LPJL Daily Takedown – July 28th, 2017

When We Say “We Won’t Go Back” This is the “Back” and it’s Terrifying

BACK IS NOT AN OPTION: For a horrifying look at what went on in those back alleys in the days before Roe v Wade, check out this chilling interview with a provider from those early days when abortion was available in only a few states. Desperate women were suffering and many were dying in unspeakable ways. The impetus to legalize came from clergy who had to deal with shattered lives, and doctors who had to deal with shattered bodies. That’s the nightmare scenario that crusades like those being held in Texas, Missouri, Kentucky, and all over the country are leading us toward. And we can’t go back there.

*** 

Sex, Drugs, and..What it Means for Getting an Abortion

THE PERFECT SHITSTORM—What happens when restrictive abortion policies meet the opioid epidemic? It’s not pretty for patients or providers, as this HuffPo piece about the situation in Alabama makes clear. As our good friend, heroic provider Dr. Willie Parker points out, opioid users tend to come for help later in their pregnancy because their addiction disrupts their cycles to the point they don’t know they’re pregnant. And many don’t have the money to pay for an abortion. Some patients have to be turned away because their addiction will nullify the use of pain relievers. What’s needed is compassion and common sense—two things in short supply among the conservative lawmakers in Alabama. 

***

Talking White Male Privilege and a JumboTron..Nope Not a Baseball Game…Guess Again

PIG SCREEN: Hey, if you’re going to have a shit-show, why not have it in JUMBO-VISION! We have been writing all week about the lunatic members of Operation Save America, who have travelled from all over the country to spend this week shrieking at patients outside of KENTUCKY’s LAST CLINIC STANDING. Now they have upped their terror techniques by setting up a giant jumbotron to broadcast videos of abortion procedures in public spaces! Interested viewers can go downtown outside of Louisville’s Metro Hall where the Ghoul Theater is currently running. Downtown workers on a lunchbreak have no choice!
***

 Once Again Texas Answers the Question “How Bad Could it Be?”

RECAPPING THE KNEECAPPING: Ever since conservative lawmakers in TEXAS went off on an anti-abortion rights bender a few years ago, they’ve done so much damage to women’s health that a brief recap is in order. Here’s a chilling one, courtesy of the New Yorker. Starting in 2011, Texas cut family-planning funds by two-thirds. In 2013, they banned Planned Parenthood from women’s health programs, costing the state MILLIONS in NINE-to-ONE federal funding grants. The upshot? Teen abortions and teen births are both on the rise in Texas, despite going down nationwide. The maternal mortality rate in Texas has DOUBLED to 35.8 deaths per 100,000—the worst in the developed world! And the Trump administration wants to do to the country what theocratic lunatics have done to Texas. We just turned back an assault on the ACA—KEEP FIGHTING! 

***

#ExposeFakeClinics

Shout out to Reproaction for protesting at a fake clinic in Columbia, Missouri!

It’s a beautiful weekend to get riled up! Join us by going to exposefakeclinics.com and learn how to write a review and repost so that we can all upvote your review. Pro tip from the pros: your review has to be from an interactive experience, so call or check out the fake clinic’s website before you post!

#Exposefakeclinics has been working all over the country- let’s keep it up!

***

Vagical Update

After 8 weeks, 15 cities, 18 clinic visits, 592 thank you postcards, hundreds of gold tattoos, and 4 real tattoos…the Vagical Mystery Tour came to an end..for now!

It’s hard to quantify all of the amazing experiences we had on tour. This was an experiment to see if we could get communities activated through comedy shows, and the experiment WORKED. You all signed up to be clinic escorts or sent thank you notes or committed to staying informed on the anti-choice bullsh*t going down in your state and we THANK YOU!

Stay vigilant, America…we’ll be back!

LPJL Daily Takedown – July 27th, 2017

Seems like winter is always coming for women of color when House of Douche is in power

HEALTH DISSERVICES: The looming Trumpian healthcare implosion threatens us all, but it threatens Women of Color more than most. They’ve gotten the shitty end of the stick forever—and now there’s even more shit on the end of that stick.  Over the past few years, health conditions for WOC had improved, but that’s going down the drain along with everything else touched by Trump. Brutal cuts to Medicaid under the GOP healthcare plans impact more Black and Hispanic women—they’re almost twice as likely to be insured by Medicaid. Repeal of Obamacare threatens minority women’s access to maternity coverage, contraception, and family planning. Defunding Planned Parenthood will deprive them of preventative care like cancer screenings. And the recent assault on abortion rights impacts Women of Color harder—they make up half of the women who live in states that lack abortion services for Medicaid enrollees. Help push back on behalf of everyone—RESIST & PERSIST! 

