Results tagged “Women's rights” from Blog for Choice
This week, our first annual event, Men For Choice - And the Women Who Love Them, was an amazing success! Pro-choice men from all walks of life joined us in celebrating pro-choice values and a woman's right to make her own personal and private decisions without shame or government intrusion.
To get the buzz going leading up to our event, we started tweeting with the hashtag #MenForChoice. Men (and women) from across the country tweeted their pro-choice support and their gratitude for all men who strongly stand with women - it was truly amazing.
The response from people who don't consider themselves to be part of #MenForChoice was also, well, quite something.
Take a look for yourself to see what happens when we celebrate these amazing pro-choice champions.
Anti-choice tweeters called pro-choice men "selfish" and "irresponsible:"
And even went as far as calling pro-choice men child rapists:
To these anti-choice trolls, standing up for a woman's reproductive rights falls in the same boat as abusing children. How offensive is that?!
Anti-choice extremists who fight against abortion rights are the same people who fight against equality and autonomy for women in general. And they definitely showed us exactly what "pro-life love and compassion" truly is.
Today is Women's Equality Day and the anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment to the Constitution guaranteeing a woman's right to vote.
While our country has made incredible strides to protect and expand women's rights, the celebration of women's equality feels bittersweet when 43 anti-choice measures that undermine a woman's right to decide when to start a family have already been enacted in 2013.
Whether it's mandating waiting periods before a woman can access abortion care, imposing unnecessary regulations on abortion providers in order to close their doors forever or supporting anti-choice "crisis pregnancy centers" (CPCs) that lie to women about their reproductive health and options, these laws endanger women's health and safety by making it impossible for many women to get safe and honest health care. More than 50 abortion providers have been forced to close in the last three years.
If you've ever wondered what it would mean to have no access to abortion services, you only have to look abroad. The numbers show again and again: when abortion is illegal women die, and the number of abortion procedures doesn't decrease.
Take, for example, Kenya, where abortion is completely banned. A new report shows that more than 2,500 women die each year from illegal abortion, and thousands more face severe complications from unsafe abortion procedures. This is a frightening glimpse of what the U.S. could look like if extreme anti-choice laws continue to limit women's access to reproductive-health care.
Meanwhile, Ireland only recently expanded its laws after a young woman died from being denied safe abortion care. Her death sparked such an outrage that the Irish government was persuaded to grant access to abortion when a woman's life is threatened. The very first legal abortion was performed in Ireland this month, and it saved a woman's life.
That's why, on Women's Equality Day - and every day - we work to protect and expand a woman's right to choose by supporting pro-choice candidates and holding anti-choice groups accountable for endangering women's health and safety.
How do you know that anti-choice politicians are waging a War on Women?
Because they have to keep denying that the War on Women is real.
On Friday, anti-choice House Speaker John Boehner claimed the War on Women that he started was "entirely created by my colleagues across the aisle for political gain."
Then, there was yesterday's clash on NBC's "Meet the Press."
Alex Castellanos, a former Romney campaign strategist, told Rachel Maddow there was no War on Women. Then he spent three minutes making huffy faces while she explained that there was.
You have to see it to believe it:
And speaking of the Romney campaign, here's a video roundup showcasing some of the anti-choice former governor's "greatest hits" on women's rights.
But, of course, there is no War on Women, right?
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