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! 

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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. 

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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…! 

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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! 

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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! 

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#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 – June 28th, 2017

The BCRA is B-CRAP

SHITTY AND SHITTIER: The Senate’s “healthcare” bill is actually worse for birth control than the crap-fest House bill! Under Obamacare, health plans must cover contraceptive services without a co-pay. Both the House and Senate bills make birth control more expensive and inaccessible by defunding Planned Parenthood. But the Senate bill also allows states to decide if birth control is even covered! And you can guess what types of “birth control” will be covered in Missouri—abstinence and prayer! Good news & Bad news: The Senate bill is currently stalled—while lawmakers try to make it even worse!

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The Frontiers of Anti-Choice Lawmakers are Getting Checked In Alaska

CHILL OUT, ALASKA! A lawsuit from Planned Parenthood has finally forced ALASKA to change the cold way it treats those seeking abortions after the first trimester. The state will no longer require a second doctor to get involved in abortions after 12 weeks. And it dropped the TRAPPY rule that blood and an operating room “appropriately staffed and equipped for major surgery” be ready for ANY abortion after the first trimester. Change may come at a glacial pace in Alaska, but at least the long night might be over!

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Spokane Public Schools Might Have a Change of Heartlessness on Sex Ed.

THE FACTS OF STRIFE: Conservative Uter-orcs in Spokane, Washington are trying to shit-can a progressive sex ed curriculum because it was developed with input from Planned Parenthood, because it mentions sex, oh, and BECAUSE JESUS. And they’re not too happy that the curriculum includes LGBTQ issues. One said the new plan would mean that “teachers with religious convictions about male-female roles and differences” could be forced to stifle their bigotry (paraphrasing.) Washington is a great, progressive state, but there are still pockets of douchebaggery. What’s in your state’s pockets?

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Ohio Tri-Masters of None Just Passed Yet Another Fucked Up Anti-choice Bill

COSTUME DRAMA in OHIO: It’s the HANDMAIDS vs. the MaNMAIDS! A bill to ban the safest and most common procedure used in abortions after the first trimester has been sent by an Ohio Senate committee to the full Senate… but not before the committee room hosted a RUNWAY CHALLENGE! Anti-choice forces (mostly male) occupied the front row, smartly decked out in fetus t-shirts, the traditional fashion choice of the intolerant. But the back of the room was lined with pro-choice fashionistas in the very latest VAG POWER accoutrements—HANDMAID’S TALE costumes! SASSY! The anti-choice forces got their bill passed, but pro-choice advocates definitely looked better.

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VAGICAL UPDATE!

YESTERDAY – First stop, deliver some lunch and some LOVE to Family Planning Associates in Chicago!

Second stop, VAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR AT METRO!

Ask anyone how last night’s show went in the Windy City last night and we will bet money they’d say they were BLOWN AWAY! Dina Nina Martinez did a kick-ass job hosting Joyelle Johnson, Leah Bonnema, Lizz Winstead, Alonzo Bodden & Recording Artist K’Valentine!

Lizz wrapped up last night’s show moderating a SPECTACULAR talkback with special guests Dr. Deborah Nucatola, Carrie Mathos, and Dr. Willie Parker!

Next Stop: ST LOUIS, MISSOURI!

The Press is falling in LOVE with the Vagical Mystery Tour. Check out what everyone’s saying about the hottest Resistance Comedy Tour in the country!

An Interview with Lizz Winstead and Things You Can Do to Help RIGHT NOW

On the ‘Vagical Mystery Tour’ with Lizz Winstead

How A Comedy Tour Is Helping Women Retain Their Reproductive Rights

 

LPJL Daily Takedown – June 26, 2017

Conservatives fear the ability to fuck people over will not being allowed in Health Bill

RULES ARE RULES, and this one rules. Anti-abortion lunatics fear that Senate rules might not allow the Senate “health” bill to keep its ban on subsidies for any plan that covers abortion. Under a Senate rule known as reconciliation, all the provisions in the bill have to be mostly about the budget to avoid a filibuster. But anti-abortion parts are clearly all about FUCKING PEOPLE OVER and denying reproductive rights. If the Senate parliamentarian rules that the abortion bullshit IS just abortion bullshit, the bill is DOOMED unless they strip the anti-abortion language. This bill is a disaster either way, but it’s good to see conservatives forced to follow rules for once.

