Like ugh I’m so sleep deprived I stayed in bed until 1:30 then just napped for an additional three hours. Also, my math review session started half an hour ago?and I haven’t even looked at the material yet? But I think I’m going to try to go anyway and act inconspicuous and try to sleep well tonight so I can maybe study for my test tonight.
Please Don’t Call it ‘Rape Insurance’, my latest at The Nation (via jessicavalenti)
The term “rape insurance” does a disservice to women - and to the reproductive justice movement.
It is not just sexual assault survivors who need their abortion covered. Yes, there is an added dimension of cruelty when you’re talking about denying women who get pregnant as a result of rape care and coverage. But we cannot create a hierarchy of “good” and “bad” abortions. Or of “deserving” women. One in three American women will have an abortion, and the circumstances behind that pregnancy is none of our business - and it certainly should have no bearing on whether or not women can afford to access care.
…I understand why many in the pro-choice movement focus on the most extreme examples when we talk to the media; they are truly harrowing and serious issues. And we need public support - but not at the expense of our feminist values.
A man who assisted in autopsies in a big urban hospital, starting in the mid-1950s, describes the many deaths from botched abortions that he saw. “The deaths stopped overnight in 1973.” He never saw another in the 18 years before he retired. “That,” he says, “ought to tell people something about keeping abortion legal.
Never forget: Roe v. Wade wasn’t the beginning of abortion in America. It was the beginning of the end of illegal abortions. If you haven’t read this piece before, I highly recommend it.