Snakes on a Plain

Our friends at Whole Woman’s got some bad news outta South Bend yesterday! It seems that one of the most effective tactics the enemies of  abortion access has is bureaucracy and the tale of Whole Woman’s Health Alliance trying to open in Indiana is a great example. WWHA applied to open a MEDICATION ABORTION clinic there over a year ago. You know, medication abortion, the thing you SHOULD be allowed to do at home but for some reason can’t because big old male politicians think they are “protecting women” by making five doctors watch them swallow a pill. That’s like… their kink.

In the frickin’ year since Whole Woman Health Alliance applied for the license they’ve faced nothing but red tape! Their license got denied in January for… look it’s so boring, we fall asleep explaining it… but basically the health department didn’t know how organizations work. ZZZZZZZZ no stay with us, please, please! ZZZZZZ We promise it’s almost over there’s just a difference between for profit and not-for-profit ZZZZZ OK FINE LET’S JUST SAY IT WAS SOME BULLSHIT AND MAYBE A HEALTH DEPARTMENT SHOULD UNDERSTAND HOW ORGANIZATIONS WORK.

So it took until AUGUST for a judge to hear WWHA’s appeal. The judge was like “Uhhh, no duh, they should be allowed to open,” because, you know, she was logical. But then the Health Department appealed that and a three-person panel yesterday said WWHA’s license should be denied. Meanwhile the cat hotel next door can just BE A FAKE CLINIC.

Our video explains the nonsense HERE

The point is, it’s just so blatant that the health department does not give a fuck about helping people. This is all some kinda political nonsense perpetrated by people who’ve never had any power suddenly being able to flex on a … healthcare clinic. And it’s PURE GASLIGHTING. A phrase we’re gonna use now to describe all this red tape.

 

We’re sending all our love to Amy Hagstrom-Miller and Whole Woman Health Alliance this week. Keep fighting! You’re like the iguana in this video, we know you’ll make it out on the other side!

THE STATE OF REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS IN THE STATE OF MICHIGAN

Welcome to the post-complacency world! The bad news is that it’s totally fucked up. The good news is that we can change that. We have to. We don’t have the luxury of not giving a shit.

There’s no place better to totally give a shit than Detroit, Michigan. It’s the first stop in the Vagical Mystery Tour’s post-Kavanaugh nomination-this-will-NOT-happen incarnation. And the State of Reproductive Rights in the State of Michigan has a lot to tell us about why we NEED to stop this Supreme Court appointment.

For starters, Michigan has the whole ugly slate of laws and rules designed to harass and torment clinics and patients alike. There’s a 24 hour waiting period that forces patients to make two trips to the provider. They have TRAP laws with unnecessary standards for facilities, and requirements for transfer agreements with hospitals. Telemedicine is prohibited ONLY for abortion services.

And the state of Michigan each year diverts some $400,000 in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families money toward FAKE “crisis pregnancy centers”—the LAST thing needy families need! Ugliest of all, Michigan requires you to buy a special “rape insurance” rider if you want necessary abortion services covered by insurance. Have fun talking to your broker about that!

Oh, and the Michigan anti-choice nuts are joining with anti-vaxxer bigger nuts! Republicans in the legislature are pushing a bill to try and use “informed consent” to scare people away from vaccinating their kids with vaccines made from what they call “aborted fetal tissue.” Some vaccines may contain what vaccine experts say is “perhaps billionths of a gram” of DNA fragments descended from cultures culled from legally aborted fetuses over 50 years ago! As much occurs in the fruits and veggies we eat! Really.

Already, 86% of counties in Michigan, accounting for 40% of the population, have no provider. And Michigan is one of the few states where abortion numbers are going up. That’s partly because neighboring Ohio is even crazier in its attacks on abortion rights. From 2010 to 2015, the number of abortions performed on out-of-staters in Michigan more than doubled. That’s just a taste of the panicked abortion travelers you’d see if a Kavanaugh court ever overturned Roe v. Wade.

And what you’d see in Michigan if Roe v. Wade gets tossed is a virtually TOTAL AND COMPLETE BAN ON ABORTION. IMMEDIATELY! That’s because Michigan’s anti-abortion law is still on the books, despite being made unconstitutional by Roe v. Wade. If Roe v. Wade goes, that law, dating back to 1931, rises from the dead like a zombie that feasts on human rights.

THAT is what is at stake in this confirmation fight! THANKS for making that clear, MICHIGAN! We’re here for you, we’re here for us, and we’re here for good!

Kavanaugh? How about Kava-not-so-fast, motherfucker!

