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NEWSLETTER  |  March 15, 2018  |  Vol. 1, Issue 6
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Hot take from our organizing meeting this week: our last action at that anti-abortion church in Soho was the best one we’ve ever held??

It wasn’t our biggest turnout ever, but early on a Saturday morning, over a year out from the election and a million protests later, it was good! And with about 40 people we effectively prevented the church from posting up in the spot in front of the clinic where they’ve posted up for years. Patients walked into the clinic without anyone praying in their faces. We sang. It was a good morning. Here’s a write-up and a short film about it that The Indypendent put together; scroll down for the video, it’s really worth watching.

Two more things worth clicking on: Our very own Delicia Jones along with Erika Christensen, a fierce advocate for the Reproductive Health Act (RHAVote.com), spoke beautifully at the International Women’s Strike at Washington Square Park on March 8. And Christine Pardue wrote a piece for Rewire about how the strategy of bold clinic defense ought to be a cornerstone of the reproductive rights movement.

Here’s what’s next: Some true wackadoodles are coming to Foley Square on March 25 to march in favor of a total abortion ban, no exceptions (!!!). They’re busing in church members, hiring a DJ, the works. Help us remind them that New York is our city, abortion is our right, and we won’t go back.

What: Stand Up for Women’s Lives (Protest and Performance Art)
Where: Foley Square, NYC
When: Sunday, March 25, 9am to 12pm

RSVP on Facebook here.

We take deep breaths to regulate our blood pressure because Scott Lloyd, head of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, is such a motherfucking CREEP

Here are things that Scott Lloyd has done:

1 Instructed his staff to send him a weekly spreadsheet listing each pregnant teen in detention, with information on how far along the pregnancy is and whether the teen has asked for an abortion.

- Sought to prevent pregnant refugees from meeting with attorneys.

3 - Refused to grant abortion access to any teen who has requested it, even in the case of a refugee who was raped.

- Implemented the policy of requiring minors to ask him for his personal permission before accessing abortion care in the first place (lest we forget that this is not normal!).

- When asked by an ACLU attorney if he would grant permission in cases where a minor’s life was in danger, he replied “potentially.” (The chant “Pro-life? That’s a life! You don’t care if women die!” is not hyperbole!)

- Personally met with pregnant refugees who were thinking about getting abortions.

- Instructed staff to tell a girl’s parents about her abortion against her wishes (she feared that her father would retaliate against her mother). He did the same in another situation where the girl feared that her parents would retaliate against her.

This is an incomplete list of just the things that we know about, pulled from a single article.

Another reason why immigration is a reproductive rights issue? ICE has detained a reproductive rights organizer. Immigrants rights advocates suspect that this is retaliation for her role in leading protests in front of the Department of Homeland Security earlier this year.

We read

Mississippi is close to banning abortion after 15 weeks; the bill refers to pregnant people as “maternal patients,” and Republicans shot down an amendment that would have provided help with childcare for people who are forced to carry to term. | Polish women march against some of the most restrictive abortion laws in the world. | “I saw a video of a tiny, tiny, little baby, tiny little baby, running up the uterine wall, playing.” | Voters don’t actually know that abortion really is simple and safe. | A Salvadoran woman who spent 15 years in jail after miscarrying is finally free.

We love

The word abortion.

Instead of saying “pro-choice,” try saying “pro-abortion” sometime. It feels nice and tingly. Have you ever been in a conversation with a dude about abortion and he keeps saying things like “I’m totally pro-choice, but…” and then he says “I mean, no one’s actually pro-abortion—” and then you cut him off right there in the middle of what was sure to be a knowledgeable, fully formed thought and you coolly say “Actually, I’m pro-abortion. I love abortion”? And then he looks alarmed but doesn’t ask you to elaborate, he just rushes in with the same thing he was going to say before but with more hand waving this time?

If this has never happened to you, I recommend it! In the moment when the words “Actually, I’m pro-abortion” fall from your lips, you will become beautiful and terrible as the dawn and all shall love you and despair (i.e. you will become Galadriel). Really! It’s a real treat. I look back on this moment as one of the happiest of my life.

The other option here would be to not engage in conversation with dudes who think being pro-choice needs qualifying, and if you go that route you’ll probably sleep better and live longer, so!

Forward to a friend who loves abortion ~

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