Collective blogging for Dr. Tiller

Blog in memory of Dr. Tiller until June 7th – make sure to link to the Abortion Gang’s site. Here’s the 1st question:

How can the pro-choice and reproductive justice movements better support the people who have later abortions and providers who perform them?

It’s my understanding that teens tend to have later abortions because they’re so frightened and anxious about the pregnancy they take longer to come to a decision.  The other group is women with medical complications. Of course, the anti-choicers would have us believe an evil woman doesn’t want the “inconvenience” of a pregnancy – as if anyone would call being pregnant convenient or not. The decision to raise a baby to the age of 18 has nothing to do with convenience. You need maturity, financial means, child care, proper lodging, etc.

Abortion Gang

Your post can directly answer this question, or use it as a jumping off point to talk about other issues, such as:

  • Why is it so difficult for our movement to talk about and support later abortions?
  • Reflecting on Dr. Tiller’s famous quote: ”Make no mistake, this battle is about self-determination by women of the direction and course of their lives and their family’s lives. Abortion is about women’s hopes and dreams. Abortion is a matter of survival for women.”

In your post, please link back to this blog post so that folks can come here and find links to other reflections on Dr. Tiller.

Three men and a budget

Why would we even think they’d have women’s best interests in mind? Seeing men make decisions about women’s bodies – how is this progress? I’m so tired of Republicans forcing their issues on us.

Budget battle came down to 3 men and their weaknesses

With almost 24 hours to go until the government shut down, Obama gave Boehner an ultimatum on the speaker’s push to include abortion-related restrictions in the bill.

“John, I will give you D.C. abortion. I am not happy about it,” Obama said, according to a Democrat and Republican in the Oval Office. Boehner had been pushing to include both the restriction of government funding on abortions in the District of Columbia and a provision that would have placed limits on funds going to nonprofit groups that provide abortion services nationwide, including Planned Parenthood.

Round up: The war against women

Just as Libertarians and Republicans are calling for less government, we’re witnessing the opposite – more government – for women. More budget cuts, too. Meanwhile, the military and fatherhood initiative (including marriage promotion) is safe. Here’s a round up of articles on the biggest assault – abortion.

I saved the best for last, so please scroll down to see how progressive groups are fighting back!!

This is a 2006 article by Jennifer Pozner that’s still relevant today:  It discusses the anti-abortion fanatics

The terrorists who aren’t in the news

http://www.alternet.org/story/43182/

 What’s behind the surge of abortion bills?

http://swampland.blogs.time.com/2011/03/24/whats-behind-the-surge-of-abortion-bills/?xid=rss-topstories

The GOP’s plan to fund anti-abortion activists

http://motherjones.com/politics/2011/03/gops-plan-fund-anti-abortion-activists

GOP bill would force IRS to conduct abortion audits

http://motherjones.com/politics/2011/03/gop-bill-irs-abortion-audits

The House GOP’s plan to redefine rape

http://motherjones.com/politics/2011/01/republican-plan-redefine-rape-abortion

Revealed: The group behind the bills that could legalize killing abortion providers

http://motherjones.com/politics/2011/02/americans-united-life-justifiable-homicide-bills

Anti-abortion bill passes in Idaho

http://www.feminist.org/news/newsbyte/uswirestory.asp?id=12932

There is NO waiting period for gun purchases in SD, but a woman must wait to have an abortion-

SD anti-abortion bill requires 3-day waiting period

http://www.feminist.org/news/newsbyte/uswirestory.asp?id=12930

SD Rep who authored abortion bill nixes Sharia ban

http://motherjones.com/mojo/2011/02/sd-rep-who-authored-abortion-bill-nixes-sharia-ban

Of course he did

 In Michigan, class war and war against women converge

http://www.alternet.org/newsandviews/article/539083/in_michigan%2C_class_war_and_war_against_women_converge/#paragraph2

 Georgia lawmaker’s anti-abortion proposal could punish women for miscarriages

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/02/26/georgia-lawmakers-anti-abortion-proposal-punish-women-miscarriages/

Ohio heartbeat bill poses biggest challenge to Roe v. Wade yet

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/ohio-heartbeat-bill-abortion-paves-roe-wade-challenge/story?id=12876224

