George Carlin – Pro-Life is Anti-Woman

The featured clip includes some profanities and may be triggering.

For many of us abortion is a very serious issue. We are clearly pro-choice and therefore focus on women’s reproductive rights, choices and agency. Pro-lifers on the other hand focus on preserving the fetus, often believing that those who are pro-choice are murderers, or baby killers. Just read the book (which is suppose to be objective, but is clearly pro-life biased) Understanding Abortion: From Mixed Feelings to Rational Thought by Stephen D. Schwarz with Kiki Latimer.

Even though this video is a few years old, it is just as relevant and relatable to today. Comedian George Carlin discusses how pro-life is anti-woman, while giving some hilarious examples along the way:

“Pro-life conservatives are obsessed with the fetus, from conception to nine months. After that they don’t want to know about you. They don’t want to hear from you. No nothing. No neonatal care, no daycare, no head start, no school lunch, no food stamps, no welfare, no nothing. If you are pre-born, you’re fine, if you are pre-school, you’re f#*ked”.

After dealing with the views of Todd Akin, Mitt Romney, and Norma McCorvey among others it is nice to laugh a little.

You might NOT be a feminist if…

If you look like this, you might NOT be a feminist

After making anti-women policies a hallmark of her short political career, Sarah Palin really wants to be a feminist.

Sarah Palin is making the rounds of the campaign scene, and trying to invent a “conservative feminism” along the way. While many real feminists are outraged at her audacity, few are willing to take a stand against allowing someone like Palin into our ranks. After all, isn’t feminism “supposed” to be about tolerance of all perspectives and all types of women?

Such a stance will only serve to create a world of feminist relativism, where the word means nothing.

There are certain actions that are simply fundamentally anti-feminist, that is, they threaten the freedom, equality, dignity, or rights of a various group of people. Certainly being “tolerant” and promoting “diversity” among our ranks cannot be more important than promoting standards of true equality and progressive social change.

Just being a woman does not make you a feminist, particularly if your policies and positions are blatantly anti-woman. For those who see Sarah Palin calling herself a feminist and are confused about what feminism really means in 2010, I not only argue, but insist, that Sarah Palin is no feminist. And to prevent further confusion I have come up with four sure-fire ways to know if you or someone you love is NOT a feminist: [Read more...]

There’s No Such Thing As Post Abortion Syndrome (PAS)

747910_self_portrait_2Anti-choice protesters who stand outside of abortion clinics are all about the lies and misinformation. They shout at patients and try to convince them that they’re about to face certain peril if they walk through the doors of the Planned Parenthood. Aside from the lie that abortion causes breast cancer, anti-choicers like to tell women that they’ll have serious psychological impacts if they have an abortion.

Post-abortion syndrome (PAS) is not an actual medical diagnosis. According to the National Abortion Federation:

Many people are interested in learning about the possible effects of abortion on women’s emotional well-being, and several hundred studies have been conducted on this issue since the late 1970s. Unfortunately, much of the research on women’s psychological responses to abortion can be confusing. Nonetheless, mainstream medical opinions, like that of the American Psychological Association, agree there is no such thing as “post-abortion syndrome.”

Since the early 1980s, groups opposed to abortion have attempted to document the existence of “post-abortion syndrome,” which they claim has traits similar to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) demonstrated by some war veterans. In 1989, the American Psychological Association (APA) convened a panel of psychologists with extensive experience in this field to review the data. They reported that the studies with the most scientifically rigorous research designs consistently found no trace of “post-abortion syndrome” and furthermore, that no such syndrome is scientifically or medically recognized.

[Read more...]