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gehayi:

3ammicrosleeps:

kaiserlouis-philipv:

seraphknights:

cultureshift:

This is the Memorial to the Missing and contains over 50,000,000 pennies to represent the lives of each American child abandoned to abortion by a society and a culture that has embraced their destruction. We must prevent the need to add to this memorial. Take a stand. Get involved.

 ”How we treat the least of us defines us.”

"should I use this $500k to help struggling parents and pregnant people or should I put it in a glass box"

How much money have you wasted that could’ve gone to help struggling parents and pregnant women is the better question to ask.

Yeah if i was a struggling parent and I saw that “monument”, you know what I’d do? Break into that fucker and use the money to help my kid get a better life.

Clearly those “charitable” folks aren’t using it on kids that have actually been born.

A few facts that the OP neglected to mention.

a)  The glass box is on the grounds of the Mississippi Baptist Convention building—right across from the Mississippi state capitol. It was placed there deliberately to remind legislators that the Baptist Church—which is very powerful in the South—is staunchly anti-abortion.

b) This wasn’t created by regular people, charitable or otherwise. It was a deliberate and high-profile project of the Convention. Using the services of a construction company that worked free of charge, they erected the glass box in 2006, putting 47 MILLION pennies in it on the day that it opened, thus creating the illusion that many, many people had contributed.

c) Once $500K was collected—back in 2008, by the way, and the photo dates back to 2007—the money was then spent by the Convention, which invested it on a permanent endowment fund for anti-abortion causes, such as assisting with the operations of crisis pregnancy centers.

d) Almost all crisis pregnancy centers are church-sponsored and evangelical in nature.

e) Most crisis pregnancy centers have ties to evangelical maternity homes, adoption lawyers, and private adoption agencies. Any crisis that a woman coming to such a center might be facing would be irrelevant; for the purposes of the center and its affiliates, it is paramount that she have the baby. Babies, especially healthy white babies, are in high demand by would-be adoptive parents, and there is a very small supply.  There are horror stories about women who have been forced continue pregnancies and who have been forced to relinquish, most to evangelical families. Evangelical churches support and encourage this kind of thing. They figure that this way, they win twice over: they save lives AND they get to control how the next generation thinks. 

f) So, to recap.The Baptist Church underwrites the memorial (at least the first 47 million). The funds eventually go back to the Baptist Church, which invests them in businesses that will help produce more goods—babies—for other evangelical businesses, such as adoption agencies and adoption lawyers, AND that will create more religious and political support in the future.

This is NOT a memorial created by heartbroken people, OP. It’s big business. 


foxyshy:

so let me get this straight. anti-choicers took $500,000 dollars worth of pennies and sealed them in a glass case as a “memorial” to “victims” of abortion. i’m going to say that again. these people have locked away $500,000 dollars as a “tribute” to dead blobs of cells instead of donating that money to actual living breathing children who don’t have basic necessities or homes.

anti-choicers are incredible


seraphknights:

cultureshift:

This is the Memorial to the Missing and contains over 50,000,000 pennies to represent the lives of each American child abandoned to abortion by a society and a culture that has embraced their destruction. We must prevent the need to add to this memorial. Take a stand. Get involved.

 ”How we treat the least of us defines us.”

"should I use this $500k to help struggling parents and pregnant people or should I put it in a glass box"


bebinn:

pro-choice-or-no-voice:

What are you talking about? Being a piece of shit outside of clinics is perfectly legal. You just have to stay a certain distance away. Cry harder.

-Peach

The case before the Court is against minuscule (seriously, 8 feet) buffer zones that would keep protestors a respectful distance from clinics. Only three states and a handful of cities in the US currently have buffer zones.

I mean, honestly. Shoot eight people and bomb a few hundred clinics, but you’re asked to back up a few feet and suddenly you’re being oppressed.


"I continue to do abortions after 25 years because the voices of gratitude and relief from my patients drown out the hatred and intolerance from the protesters outside. In the small still hours of the night I am at peace with myself and with God, who gave me this mission in life."

Mary Smith, MD. Dallas, TX.

Physicians for Reproductive Health - Why I Provide Abortions

Celebrate Abortion Provider Appreciation Day!

(via bebinn)


thisgingerischronic:

thebicker:

bebinn:

The United States has a pro-life problem. Every day, clinics across the country are besieged by protestors, causing emotional distress to patients and threatening the safety and privacy of patients and clinic staff. Protestors hold gory, photoshopped or mislabeled posters, shout obscenities, pray and sing loudly, stalk patients and staff, and condemn passersby to hell for…walking past, I guess. Some students even get school credit for protesting.