20 week abortion ban passes Iowa house panel

http://www.rhrealitycheck.org/blog/2011/03/25/week-abortion-passes-iowa-house-panel

Exclusive: Progressive groups launch campaign to fight GOP’s War on Women

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/03/25/exclusive-progressive-groups-launch-campaign-to-fight-gops-war-on-women/

Notice there are only men in the photo

Round up of posts and articles on the Republican’s War Against Women

I’ve never been more angered by the Republicans – at a time when they *say* they want to see less government –they put more government interference in women’s lives – at a time when they *say* they want budget cuts, they slash programs for women and children (meanwhile, the Fatherhood Initiative, which funds the unethical experiment of reuniting children with their ex-convict fathers and “marriage promotion” programs). Here’s a round-up of various posts and articles on the subject.

Weekly Pulse: The Republican’s War on Women

The New York Times:  The War on Women

Republican House Leaders Launch New War on Women

While proposing wiping out domestic family planning, Republicans are drastically cutting, by $758 million, the Women Infant Children (WIC) program which provides food and nutrition for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women. The Republican bill also includes a proposed $210 million cut in Maternal and Child Health block grants and $1.83 billion cut in Head Start from 2010 spending levels and $2.27 billion from the President’s 2011 request. The Republicans would also cut dramatically Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) funding by $170 million.

Obama’s 2012 budget – A contrast to Republican’s

Jon Stewart struggles to understand GOP’s Planned Parenthood cuts – Below is a quote from the article on Salon:

Jon Stewart does his best think think through the GOP’s recent budget cutting measures for women’s health and child services:

They want to cut everything from family care to prenatal care to child nutrition. It’s like the Republican Congress is saying, “You can’t prevent an unwanted child. You can’t get care if you do get pregnant, and you can’t get any help after the baby is born. But — for those two minutes when the skull is crowning your baby is the most precious thing on Earth.”

Abortion in the United States Bible Belt: Organizing for Power and Empowerment – posted on AWID
Violence

Anti-abortion protestors harass women clients, physicians andtheir staff at clinics, and at home. Threats on the lives of clinic directorshave become so common that they are no longer reported in the public press. Forexample, in some states, Catholic school children wearing their school uniformsare brought to protest in front of abortion clinics by adults screaminginvectives of “baby killer and murderer” at clients and staff. Andthis sort of behavior seems normal across the conservative states. Protestorsroutinely sneak into the clinics causing havoc. In two Southern clinics,protestors cut holes in the wall and pumped butyric acid into the clinicscausing them to be closed for weeks. Operation Rescue/Operation Save Americahave printed WANTED posters with photos of doctors who perform abortions andhave distributed them at the doctors’ homes, offices and in theirneighborhoods. This extremist tactic was carried out in Pensacola, Florida inthe 1990s and preceded the murders of two other providers and a clinicvolunteer [13]. The increasingly violent rhetoric about”baby killers” can result in real violence as seen in the recentmurder in Kansas of physician George Tiller who provided abortion care. Amidstsuch domestic terrorism, few physicians are willing to provide abortions inthese states.

Why men need to speak up on abortion – posted on Salon and includes several other articles on the subject

South Dakota – it’s not over yet

Will Draconian South Dakota force women to visit religious pregnancy centers before abortions? – on Alternet

http://www.alternet.org/story/149969/will_draconian_south_dakota_force_women_to_visit_religious_pregnancy_centers_before_abortions/

Dr. George Tiller, the Kansas abortion provider killed in 2009, said, “Trust women. Women are morally and intellectually and spiritually capable of struggling with complex ethical issues and coming to the appropriate… decision for themselves and their families.”

Radical anti-abortion bills

Here’s a creative expression of three bills Republicans are trying to pass:

WATCH: The GOPs Abortion Seize

Here’s a bill that, if passed, would make killing an abortion doctor a “justifiable homicide”: South Dakota Moves to Legalize Killing Abortion Providers

These guys really want to take control of women’s bodies, don’t they? If they outlawed abortion, what would be their plans for the babies? There’s already 25,000 a year that don’t get adopted. If women died from illegal abortions, would that be okay with them? If they mutilated their vaginas, would that be okay, too?

We’ve already been down this road and have seen the horrors – why revisit it?