1. The End of KYBOOMU … at least for now

    Perhaps you have noticed that Keep Your BS Out Of My Uterus has been rather quiet recently. I have a lot of balls in the air and just no longer have the time to run this site. 

    I can’t yet fully commit to ending KYBOOMU so I am going to say that this is an indefinite hiatus

    I will continue to write about reproductive justice occasionally on my personal blog. And I tweet about it a fair amount

    You can reach me by email, too: scatx [at] scatx [dot] com. 

    There are many things I can say about what this site has meant to me but I think it would all feel inadequate in the end.

    And so, I think what would be most appropriate as my final words here are: THANK YOU.

    Thank you for everything you all have taught me. The people on Tumblr - you - have held my feet to the fire, you have forced me to recognize my privileges and the way my language was excluding certain people from the movement, and you have shared with me your stories along the way. While I sometimes found Tumblr to be a space that was hostile, if you ask anyone who knows me, I constantly talk about how it is here that I have learned the most about reproductive justice and being a good ally. 

    THANK YOU, Tumblr.

    And good night.

    - Jessica Luther (aka @scATX)

    1 year ago  /  16 notes  / 

  2. The Texas Senate committee on Health and Human Services passed a bill out of committee that will, if made law, effectively shut down all but 5 or 6 abortion clinics in the state of TX, a state with 26 million people. 
FUCK.

    The Texas Senate committee on Health and Human Services passed a bill out of committee that will, if made law, effectively shut down all but 5 or 6 abortion clinics in the state of TX, a state with 26 million people. 

    FUCK.

    1 year ago  /  54 notes  / 

  3. Sen. Rand Paul introduces ‘fetal personhood’ bill to outlaw abortion | The Raw Story http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/03/17/sen-rand-paul-introduces-fetal-personhood-bill-to-outlaw-abortion/#.UUX0oaX75SI.twitter. - @sitswithpasta
There are only two words that come to mind when I think of Rand Paul: CIVIL LIBERTIES.
Just kidding! 

    Sen. Rand Paul introduces ‘fetal personhood’ bill to outlaw abortion | The Raw Story http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/03/17/sen-rand-paul-introduces-fetal-personhood-bill-to-outlaw-abortion/#.UUX0oaX75SI.twitter. - @sitswithpasta

    There are only two words that come to mind when I think of Rand Paul: CIVIL LIBERTIES.

    Just kidding! 

    1 year ago  /  45 notes  / 

  4. Anti-Choice Legislature in Arkansas and what it means to you.

    fuckyeahsexeducation:

    By now you may have heard that Arkansas is receiving an onslaught of proposed bills and new laws that limit people’s reproductive choices. These are just a few of those laws and bills:

                   * New Law, currently in affect: a ban on abortion after 20 weeks except in cases of rape, incest, or in saving the parent’s life

                   * New Law, not yet in affect: a ban on abortion after 12 weeks except in the cases of rape, incest, or in saving the parent’s life.

                   * New Bill (SB1157): Amending the law regarding consent to abortion. Although we don’t know what it all entails yet this usually  requires you to look at an ultrasound or have a doctor describe an ultrasound before an abortion is preformed. If the pregnancy is early enough this may require a transvaginal ultrasound.

                   * New Bill (SB913): This requires that you take both doses of the abortion pill in the clinic with the doctor there. Usually you take one in clinic and take the other at home as you have to wait 3 days before taking the other pill. This would really affect people who had to travel to get the procedure done. This also allows the “father” and “maternal grandparents” to sue the doctor.

                   * New Bill ( HB276): Amending the law regarding waiting periods for abortions. Again, we don’t know the details but this would largely affect those who had to travel or those close to the cut off date.

                   * New Bill (HB1098): this changes the definition of child under the child maltreatment act to from the time a fetal heartbeat can be detected to 18 years of age. That means that if a doctor thinks that a pregnant person is somehow abusing the fetus they could file a report.

                   * New Bill (SB913): this bans telemed abortions, abortions where the doctor is not physically in the room when the abortion pill is administered, but watches remotely and offers virtual counseling.

                   * New Bill (HB1899): Would allow doctors and pharmacists to refuse you birth control based on their moral beliefs

                   * New Bill (SB818): Would defund Planned Parenthood

    Now what does this all mean to people in Arkansas? This could mean that one or more of the Planned Parenthood clinics would have to shut down or reduce programs which could leave people without affordable birth control, STI testing, genital infection testing, infection treatment, wellness exams, prenatal care, post natal care, free condoms, pregnancy tests, the morning after pill, and the abortion pill. If they try to get an abortion or self abort they could possibly be charged with child abuse. They would only be able to get the abortion pill if they are able to go to the clinic twice in 4 days. They would only be able to get a surgical abortion before 12 weeks. This also means that if the parent’s life isn’t in immediate danger they may be forced to carry a dead or non-viable fetus to term which can cause several health problems and be incredibly traumatic.

    What does that mean to you? If any or all of these bills are made into laws this sets a precedence. If your state or wherever you live sees Arkansas accomplish all this they may want to start passing other laws. Right now North Dakota Senate just passed a 6-week abortion ban bill. Now many of you may be pointing out that many of these laws are unconstitutional and do go against federal law. This is true, a state Judge in Idaho just struck down a 20-week abortion ban as unconstitutional. However, they are planning to appeal this and take it all the way to the Supreme Court. Not only is this a time and money consuming procedure if Arkansas were to do this, but also until this happens some of these laws are already in affect or going into affect. Also, these people want to take it to the Supreme Court so that they can call into question Roe vs. Wade and try to get it overturned. That’s the main thing, they want abortion to be illegal on a federal level. This is scary considering 20 states have laws that restrict abortion.

