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I think it's safe to say the Blog for Choice has been a resounding success. We'll update the blog next week with some stats on how many posts we tracked, how many sign-ups we received, and how much love Blog for Choice Day received.
Did any of you happen to catch USAToday's article that referenced Blog for Choice Day? Please take a moment to read it and pat yourself on the back... because we wouldn't be in our fifth year of Blog for Choice Day without our amazingly talented, thoughtful, active, and inspired bloggers!
Thank you for all you do to protect a woman's right to choose. Your support means everything to us.
I'd also like to give a shout-out to Jessica Valenti - former NARAL Pro-Choice America blogger and current feminist author, founding editor of Feministing, and Jess-of-all-Trades. Blog for Choice Day was her brain child back during the founding of this blog, and we're so pleased that it continues to grow and grow. Thanks, Jess!
Here are the final blog posts I'll be able to highlight today... but that doesn't mean there aren't more out there. Please take a moment to do a quick blog search for "Blog for Choice" and you'll be overwhelmed with the plethora of solid Blog for Choice day posts to read.
And here's why I trust women: Because women know the situations they are in. They know whether or not the condom broke, or whether or not the baby's father was a rapist or whether he wouldn't step in. They know the risks of having a child, either medically or situationally. And I trust women to be in the care of a physician rather than in the care of an unlicensed quack who uses unsanitary equipment. And I trust women to be in the care of a physician rather than taking extreme measures to terminate their pregnancies.Chasing the end of my rainbow writes:
"Trust Women" means understanding a woman's right to make decisions about her body. It means trusting that we can, and must, make our own decisions regarding our reproductive choices.GRITtv's Laura Flanders took a creative approach in her answer, writing:
Trust a woman to know when she's ready to have a child. Trust a woman to decide if she's not ready for a child.
All women, regardless of class, income, religion, or color, should be able to make decisions about their own bodies.
For the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, NARAL Pro-Choice America holds Blog for Choice day. To participate, we're reposting some of our best segments related to abortion, choice, and reproductive health. Last August, Dr. Susan Wicklund joined us in studio. We wrote at the time:Be sure to visit her blog post to watch the various clips.
A recent report from the Center for Reproductive Rights reveals that abortion doctors and clinics face continued threats, assaults, and harassment. Are doctors under siege? Dr. Susan Wicklund, author of This Common Secret: My Journey as an Abortion Doctor, on the political climate after the death of Dr. George Tiller and why she's speaking out.
Frau Sally Benz at Feministe writes:
Like I said, there's a lot discussed, but there are two points in particular I want to focus on. The first is the notion that reproductive rights are human rights. To me, that's the crux of what Trust Women means. Abortion is simply a medical procedure that allows a woman to do with her body what she wants and needs. Having a fertilized egg inside of her doesn't suddenly make her incapable of making decisions, yet she is suddenly deemed unworthy of retaining her rights. The second point is closely linked to the first, in my opinion, and that's education and information. If women are given access to accurate information about contraception, abortion, adoption, childbirth, etc., then why should anybody else be allowed to interfere with her decision and her rights?Amanda at Pandagon writes:
I get really angry when I see headlines like the one in this article in GQ about Scott Roeder murdering Dr. George Tiller: "Savior vs. Savior", with the blurb equating Dr. Tiller and Roeder as men who "believed they were doing right" and as having "convictions". No one would dare say such a thing about a non-Christian terrorist, that they somehow have a conviction worth respecting. But when the argument is between the conviction that women are people vs. the conviction that women are subhuman incubators, then all of a sudden this false equivalence enters into the situation.Bitchphd writes:
The bottom line about abortion is this. Do you trust women to make their own moral judgments? If you are anti-abortion, then no. You do not. You have an absolute moral position that you don't trust anyone to question, and therefore you think that abortion should be illegal. But the second you start making exceptions for rape or incest, you are indicating that your moral position is not absolute. That moral judgment is involved. And that right there is where I start to get angry and frustrated, because unless you have an absolute position that all human life (arguably, all life period, but that isn't the argument I'm engaging with right now) are equally valuable (in which case, no exceptions for the death penalty, and I expect you to agonize over women who die trying to abort, and I also expect you to work your ass off making this a more just world in which women don't have to choose abortions, but this is also not the argument I'm engaging right now), then there is no ground whatsoever for saying that there should be laws or limitations on abortion other than that you do not trust women. I am completely serious about this.
