Abortion Autonomy

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http://womendeliver.org/2016/women-perform-abortions/

Inna Hudaya was a woman in trouble. Lying in a shoddy hotel room, she squeezed her eyes closed as an old woman performed an abortion on her with no anesthesia and no painkillers. They barely spoke a word after the exchange of money — a lot of money, money Hudaya had borrowed and for which she had sold many of her possessions including her motorbike to repay. This, Hudaya thought to herself, is how I will die.

But what else was she supposed to do? She was 22, pregnant, unmarried, and living in Indonesia, a country where abortion remains illegal in nearly all cases and out-of-wedlock pregnancy is intensely stigmatized. A medical student, Hudaya was just getting a toehold on a life she hoped would keep her out of Tasikmalaya, the conservative city she fled after high school. Having a baby would mean the end of everything: her studies, her relationship with her family, her freedom.

The procedure ended, and Hudaya walked out of the hotel room alive. The pain, though, persisted. Her relationship ended. A close relative disowned her, telling her it is a sin for a woman to kill her own blood. For years, Hudaya had the same dream: a baby chasing her, crying.

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If Feminism was really dangerous to men…

……then this would be a typical statement by feminists:

All men are either rapists or potential rapists because of their constant sex drive and therefore all women are justified in using extreme force to keep those prevs away from them. It is thus recommended that all girls and women train themselves to kick men in the groin in order to badly damage their genitals to prevent them from having sex. Indeed, it would be best for them to buy and wear constantly steel-toed boots so that such kicks would actually shatter the front of a man’s pelvis, making him unable to walk and thus rape anyone. Boys growing up must be constantly reminded that they will be badly beaten if they ever lay a hand on any girl. Marriage and motherhood are things to be scorned, not celebrated. Men are needed as sperm donors and as financial support for the children they become fathers to, but otherwise are disposable. Only women should ever be leaders in business, politics, religion or science; men should work to prove themselves worthy of our respect and then keep working constantly to keep it.

Show me a feminist who has ever made a statement like this, MRAs!

Ophelia Benson vs. Richard Dawkins

A few months ago, in response to a rumor that Ophelia Benson, an atheist and feminist activist, was also a transphobe (a bigot against transgendered people), she was targeted by a massive witch hunt similar to the one on tumblr stirred up against Lacy Green years earlier. As a result, Benson left Freethought Blogs (FTB) in disgust and founded her own personal blog elsewhere, badly damaging the credibility of FTB, so much so that one of its founding members, Ed Brayton, also took down his blog there and moved to another network.

Now Benson has been attacked again, in reference to Richard Dawkins suffering a mild stroke recently. Around the same time, he was disinvited to a skeptics conference and then just as quickly reinvited to it. The battle between them produced the exchange of the following statements between them and one of Dawkins’ fanatical followers. Continue reading