Holly Morgan, director of media relations and communications for Planned Parenthood in Dallas, said their McKinney health center located on Eldorado Parkway was “attacked” between 10 and 11 p.m. Tuesday with an incendiary device.
The person or persons involved in the attack threw a Molotov cocktail, consisting of diesel fuel in a glass bottle with a lit rag, at the building. Morgan said the device did not penetrate the front of the clinic but did cause some serious damage.
Worth mentioning is that this clinic did not provide abortions or any form of surgical procedure. It is strictly a preventative care office. But the rhetoric against Planned Parenthood has gotten so vile, the terrorists on the right are not going to distinguish between clinics that do and do not offer abortion services. They’re just going to attack every building with PP’s name on it, and if people die in the process, oh well. Disgusting.
My best friend was at a Planned Parenthood in Dallas yesterday. This was one of the first things that popped up on my dash today. I nearly had a heart attack. I read a few articles about it and immediately texted her. I was so relieved to find that the attack was late at night, no one was hurt, and it wasn’t even the same location my friend had been to.
After recovering from my brief moment of panic, I’m still feeling really sad. Why do terrorists want to harm people who need sexual and reproductive health services? Of all the problems in the world - poverty, famine, war, etc - you’re SO upset that people are having sex for pleasure that you want hurt them? What is WRONG with you? If this is motivated by some sort of misguided Christianity, how can you not see that what you’re doing is far removed from your own religious principles? Whatever happened to “love thy neighbor”, assholes? I have few doubts that these attacks were done by white christian terrorists, just like the majority of terrorist attacks committed on US soil, and it makes me sick.
Not that it matters whether they provided abortions or not but, boy, does that make it funny- in a sad sort of way.
Nothing says you’re pro-life more than throwing bombs at buildings, amirite?
“As someone said to me—I can’t remember now who it was—it is really remarkable that when you wake up in the morning you nearly always find everything in exactly the same place as the evening before. For when asleep and dreaming you are, apparently at least, in an essentially different state from that of wakefulness; and therefore, as that man truly said, it requires enormous presence of mind, or rather quickness of wit, when opening your eyes to seize hold as it were of everything in the room at exactly the same place where you had let it go on the previous evening. That was why, he said, the moment of waking up was the riskiest moment of the day.”—Franz Kafka (via create-love)
“I had a boyfriend not so long ago who, whenever we got into an argument, would accuse me of “going soap opera.” “Here comes Telemundo!” he would shout. His (clearly gendered and vaguely racist) insult was supposed to make me feel like my anger wasn’t valid—that it was frivolous and silly, that I was being overly dramatic. This was his not-so-subtle way of trying to shut me up—by accusing me of being emotional. (Unlike men, whose anger is always logical, of course.) Unfortunately, calling me out like this often worked. It felt immobilizing to be called dramatic. Even if you know you’re being reasonable, we’ve internalized sexism so much, sometimes we even begin to doubt ourselves.”—from Jessica Valenti’s He’s a Stud, She’s a Slut and 49 Other Double Standards Every Woman Should Know. (via princessjinx)
“You have to question a cinematic culture which preaches artistic expression, and yet would support a decision that is clearly a product of a patriarchy-dominant society, which tries to control how women are depicted on screen. The MPAA is okay supporting scenes that portray women in scenarios of sexual torture and violence for entertainment purposes, but they are trying to force us to look away from a scene that shows a woman in a sexual scenario, which is both complicit and complex. It’s misogynistic in nature to try and control a woman’s sexual presentation of self. I consider this an issue that is bigger than this film. … There is something very distorted about this reality that they’ve created, which is that it is OK to torture women on screen. Any kind of violence towards women in a sexual scenario is fine. But give a woman pleasure? No way. Not a chance. That’s pornography.”—
Ryan Gosling, actor and feminist, in a letter protesting the NC-17 rating of Blue Valentine. The rating was based on one consensual sex scene. (via snowstorminjuly)
I Knew I loved this man for a reason.
Everyone should watch “This Film Is Not Yet Rated”
Further proof that the Anti-Choice movement cares little about women.
Apparently the argument behind this is a concern that medical insurers will begin covering Plan B-type medications, and that these particular forms of birth control are, in fact, an abortion.
An abortion is the termination, most commonly the deliberate termination however an abortion can technically be any expulsion of a fetus, of a pregnancy. In order for something to be called an abortion at all the woman must have been pregnant. To be pregnant, implantation must occur. A pregnancy begins with the implantation—if implantation never occurs, then technically, the woman was never pregnant. Generally, Plan B prevents the egg from ever being fertilized—sometimes, if the fertilization has occured, the pill irritates the uterus and inhibits implantation. In both instances, implantation has been hindered.
The glob of cells that is headed towards implantation is not a human. It is not a person, it isn’t even really a thing. It has the potential, sure, but if we built all of our arguments on the potentiality of something we’d all soon grow hoarse. Furthermore, the potentiality of this bundle of cells in no way registers on the same level of the woman’s decision when it comes to the control of her own body.
Plan B does, usually, effectively prevent a woman from becoming pregnant from a situation in which she might have otherwise been at risk.
Plan B is not a method of abortion. It is not an abortifacient, because it does not induce an abortion, and if you’re dead-set on the idea that this is false, then I’d better start seeing funerals after every woman’s menstrual cycle, because think about all those eggs her wicked body is getting rid of!
Be straight across the board in your insanity, or realize the insanity, refute it, and accept rationality. You can’t have both.
Very sad to hear of the loss of yet another incredible pioneer. Between Ms. Ford and Ms. Ferraro, 2011 is shaping up to be a rough year for amazing feminists.
Betty Ford made incredible strides for women’s rights, breast cancer awareness, and the way in which our culture views, responds to, and treats substance abuse. I’m definitely mourning her passing, but her impact will be positively felt in our society forever.