Thanks Heidi, and I hope you all enjoy reading "I Trust Me, But Can I Trust You?":
At the age of 15, I had my first lesson on the contradictions of the word "trust", particularly the African American community. For most of my life, it seemed like the concept of trust was a friendly understanding - an unspoken child-parental agreement, if you will. Both of my parents provided for my sister and I, and while I didn't have everything I wanted, all of my needs were met. My parents simply required that I go to church, be respectful of my elders, love my family, and make good grades. As a post-civil rights baby I had an obligation to excel, not just for my individual success but as the only African American often in privileged circles. No brainers, right? I excelled at those requests and I was trusted. Life seemed golden - for the moment.
But when I turned 16, the tide turned for s0me reason. Although I was trusted to make good grades, have perfect attendance at school, be a perfect daughter and grandchild, as I matured romantically and sexually that trust began to wane. For the slow reader: I met a hot guy at my 16th birthday party who was a senior in high school, and they weren't having it. So began our journey down this path of "Conditional trust factors."
"I trust you completely, I just don't trust him/them/the world," was the adage I heard for the next two years. And so began my true understanding of their meaning of trust. I was to be held responsible for what others MIGHT do - ill-intended or not. Translation: I trust you to do exactly what I want you to do.
So to say I was rebellious after my 16th birthday would be a gross understatement. But my mother endured, and I gave her hell the entire way. She wanted to teach me the value of trust by demanding that I trusted her to keep me safe - physically, sexually, psychologically, and spiritually. Her increased demands drove my further rebellion. And as my chest grew, my hips widened and the boys' heads began to turn, she waged her own morality campaign. Her approach? Stricter rules, shorter curfews, and hard core church. The result? I equated the concept of trust with "control". Someone else's control of my body, mind, and spirituality, despite the reality that I was still complying with the original requests to succeed in all the other areas she had asked me to - go to church, be respectful of my elders, love my family, and make good grades. It was clear to me then that being trusted to make good choices was not necessarily predicated on trustworthiness. There needed to be a spirit of submission - a willingness to allow, and in some instance enjoy the efforts, of the one attempting to do the controlling.
By the time I got to college, like everyone around me I tried to define my own reality, proving to myself (and possibly my parents) that my trustworthiness was bigger than the realm of academics, community service, and church. Life was finding and developing new relationships, having the experiences too taboo in a small southern town, but essential to urban living. Through a series of breakups, breakdowns, breakups, loving, hating, persevering - trust became the new "self forgiveness" that I needed to define myself. I had learned to trust myself not as an African American, but as a woman- my choices, my desires, my fears and metabolize how all those feelings intermingled with one another made for my fabulous, yet complicated life. With forgiveness came "compassion", compassion for myself and compassion for others.
Now I am proudly in my 30's harnessing the gifts of forgiveness and compassion, I have learned that to trust others is directly linked to the compassion I have for my own experiences - happiness, joy, love, acceptance, and commitment. I know that trusting others begins with me trusting the best in myself and ultimately humanity. Trusting others means allowing he/she to make the best choices for his/her life with the resources they have available, even if it is a bad decision. It's how I learned to trust myself. Trusting other women means I trust me - trusting that I can make good decisions, powerful changes, and learn from my mistakes.
Can I trust you?
