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Monday, November 12, 2012

Lacking an Abortion Clinic, Wisconsin Anti-Choicers Protest Yeast Infections

Posted by on Mon, Nov 12, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Religious conservatives bleat about abortion as if outlawing the practice would solve the social ills of America. Earthquakes would retire! Milkmen would make a comeback! Life would return to glorious technicolor!

But it's not true. Their overarching goal isn't just to make abortion illegal, it's to shame and punish modern women for having sex lives, for caring about their health, for being anything other than subservient, walking chattels whose uteri are wallpapered with Bible passages. Take this story about 40 Days of Life—the coordinated anti-abortion protests held across the country. The town of Wausau, Wisconsin doesn't have an abortion clinic to protest, so for years religious protestors have settled for shaming young women and mothers entering a local family clinic for routine checkups:

It’s 4:00 in the afternoon, and rush hour traffic has slowed so the looky loos can snap a picture of the disturbance with their cell phone cameras. The anxious girl hides her face, painfully aware someone passing by may recognize her, but she bravely trudges past the protesters. Some merely stare at her accusingly. Others hiss words meant to shame her. She wants to run away, but she has no money, and there is nowhere else she can go for help. Hers is a torment that cannot be prayed away. Her eyes fill with tears, but she refuses to let them fall. She keeps her gaze on the entrance; five more steps, three, two. One more step and a push of the door and this nightmare will be over. Inside she will find medical help. She will find compassion without judgment. After weeks of suffering, of tossing and turning and worrying about what she was going to do, the teen is about to find someone who will help her end her unwanted……… yeast infection.

No, I did not get that diagnosis wrong. Family Planning Services in Wausau does not offer abortion services. In fact, they are forbidden by the terms of their state grants from even referring a woman to an abortion provider. (Remind me to do a column about that little piece of injustice sometime.) What FPHS does, is help pregnant women of low to moderate means to have healthy babies. They educate young people about contraception and STDs. They help women (and men) avoid pregnancies that would end in abortions. Their WIC program gets fresh vegetables and fruits from local farmers into the diets of mothers and their young children. You would think the Catholics, with their history of community charity, would be holding fundraising Bingo nights and bake sales to help them. But nope, they have opted to go the pageant route instead.

For years, anti-choicers have embrace shame as a tool to take women's pride and options away but their tactics aren't working anymore.

This story has a brilliantly happy ending; you should really go read the whole thing.

 

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2 things:

1. I was excited to see your use of the word "chattel." You might enjoy this ... the right-most item in the top line at http://www.cafepress.com/rhetorich/94173… I think the whole site is fun, but that's because I built it. I'm not soliciting business, but browse the 150 ideas -- you might find some of it amusing.

2. I don't know if you've heard about the Tea Party birth control method. It's a barrier. An inserted teabag. It has a handy string for withdrawal after use and can be repurposed to make a cup of hot tea afterwords.

I'm a dirty liberal California atheist, but 2 of my favorite cities are Seattle and Portland, so here are a couple of ideas:

a. If you brought in a *really* big heating element and a tremendous amount of lamb, you could apply both to the Space Needle and make the biggest Gyros sandwiches. You'd have to get it to rotate and have vast amounts of Pita bread and tzatziki, but I know you can make it work.

b. And http://www.cafepress.com/rhetorich/s_hyb… "Why did the horticulturist cross the roses? To get to the other hybrid." You see, *anybody* can talk about chickens crossing the road.

Be well.
Posted by rhetorich1 on January 6, 2013 at 11:28 AM · Report this
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2 things:

1. I was excited to see your use of the word "chattel." You might enjoy this ... the right-most item in the top line at http://www.cafepress.com/rhetorich/94173… I think the whole site is fun, but that's because I built it. I'm not soliciting business, but browse the 150 ideas -- you might find some of it amusing.

2. I don't know if you've heard about the Tea Party birth control method. It's a barrier. An inserted teabag. It has a handy string for withdrawal after use and can be repurposed to make a cup of hot tea afterwords.

I'm a dirty liberal California atheist, but 2 of my favorite cities are Seattle and Portland, so here are a couple of ideas:

a. If you brought in a *really* big heating element and a tremendous amount of lamb, you could apply both to the Space Needle and make the biggest Gyros sandwiches. You'd have to get it to rotate and have vast amounts of Pita bread and tzatziki, but I know you can make it work.

b. And http://www.cafepress.com/rhetorich/s_hyb… "Why did the horticulturist cross the roses? To get to the other hybrid." You see, *anybody* can talk about chickens crossing the road.