***

Choose Your Own Abortion Restriction: Missouri Edition

MISSOURI’S ANTI-CHOICE AWFUL CHOICE: Missouri, which is currently holding an anti-abortion orgy in the form of a special session of the legislature, may soon try to send some of its toxic waste to Washington. Anti-woman crusader and current MO Attorney General Josh Hawley is making noises that he’ll run for the US Senate seat now held by Dem Claire McCaskill. As an anti-abortion fanatic, Hawley manages to stand out even in a nuthouse like MISSOURI Republican politics. He said last year that “abortion is not a right. It is a violent act against the defenseless. It violates every principle of morality and should be barred by American law.” And he has vowed to use his AG post to crush the only clinic in the state and to support the FAKE crisis pregnancy centers that infest Missouri. Josh Hawley is one of the reasons Missouri is in the mess it’s in. 

***

That time when your anti-abortion friend has no chill and can’t keep a secret

NO MO! And speaking of MISSOURI, it’s already the biggest sinkhole for abortion rights this side of Texas, and it’s determined to suck harder. As part of their Special Session of the Damned, MO legislators have just passed a law that requires people seeking an abortion to have a meeting with the doctor performing the procedure as part of the waiting period, it imposes unannounced inspections on clinics, and requires that ALL fetal tissue be sent to a pathologist. Oh, and it lets MO’s nutcase Attorney General (see above!) go after abortion providers regardless of whether local authorities want that. WOW. Can Texas lawmakers hold onto their title of Most Hateful to Women? To be continued…! 

***

Women in Texas may have to start becoming future-seeing pre-cogs to get insurance for abortion now

EXTRA BAD: Nope, TEXAS can always create a bigger mess! The Texas Senate is working on a bill that would force people to get separate health coverage for abortion services and pay a separate, extra premium. Seriously! “Honey, did you pay the abortion insurance premium?” HELLO! People don’t anticipate the need for abortions—hence the need for abortions!! And of course this bill has no exceptions for fetal abnormality, rape, or incest. So a person has to have the foresight to realize in advance “I better get that abortion coverage, in case Dad rapes me.” That’s not the real world—that’s Texas politics! 

***

No one ever said terrifying sidewalk bullies weren’t morning people!

THE EARLY TURDS: Ever wonder how hateful bigots start their day? Here’s a piece from ThinkProgress about how the bully crew that harass and intimidate patients at KENTUCKY’s last remaining clinic spend their mornings. Unfortunately, the piece focuses mainly on what it looks like when Operation Save America descends on Louisville to torment clinics with their weeklong shriek-fest. What is doubly fucked is that even without the OSA invasion, the clinic is STILL assaulted by hundreds of local zealots… and the court-imposed buffer zone that keeps it all from swamping the patients is only in place during the OSA invasion which ends this weekend. Problem is, this clinic needs a permanent buffer because the assaults WILL continue. The state only granted the buffer zone this week because the world is watching. Let them know we’re still watching—and give the clinic a PERMANENT BUFFER! 

***

#ExposeFakeClinics

For the final #ExposeFakeClinics Week of Action day, NARAL Ohio organized not one – but TWO protests in the Buckeye State. Watch their FB live here! These Fake Clinics aren’t going to expose themselves (or are they?), so we have to keep fighting! Save exposefakeclinics.com on your browser, and keep writing (and upvoting) those accurate reviews and share the links on social media so we can all click and upvote! You can actually make a difference one click at a time!

 

LPJL Daily Takedown – July 17th, 2017

The Reality of Those Super Fun “Vacation Abortions” Republicans Are Always Talking About

“MY LAST RESORT” is NOT about a VACATION! Anti-choice zealots love to talk about the supposed “vacation abortions” that women are getting when they are FORCED to travel to get vital medical care. As this article explains, every year about 3,000 women have to come to Illinois to get abortion care because their home states make access virtually impossible. And those are the ones who are lucky enough to have the means to take off work and travel! People need access to affordable abortion care in their own communities. One of the many stories in this article is about regret. Regret is part of any choice… or lack of choice. We can’t let extremists frame regret as a reason to deny people the freedom to choose.