A Black Girl Named Heidi
In honor of the 37th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade
Kay Steiger writes:
The thing that we always forget about the abortion debate is that this is an issue that is fundamentally about class. Women with a certain amount of money and privilege will always have access to abortion -- even if it were to be made outright illegal in this country. But disadvantaged women have it much, much harder. Women's abortion rights have been drastically rolled back over the years. As a writer at RH Reality Check, I wrote regularly about the various ways states were trying to rollback the right to abortion: introducing waiting periods, TRAP laws, ultrasound requirements, personhood amendments, and more. Even on television and in TV shows, it has become taboo to discuss abortion.Robin from RH Reality Check writes a deeply personal piece on RH Reality Check titled, "Pregnancy Is Too Complicated for "Life Begins At XXX." Just Ask Me: I Know":
Considering what a struggle it had always been for me to get pregnant, I supposed it was only fair that I found it so hard to become unpregnant, too. We spent a full year trying for our first child before we were lucky enough to conceive. So it wasn't so shocking when it took the same about of time to conceive our second. The shock came later, at our first appointment, when we they couldn't find a heartbeat.Rachel at Women's Health News writes:
I am pro-choice because I believe in women. I believe there are situations in a woman's life that I/the government cannot possibly manage for her, and I believe individual women are the ones responsible for making the best choices for themselves and their families. Not me, not a politician solely interested in rallying the faithful, not a pharmacist who refuses to fill a legal prescription, not an insurance plan that won't cover birth control, not a doctor pushing too many inductions and too many c-sections, not schools and parents who believe that ignorance=bliss and safety, not states who refuse to protect women from the tyranny of the majority, not the football game schedule, and not those who would refuse to present medically accurate information to women on a whole host of issues. Women. The individual woman in the individual situation. I trust her, and leave her to her choice.Connecticut Bob writes:
As our country seems to be swinging toward the ultra-conservative fringe, we need to protect the rights of women to safe and legal choice. The 2010 election will not only be a referendum on health care policy, but it will also be an opportunity for right-wing religious zealots to grab control of Congress and pass draconian laws suppressing the rights of women.Yol from Yol's blog writes:
Well, first of all, I am a woman and I do trust myself. I cannot fathom the idea of not trusting my intuition or my own ability to think and make decisions for myself. Even when I have made what I thought were wrong choices in my life, many times they turned out to be blessings in disguise. You can say I am a self-made person. I could have never become who I am now had I not trusted my inner voice and as you may say, my gut feelings. Trusting my intuition and my intelligence has allowed me to move through life gaining knowledge of both the world and myself, while also being able to understand the complexities of the human mind. It has allowed me to be a loving mother and wife, and a creative, multi talented person and artist. I has empowered me as a woman. No, I am not simply enlarging my ego here. I truly think that trusting myself has motivated me to know who I am and what my strengths and weaknesses are to become a better person.thisfeministrox writes:
I believe you should Trust Women to:The Post Modern Geek's Guide to Sex writes:
* Make their own choices;
* Keep their PRIVATE medical choices between them and their doctor (Here's looking at you, Kansas.);
* Be moms;
* Not be moms;
* Vote (Thank you Iron-Jawed Angels!);
* Earn the same wage as men for the same work; and
* Be your Senator (*cough* MA residents! *cough*), or other elected official.
Trust women. Two simple words and yet there is a world of meaning in them. What exactly does it mean? I suspect that everyone will have a different idea. When I see that phrase one of the first things I think about is how we women are often raised to mistrust each other. Some of us taught that every woman is competition for scarce resources, usually men, and therefore we should never place our trust in each other. I was lucky in that I didn't learn this lesson growing up. Instead I learned that women were the ones I could trust to be there for me, nurture me, love me. Trust women.
If you have some thoughts you want to share, but don't have a blog or don't want to share on your social networking pages, please leave a comment on any one of today's blog posts so pro-choice America can read your thoughts.
For me, "trust women" acknowledges the fact that we know what is best for our families and lives. "Trust women" is also a statement of hope that my beautiful, brilliant, amazing daughter grows up in a world that values her for who she is and that she has all the choices in the world to be the best person she can be.Sam says:
To me "Trust Women" means letting women make their own informed decisions, particularly the decision of whether or not to carry a pregnancy to term. How is it that our society can trust women with raising children, but not with making the sometimes crucial decision to have an abortion when she knows it is what is best for her?Jess, who blogs at Pandora's Box, writes:
Have confidence in us. Listen to us. Have faith in us.
