to #ExposeFakeClinics in NYC!

Testimony of Anna Bean, Outreach Coordinator, Lady Parts Justice League before the New York City Council Committee on Consumer Affairs regarding Enforcement of Local Law 17 of 2011 and the Regulation of Pregnancy Service Centers – November 15, 2017

Thank you for the opportunity to provide testimony to the New York City Council’s Committee on Consumer Affairs in support of enforcing Local Law 17 of 2011 and requiring Pregnancy Service Centers to disclose that they are not medical facilities, preventing deception and expediting access to time sensitive health care services.  

Lady Parts Justice League is a nonprofit organization in Brooklyn founded by Lizz Winstead, co-creator of the Daily Show. Through comedy, the League works to destigmatize abortion, and in partnership with organizations like the National Institute for Reproductive Health, supports campaigns to expand access to the full range of reproductive health services and options, including abortion, for women and pregnant people in NYC and across the country.

In the summer of 2017, we launched #ExposeFakeClinics, a campaign in partnership with more than 40 reproductive rights organizations and abortion providers across the country. We say “fake clinics” rather than Pregnancy Resource Centers or Crisis Pregnancy Centers because these places, in their own words, exist to deceive vulnerable pregnant women into coming through their doors in order to deter or prevent them from choosing abortion. They deliberately look like medical providers, and then provide medically inaccurate information or no medical information at all.

Through our #ExposeFakeClinics campaign, we give people tools to closely examine the websites of fake clinics in every single state—there are more than 4,000 fake clinics nationally, compared with only 780 real clinics that provide abortion services—and then use reviewing sites like Yelp and Google Business to leave accurate reviews so that people seeking information about their reproductive health care options in their community know just what they’re walking into.

Of the 108 fake clinics in New York State that we have reviewed, and those are only the ones we know about, several are in NYC. Few if any of those are complying with Local Law 17 of 2011 on their websites. Take, for example, Avail in Manhattan, which states on their website that they provide ultrasounds and “laboratory-quality hCG urine pregnancy tests” (the equivalent of any drugstore pregnancy test). Front and center on their website, they state:

We offer holistic care and practical resources, so that you can face the future with confidence and hope. Each year, tens of thousands of women in New York City face unexpected pregnancies. Avail exists to provide you with the services, space, and support you need to make a decision about an unexpected pregnancy-all in a confidential and professional environment.”

This sounds like you’re going to receive comprehensive counseling options at a medical clinic, does it not? Nowhere on their site does this fake clinic state, “This facility does not have a licensed medical provider on-site to provide or supervise all services”— in English or in Spanish.

Same goes for Pregnancy Resource Services on Staten Island. Their site states:

“At our center, we won’t judge you or tell you what to do. We’re here to provide you with a FREE lab quality pregnancy test and medically accurate information.  And, if your pregnancy test is positive, our trained staff will go over all of your options so that you can make an informed decision.”

And Pregnancy Help NYC on 14th Street, which claims:

“Our options counseling gives you the opportunity to sit down with a trained peer-counselor to consider your pregnancy options and get the information you need. You will receive clear and thoughtful education about pregnancy, abortion, parenting, and adoption. We want to help you move towards an informed decision with clarity and strength.”

Imagine facing an unplanned pregnancy, searching on Google for resources in your community to learn about all of your options, and coming upon that website. Sounds like a community health clinic, right? But once inside, vulnerable pregnant people give their personal information to unregulated individuals that are not legally required to keep pregnant people’s information private. Instead, as I know you’ve heard from all of the advocates who have been watching these facilities for a long time, they are lied to, shamed, and manipulated. It’s why this law was passed in the first place.

It’s time to get tough on this deception. We recommend the creation of a navigable and effective complaint mechanism, training for DCA Inspectors, and transparent enforcement procedures. Local Law 17 of 2011 must be enforced, or the deception will continue to disrupt the lives of New Yorkers.


MY fetus just applied to Stanford! Republicans’ fetal attraction goes to some next level scheming as they put language in the tax bill to allow fertilized eggs to take advantage of college savings tax breaks! Is it because they want affordable college for every child? Oh hell no, it’s really a sneaky trick towards overturning Roe v Wade by legally defining a fetus as a person. They play the long game, so we have to too. Read it here.


Finally people are paying the price for sexual harassment. Surprise—it’s YOU! Under Congress’s plan to stop harassment, if a Congressional staffer gets a settlement, the money comes out of the US Treasury—AKA your tax dollars. Maybe now you’ll stop! You have to read this.


I’m not a “doctor,” but I pretend to be one at a phony CPC “clinic.” Oh, and people like me should be free to dictate what real doctors have to tell clinic patients. Makes perfect sense, right? Vice and Rewire explain why SCOTUS might say “Uh… not so much.”


