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Hi, FYPP, this isn’t specific to planned parenthood, but I was hoping you’d be able to signal boost some pro-choice actions in Halifax.
Hi, Tumblr folks!
So recently in Halifax, an anti-choice group has purchased ad space in every single one of the municipal buses. The ads they have up are emotionally manipulative and inaccurate.
A petition has been started to have them removed from public transit and can be found here: https://www.change.org/en-CA/petitions/signs-for-life-a-demand-for-the-taking-down-of-all-anti-abortion-signs-in-hrm
As well, as a response to the campaign, the South House Sexual and Gender Resource Centre, Halifax’s only full-time Gender Justice Centre wants to put up ads on the same buses that inform Halifax transit users of all of their choices instead of shaming and misinforming them. The South House has a graphic designer willing to make the ads for free, but in order to purchase ad space, a GoFundMe has been created here: http://www.gofundme.com/65csh0 Every donation helps, and if you are unable to donate, please reblog this or share it so others can.
The Maritime provinces in Canada are a very difficult place to access publicly funded abortion care - most patients need to come to Halifax. It is so important that we defend the right to choose here.
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The Guttmacher Institute is your best friend for statistics about reproductive health, and if you’re in the United States, you should start here.
I have an 8:00 class in the morning, and I’m about to head off to bed, so I’m really sorry for cheating you out of an original response. Here is the text from a flyer I made to hand out as part of feminist demonstrations at my undergrad institution, entitled “Factual Responses to Anti-Choice Rhetoric”
“Criminalizing abortion will stop abortions from happening!”
False. Women seek abortions whether they are legal or not. Criminalizing abortion does not stop abortion, it only makes abortion unsafe for the women involved.
Before Roe v. Wade, up to 1.2 million abortions occurred illegally in the United States. Among low-income women, less than 2% of these abortions involved a licensed physician in any way. Today, 25% of women live in countries where abortion is heavily restricted or outright illegal, which results in 70,000 deaths and 8.5 million health complications annually.
“Legal abortion is dangerous!”
False. When performed under standard medical regulations, first-trimester abortions are the safest outpatient procedure available, with less than 0.3% of patients experiencing complications that require hospitalization. In comparison, 43% of women experience maternal morbidity during labor and delivery.
“Abortion causes breast cancer!”
False. The National Cancer Institute (a division of the National Institutes of Health), the World Health Organization, the American Medical Association, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists have all conducted studies and found that there is no causative link between induced abortion and breast cancer.
“Abortion causes mental health problems!”
False. The American Psychological Association and the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges have conducted studies and found that there is no causative link between induced abortion and negative mental health outcomes. There is, however, a link between unwanted pregnancy and negative mental health outcomes, regardless of whether the woman chooses abortion or childbirth.
“Late term abortions are common!”
False. 88% of abortions occur in the first trimester. Less than .077% occur in the third trimester, and are performed for medical reasons only.
“The [fetus] can feel pain during an abortion!”
False. The neural connections in the fetal brain are not developed enough to feel pain until at least 24 weeks gestation, at which point elective abortions are not available.
“Abortions are too easy to get!”
False. Only 13% of U.S. counties have an abortion provider. 26 states have enacted mandatory waiting periods for women seeking abortions. 40 states have imposed limits on when abortions may be performed. 37 states restrict the ability of women under the age of 18 to obtain abortions.
Cost is also a huge factor for women seeking abortions. 69% of women who have abortions make less than 200% of the federal poverty level ($21,660 for a single person). 42% have incomes below 100% of the federal poverty level ($10,830). The average first-trimester abortion costs $451, and most insurance plans, as well as Medicaid, will not cover it.
—Rachel Maddow on unconstitutional abortion ban legislation. via