5 years ago my mother and doctor trusted me to make my own decision when I discovered I was unintentionally pregnant. Their support and trust allowed me to think about what was best for me and I chose to terminate the pregnancy. To this day, I am forever grateful for my mother's faith and trust in me.
We believe that individual women know more about their own unique situations than politicians or religious leaders. We believe that every child deserves to enter this world into the arms of parents who are prepared to give him/her all the love, care, and support s/he needs. We believe that women are intelligent enough to make informed decisions about their reproductive health in consultation with their doctors, partners, families, and anyone else they choose to include. Choose. That's what trusting women is about. The pro-choice movement is not pro-abortion. This is patently absurd. No one wants a woman to have an abortion and we certainly don't advocate the procedure as a means of birth control. But the choice must exist so we can ensure that all the other options are also available.
Dr. Dawg writes:
As I said at the beginning of this post, trust is, or should be, a given when it comes to a woman's right to make what I suspect is rarely an easy decision. Yet there is still so much troubling and widespread resistance, a blank refusal to concede that women have that right, the fundamental, unquestionable right, to decide their own reproductive futures. And this on-going social and political obstinacy has already caused, and is still causing, and will for the foreseeable future continue to cause, no end of real suffering and humiliation.Misha at Laugh.Rant.Snort writes:
I trust women to make the decision that they feel is best for themselves, for their family, for their lives. I may not always agree with the choice that they make, but part of being Pro Choice means supporting the right to choose, regardless of the choice that she makes.Amanda at The Peeled Apple writes:
The moment we make abortion illegal, we're taking away that freedom, that choice. We're saying, "No. We don't trust you to make this decision for yourself."10-foot poet writes:
Anyway, in college I guess I got the reputation for being the girl who not only had a car (very important) but also who wouldn't judge you when she drove you to get an abortion. I have taken three friends to get abortions. None of them ever wanted me to go in with them, so I have waited in the car and the waiting room, but I always felt proud that these women knew they could trust me. Two of the women weren't even people I knew very well, but they heard through the grapevine, I guess, that I'd taken so-and-so, so.....would I mind? I have also taken friends to get emergency contraceptive for the morning after they've been raped. Way more times than I'd like to admit.
More coming, so be sure to check back later.
Reminder, the question was: What does Trust Women mean to you?
In a truly phenomenal piece - which I encourage you to read in its entirety - Angry Black Bitch writes:
... The thing is, these anti-choicers don't want to trust women.The gang at NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts writes at Blue Mass Group:
Trusting women means respecting women and respecting women means acknowledging all of our rights and acknowledging all that would threaten those in power.
And this struggle is all about power...those who have it and intend to keep it and those who need some of it, must struggle to achieve some of it and then struggle more to keep what we get.
Trust Women is not a plea or a request.
Trust Women is what I demand.
To me, being pro-choice means trusting women to make their own decisions about sex, sexuality, pregnancy, and childbearing. I also believe that in order for women to make the best choices, they need honest, accurate information about these issues.Joni from the Michigan Women's Forum writes:
...We must trust our sisters, daughters, wives, and girlfriends - rather than our senators and congressmen - to make the personal and private decisions about their own lives.
But in a larger sense, I believe it's time to "Trust Women" across the board. We must trust women to know their own hearts, to act in accordance with their beliefs, no matter what those beliefs might be.Jos at Feministing writes:
Those who stand in picket lines at abortion clinics (so long as they express themselves appropriately and respect others) have as much right to be trusted as those who walk through them. Those who believe life begins at conception have as much right to be trusted as those who believe life doesn't begin until a child is born. And the same is true for anyone whose beliefs fall somewhere in between those two positions.
"Trust Women" is a reminder that access to abortion shouldn't be limited because of politics or religious ideology. And it's a reminder that no one but the woman seeking an abortion is qualified to decide if it's the right decision. "Trust Women" means recognizing that each individual woman can make her own decisions about what is best for her. For me living these words means judgment has no place in my relationship to a woman's decision about her own medical care. It means doing what I can to share information and increase access so women can make their own decisions without other people's beliefs and judgments getting in the way.