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Mike Moon and his Chicken Are Going Viral – In A Good Way

THE CHICKENSHIT HITS THE FAN: Mile Moon, the birdbrain MISSOURI lawmaker who beheaded and gutted a chicken in a Facebook video—BECAUSE ABORTION!—is actually facing some backlash. Turns out, killing things to illustrate you are “pro-life” is considered batshit among rational people. Since his one-man slaughterhouse  video has gone viral, two online petitions want Moon removed from office for his fowl behavior. Throw the cock out!

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BREAKING: Anti-Choice Lawmakers in Arkansas don’t Take Heed to Warnings, or Logic.

RAZORBACKLASH: Five extreme anti-abortion laws recently passed in ARKANSAS are being challenged in court before they can take effect.The ACLU is suing over laws designed to harass abortion patients and providers. They include everything from bogus “sex selection” bans to a law that would effectively require notifying the woman’s sex partner or parents! Red states pass these obviously unconstitutional laws by the truckload hoping that something will stick. All we can do is keep fighting back every time they try to stick it to us.

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North Carolina: “You Know Who DOESN’T Need  More Money? Faux-Health Clinics Lying to Pregnant People”

MONEY FOR NOTHIN, or WORSE than nothing! NORTH CAROLINA is going to THROW MONEY at “crisis pregnancy centers” – fake pregnancy centers created by religious extremists to DECEIVE and LIE to pregnant people in an attempt to coerce them out of having an abortion. Their evil brand is so tainted that now they’re calling themselves “Pregnancy Resource Centers.” It’s bad enough North Carolina tax payers currently fund these LYING, CHEATING MONEY-PITS to the tune of 300k a year, but now that number will skyrocket from $300,000 to $1.9 million! But fuck those elderly and disabled takers on Medicaid AMIRITE? We’ve got to take what we learn from faux-News and fund some faux-healthcare!

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Nothing Makes Liz Wolfe Angrier than Groups of People Speaking Out for the Rights of Humans

THE HANDMAID’S FAIL! The Wolfe-in-Columnist’s-Clothing is moaning about abortion rights protesters who evoke The Handmaid’s Tale, calling them “intellectually dishonest––and, frankly, deeply offensive.” WTF??? The show is about women being forced to serve as incubators—and “frankly,” that’s what the anti-abortion movement is about too! Wolfe howls: “As a pro-life secular feminist, being compared to oppressive religious zealots from a dystopian Hulu show strikes a chord with me.” It strikes a chord with everyone, Liz—Not be Captain Obvi but….THAT’S WHY IT WORKS!

VAGICAL UPDATE!

The Vagical Mysterty Tour took a short RnR at the halfway point!

Lizz Winstead spoke to the Democratic Mayors Association  in Miami over the weekend, told some jokes, and then told them their local clinics needing all of their support. The tour might take a break, but spreading the message of reproductive rights never stops!

Kicking back up again in Chicago tomorrow night with Alonzo Bodden, K’Valentine, Joyelle Johnson, Leah Bonnema, Dina Nina Martinez, Lizz Winstead and special guest, DR. WILLIE PARKER!

 

 

LPJL Daily Takedown – July 21st, 2017

Anti-choice Avon Lady Karen Handel Won the Georgia Special Election

You know the former Georgia congressman who said “No one has ever died from not having health insurance?” YOU KNOW, the guy who is now in charge of THE AMERICAN HEALTHCARE SYSTEM. The guy who keeps hiring anti birth control and anti abortion Orcs to help him shape America’s healthcare policy?  Well anyway, his vacant congressional seat was just filled by Planned Parenthood defundamentalist Karen Handel. And on the same day another anti-choice bill puts a bruise on the peach state. Go Bulldogs!