What’s At Stake, From Activist and Abortion Doula, Molly Gaebe

My name is Molly Gaebe and I am with Lady Parts Justice League. As I write, our team is on tour for the second year, criss crossing the US, visiting these threatened clinics, helping them in any way we can. We call it, the Vagical Mystery Tour. We see how these independent clinics and providers save lives, how they uplift the community, how they are there to give healthcare to the people who need it the most. We also see that these clinics have been in danger for a long time now. These clinics whose doors are shuttered all the time, whose very existence is constantly threatened because vaginal crossing guards have been chipping away at Roe for years now. So far, they have made the most headway by asserting control over the most vulnerable people.

People like Jane Doe, an undocumented teen and a victim of rape, who knew she wanted an abortion, so much so that she took the US to court to prove it. But this wasn’t good enough for Brett Kavanaugh, who said that government should be allowed to “help minors navigate” these “major life decisions” by sending them to crisis pregnancy centers and delaying their procedures until it’s too late to legally obtain them.

I made one of these “major life decisions” two years ago, and was able to get the abortion I needed because I can afford it, and I am lucky enough to live in a state with access to abortion. This can all change on the drop of a dime, and that dime is perilously spinning on its head right now. States who have been passing the most restrictive and unconstitutional abortion laws will shutter more clinics, if not outlawing abortion completely. And when their doors close, people suffer, entire communities suffer. The most vulnerable populations suffer. As we all know, when abortion is outlawed or becomes inaccessible, abortions do not stop. Women start to die.

For seven years now, I have the honor of being an abortion doula, what that means is that I support people through abortion procedures. I have held the hands of hundreds of people with wildly different stories, backgrounds, families, incomes, experiences, fears and joys. But one thing thing that they have in common is that they need an abortion, and they do not need the opinion of the government to help them make this decision.

I am here to announce that today, I have made another “major life decision.” I have decided that healthcare is non negotiable, that healthcare is not just for the wealthy, that abortion isn’t a luxury for those that can travel to states that provide it.

Abortion is humanity. Abortion is dignity.  Abortion is healthcare and abortion must be protected.  Tell your senators to question Kavanaugh on abortion, and tell them that a non answer on Roe is a threat to Roe.

There are superheroes on the ground in independent clinics that have to spend half their time, energy and money fighting with the government to provide their own communities with healthcare. Join us at Lady Parts Justice League to to stand up for these independent abortion providers and read the daily takedown every day to keep up with the latest abortion laws and to stand and fight with us. Thank you!

A Reproductive Rights Recap of The Week There Were a Bunch of Headlines About Roe v Wade Ending

Done crying? Tired of yelling? Starting to sober up? Good. Whatever you had to do to get through last week, you did it, because you’re here. When shit hits the fan, the first thing you have to do is turn off the fan. Now we have time to collect ourselves and focus on dealing with the splatter.

The ugly individual moments that make up this last week are frozen in time like frames from some horrific repro rights version of the Zapruder film. The BIG difference is that now we have the time and the opportunity to prevent this tragedy from actually happening.

When the Becerra decision hit like a ton of stoopid, we broke it down for you—exposing the lies and hypocrisy of the arguments that were used to support, well, lies and hypocrisy. If the First Amendment does NOT give you the right to yell “FIRE” in a crowded theater, it certainly shouldn’t allow you to make people seeking medical care think that you’re a doctor when you’re not.

We explained what a pile of shit it is to discuss abortion as though it was any different than any other medical procedure. And we reassured you that—despite the setback—abortion is STILL SAFE AND LEGAL. And despite the further setbacks, IT STILL IS!

The very day of the Becerra decision, we put our own First Amendment rights to far better use than misinforming people who need medical care. We informed the world about the bullshit of the FAKE clinics by putting on our Washington Square Fake Clinic Protest. If the frauds at the phony clinics can’t be made to tell the truth about what they’re doing, we’ll tell it for them. And you can too! Go to www.exposefakeclinics.com to find out how.

And really, it was “poetic Lady Parts Justice” that the news of the Kennedy retirement hit during a week that we were on the road. As we told you in our tour-spiels on the “State of Repro Rights” in OHIO and TENNESSEE, the fights that are going on at the state level are a grim reminder of what we could face on a nation-wide scale if we don’t get together and get busy.

The fetal freaks in the states have been VERY busy planning for this day.  Ohio’s HB 565 would ban ALL abortions, even for rape and incest. It’s flagrantly unconstitutional in a way that deliberately invites a reconstituted Supreme Court to smack down Roe v. Wade. And the haters in Tennessee actually changed their state’s constitution to explicitly say that “Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to an abortion.” West Virginia, where we were last week, has a measure on the ballot in November that would do the same thing.

Our unworthy adversaries are nothing if not industrious when it comes to undermining other people’s rights. The events of this last week have shown us that we need fight even harder to keep those rights.

