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This is the tumblr for my as-of-lately rarely updated blog, Pop Shot, a simpler place for me to drop off all the random thoughts in my brain and a dumping ground for every one of the amazing things I happen to find whilst meandering on the Internet- pictures, videos, songs, quotes, and websites that would otherwise languish in folders or on my browser's Favorites bar until I felt I could organize and post them "properly". Enjoy the unorganized mess!

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20 February 12
keepyourboehneroutofmyuterus:

@AbortionFunds:

Let’s reject “rare.” If abortions are legal & accessible, number of abortions performed should = exactly the number of abortions necessary.

In response (I imagine) to another garbage article by the garbage king himself, Ross Douthat. Seriously, only click on this link if you want to be induced with huge amounts of rage.

I’ve always thought we should change our slogan to “Unintended pregnancy should be rare, and abortion should be safe, legal, and accessible.”  If both halves of the statement are true and achieved, the end result is that abortion *will* be rare- without ever having to stigmatize it by using the “abortion should be rare!” argument, nor without restricting abortion rights.

keepyourboehneroutofmyuterus:

@AbortionFunds:

Let’s reject “rare.” If abortions are legal & accessible, number of abortions performed should = exactly the number of abortions necessary.

In response (I imagine) to another garbage article by the garbage king himself, Ross Douthat. Seriously, only click on this link if you want to be induced with huge amounts of rage.

I’ve always thought we should change our slogan to “Unintended pregnancy should be rare, and abortion should be safe, legal, and accessible.”  If both halves of the statement are true and achieved, the end result is that abortion *will* be rare- without ever having to stigmatize it by using the “abortion should be rare!” argument, nor without restricting abortion rights.

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7 June 11
I can assure you if abortion is illegal, it will have a dramatic decrease in the number of abortions that take place. Now the opponents in the opposition argue that whether we make it illegal or not, people are going to get abortions. Well, we’ve illegalized [sic] murder and drugs for a long long time, and yet those crimes continue to take place. And it’s not our stance here to say that “just because people smoke pot and break the law or use heroin and break the law, then we should legalize it.” There are many who say we should. But we don’t agree, we don’t think so. We think it’s wrong and it’s best to keep it illegal…This is the pro-life bill. And I think you’d be in a difficult situation if you voted against this bill and tried to convince everybody that you are ardently pro-life.

John Labruzzo, claiming that all women are potential abortion addicts. I wish I could make as many bad analogies as the modern GOP. (via forgottenether)

How the hell can he assure me that making abortion illegal will dramatically decrease the number of abortions that take place?  Please, sir, point me to just one- JUST ONE- country where criminalizing abortion has made the rates drastically lower than any country where it is legal.  I’ll bet you $500 that you can’t.

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25 April 11

prospectiveprospector:

I have a problem with this. I completely think that abortion is a woman’s choice and no one should ever be made to feel bad about having an abortion but this isn’t a just argument. If abortion is illegal then the person supplying the service would be punished, not so much the woman. Just like it’s illegal to get a tattoo under 18, you can’t get arrested for having a tattoo at 16 but the person who gave it to you could be punished by law. I do think this video is important for the people they asked, so that they can really reflect on their position but I don’t think that question really proved anything else.

I’ll take just a brief moment to do away with that false analogy; it is illegal to give a tattoo to a minor because legally, a minor cannot enter into a legal contract/render informed consent for such a procedure.  Applying that logic to criminalizing abortion only works if you believe women cannot give informed consent regarding their uteri- or if you don’t believe they should be allowed to.

Now, to the main point: this ignores the reality that abortion- particularly when illegal or difficult to access- is often self-induced.  Women who do not want to be pregnant but have no one to help them terminate- legally or illegally- will use wire hangers, knitting needles, toothpicks, pencils, and other sharp objects to try and puncture their cervices.  They will drink bleach, mild poisons, and consume substances with proven or rumored abortifacient properties, in order to cause miscarriage.  They will throw themselves down stairs and beat their abdomens.  And plenty of women have set out not necessarily to self-abort, but rather to intentionally cause bleeding, knowing that if they show up at a hospital, they will receive competent medical care to finish the abortion and ensure there are no complications.  If the law was made to punish those who provide abortion, rather than those who seek it, then this is definitely the biggest loophole that exists.

What’s more, if you want to make the argument that the provider is the one actually perpetrating wrongdoing, then logically (and according to legal precedent), she pregnant woman at the very least would have to be charged the same as those who engage in contract killing (i.e. hiring a hitman).

Portraying those who seek out abortion services as innocent victims of the “real criminals” who provide it is not coincidental- it is the calculated tactic of a movement that knows it they will not get far if it demonizes women.

(Source: lasthenia)

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Posted: 9:46 AM

samanthab:

If abortion was illegal, what should be done with the women who have illegal abortions?

via: unreasonablefaith

OMG PEOPLE.  Do you not understand what “illegal” means?  This makes me absolutely furious.  (Not to mention that it’s fascinating that a large chunk of the  same people believe that making guns illegal would not stop those who want guns from getting them, but they’re just absolutely certain that making abortion illegal will somehow magically put a stop to all abortions.)

Let me reiterate this, because it’s important: Wanting others to make the choice you think is appropriate is not the same as removing their freedom of choice.

It’s why all the praise Sarah Palin got for “choosing life" is such complete and utter bullshit.  Either it’s a legally-protected choice and you can celebrate your not choosing it, or it’s illegal and the response to that cover should be "As if you had any other option!".  You don’t get to have it both ways.

Remember how brilliantly Samantha Bee covered this topic on The Daily Show?

(Also, on a related side-note, it’s pretty sad … I once asked my dad what he thought the punishment for women who got abortions should be, sure that I had him ideologically cornered.  Without hesitation, he responded that they should be forcibly sterilized.  So depressing.)

(Source: lasthenia)

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3 April 11

If You Let One Religion Dictate Laws …

… . you’re going to have to let the others do so, too.

I don’t understand people who believe it’s acceptable for religious values to determine what medical services the population at large is able to receive under their insurance.

From this article, quoting Chuck Donovan of The Heritage Foundation:

""People who are insured don’t want to pay for services they don’t need or to which they have moral objections … Parents want to have a say over what’s covered and what’s not for their children."

I see.

You don’t want your children- in this case- to be able to access free birth control.  So rather than stopping your own children from doing so (which I’d still posit is a bad idea, but whatevs), you would like to take that option away from everybody, child and adult alike, because of your religious belief.

God forbid the Jehovah Witnesses decide to dip their feet into the legislative-influence pool, because then we might have to contend with those who would try to take away your right to receive a blood transfusion under your insurance.  After all- they do not need that service, and they have moral objections to it, and by your logic, that makes it just fine and dandy for them to raise deductibles or defund coverage of the procedure your non-JW child might need.

And I’m not even touching the last paragraph of that article; I think it should go without saying that the response to “married women should just abstain if they don’t want kids” ought not waste the time of a good argument- it just needs a big “Fuck you.”

30 March 11

Reblogged: keepyourbsoutofmyuterus

Themed by Hunson. Originally by Josh