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Righteous resisters in little rock are kicking some anti choice Arkans-ass

Let’s Call the hogs… out on their bullshit!! The ACLU and Planned Parenthood have both filed lawsuits to stop anti-abortion piggies from running hog wild in the Razorback state. The ACLU suit goes after a ban on the safest and most common method of abortion after the first trimester and other TRAP-law crap-laws about medical records and fetal tissue. A separate suit by Planned Parenthood challenges a law that lets the state close health clinics for being in violations of ANY rule, no matter how minor.

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Ohio is Once Again Chucking A Shit-Brick, Woman-Hating, Anti-Choice Bill Back Into The Abortion Battle

OHIO (HEART) BEAT-DOWN: Lawmakers in Ohio continue to beat a heartless 6-week ban, (which they manipulatively have named a “fetal heartbeat bill”) into the ground. They just reintroduced the fourth version in the past 6 years. It would ban abortion after a fetal heartbeat can be first detected—at around 4 weeks… or about the same time a FUCKING PREGNANCY is often first detected! This piece of shit bill is no more viable than the fetii it pretends to protect. Ohio Governor John Kasich has already vetoed an identical bill. But this gives GOV K-SICK cover to sign another bill that virtually bans all abortions after the first trimester. LPJL HEARTS OHIO! And we don’t want them treated so heartlessly. (Our friends at the Preterm clinic in Cleveland were just vandalized for the 3rd time in 3 weeks.) The Vagical Mystery Tour will be in Cleveland on July 13 to show support. Have a heart and come out!

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VAGICAL UPDATE!

Check Iowa City off on the list of places The Vagical Mystery Tour left its uterus-print! (the tattoos of course!)

Alex English hosted Lizz Winstead, Joyelle Johnson, Tina Schlieske, and VMT Newcomer Dina Nina Martinez!

If  you say FUCK anyone creating/passing legislation to block and destroy access to abortion, YOU CAN SIT WITH US!

LPJL Daily Takedown – June 6, 2017

Delaware House Votes on Bill Protecting Abortion Rights

Washington Post

GOOD NEWS FROM SMALL PLACES—Little DELAWARE has taken a HUGE step forward with a bill that will keep abortion legal in Delaware if Roe v. Wade is ever overturned. The bill removes any restrictions on abortion before a fetus reaches viability. Finally, a little sanity from the states! Delaware was the first state to ratify the US Constitution—and it looks like they’re still pretty fucking into it!

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Texas Bans the Safest, Most Common Abortion Procedure After 13 Weeks

San Antonio Current

TEXAS ABORTION RIGHTS GET THROWN UNDER THE OMNIBUS! Texas’s hateful SB8 bill is a veritable fountain of FUCK YOU for abortion rights, starting with the fact that it bans the safest, most common abortion procedure after 13 weeks. And Texas keeps throwing up roadblocks to make sure nobody could possibly get an abortion BEFORE 13 weeks. SB8 is like Texas’s unconstitutional HB2—times four!

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Anti-Abortion Democrats Put Women at Risk

Cosmopolitan

IT’S ABORTION RIGHTS, STUPID! Louisiana is becoming a sad example of what happens when Democratic politicians abandon abortion rights. Dem Governor John Bel Edwards has signed at least seven bills severely restricting abortion access as the number of clinics in Louisiana has gone from seven to only three. And it’s sapping the soul out of the Louisiana Democratic Party.

Democrats who want to ignore or even oppose abortion rights to govern on economic issues don’t get it—ABORTION IS AN ECONOMIC ISSUE! Women who can’t access abortion are three times as likely to end up in poverty. DEMS! YOU CAN’T SUPPORT EQUALITY WITHOUT SUPPORTING ABORTION RIGHTS!