LPJL wasn’t founded to congratulate ourselves for 40-plus years of Roe v. Wade. It was meant to strengthen reproductive rights and to defend them when they’re threatened. Well, we just got the Bat Signal, bitches!

This has been the kind of week we hope would never happen. But this kind of week is the reason we’re here. So let’s be here for each other!

This Mother’s Day Show Some Love to Independent Abortion Clinics

Mother’s Day is in 4 days y’all. If you want to quickly go panic buy a 2-day shipping gift on Amazon we’ll wait!

(If you’re not finding anything good may we suggest donating to the Black Mamas Bail Out)

 

OK now that we have your attention back, let’s talk abortion! Abortion is an important part of family planning. Even people who want to be mothers some day could maybe not be ready TODAY to be a mother. And as “Abortion AMA” author Danielle Campoamor wrote this weekIf you looked at my life on paper, you might very well wonder why this news is a big deal to me. I have a life in New York City, a 3-year-old son, a current, wanted, planned pregnancy, a rewarding relationship and my mental health. But I have these things because of the abortion I was legally, safely and affordably able to procure at age 23.”

In honor of the vital role that abortion plays in family planning, what better time to show some love to your local clinic than Mother’s Day. You know the anti-choicers will be writing some nonsense pieces about how motherhood is a gift you can never, ever complain about you bad, bad ladies. So fight back and consider leaving a review for a REAL ABORTION CLINIC this week! Here’s how it’s done and why it’s so important:

What can you do?

By reviewing the real abortion clinics with positive reviews or elevating positive reviews from others by “Liking” them, we can show the abortion clinics just how much they are appreciated and needed. And maybe, make it a little easier for patients to seek out caring professionals without being bullied or guilted by religious zealots.  

How to review:

  1. Pick a site. Facebook, Google and Yelp! all have clinics with reviews.  Keep in mind that if you don’t have a ‘Yelp!’ account, your reviews only show up after you’ve reviewed several businesses.

  2. Find a clinic that you’ve visited or one near you but make sure it’s a real abortion clinic!  There are more than four times as many fake clinics or ‘Crisis Pregnancy Centers’ out there whose entire practice is only a subterfuge used to scare patients from getting an abortion. To avoid being tricked go to:
    https://www.abortioncarenetwork.org/abortion-care-providers/
    https://prochoice.org/think-youre-pregnant/find-a-provider/
    https://www.abortionclinics.com/

  3. Find your REAL abortion clinic and give them a review.  If you don’t have one that you’ve been to, check out their website and see what they have to offer that others might find useful (i.e. friendly staff, offer options and choice, offers services for the LGBTQ community, etc)

  4. We don’t want you to lie about anything so if you haven’t been to one or aren’t comfortable leaving your name, you can still help bring up other positive posts by ‘Liking’ them on Facebook, giving a ‘thumbs up’ on Google or finding ‘useful’ on Yelp! All of these will help bring positive reviews closer to the top.
  5. Tell anyone that’s been to a clinic to do the same! AND REPEAT!

 

Happy Reviewing!

LPJL DAILY TAKEDOWN – NOVEMBER 9th, 2017

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

LPJL DAILY TAKEDOWN – NOVEMBER 8th, 2017

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). 

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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).

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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. 

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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…

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… 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.

LPJL DAILY TAKEDOWN – NOVEMBER 7th, 2017

Gone are the days of hiding your assholery in some sanctimonious “but wut about the bbs” nonsense, GOPers are showing their true colors by trying to pass plan after plan to make abortion illegal all while cutting tax breaks for adoption. It’s almost as if they’ve never … wait for it… wait for it … really cared about human babies after all.

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But hey, let’s hear their side of the tax bill—THAT cutting adoption, birth control and Medicaid is promoting life! Read anti-choice flak Tom McClusky try to sell you a shit sandwich with a side of lies in this ugly op-ed.

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Ugh. “Abortion makes you mentally unstable!” is the latest batshit anti abortion fan fiction that the UTER-ISIS have cooked about the immigrant teen who had to fight for her abortion, and this Washington Times article lays the bullsht on thick. Real Talk: After what this country put her through, her abortion is the ONLY positive experience she has had. 

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Ultrasound and Fury: Indiana Court to decide if the state can continue to force abortion providers to show HD-Fetus TV images to women to shame them out of abortions… WITH an added 18-hour waiting period so they can digest the movie! Two big thumbs down!

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It’s Election Day! The day our votes help stop the rising tide of swamp-water, misogyny, and general fuckwaddery that so far hasn’t “Made America Great Again.” The Governors race in Virginia is one of the most important elections today and this great piece in Essence breaks down what is at stake for black women in this very important race. 

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