if helga hufflepuff isn’t ur favorite founder then ur wrong because when all the other founders were like ‘i’ll teach the smart ones’ and ‘i’ll teach the aristocratic ones’ and ‘i’ll teach the ones who r willing to fight bears with their teeth’ helga was just like ‘fuck that i’ll teach anybody who wants to learn’ and thats how u do education
(from early February, when over 40 protesters lined both sides of the sidewalk leading into our clinic, forcing our clients to walk through a veritable gauntlet to get to the door)
As some of you know, I volunteer every weekend as a clinic escort for a reproductive health clinic in Queens, New York. Because the clinic provides abortion services, we get somewhere between 20 to 40 anti-choice protesters trying to prevent clients from accessing the clinic. As an escort, I walk clients to the door, giving them physical and mental support as they’re hounded by protesters.
But unfortunately, the protesters – no matter how intimidating they may be – are not the only barrier to abortion access in NYC.
Abortions are expensive. The cheapest first trimester abortions cost about $300, but depending on the circumstances of the pregnancy, it can cost up to $1700. If someone needs a second trimester abortion, the costs rise well over $3000. In New York, many people are poor enough that they can’t afford abortions, but not so poor that they qualify for Medicaid.
When people can’t afford abortions, they turn to abortion funds. Which is why I’m participating in the New York Abortion Access Fund’s bowl-a-thon fundraiser. I want to make sure that no one who needs an abortion, for whatever reason, is denied one because of their economic circumstances. (I’m working on a complete overhaul of the healthcare industry, but this seemed like a good stop-gap measure).
There is no choice without access.
(… and there is no fundraising without me embarrassing myself at a sport)
The New York Abortion Access Fund works directly with clinics in New York (including the clinic I volunteer at) to help people who can’t afford an abortion. It also helps fund people who need to travel to New York State for their abortion procedures (often because the cost is prohibitively expensive in their state, or because of abortion restrictions).
Right now, my goal is to raise enough money to pay for the cheapest form of abortion – a first trimester abortion at $300.
I have 544 tumblr followers at the moment. If half of those followers donated one dollar each, I’d hit the goal with room to spare. If one hundred followers each donated $4, we’d have enough money to pay for a $500 abortion. If two hundred followers all donated $5, we’d have enough money to pay for a less-expensive second trimester abortion, or three first trimester abortions.
Any amount helps, is my point. And when you donate to abortion funds, you’re standing up to those who think they can control other people’s bodies. You’re standing up to those who want people who get abortions to feel ashamed and humiliated. You’re refusing to let abortion access go away quietly into the night.
You’re changing a situation where wealthy people can still get safe, legal abortions in this country, while people with lower incomes have to take more and more desperate measures.
You’re saying to people who need abortions: you matter. You’re worth fighting for. Your community stands with you.So please consider donating! I promise to provide photos of me bowling terribly in exchange! I also promise to give the middle finger to AT LEAST one protester a Saturday for every donation. They really don’t like that.(And yes, I will provide photo evidence of the middle fingers).
Signal Boost! Since I can’t be an escort and don’t have any spare dough at the moment, a reblog is the least I can do.
"Steve Carell, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert: How men would look if they had to pose in ads the way women are expected to."
How I Met Your Mother - Alternative Ending
This is the only way this show should have ended.
Purity culture and rape culture are two sides of the same coin. Prior to marriage, women are instructed that they must say no to sex at every turn, and if they do not they are responsible for the consequences. This method of approach—“always no”—creates situations in which women are not equipped to fully understand what consent looks like or what a healthy sexual encounter is. When the only tool you’re given is a “no,” shame over rape or assault becomes compounded—because you don’t necessarily understand or grasp that “giving in” to coercion or “not saying no” isn’t a “yes.”
^ This is very important. Honestly I never developed a good sense of consent until I got a tumblr and read a bunch of different blog posts about it because I was always taught that the only answer was “no.”