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National Protest Against the War on Women

Horrified at the latest encroachments on the rights and freedom of women in the US?

Do charts like this freak you the fuck out? (Source)

Are you pissed off that your access to birth control is under attack? Or that some politicians are trying to enforce vaginal ultrasounds before abortions? Or that Santorum thinks your sex and body are his business? Starting to feel like we've taken a huge step backward in terms of women's advancement?

THEN PROTEST!

I know some people (understandably) don't have a Facebook, and this thing doesn't appear to have an off-FB site, but please take a look-see at THIS.

The deets:

On Saturday, April 28th, there will be a National Protest Against the War on Women.

This protest will be at every state capitol, plus D.C.

This organizing page has the links to each states' page (on the right sidebar, click "see more", and scroll down).

EDIT: They now have an off-FB page. We Are Woman March on Washington compiles all the Facebook groups, events, and pages.

I'm not the organizer of any of these events. I'm just another pissed off woman who's planning to attend.


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ceciliaj
Feb. 26th, 2012 07:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks for linking this! Scary times.
gabrielleabelle
Feb. 26th, 2012 07:29 pm (UTC)
Indeed.
alexeia_drae
Feb. 26th, 2012 08:10 pm (UTC)
Ack! You beat me to this! You go!
gabrielleabelle
Feb. 26th, 2012 08:20 pm (UTC)
I'm a fast mofo. :)

Edited at 2012-02-26 08:20 pm (UTC)
amycooper
Feb. 26th, 2012 08:39 pm (UTC)
When I was pregnant with my son, there were some concerns early on and I had to have an ultrasound. The same vaginal ultrasound argued for by some. Let me tell you, it was a very unpleasant experience. My husband was there with me and was pissed off over this, just remember how uncomfortable and, at points, painful it was. Seriously, much later in my pregnancy I had a membrane sweep and it wasn't even close to as unpleasant as that ultrasound is.
gabrielleabelle
Feb. 26th, 2012 09:06 pm (UTC)
Ugh, I can't even imagine. They're trying to pass that same vaginal ultrasound bill here in Texas, and I've been so nervous about going through that if I had to get an abortion. It would be humiliating and uncomfortable and COMPLETELY UNNECESSARY.

I can't fathom any of this.
gabrielleabelle
Feb. 26th, 2012 09:07 pm (UTC)
Also! Thank you for the dragon! :)
amycooper
Feb. 26th, 2012 09:17 pm (UTC)
No problem. Blue dragons stand united with us on this issue!
amycooper
Feb. 26th, 2012 09:16 pm (UTC)
It probably didn't help that she had trouble finding my ovaries. It was my second pregnancy. I was pretty certain they were in there.

But seriously, I am fortunate in that I was never raped. Because my god, if there was one thing that could trigger, I could very easily see it being that.
ladycallie
Feb. 26th, 2012 08:55 pm (UTC)
Reposted and FB group joined! I have to wait till closer to see if I can get to Austin.
gabrielleabelle
Feb. 26th, 2012 09:34 pm (UTC)
A trip to Austin is never a bad thing!

I think my family's organizing a group outing for the weekend. Hee. :)
ladycallie
Feb. 26th, 2012 10:01 pm (UTC)
That's awesome! I have a friend who goes to UT and I know she'd love to go to this. Then we can pig out afterwards on bbq at The Green Mesquite, this amazing hole in the wall joint.
lynnenne
Feb. 27th, 2012 01:08 am (UTC)
Although I don't live in the U.S., I am joining this FB group. I hope every woman in America marches.
gabrielleabelle
Feb. 27th, 2012 01:52 am (UTC)
Amen.

I think enough women are pissed at this. I hope something comes of it.
doublemeat
Feb. 27th, 2012 01:05 pm (UTC)
I wonder why abortion has become a major political issue again, when it hasn't been for most of my lifetime. The country has been moving right for a while now, but last year just felt really... sudden. And now Rick Santorum is a serious contender for a major party nomination. What happened?
gabrielleabelle
Feb. 27th, 2012 01:17 pm (UTC)
Honestly, the Republicans have been slowly chipping away at abortion rights at the state level for near on a decade now. Access to abortions, especially in conservative rural states, is nigh-on impossible. However, not many people have noticed because they've kept it all pretty quiet.

But lately they've been resorting to more and more extreme measures (the personhood bill, mandatory CPC counseling, VAGINAL RAPE) in their anti-abortion legislation and people are finally taking notice. I think they got cocky with the ease of which earlier restrictions had passed and they were hoping to ride on that momentum.

I have no explanation for Santorum, though. I think it's a sign of the apocalypse.
lyra500
Feb. 28th, 2012 08:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the link. I live outside the US (obviously) but aside from the fact that I think women should have access to family planning services generally, one of the things that freaks me out most is the measures that attempt to exclude legitimate other uses of birth control medicines e.g. there are meds that because of the thalidomide scandal cannot be prescribed without contraception & there are the clear links between women's access to healthcare and economic development.

In the book Three Cups of Tea a former climber builds secular schools in Pakistan and insisted girls had to be allowed to be taught, as well as boys. The first female student to graduate from the first class of the first school went to study midwifery. After she came back, the annual death rate for women in childbirth fell from about 20 a year in a valley of 2,000 people to none most years and when Dads in the local community saw the effect, they sent their daughters to school to. In fact as I understand it in most developing countries, access to healthcare for women is directly linked to the level of female education. It baffles me that in parts of the US it seems to be the other way around!!?!

Edited at 2012-02-28 08:46 pm (UTC)
lyra500
Feb. 28th, 2012 09:17 pm (UTC)
Oh, I think I forgot to mention - Nadine Dorries. (A few choice articles: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/feb/26/observer-editorial-abortion-private-clinics?INTCMP=SRCH and http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2012/jan/20/nadine-dorries-sex-education-bill)

We have the NHS and all that but we are also blessed with a politician whose recent political moves have included attempting: a reduction in the abortion time limit, removing compulsory counselling from non-profit sexual health charities and giving that role to people like pro-life religious organisations, removing abortion provision from impartial non-profits, compulsory abstinence-only education for all teenage girls...etc.

While these measures have been heavily opposed, there has been concern that the government has said they support the spirit of her work and a recent revelation by The Daily Telegraph newspaper that a small number of clinics have provided sex-selective abortions has alighted concerns that the government will use this as an excuse to restrict reproductive rights here.

At the same time, there is also a radical health bill going through the UK parliament through which the conservative government is attempting to open up the NHS in England and Wales to private health care companies. It is wildly unpopular and heavily opposed but the fact that any changes to the NHS like this will naturally include reproductive health provision is scary.

Fortunately its not as bad here as it is with you guys, but our Conservatives are certainly trying! :S

Edited at 2012-02-28 09:19 pm (UTC)
gabrielleabelle
Feb. 28th, 2012 10:29 pm (UTC)
In fact as I understand it in most developing countries, access to healthcare for women is directly linked to the level of female education.

*nods*

From my understanding, one of the surest ways to benefit society, as a whole, is to educate women. Allow them to plan their own reproduction. Boom, everybody's more productive and healthy. Amazing, that.

I'm sorry you guys are dealing with some conservative douchenozzles, too. It's not a fun situation. :(
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