Watch Jessica Valenti in the documentary How to Lose Your Virginity streaming in July at watch.virginitymovie.com.
Yeah fuck that person who thinks this isn’t intimidating for patients.
I do clinic escorting at a local clinic every weekend. We have a fence and the antis aren’t allowed on our property, luckily, but let me just tell you about my experience just today.
- I had a woman ask me for my name multiple times. She knew I worked for the clinic because I wear an apron that says “clinic escort” on it. She kept telling me I didn’t “have” to work for an abortion clinic. This is part of a concerted effort on the part of anti-choicers to harass clinic workers into quitting their jobs. It’s actually called "And then there were none" and it’s pretty fucking disgusting.
- When I walked up to a patient as she was getting out of her car (this is policy, we have to ask if the person has an appointment because the antis try to park on our property all the time), she got really scared at first because she thought I was one of the antis. She told me how relieved she was once she read my apron. This woman had an existing child that she mentioned to me as the antis were screaming over the fence about her “killing her baby”.
- Another woman told me how she was worried I might be “with them” when I walked up, just because the knowledge of how anti-choicers harass people going into the clinic is so commonplace. She was also relieved to have me there. One of the anti-choicers yelled at her about killing her baby from over the fence. She burst into tears.
- These people also yell at and harass the men that come into the clinics with either their partners or their family members. One woman kept yelling out to the men coming in to “protect [his] legacy”.
This was all in one day. One day. I’ve had other experiences on other days when I’ve escorted that are just as bad or worse.
It’s not like these people stand there silently. They are actively yelling at folks and when they can, pursuing them. If an anti-choicer at my place of work can’t get to someone through the part of the fence that overlooks the parking lot, they will push their pamphlets through the parts of the fence that face the doors of the clinic. They are aggressive and totally insensitive to the feelings of any of the patients coming into the clinic.
I haven’t worked at this clinic long, but I have seen the emotional effects that these people have on patients coming into the clinic. So like yeah, in one picture it doesn’t appear that they’re harassing anyone, yelling, or threatening people. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen. And either way, who wants people staring at them when they’re going in for a medical procedure? Or when you come out of one, and you’re still so groggy from anesthesia that you need one of the clinic nurses (or even myself or someone else in my kind of position!) to hold you up and put you in the car?
Anyone who thinks the people standing outside of clinics are not doing it with the intent to harass and bully is wrong, and patients deserve to be protected from this kind of bullshit. My clinic has a big fence and the patients that we serve still feel harassed and bullied. I can’t imagine what it must be like for people going into a clinic without that, like what is pictured.
Thank you for the work you do. Clinic escorts are so brave, and so needed.
The clinic escort who took me in for my annual exam looked like a Hell’s Angel and was easily 6’5.
The anti who harassed me looked like Aunt May.
Just saw her on House.
Routine mammography screening is not medically necessary, and the false positives can lead to suffering. Yet… LINK
I’m proud that I live in a country where it’s illegal to discriminate in the workplace thanks to the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Some folks don’t understand that women have become an extremely valuable part of the workforce today on their own merit, not because the government mandated it.
|—||Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-Kan.), the GOP conference’s vice chair, says government had nothing to do with the Equal Pay Act or the Civil Rights Act.|
AP: Disney is sometimes criticized for commercializing and homogenizing children’s entertainment. Disney is publicizing your book and Kingswell, a Disney imprint, is publishing it. Does your book promote Disney?
RON: The book is not in any way pro-Disney. It’s not anti-Disney. It’s just pro-fact. We understand the distaste people have for the power of Disney and the brainwashing. There were times when I said, “If I watch Peter Pan one more time, I’m going to take a sword and plunge it into my chest.” But over time we began to see it was the only way to connect with our child. And the reason I went to this publishing unit of Disney was when I talked to my agent, he said, “Every word your child speaks is licensed by a multinational company.” We’d have to pay licensing fees for every lyric or line of dialogue. I had to go to Disney.
Ron Suskind on his latest book, “Life, Animated”, which talks about connecting with his autistic kid through Disney movies. His book is published by Kingswell, a Disney imprint, which leads to charges of conflict of interest. Interview link.
(Maybe, just maybe, Disney could have said “OK, just publish it freely anywhere, it’s a good cause”?)
"[Republican politicans] think the old status quo, in which so many Americans had no insurance and so many more with insurance couldn’t pay their bills, was preferable."
- Jonathan Cohn, TNR.
To me, this simply reflects the base of the Republican party: upper middle-class, typically older, white Americans who were happy with the old status quo, and dislike change.
To think it all began with a simple tweet…
Tell me if this works.— Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc)January 17, 2009
Then word slowly started to spread,
And sure enough, one tweet about Justice Scalia’s hat got the wheels in motion.
Scalia in a really weird hat.— Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc)
Nice work, Senator. (Or whoever writes her Tumblr.)