One of the more egregious types of protestors is the “sidewalk counselor,” who, despite having no professional or medical training to claim the title, follows patients up and down the sidewalk, pleading with them not to enter the clinic (and perhaps instead, to visit one of their fake clinics).

At least eight abortion clinic employees have been murdered by anti-abortion extremists since the early 1990’s. Other acts of terrorism include multiple cases of attempted murder, arson, bombings, anthrax threats, stalking, death threats, and vandalism. These extremists usually participated in clinic protests before their attacks, or were associated with anti-abortion groups.

  1. Helpers of God’s Precious Infants protesting outside a clinic in New York City (via @Tracie713)
  2. Protestors outside a clinic in Englewood, New York. Clinic escorts are in neon vests (via Merle Hoffman)
  3. Rain won’t keep away the protestors outside Louisville, Kentucky’s only abortion clinic (via Every Saturday Morning)
  4. A ring of protestors surrounds the buffer zone outside the Coastal Birth Control Center in Corpus Christi, Texas (via USNews)
  5. Catholic schoolchildren pray outside Women’s Med Center in Sharonville, Ohio (via The Catholic Telegraph)
  6. Over 200 students from Virginia’s Christendom College swarm a Planned Parenthood in Washington, D.C. (via LifeSiteNews)

It is completely unconscionable that pro-lifers feel the need to threaten people who are exercising their legal right to an abortion (or in many cases, their access to other reproductive healthcare, like birth control or PAP smears). Some of Kermit Gosnell’s victims testified that the reason they went to him was because they were frightened of protesters at the local legal abortion clinics. Pro-lifers: YOU ARE SCARING WOMEN INTO GETTING BUTCHERED BY UNLICENSED PRACTITIONERS. I hope that keeps you up at night.

In that third picture there, the one from Kentucky, see them standing on that yellow line? Yeah, that’s a tactic of theirs. The escorts had to make the city put an emergency strip there so that patients could be dropped off easily, otherwise the anti’s would park all along that sidewalk and prevent anyone from getting out.

The atmosphere here in Kentucky is… mortifying. NY Times wrote an article on it, even. They scream and yell, they lay their hands on you—once a woman stormed into the clinic and began screaming at the patients waiting in line. Once, the CPC next door caused a grandmother to have a heart attack because they kept the pregnant daughter inside and kicked her mother out (with the help of police, no less!) They sent the grandmother to the hospital in a taxi cab.

My first morning escorting down there I witnessed an awful car crash right on the corner and within seconds the escorts were whipping out their phones and going over to the scene (the clients were inside already) where a young girl looked gravely injured, meanwhile the “pro-life” crowd simply… continued kneeling on the sidewalk and screaming at the building. They didn’t look once.

Anti’s will stand outside your car door to prevent you from opening it. They will harass your partner/family if you go inside for your appointment and they step outside without you. They don’t care why you’re there—a young girl’s fetus was dead and she was sobbing about it, and they mobbed her. Even over the traffic, across the street, you could hear her screams: “MY BABY IS DEAD. SHE IS DEAD.

But they didn’t stop. They never do. They managed to illicit a reaction out of her (what they’re always looking for here, they WANT to cause a scene) and so they stayed around her in a circle until she finally managed to make it to the front of the building with the other clients. It was rainy and cold and the women all huddled together under the awning with the escorts around them, waiting for the building to open, eyes closed tight and jaw clenched hard, silently crying or praying out-loud, some singing to keep them distracted, others half-heartedly trying to talk to one another about senseless things, all to avoid the crowd of angry protesters just a ring of bodies away from them.


"The most distressing thing about my abortion was the reaction I got from others. The first friend I told was extremely judgemental – reluctantly accepting my choice but making it clear that she would have made a different decision and thought I wasn’t thinking it through. All because she personally said she wouldn’t have an abortion."

This Is What My Abortion Was Like

"I’m pro-choice, but I would never have an abortion" is not a supportive or even realistic statement. Nearly one in three women and people who can get pregnant will have an abortion in their lifetime. Think about why you are distancing yourself from them, and what effect that has on the culture of silence and stigma.

(via bebinn)

inverts:

heretherebdragons:

dancingloki:

prochoicegeneration:

Best post

Also, Lily Potter would have never wanted an abortion, because she was a financially well-off white woman starting a family in a happy marriage with a secure place at the top of wizarding society.

The question you should be asking is what if Merope Gaunt, an impoverished and uneducated single woman who escaped from a severely abusive family only to become pregnant with the unwanted child of a man who wanted nothing to do with her, had had access to an abortion and not had immense social pressure brainwashing her into carrying to term?

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