No one should have to say, "Trust Women." It should be obvious. By saying it out loud, over and over, Dr. Tiller made clear the blatant sexism, the sense of moral superiority inherent in anti-choice organizing and policy. No one should have to escort women outside abortion clinics or provide many of the resources we direct women to through the hotline. But as long as access to abortion is under attack we must clearly state that women can make their own decisions and we must fight to break down barriers designed to keep women from being able to act on their choices.
I'll keep updating throughout the day so be sure to check back often.
Happy Blog for Choice Day 2010, everyone! I'm so thrilled that this is our 5th annual Blog for Choice Day. It inspires me to see so many pro-choice Americans mark the anniversary of Roe v. Wade.
This year, our question for bloggers is, "What does Trust Women mean to you?"
So - What does Trust Women mean to me? As with so many things in life, I can answer this from both the personal and political perspectives.
Personally, Trust Women means that women are smart, selfless, and thorough in their decision-making process. They are fully capable of weighing the implications of their decisions, and at the end of the day - they will make the best decision for them and those they love.
The political meaning behind Trust Women is deeply connected to my personal reasons. Women are smart, thorough, selfless people who approach the decisions they make about their lives and bodies with great care.
It is unconscionable that another individual - especially a politician - should be allowed to veto decisions women make about their own lives. We don't have to get permission from politicians to make decisions that are best for us. Period.
So those are my thoughts... and I can't wait to read all that you have to say. Thanks for blogging for choice!
Tomorrow is the 5th annual Blog for Choice Day. The topic is: What does Trust Women mean to you?
Sign-up below and when you blog, be sure to tag it "blog for choice."
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It's January again, and I'm gaga for January. Why? First - it's my birthday month... and I'm celebrating a big one this year. Second - It's the beginning of a new year which always leaves me renewed and refreshed and ready to fight even harder to protect women's reproductive rights. Third - it's the anniversary month of Roe v. Wade, and I'm sure I don't have to tell you why that date is important to someone who works for NARAL Pro-Choice America.
But - do you know what else is in January? NARAL Pro-Choice America's 5th annual Blog for Choice Day 2010! And boy am I excited...
As you might remember from Blog for Choice Days past, NARAL Pro-Choice America poses a question to bloggers before the anniversary, and then asks them to blog their answer on January 22. Last year more than 500 people participated in this effort. We'd love to beat that record this year, so we hope you will join us.
So what's this year's question? Oh, I am so glad you asked!
In honor of Dr. George Tiller, who often wore a button that simply read, "Trust Women," this year's Blog for Choice Day question is: What does Trust Women mean to you?
Maybe you were one of the thousands who wears a Trust Women wristband to pay tribute to Dr. Tiller's legacy and demonstrate that you won't let those who use violent and hateful rhetoric win. Whether it's Dr. Tiller's tragic murder or another issue altogether, you can write from your heart about what Trust Women means in your daily life. The possibilities are endless and your support is critical.
Please take a moment to sign up using the form below (or use this link if you prefer). While signing up, you can also download a Blog for Choice Day graphic to let your readers know that you're participating.
Once you sign up below, a link to your blog's URL will appear on the sign-up page. And for the forgetful folks out there, we'll send you a reminder about the date! So it really couldn't be easier. Just be sure to tag your post "Blog for Choice" so that we can track it that day.
Please consider signing-up using the form below and join us so that we can ensure that the blogosphere is positively flooded with pro-choice blog posts on the 37th anniversary of Roe v. Wade!
Blog for Choice day is looking terrific... thanks pro-choice bloogers! Here are just a few posts I'd like to point out for your reading enjoyment
Remember, the topic was: What is your top pro-choice hope for President Obama and/or the new Congress?:
I'd like to start by going back to the debate between Obama and McCain on October 15, 2008. This was the night I decided I would vote for Barrack Obama. It wasn't because he was handsome, or his quiet chuckling, or the fact that McCain got so angry over little nothings. It was because of the following statement he made that coincides so completely with my beliefs:
"...what ultimately I believe is that women in consultation with their families, their doctors, their religious advisers, are in the best position to make this decision [whether or not to keep a pregnancy.] And I think that the Constitution has a right to privacy in it that shouldn't be subject to state referendum, any more than our First Amendment rights are subject to state referendum, any more than many of the other rights that we have should be subject to popular vote."
