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bebinn:

echosoflove0:

Heres the thing about Planned Parenthood. Ok fine, I can see how its a good idea. But there is a LOT that needs to be rethought. 
1) There is no warning waver that needs to be signed. What am I talking about? You know all that paperwork you do at the dentist? It tells you ALL the possible complications, problems and side effects of whatever you’re having done? Pretty important right?Planned parenthood doesn’t provide one of those. Here are some of the physical effects of abortion. 6% require a total hysterectomy 8% fallopian tubes become blocked9% develop infections 15% have postoperative hemorrhaging22% miscarry a later wanted child 
Some Psychological affects: 23% hallucinate related to the abortion 54% have nightmares related to abortion61% increase alcohol use65% have thoughts of suicide 85% are surprised at intensity of emotional reaction 92% have feelings of anger, guilt and depressionWouldn’t you want to be aware of these things before proceeding? 2) Planned parenthood fights every year in support of ‘abortion’ up to TWO YEARS of age. 3) Planned Parenthood fights every year in support of restricting American families to only one child. 4) If a young woman goes into Planned Parenthood with feelings of depression, anger or guilt to seek counseling, they turn her away. Instead of offering shelter and acceptance, they tell her that it has nothing to do with her abortion, and to seek help elsewhere. Now I don’t know about you, but regardless of whether you are pro-choice, or pro-life, these are undeniably relative issues. 

I’m really impressed that you managed to get literally every single thing you said wrong. That’s quite the feat!
From Planned Parenthood’s page on abortion:

Before the abortion procedure, you will need to
discuss your options
talk about your medical history
have laboratory tests
have a physical exam — which may include an ultrasound
read and sign papers

Planned Parenthood is a medical organization just like every other health care facility, and is bound by the exact same laws and standards. Whoever told you there are no waivers or information provided was misinformed or lying to you.
Your (un-cited) statistics come from David Reardon, who was once described as the “Moses" of anti-abortion activists. He runs the anti-choice Elliot Institute, his methodology has been repeatedly criticized, and his degree is from an unaccredited correspondence school, which was shut down following a lawsuit filed by the state of Hawaii. You’ll have to forgive the rest of the science world for understanding that he only produces junk science.
Here’s the truth: Abortion is one of the safest, simplest procedures in existence. First-trimester abortions pose virtually none of the risks you listed and have a less than 0.05% chance of complications that may require hospitalization. Exhaustive reviews by both the American Psychological and American Psychiatric Associations concluded there is no risk to mental health, that 90% of patients felt relief, and among patient who experienced negative emotions, 80% still said they made the right choice.
I honestly have no idea how people can actually believe “post-birth abortion” is a thing, much less something that Planned Parenthood advocates for. You’ll need to provide proof of this claim and the one-child restriction, because I can’t prove something isn’t happening if there’s no evidence it’s happening in the first place.
A simple Google search will turn up multiple Planned Parenthood locations with both in-person and phone counseling for post-abortion and other needs. If they don’t have the resources to offer it themselves, Planned Parenthood’s page on Thinking About Abortion refers to Exhale’s hotline; Western Pennsylvania’s center, Portland’s center, and St. Louis’ center all offer counseling in their clinics.
I am very tired of pro-life junk science being touted as legitimate. I even wrote a whole article on determining whether studies are valid for this exact reason!

bebinn:

echosoflove0:

Heres the thing about Planned Parenthood. Ok fine, I can see how its a good idea. But there is a LOT that needs to be rethought. 


1) There is no warning waver that needs to be signed. What am I talking about? You know all that paperwork you do at the dentist? It tells you ALL the possible complications, problems and side effects of whatever you’re having done? Pretty important right?
Planned parenthood doesn’t provide one of those. Here are some of the physical effects of abortion. 

6% require a total hysterectomy 
8% fallopian tubes become blocked
9% develop infections 
15% have postoperative hemorrhaging
22% miscarry a later wanted child 

Some Psychological affects: 
23% hallucinate related to the abortion 
54% have nightmares related to abortion
61% increase alcohol use
65% have thoughts of suicide 
85% are surprised at intensity of emotional reaction 
92% have feelings of anger, guilt and depression

Wouldn’t you want to be aware of these things before proceeding? 

2) Planned parenthood fights every year in support of ‘abortion’ up to TWO YEARS of age. 

3) Planned Parenthood fights every year in support of restricting American families to only one child. 

4) If a young woman goes into Planned Parenthood with feelings of depression, anger or guilt to seek counseling, they turn her away. Instead of offering shelter and acceptance, they tell her that it has nothing to do with her abortion, and to seek help elsewhere. 

Now I don’t know about you, but regardless of whether you are pro-choice, or pro-life, these are undeniably relative issues. 

I’m really impressed that you managed to get literally every single thing you said wrong. That’s quite the feat!

From Planned Parenthood’s page on abortion:

Before the abortion procedure, you will need to

  • discuss your options
  • talk about your medical history
  • have laboratory tests
  • have a physical exam — which may include an ultrasound
  • read and sign papers

Planned Parenthood is a medical organization just like every other health care facility, and is bound by the exact same laws and standards. Whoever told you there are no waivers or information provided was misinformed or lying to you.