Be well.
Posted by rhetorich on January 6, 2013 at 11:26 AM · Report this
COMTE 16
If'n you were good Christians, you would know that all uteri are EVIL! Except for the Virgin Mary's of course, but that's only because Yahweh fucked her first...
Posted by COMTE on November 12, 2012 at 11:08 PM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 15
They want the United States to be a christian theocracy
Posted by Urgutha Forka on November 12, 2012 at 8:43 PM · Report this
seandr 14
They're trolling, just like the Westboro Baptist Church.
Posted by seandr on November 12, 2012 at 3:44 PM · Report this
Chelydra_serpentina 13
How 'bout adding a big sign to the side of the building: "Hey dumbfucks! We don't do abortions here!"

I was hoping the article would have interviews with some of the protesters. I'd really love to hear what the fuck they thought they were accomplishing.
Posted by Chelydra_serpentina on November 12, 2012 at 1:37 PM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 12
Torturing people is a uniquely Christian habit. They've been doing it for thousands of years. It goes like this: either you believe what we believe or we will make your life a living hell. The reason for this, I believe, is that they deep down they don't even believe their own crap.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on November 12, 2012 at 1:07 PM · Report this
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Protesting preventative healthcare—what could possibly offend them next? I'm sure they've found somewhere in their bible that says yeast infections only come from premarital sex, not from popping antibiotics, drinking sodas or eating sugary foods.

But the clinic found a great solution to dealing with insane people—a kind of kill them with kindness, reward good behavior and ignore bad behavior approach—that we'd all be smart to adopt.

Posted by mitten on November 12, 2012 at 1:05 PM · Report this
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Someone should arrange for some Anonymous IRL rickrolling for next year's "opening ceremony". In my opinion this was too subtle. There needs to be a parade and perhaps a donation drive set-up by whoever is the closest Occupy group.
Posted by sisyphusgal on November 12, 2012 at 12:57 PM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 9
@6:

Please, it is true that not every single republican wants abortions outlawed and birth control unable to get, but they have decided to be under the tent of a party that has these things written into their party platform. So they advance those causes by voting for a party that supports them.

If I am in a group of people who hatch a plot to murder someone, I am not innocent just because I did not pull the trigger, but instead simply placed the gun into someone's hand who I knew would pull the trigger.

The Nuremberg defense is bullshit and cowardly.
Posted by Theodore Gorath on November 12, 2012 at 12:06 PM · Report this
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@2 I think ultra right wing social conservatives have more influence in the Republican party than anarcho-socialist asshats have in the Democratic party. Obama didn't have kiss David Grabers' ass to get the nomination.
Posted by Ken Mehlman on November 12, 2012 at 12:01 PM · Report this
pasteyboy 7
@6 Yes, not ALL Republicans are like these people, but all these people are Republicans. So, their point stands. Pro-Lifers did the same thing outside the PP on 45th and 9th (which does not provide abortions) for years.
Posted by pasteyboy http://pjorno.com on November 12, 2012 at 12:00 PM · Report this
TheMisanthrope 6
@5 I mistakenly didn't put @1. @1 is specifically referring to republicans. Sorry about that.
Posted by TheMisanthrope on November 12, 2012 at 11:51 AM · Report this
Reverse Polarity 5
@2, I just reread the post twice, and the quoted text, just to be sure. The word "Republican" is not mentioned once. Nobody is equating all Republicans with anything here, except your imagination.
Posted by Reverse Polarity on November 12, 2012 at 11:42 AM · Report this
Mike Force 4
These idiots got kicked out of Europe 400 years ago. Now they have no where else to go.
Posted by Mike Force http://www.autotone.net on November 12, 2012 at 11:41 AM · Report this
sirkowski 3
-_-
Posted by sirkowski http://www.missdynamite.com on November 12, 2012 at 11:37 AM · Report this
TheMisanthrope 2
Now now...

equating this Catholic group with all Republicans is just as bad as them equating the Occupy or socialist groups with Democrats.
Posted by TheMisanthrope on November 12, 2012 at 11:35 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 1
No, you can not get good sex education, no, you can not have condoms, no, you can not have birth control pills, no, you can not talk about your sexuality, no, you can not date within your sex, no, you can not engage in that sexual practice, no, you can not get comprehensive health care if you are a woman, no, you can not have an abortion.

We are the party of freedom and small government, don'cha know?
Posted by Theodore Gorath on November 12, 2012 at 11:29 AM · Report this

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