It’s Thanks, Birth Control Day! So let’s give thanks to our birth control, thanks to the CEO of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. Spread the word on how much birth control has improved your life—and hug a contraceptive today.


Celebrating Thanks, Birth Control Day the right way—MASSACHUSETTS knows how to get its birth control on! Or in. Or as in passing a bill to guarantee free access to birth control in Massachusetts. Read the details in the Globe


In OTHER News about different ways women are being marginalized…

The lie that never dies—now the FBI is chasing the fantasy unicorn of “sold baby parts.” Tell us if you find Carly Fiorina at the bottom of that wormhole! The Hill has all about it.


That time when awful people took their fight to deceive women all the way to the Supreme Court!  CALIFORNIA’s law that forces fake clinics to make it clear to pregnant people they actually DON’T provide health care is headed to the SCOTUS. ThinkProgress does a great rundown here.


From World Net Daily,  the anti-abortion reprobates who also brought you “Obama is a Muslim” want to stab you with their shame sword if you don’t have guilt about your abortion. Because of course they do.


Because fetus good. Zygote-hugging hypocrites want to extend the child tax credit to fertilized eggs, while not giving even one complete shit about millions of actual children in need. Head hurts.


LPJL’s Lizz Winstead was inspired by her friend Sarah Thyre to help propel #MeAt14. Who were you at 14? Check out women talking about their 14 year old selves and see why it is so powerful.


If you asked: “What would it take for anti-choice zealots to condemn a racist, homophobic, islamaphobic dude?” The answer is not: molest a child.


Well at least 5 States understand how Birth Control works! Wair… That means 45 don’t… HeadDeskHeadDeskHeadDesk  


Doctor/Not a Doctor—there IS a difference. Hartford, CONNECTICUT wants to stop fake CPC’s from playing dress-up as actual clinics. Get the truth about lies here. 


Last Month We joined Sister Song and Tweeted Some #ScaryStats Reminding folks All the Ways This Country Has Failed POC When It Comes to Repro Rights. Read the Root’s Excellent Rundown of the Info



This is why we can’t have nice things—like proper reproductive care. Our country has turned into The U.S. of Anti abortion assholery, and EVERY DAY, these providers are forced into a kangaroo court defending their right to provide services. Thankfully there are people like the warrior caregivers at Whole Woman’s Health, who never back away from a fight against the theological thuggary that is behind this constant assault. Buried in the barrage of other news this week, is the fact that yet again, Whole Women’s Health has been in court fighting yet another set of barriers to accessing a safe abortion. If you haven’t heard how your reproductive rights are on the brink this week, read about the latest fight.


Tinfoil hat brigade wants to stop doctors from being forced to perform abortions. A new “Conscience Protection” bill would end another fake problem made up by the foremost authorities in making up a problem so they can “solve” it with legislation that harms people. Too weird to be true? Check it out in their own words here. Or get the view from the real world here.


The abortion pill: it’s just a pill! Canada found a way to treat a helpful medicine as—oh, I don’t know—helpful medicine. Here’s HuffPo on how the US could be almost as friggin’ sane.


Unsound! BFF of LPJL Dr. Willie Parker is in NORTH CAROLINA taking on their forced ultrasound troll-law, and spreading some know about how lack of access to abortion services can cause more maternal deaths. The more you read this, the more you know.


Nicole, Come Get Your Boy. Keith Urban’s try at a female empowerment anthem is just… well… ugh.


The Fighting Irish have been going round after round on this fucking birth control loophole, but now, they’ve decided to stop fighting the 21st century and let employees and students have contraceptive coverage! Victory March! Still guys, it took you long enough. This is like a hail mary on a fourth down over here (idk, idk, we aren’t a sports site). 


We love drinking up the tears of anti-sex thugs, so for a look at how the other side (or as we like to call them “the wrong side of history”) licked their wounds after this great BC news in Notre Dame, check out this Townhall article. You’d think Notre Dame just lost to USC on a last second field goal or something (idk idk, again this isn’t a sports site).


Predatory misogynist seeks likeminded fox to guard henhouse—Trump’s pick to promote women’s issues is a Rose Bowl float of anti-woman, anti-LGBT ugly. Check out this ACLU piece about the person who puts the “ass” in Women’s Ambassador. 


Stupid Question Department: The New Republic wants to know if it matters if abortion is legal. Does it matter if ivory-ensconced liberals overthink shit that should be ass-out obvious? FUCKING YES! And we bring you a million reasons why every day…


… like WISCONSIN, where abortion providers have to wade through a sewer of anti-choice laws and regulations every moment of every day. But we couldn’t even fight this shit if abortion was illegal! Read this great Cap Times article to cleanse the New Republic from your brain.