Loading...

Spent the afternoon in the happiest part of LA. (at Laurel Canyon Country Store)

Spent the afternoon in the happiest part of LA. (at Laurel Canyon Country Store)

bebinn:

bugchicklv:

[clipped for brevity - Bébinn]
Oh,God.  This brings back memories.  Painful ones.  Once a month I used to volunteer to escort for the Feminist Women’s Health Center and the Atlanta SurgiCenter…
…BEFORE Janet Reno and the RICO lawsuit made it illegal to use force,  threaten violence or physically obstruct someone from seeking an abortion.
When the overflow parking lot was across the street — and getting to the front door literally WAS like running the gauntlet. 
People would block the sidewalks by linking arms (and we would dodge and weave and duck through like in some demented game of Red Rover).
…would brutally shove color photographs of late term fetuses and other non-related medical waste in the faces of women who were already terrified, just to up the gore factor.
…would scream and shout and curse the service seekers with everlasting damnation and torture in the bowels of hell as they quoted biblical passages like “For the Wages of Sin is Death” and “Thou Shalt Not Kill!” (but forgot all about the ones attributable to a Jesus that taught love and forgiveness) (and WOW they did not like it when you could quote back their own trespasses against them)(which was fun if there was no one needing an escort).
…would push the limits of assault statutes by holding hands and circling themselves around to a woman to HERD them away from/out of sight of the clinic (so they could be ganged up on with religious dogma and preached at until they gave up, in tears…or we could “rescue” them).
…would WRITE DOWN the license plate numbers of the women who needed services and then staple shame!posters in their neighborhoods announcing private personal healthcare business.  I think this also happened to the employees of the clinic as well (I’m only guessing that they had a friend at the DMV, or maybe in the Police?  I wouldn’t have put it past more than one of the deputies in the Fulton County Sheriff’s department - not back then).
The ones that risked arrest - hell, downright invited it - would actually vandalize cars…or put their hands on someone trying to get by, usually pushing them back from the entrance but sometimes even restraining them.  My escort!buddy once regaled me with how this poor girl was physically carried all the way back to the nearest bus stop and preached at until MARTA arrived - shamed until she got on and there was nothing escort!buddy could do because he was alone at the time and the protestors were videotaping his actions. (Oh, and this girl actually came by car but her ride went for food after dropping her off.)
Oh, and yeah…I once had to call about half a dozen impound lots to find my FUCKING CAR because someone had an “in” with a towing company and had it removed from the premises while I was inside the clinic.
And this was in 1989, AFTER the DNC related anti-choice rallies that led to some 300+ arrests.
I can’t even imagine what hell it must have been in the Fall of 1988; how it went for the staff, or for those who volunteered more than once a month, prior to that.  It makes me so mad that I can’t help but cry every time I think about it.
My name is Michaelle.  I’m 44 years old and each January I make a solemn vow that, should Roe v. Wade ever be overturned or if limits on abortions become too restrictive (in the state I reside and all of the states bordering it), I WILL go back to school.  I WILL find a program that teaches abortion care - even if I have to do it in another country.  I would rather it be midwifery or even APRN but I’ll sacrifice myself to complete an OB program if necessary.  And I will surround myself with other like-minded and/or sympathetic medical professionals…and perform the “illegal” abortions my-fucking-self.  Because it’s THAT important.

Wow. WOW. Thank you SO much for writing this. I can’t even imagine clinic escorting before the FACE Act of 1994.
It amazes me when antis praise their own “good behavior” outside clinics these days, as if they don’t need fucking laws written about them to keep it that way. Like they wouldn’t go back to these tactics the minute those laws were overturned.

bebinn:

bugchicklv:

[clipped for brevity - Bébinn]

Oh,God.  This brings back memories.  Painful ones.  Once a month I used to volunteer to escort for the Feminist Women’s Health Center and the Atlanta SurgiCenter…

…BEFORE Janet Reno and the RICO lawsuit made it illegal to use force,  threaten violence or physically obstruct someone from seeking an abortion.

When the overflow parking lot was across the street — and getting to the front door literally WAS like running the gauntlet. 

People would block the sidewalks by linking arms (and we would dodge and weave and duck through like in some demented game of Red Rover).

…would brutally shove color photographs of late term fetuses and other non-related medical waste in the faces of women who were already terrified, just to up the gore factor.