-quoted from the LA Times transcript of the debate
In the last year, I have realized how thoroughly and completely I believe these words. I began this blog largely to voice that belief - it is what I mean to be out speaking about the most. I am so glad to have a leader whose beliefs coincide so well with my own beliefs, and my own values.
Adena from MotherThoughts writes:
My greatest wish is to see comprehensive, sensitive, age-appropriate sexuality education instituted in schools throughout the U.S. Kids should start to learn from an early age the right names for their body parts, have their questions answered in age-appropriate ways about how babies are made, how their bodies work, how to critically look at the inappropriate sexual messages in our society. When they are in elementary school, they need to learn what changes their bodies will go through in puberty, about periods and wet dreams and body odor and all that jazz. And then, as young teens, they need to learn about sex, and birth control, and abstinence, and NOT abstinence, and relationships, and everything that goes along with that.
For me, this is pretty obvious.
- get rid of the Global Gag rule
- get rid of the new HHS regulations on birth control (Cristina Page tackles this quite well)
- stop funding abstinence-only sex education (Cara discusses the possibilities for this)
For me, you see, choice is not just about abortion. People want to say it is, people* want to pretend that that's all Planned Parenthood and NARAL do is tell women to have abortions. But no, that ain't it. They want to give women the best array of choices possible--hence, abortion, many forms of birth control, STD testing, information about sexual health, yearly well-woman exams.
I'll update again later today because the awesome pro-choice blog posts keep pouring in!
Good morning pro-choice America... and Happy 36th Anniversary Roe v. Wade!
It's Blog for Choice Day 2009!
Be sure to take a moment to blog today on this year's topic: What is your top pro-choice hope for President Obama and/or the new Congress?:
It's not too late to sign-up here.
Leave a link to your blog post in the comments section, and maybe we'll highlight it on our blog throughout the day!
Oh pro-choice America! Was yesterday great, or was yesterday great? It's wonderful to have a pro-choice President. I feel like I flew to work on the back of a magic unicorn or something, but then again, I'm prone to exaggeration.
Anyway, with so much goodness going on, I just wanted to take a brief second to remind you that tomorrow is our fourth annual Blog for Choice Day!
On January 22, 2009 - the 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade - we are asking pro-choice bloggers to join us for the fourth annual Blog for Choice Day!
This year's topic: What is your top pro-choice hope for President Obama and/or the new Congress?
Sign-up here and get ready to break out your pro-choice blogging chops tomorrow!
Oh January! I love, love, love this month of the year. For starters, my birthday is in January. The State of the Union is also in January, and for a geek like me, that's political candy. And then, of course, there's NARAL Pro-Choice America's Blog for Choice Day!
Well, guess what, pro-choice America? IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN! w00t w00t!
For the past three years, pro-choice bloggers have come together on January 22 - the anniversary of Roe v. Wade - to write about our reproductive health and our pro-choice values in order to celebrate Roe and to keep choice in the national spotlight.
And every year, it's been amazingly successful. Last year we had over 600 participants! (I'm exclamation point happy - I apologize).
So I hope you'll join NARAL Pro-Choice America and hundreds of other bloggers again this year for the 36th anniversary of Roe to Blog for Choice.
This year, we're asking people to blog their answer to this question: What is your top pro-choice hope for President-elect Obama (he'll be President Obama by the time Blog for Choice Day rolls around!) and/or the new Congress.
You can sign up here.
And don't worry, we will send you a reminder about the date and a link to your post will appear on the main Blog for Choice page. It's superbad.
Join us, so together we can ensure that on January 22, the blogosphere is flooded with pro-choice blogposts!
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