***

Teen Pregnancy Is at It’s Lowest”- America, “Hold My Beer”- Trump

PERMANENT ABSTAIN: God only knows how many unplanned pregnancies the suddenly pious Donald Trump has caused in his repulsive past, but he’s determined to cause millions more—and now to America’s teens! This Day-Glo Disaster wants to cut over $200 million in funding for teen pregnancy prevention programs at the same time that he’s throwing $277 million at ABSTINENCE ONLY programs! Look, if anything can get people to swear off sex, it’s the thought of Donald Trump—but abstinence STILL doesn’t work!

***

We Don’t Need A Crystal Ball to See What Defunding Looks Like…We Have Texas!

CAUTIONARY FAIL! Texas conservatives, always at the forefront of any shitty idea, are now a cautionary tale about what happens when you defund Planned Parenthood, slash funding for family planning, and close 80 clinics. SURPRISE! You get more teen pregnancies… AND more abortions! The rate of teen births in Texas is up 3.4%, even as it’s falling in states with less medieval methods. A study estimates there have been 2,200 unplanned pregnancies because of the actions. Oh, and two years after the funding cuts, Texas abortion rates are up 4.9%. Thanks to former Gov. Rick Perry and conservative lawmakers, Texas is a mess!

***

Schools Out For Summer…Or Forever for Wisconsin OBGYNs

TRAINING WRECK: A new Republican bill in Wisconsin attacks abortion access by blocking the University of Wisconsin-Madison from training resident doctors in how to perform abortions. Of course that leads to a fucking domino-of-dickdom effect in which UW-Madison loses its accreditation for OB-GYN training, and OB-GYN’s-in-training leave the state. 20 of 72 counties in Wisconsin are already without an OB-GYN! The author of the bill hates the fact that Planned Parenthood pays UW doctors to train OB-GYN residents at local clinics… but of course they HAVE TO because Wisconsin law prohibits any state money from going toward anything remotely abortion. So this law makes it illegal for UW docs to train residents anywhere except at a hospital… where it’s against the existing law. And then it all causes the UW to lose their OB-GYN accreditation, and gynecologists flee the state. Who knew a cheese-head could come up with such a diabolical plan?

***

Blessed Motherf*ckin Be, Iowa’s Fight Against Insane Undue Burden Laws Start Today

LONG 3-DAYS’ JOURNEY INTO NIGHTMARE: Today marks the start of court hearings to see if Iowa’s new 3-day waiting period for an abortion is constitutional. These waiting periods are used to deter people from exercising their abortion rights—and they’re devastatingly effective in rural states like Iowa where patients have to travel long distances for multiple appointments. Don’t let Iowa get away with forcing people to wait for their rights.  Reproductive justice delayed is reproductive justice denied!

***

VAGICAL UPDATE!

NEXT UP- PITTSBURGH! We said goodbye to the wonderful Cleveland and arrived last night in PITTSBURGH ready for some action! Check Us out on City Paper’s Short List, so If you’re in town, get your ass down to  Mr. Smalls Funhouse on Wednesday July 19th! Doors at 7pm!

We pull out of Pittsburgh, and head off to Louisville for our LAST SHOW of the Vagical Mystery Tour on Saturday July 22nd. If you are in Louisville, join us for some bourbon and some Bevin Ball Bustin’!!  Get your tickets here!!

Stay tuned for more fun updates!

Give it up for our boo, Mary Lou! Safeguarding That DICKKKKKKKKKKKKK!

POD_front_021616Kentucky Representative Mary Lou Marzian has been the Democratic rep from Louisville since 1995. This Patriot has introduced a new bill that will protect family values and help save men from themselves! We are so thrilled! With all this legislation of female bodies, we feared that men might feel left out.

Marzian noted the new Kentucky law stating that women have to receive medical consultation 24 hours before having an abortion seemed a little intrusive, perhaps a little too government-all-up-in-lady-bidnazz.

SO — why should men be left out?!  Rep. Marzian’s bill would require men to fulfill a series of conditions in order to get their boner pills: a note from the wife, a hand on the Bible swearing that they are only going to use the ED pills for sex with their spouse, and two doctor visits. Because we care about family values and people’s safety, let’s spread that love around and safeguard that DICKKKKKKKKKKK!

Men of Kentucky, Mary Lou has got your back! She’s protecting your package! She is making sure the entire state gets to weigh in on how you use your dick! Here’s to equality!