Your (un-cited) statistics come from David Reardon, who was once described as the “Moses" of anti-abortion activists. He runs the anti-choice Elliot Institute, his methodology has been repeatedly criticized, and his degree is from an unaccredited correspondence school, which was shut down following a lawsuit filed by the state of Hawaii. You’ll have to forgive the rest of the science world for understanding that he only produces junk science.

Here’s the truth: Abortion is one of the safest, simplest procedures in existence. First-trimester abortions pose virtually none of the risks you listed and have a less than 0.05% chance of complications that may require hospitalization. Exhaustive reviews by both the American Psychological and American Psychiatric Associations concluded there is no risk to mental health, that 90% of patients felt relief, and among patient who experienced negative emotions, 80% still said they made the right choice.

I honestly have no idea how people can actually believe “post-birth abortion” is a thing, much less something that Planned Parenthood advocates for. You’ll need to provide proof of this claim and the one-child restriction, because I can’t prove something isn’t happening if there’s no evidence it’s happening in the first place.

A simple Google search will turn up multiple Planned Parenthood locations with both in-person and phone counseling for post-abortion and other needs. If they don’t have the resources to offer it themselves, Planned Parenthood’s page on Thinking About Abortion refers to Exhale’s hotline; Western Pennsylvania’s center, Portland’s center, and St. Louis’ center all offer counseling in their clinics.

I am very tired of pro-life junk science being touted as legitimate. I even wrote a whole article on determining whether studies are valid for this exact reason!

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Let’s Talk About Fertility Awareness-Based Methods!

plannedparenthood:

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Someone asked us:

When it comes to birth control, why doesn’t PP ever discuss the fertility awareness method? Used correctly, it’s 100% effective (as you can’t get pregnant if you aren’t having sex when ovulating). I think it’s another great contraceptive method, especially for women who are sensitive to hormones/don’t react well to them, and allows for a woman to be more in tune with her body and be proactive about her gynecological health.

We do discuss it! Fertility awareness-based methods or FAMs (also called “natural family planning”) are when you carefully track your menstrual cycle and/or other body signals to know when you’re ovulating, and then avoid unprotected vaginal sex during that time. Like you mentioned, it can be a great way to avoid pregnancy without using hormones, and it’s a great way to get in touch with how your body works, too. 

But — and this is a big ol’ “but” — fertility awareness methods have a higher failure rate than many other kinds of birth control.  One reason why it’s hard to rely on FAMs is because sperm can live inside a woman’s body for up to six days, so it’s actually possible to become pregnant even if you’re not ovulating right when sex occurs.  No birth control method is 100% effective, even when used correctly (the exception, of course, being round-the-clock abstinence from vaginal sex).

FAMs require you to keep careful records, and avoid sex (or use another birth control method) for at least 10 days per menstrual cycle. It can take lots of patience and time to learn to use FAMs correctly, and many people find that kind of commitment doesn’t fit into their busy lifestyles.  It’s also not very effective for people with irregular periods (especially teens), frequent abnormal discharge, or a partner who’s not committed to using FAMs correctly and consistently. And FAMs don’t prevent the spread of STDs, so that’s something else to consider.

If none of these things are issues for you, FAMs are a fine option. I’m all about people being proactive about their health, but that includes being realistic about what makes FAMs most effective and whether or not that will jive with their day-to-day lives. It’s great that you’ve found a method you’re stoked about, and many other people use and love it too, but the reason it’s not discussed as often as other methods is because it tends to have a higher failure rate in practice.

Birth control methods are like people (and snowflakes): no two are alike.  And the best method is the one that works best for you. 

-Kendall at PP

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cedarslove:

uglyorangecouch:

antichoicescreencraps:

An anti-choice drop card placed in a condom package.

Question unrelated to abortion (kinda): Why are the condoms behind bulletproof glass or whatever the hell that is?

As a sex shop worker I can say that many stores put condoms in cases like this because condoms are expensive, valuable, and VERY EASILY STOLEN. So this makes them harder to steal. Trojan Charged are particularly expensive because they are awesome. Wal-Mart, for example, does this with razor cartridges.

I’ve seen it done with razor cartridges, but here you can walk into any Planned Parenthood or public health center and get free condoms, so I guess I just don’t get why people would steal them. I guess shame, but shame over sex is dumb and should be stopped.

cedarslove:

uglyorangecouch:

antichoicescreencraps:

An anti-choice drop card placed in a condom package.

Question unrelated to abortion (kinda): Why are the condoms behind bulletproof glass or whatever the hell that is?

As a sex shop worker I can say that many stores put condoms in cases like this because condoms are expensive, valuable, and VERY EASILY STOLEN. So this makes them harder to steal. Trojan Charged are particularly expensive because they are awesome. Wal-Mart, for example, does this with razor cartridges.

I’ve seen it done with razor cartridges, but here you can walk into any Planned Parenthood or public health center and get free condoms, so I guess I just don’t get why people would steal them. I guess shame, but shame over sex is dumb and should be stopped.

(Source: antichoicescreencaps, via cedarslove-deactivated20130514)

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