Posts tagged restoring my faith in humanity
Posts tagged restoring my faith in humanity
A month ago, the story The Right Not to Know appeared in the Texas Observer: one woman’s experience with a second-trimester abortion after discovering her desperately-wanted baby had a genetic defect that meant abortion was by far the more humane choice. This was just after Texas’s new sonogram law went into effect, meaning that she had to endure not only a 24-hour wait, not only have a third (and medically-unnecessary) sonogram, but was also forced to listen to the abortion doctor describe the sonogram images and read off a boilerplate (bullshit) state-mandated script about the risks of abortion.
My heart was breaking as I read the article — I challenge anyone to read it and not be furious — but one paragraph in particular really stood out to me. Emphasis is mine:“I’m so sorry that I have to do this,” the doctor told us, “but if I don’t, I can lose my license.” Before he could even start to describe our baby, I began to sob until I could barely breathe. Somewhere, a nurse cranked up the volume on a radio, allowing the inane pronouncements of a DJ to dull the doctor’s voice. Still, despite the noise, I heard him. His unwelcome words echoed off sterile walls while I, trapped on a bed, my feet in stirrups, twisted away from his voice.
Hang on, I thought. I’d just been to the dentist; the dentist’s office specifically invites you to bring your iPod or other handheld music device to help drown out the sound of the drill, and if you don’t have one, they have one in the office (loaded with Metallica and Guns and Roses and other loud stompy music) that they can lend you. Surely if it works for dentistry, it would work for this as well. This is a problem technology can solve!
The president/CEO of Planned Parenthood of West Texas got back to me this week and said she’d love to take me up on it. So I’m fundraising! She has requested four units (one for Abilene, one for San Angelo, and two for Midland) and it’s possible more clinics might get back to me requesting the same, since I asked the woman who replied to my initial broadcast email to forward it around in a more directed fashion.
The goal right now: $480 to cover four 8GB iPod Nano units and $560 to cover seven pairs (to make sure there’s one spare in each location, since headphones are less durable) of Audio Technica ATH-ANC1 QuietPoint Active Noise-Cancelling On-Ear Headphones. So, total fundraising goal for this round, which may increase if more clinics get back to me: $1060.
signal boost. please give if you can guys
THIS IS FUCKING AMAZING.
From the website:
EDIT: Thanks (so many thanks!) to everyone for spreading the word about this, we’ve reached the original goal in less than ten hours (even if the widget hasn’t updated yet). At this point, do feel free to keep donating — I’m trying to network with other Planned Parenthood clinics in Texas providing abortion services in the hopes that more of them will be interested, and any amount over-and-above will be used to buy a few backup/additional players (and some iTunes gift cards to help fill up the playlists) and then donated to the organization as cash — but in the interests of cutting out the middleman and getting some cold hard cash into the hands of organizations that are doing good work, please also consider donating to Planned Parenthood directly, or to the National Network of Abortion Funds or a state-specific abortion fund, where your donations can help to preserve women’s right to bodily autonomy and personal choice.
This is SO AWESOME I CAN’T EVEN.
An ad posted in Sunday’s NY Times. It reads:
A Thank You Letter to Rush Limbaugh
We, the women of America, want to express our deep felt appreciation for throwing down the gauntlet.
You have awakened a sleeping giant. You have given us the power to crush the Republican party.
We are coming after all elected officials, Republican or Democrat who have failed us miserably. Smart women are coming after you.
Dr. Walton, PhD 816-853-1355
[Though all this fuckery affects more than just ciswomen.]
Utterly, completely fantastic.
March For Life 2012 at the Hyatt Regency, Washington, DC, gets mic-checked.
I like the guy at 6:30 who exercises a little Christian love and assaults one of the protesters.
I also enjoy the inherent hypocrisy of chastising protesters for showing up at this rally when the anti-choice crowd sees it as a point of pride to harass women outside of clinics.
(And a point of note: women aren’t the only ones who need access to abortion and reproductive healthcare.)
I mean, this presupposes we evolved (I mean honestly, who believes that, am I rite, Gawd?), but…if we DID evolve, I might be inclined to agree. Maybe.
Books and stop-motion animation. Two things I love, put together. :)
you thought I didn’t really notice. But I did. I wanted to high-five you.
Yesterday I had a pair of brothers in my store. One was maybe between 15-17. He was a wrestler at the local high school. Kind of tall, stocky and handsome. He had a younger brother, who was maybe about 10-12 years old. Thy were talking about finding a game for the younger one, and he was absolutely insisting it be one with a female charcter. I don’t know how many of y’all play games, but that isn’t exactly easy. Eventually, I helped the brothers pick a game called Mirror’s Edge. The youngest was pretty excited about the game, and then he specifically asked me.. “Do you have any girl color controllers?”
I directed him to the only colored controllers we have which includes pink and purple ones. He grabbed the purple one, and informed me purple was his FAVORITE.
The boys had been taking awhile, so their father eventually comes in. He see’s the game, and the controller, and starts in on the youngest about how he needs to pick something different. Something more manly. Something with guns and fighting, and certainly not a purple controller. He tries to convince him to get the new Zombie game “Dead Island.” and the little boy just stands their repeating “Dad, this is what I want, ok?” Eventually it turns into a full blown argument complete with Dad threatening to whoop his son if he doesn’t choose different items.
That’s when big brother stepped in. He said to his Dad “It’s my money, it’s my gift to him, if it’s what he wants I’m getting it for him, and if your gonna hit anyone for it, it’s going to be me.”
Dad just gives his oldest son a strong stern stare down, and then leaves the store. Little brother is crying quietly, I walk over and ruffle his hair (yes this happened all in front of me.) I say “I’m a girl, and I like the color blue, and I like shooting games. There’s nothing wrong with what you like. Even if it’s different that what people think you should.”
Big brother then leans down, kisses little brother on the head, and says “Don’t worry dude.”
They check out and leave, and all I can think is how awesome big brother is, how sweet little brother is, and how Dad ought to be ashamed for trying to make his son any other way.
Beautiful. Thank you for sharing, and for what you said. <3