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“This is a war”: Inside the global “pro-family” movement against abortion and LGBT rights

Open Democracy

THIS IS NOT A DRILL! While Democrats get wishy-washy about supporting abortion (see above)—CONSERVATIVES ARE GOING TO WAR. Speakers at the World Congress of Families summit/hate orgy declared “THIS IS A WAR!” as they vowed to battle abortion, rights for women and LGBT people, and the BRADY BUNCH (really!) We can’t ignore people who say they’re going to war with us, or we’ll lose our rights, our freedoms, AND the Brady Bunch.

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Colorado governor signs bill allowing women to get 12-month birth control prescriptions

The Denver Channel

We’re ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH over Colorado’s decision to allow women to get 12-month birth control prescriptions! Before this, you could only get one or three month prescriptions. HELLO? You can’t practice birth control “most of the time” any more than you can be a little bit pregnant. In a world where the anti’s are attacking even birth control, we just wanna say THANKS, COLORADO! And now, here’s Eunice’s take on it:

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Vagical Mystery Tour Update!

Today on the Tour LPJL and friends are lending helping hands to the Jackson Women’s Health Organization in Jackson, Mississippi – and let’s just say, Comedian Ian Harvie has QUESTIONS THAT NEED ANSWERS.

ALSO! More exclusive video coverage during clinic escorting in Birmingham! No sleep till equality!

 

LPJL Daily Takedown – 6/1/17

Texas Abortion Bill Could Criminalize People Who Help Women Get Abortions (Newsweek)

RETURN OF THE HATEFUL 8!  Oh, Texas Senate Bill 8, how do you harm me? Let me count the ways! There’s a new one coming out every day. Here’s a report on how SB 8 would turn anyone who helps a woman who needs an abortion into a criminal. That includes the Lyft driver who takes her to an appointment, or the bank teller who hands her the money she needs! Texas’s lunatic SB 8 is an example of misogynistic multi-tasking.

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If You’re Against Abortion, Gunning For Planned Parenthood Makes No Sense 

(WBUR)

If you’re anti-choice, going after Planned Parenthood is a LOSERS game… on every level.  Studies—not to mention common sense!—show that the services provided by Planned Parenthood (including PARENTHOOD that is PLANNED…. HELLO!!!) decrease the number of abortions. But then you shouldn’t expect logical consistency from groups that label themselves “Pro-Life” and then support violence, intimidation and the murder of abortion doctors!

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Kansas lawmakers go full harassment mode: mandate typeface size, style for abortion disclosure forms (Daily Kos)

FUCKING KANSAS is a veritable FONT of ignorance. New innovations by Kansas lawmakers in TRAP LAW FUCKERY actually mandate that abortion providers fill out disclosure forms in specific paper colors, typeface size, and even fonts! Because every moment spent fretting over paperwork is time NOT spent PROVIDING CARE TO PATIENTS! This FONT TRAP LAW is a document that should not be opened!

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Why Pro-Choice Counter-Protestors May Do More Damage Than Good At Abortion Clinics (Bustle)

We all agree on the goal of safeguarding abortion rights. There’s always room for debate on tactics. And new Bustle article makes a great point on how well-meaning pro-choice protests might not be the best approach outside of threatened clinics. One of Dr. George Tiller’s favorite mantras was “Trust Women.” To which we might add “Trust abortion providers…” to know the best way to serve the needs of their patients. RESIST! PERSIST! But don’t protest outside of clinics unless the clinic itself wants you to!

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#VagicalMysteryTour

HASHTAG WE SHOW UP!

The only “Peach” LPJL acknowledges is the PEACH STATE.

What’s happening at the Atlanta Women’s Center? ISSA BBQ!

Abortion Stigmatters

Stigmatizers gonna stigmatize.

One of our main goals at Lady Parts Justice League has always been combating the stigma about abortion. That’s why we LOVE IT when we hear about young women standing up and organizing around the idea of pride, defiance, and ending the attempts to shame women who exercise their reproductive rights.

