Monday, June 15, 2009


Let me begin by sending my deepest condolences to the family of Dr. George Tiller. His brutal murder is yet another act of senseless violence and a hate crime. The anti - abortion people believe they can say whatever they please and think that it is justified as freedom of speech. Their hateful words and behavior has an effect on everyone, even those crazy enough to load a gun, walk into a church and take the life of someone else's brother, father, friend. It is no secret that I am pro-choice and proud of it! I have blogged, been on live TV and lobbied in Springfield, IL about it before. This is the very reason why I volunteer for the Chicago Abortion fund. Sure, abortion is still legal but if all of the doctors who willingly put there lives on the line to help keep a woman's choice possible are murdered, Roe v. Wade will certainly become irrelevant.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Does abortion prevent child abuse?

“Does abortion prevent child abuse? In 1973, when abortion was first legalized, the United States child abuse cases were estimated at 167,000 annually. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 903,000 children were victims of abuse during 2001, a number more than 5 times greater.”

-from Life Report Podcast

Correlation is NOT causation. The population of the US increased from 211,909,000 in 1973 to 285,669,915. While those numbers are not enough to explain the difference, perhaps a shift in social attitudes can. Even just a generation or two ago, it was common to use more negative force and excessive discipline on children (for example, how common was spanking while you were growing up vs. now?). Mandated reporters (people who, due to their close work with children, are legally obligated to report suspected abuse) were not established until 1974 when the Child Abuse and Treatment Act passed. This act also begun federal funding to all 50 states to prevent, investigate and assess child abuse cases.

Further, it would be interesting to see how these statistics define “child abuse.” Unfortunately, some children deemed victims of child abuse are ultimately victims of poverty. Stories come to my mind of families torn apart due to unsafe living conditions that were a direct result of landlord neglect and the ghetto-ization of low-income people or parents who were working but poor and couldn’t afford all their bills and to put food on their table.

Lastly, any person who would claim “abortion prevents child abuse” is not clearly thinking through their pro-choice logic. Yes, in some select cases a continued pregnancy would have resulted in the child being abused, but ultimately this claim is anti-woman, assuming there are some women who just shouldn’t be parents- almost mandating abortion in certain cases. Hard to prove tangents just take away from our message. If we are to ever have a truly united force for reproductive justice, we must squarely keep the focus for abortion on the woman and what she wants for herself, her family (if applicable) and her future.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

May's Call-In Show Posted on You Tube!

I didn't post that the show was uploaded to youtube last week due to Dr. Tiller's assassination. But here it is, and I hope you watch all three parts!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Leading Abortion Provider?

Well I thought I would throw my two cents in since I saw Brittany received a comment to her post about FPA's recent billboards around town. Wait....backup...not around town just in poor communities of color. I think that is what the disgusting thing is about it. I'm not sure what they are trying to convey with this type of advertising. Someone told me that they saw a billboard in a Latino community where it didn't have "Leading Abortion Provider" but instead said: "Free Pregnancy Testing". I have yet to see any of these billboards in affluent predominately white neighborhoods or neighborhoods that are undergoing gentrification.

So my question goes back to why poor communities of color? I mean if it was advertised everywhere I might think differently....and I'm for a woman's choice. But come on! What's up with that? Is it some racial stuff? Inquiring minds want to know so we are sending a letter to FPA for some answers!



Friday, June 5, 2009


There are a lot of public ads throughout the low income neighborhoods stating how one clinic is "leading abortion provider". The first time I read I had to do a double- take. Abortion is a serious decision and not something to be taken lightly. It was a very difficult choice for me as I know it is for many women. I'm just disgusted.