…would scream and shout and curse the service seekers with everlasting damnation and torture in the bowels of hell as they quoted biblical passages like “For the Wages of Sin is Death” and “Thou Shalt Not Kill!” (but forgot all about the ones attributable to a Jesus that taught love and forgiveness) (and WOW they did not like it when you could quote back their own trespasses against them)(which was fun if there was no one needing an escort).

…would push the limits of assault statutes by holding hands and circling themselves around to a woman to HERD them away from/out of sight of the clinic (so they could be ganged up on with religious dogma and preached at until they gave up, in tears…or we could “rescue” them).

…would WRITE DOWN the license plate numbers of the women who needed services and then staple shame!posters in their neighborhoods announcing private personal healthcare business.  I think this also happened to the employees of the clinic as well (I’m only guessing that they had a friend at the DMV, or maybe in the Police?  I wouldn’t have put it past more than one of the deputies in the Fulton County Sheriff’s department - not back then).

The ones that risked arrest - hell, downright invited it - would actually vandalize cars…or put their hands on someone trying to get by, usually pushing them back from the entrance but sometimes even restraining them.  My escort!buddy once regaled me with how this poor girl was physically carried all the way back to the nearest bus stop and preached at until MARTA arrived - shamed until she got on and there was nothing escort!buddy could do because he was alone at the time and the protestors were videotaping his actions. (Oh, and this girl actually came by car but her ride went for food after dropping her off.)

Oh, and yeah…I once had to call about half a dozen impound lots to find my FUCKING CAR because someone had an “in” with a towing company and had it removed from the premises while I was inside the clinic.

And this was in 1989, AFTER the DNC related anti-choice rallies that led to some 300+ arrests.

I can’t even imagine what hell it must have been in the Fall of 1988; how it went for the staff, or for those who volunteered more than once a month, prior to that.  It makes me so mad that I can’t help but cry every time I think about it.

My name is Michaelle.  I’m 44 years old and each January I make a solemn vow that, should Roe v. Wade ever be overturned or if limits on abortions become too restrictive (in the state I reside and all of the states bordering it), I WILL go back to school.  I WILL find a program that teaches abortion care - even if I have to do it in another country.  I would rather it be midwifery or even APRN but I’ll sacrifice myself to complete an OB program if necessary.  And I will surround myself with other like-minded and/or sympathetic medical professionals…and perform the “illegal” abortions my-fucking-self.  Because it’s THAT important.

Wow. WOW. Thank you SO much for writing this. I can’t even imagine clinic escorting before the FACE Act of 1994.

It amazes me when antis praise their own “good behavior” outside clinics these days, as if they don’t need fucking laws written about them to keep it that way. Like they wouldn’t go back to these tactics the minute those laws were overturned.

fuckyeah1990s:

Addams Family Values (1993)

hysterifun:

when ur parents go out food shopping

image

beaufortplace:

How I met your mother (alternate ending)

Thanks to the youtube user who did this. This is how the show should have ended

b-luesheep:

cumsly:

damn

Wow

b-luesheep:

cumsly:

damn

Wow

excuseme-no:

NETFLIX STRAIGHT UP HAS A MOVIE ABOUT A ROTISSERIE CHICKEN

ITS LITERALLY 1 HOUR AND 13 MINS OF A CHICKEN COOKING

internetmessiah:

i love conspiracy theories bc at first you think they’re utter bullshit but then you start reading these crackpot articles and suddenly you’re convinced Obama is actually a reptilian overlord and the moon landing was faked

yeatru:

unclefather:

the reply

ohhhhh my god

phoneus:

kind of intense for a Silk commercial

ppaction:

We’re proud to stand with the immigrant community in the fight for comprehensive immigration reform. Today, members of Planned Parenthood’s staff are fasting with Fast for Families: A Call for Immigration Reform & Citizenship because women and their access to health care are disproportionately affected by our broken system.

ppaction:

We’re proud to stand with the immigrant community in the fight for comprehensive immigration reform. Today, members of Planned Parenthood’s staff are fasting with Fast for Families: A Call for Immigration Reform & Citizenship because women and their access to health care are disproportionately affected by our broken system.

maswartz:

I honestly think people forget that the church and state are supposed to be separate. Give me one non-religious reason against same sex marriage. One non-religious reason against stem cell research. One non-religious reason against safe abortions. Go ahead.