And that’s just what some ASS-KICKING sisters at American University did when they put together Students to End Abortion Stigma (S2EAS) in the fall of 2016. Their mission statement says they want to “end the stigma surrounding abortion and reproductive justice in all of its forms.”

Steph Black, the director of communications for S2EAS, told the AU newspaper The Eagle “We want to be able to create a space on campus for people who are talking about these issues, thinking about these issues or even people who have had abortions or have had these kinds of life experiences.”

S2SEAS has already hosted a November event on resistance under the Trump regime, and has more events planned with input from the National Abortion Rights League and Planned Parenthood.

There is plenty of great old-school activism centered around the idea of ending abortion stigma.
Sea Change is an organization “dedicated to transforming the culture of stigma around abortion and other stigmatized reproductive experiences.” Global abortion rights organization Ipas fights the stigmatization of abortion and reproductive rights in countries all over the world. And the Guttmacher Institute has long been active in battling abortion stigma. At LPJL we’ve championed abortion-stigma-busting enterprises like “Shout Your Abortion” last year.

But what’s really great about S2EAS is to see young women organizing and coming together on their own. We want the next generation of young girls to grow into women who who are proud of the control they have over their own bodies–and who refuse to let anybody else judge them.

Abortion is a right–don’t let anybody tell you it’s wrong.

TRAP Law 101 Class

The biggest abortion case in 23 years is going before the U.S. Supreme Court on March 2nd and most people have absolutely no idea it’s happening! This decision will greatly effect access to abortion. Let me repeat. THIS DECISION WILL GREATLY AFFECT ACCESS TO ABORTION!

The case, Whole Woman’s Health V. Hellerstedt, will review a type of abortion regulation known as TRAP laws. (TRAP stands for Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers!) TRAP laws unfairly regulate clinics with an end-goal of shutting them down.

TRAP law examples include: requiring abortion doctors to obtain admitting privileges at a nearby hospital (i.e. a woman needs a note from her local hospital —> many of which will not give “permission”) and mandate that abortion facilities meet the requirements of ambulatory surgical centers. More dangerous than abortions (statistically speaking, if you are into facts and those sort of things) is getting your wisdom teeth pulled. Do those facilities need to meet the standards of a surgical center?! No, they do not. (When they find teeth in a women’s vagina maybe they will start regulating dentists.)

What all this means is that although abortion is technically legal, restrictions on clinics make it nearly impossible and incredibly expensive to keep a clinic open. TRAP laws, mandatory waiting periods, and abortion bans are leaving women with fewer options and more challenges that ever for seeking abortions. Taking all of these different restrictions into account (a total of 49 states have compromised abortion access since 1973 when abortion became a legal constitutional right) we see the message to women loud and clear “YEAH YOU CAN HAVE AN ABORTION – GOOD LUCK TRYING TO FIND A PLACE WHERE YOU CAN GET ONE!”

SOOOOOOO for the month of February we here at Lady Parts Justice League are dropping a video a week explaining TRAP Laws and what is at stake. Think of it as a TRAP LAW 101 Class in the form of our favorite mode of expose —> POP CULTURE REFERENCES!!!

Today we are releasing our second video of the month showcasing America’s favorite pastime: reality shows about houses! Fixing houses! Finding new houses! Where in my house can I take away women’s right?! Wait, what….

So why is finding a home easier than getting a healthcare procedure?! Oh yeah, because of TRAP Laws! This is not your nana’s house huntin’! Follow Susan as she figures out what abortion clinic best fits with her finances and needs. It’s an abortion adventure on a budget. Check out ‘Clinic Hunters’!

P.S. Comparing women’s reproductive rights to reality shows about houses feels really creepy! IT’S TIME FOR US ALL TO BE SO CREEPED OUT that we get out there and say ‘NO MORE’! Pay attention, get your panties in a knot, vote, vote, vote, make noise, join the Lady Parts Justice League!

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