    Now, what can you do about this? If you live in Arkansas, or any state for that matter, there are a few things you can do.

                   1. Educate yourself. Look into what your local laws are, and what the bills are that are coming up. Really look into what they say. Educate yourself on what abortion is, what it does, and why it is used. There are a lot of myths out there, so I’m going to be spreading some posts around to help you.

                   2. Talk about it. To everyone! Reblog posts or make posts on social networking sites, talk about it in school or at work. Tell people what’s going on and what they can do.

                   3. Write to newspapers and magazines. Write to as many groups as you can to tell them where you stand. Not only does your voice get heard, it encourages others to speak up as well

                   4. Call or email your local government. Many people have websites you can comment on, or emails and numbers available. Research who your local representatives are and tell them how you feel.

                   5. Make petitions, fliers, and protest. Make a petition on line or on paper and get signatures of people who support your cause. Take the information you learned about and make pamphlets or fliers to spread around town and educate others. Many places are holding protests, in Arkansas we’re having one at the Capitol (in Little Rock) March 23rd at 3:00). You are welcome to come show your support even if you don’t live here and maybe it’ll help you figure out what you need to do for your state. If you do live in Arkansas, if you can please go! It’s very important.

                   6. Vote. I know a lot of people say voting doesn’t matter, but this is a great example to show it does. Vote for people who aren’t going to do this to you. Research who is voting for these awful bills and spread the word so people know not to vote for them. I’ll be making a post of all of the politicians involved in these bills later.

    1 year ago  /  197 notes  / 

  5. "so we are clear, North Dakota just banned abortion less than 2 weeks after a missed period. In a state with 1 clinic. w/24hr wait" - @robinmarty
I think the only appropriate response to this is HOLY FUCKING SHIT.
For more information, click here.

    "so we are clear, North Dakota just banned abortion less than 2 weeks after a missed period. In a state with 1 clinic. w/24hr wait" - @robinmarty

    I think the only appropriate response to this is HOLY FUCKING SHIT.

    For more information, click here.

    1 year ago  /  2,116 notes  / 

  6. thescribbled:

stfusexists:

keepyourbsoutofmyuterus:

Tweet from @feministing » Breaking: Arkansas bans abortions after 12 weeks: http://bit.ly/107ZWgu  Most extreme(ly unconstitutional) law in the country.
TO BE CLEAR: This is NOT about whether people know and can act to get an abortion before 12 weeks. For a lot of poor and low-income ppl, even if they know they’re pregnant before 12 weeks, they may not raise the funds in time.
Like all anti-choice laws, the most vulnerable populations are the ones who suffer the most. If you don’t have access to transportation or time off work or someone to watch your kids, you can’t hop to another state for an abortion at 14 weeks.
Arkansas already has only one abortion clinic remaining.
My heart goes out to the people of Arkansas who need abortions and can’t access them, to the people fighting for that access everyday.

Absolutely unbelievable. Not only is this going to cost people who need abortions access to a legal medical procedure, it is going to cost everyone in the state of Arkansas when the federal government (correctly) takes them to court for it.

Minor correction: We have two clinics, but only one can do surgical abortions. 
This is such a waste of time and money. Even a lot of anti-choice groups disagree with it. I’m entirely disgusted with my home state right now.

Thank you for the clarification!

    thescribbled:

    stfusexists:

    keepyourbsoutofmyuterus:

    Tweet from @feministing » Breaking: Arkansas bans abortions after 12 weeks: http://bit.ly/107ZWgu  Most extreme(ly unconstitutional) law in the country.

    TO BE CLEAR: This is NOT about whether people know and can act to get an abortion before 12 weeks. For a lot of poor and low-income ppl, even if they know they’re pregnant before 12 weeks, they may not raise the funds in time.

    Like all anti-choice laws, the most vulnerable populations are the ones who suffer the most. If you don’t have access to transportation or time off work or someone to watch your kids, you can’t hop to another state for an abortion at 14 weeks.

    Arkansas already has only one abortion clinic remaining.

    My heart goes out to the people of Arkansas who need abortions and can’t access them, to the people fighting for that access everyday.

    Absolutely unbelievable. Not only is this going to cost people who need abortions access to a legal medical procedure, it is going to cost everyone in the state of Arkansas when the federal government (correctly) takes them to court for it.

    Minor correction: We have two clinics, but only one can do surgical abortions. 

    This is such a waste of time and money. Even a lot of anti-choice groups disagree with it. I’m entirely disgusted with my home state right now.

    Thank you for the clarification!

    (via the-scribbled)

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  7. Choice without access is no choice at all. #ReproductiveJustice

    Choice without access is no choice at all. #ReproductiveJustice

    1 year ago  /  82 notes  / 

  8. Tweet from @Hegemommy: So the Arkansas law will test the limits of Casey. Does providing a woman a 1 week window to get an abortion represent an undue burden?
[NB: more people than just cis women need and want access to abortion.]

    Tweet from @Hegemommy: So the Arkansas law will test the limits of Casey. Does providing a woman a 1 week window to get an abortion represent an undue burden?

    [NB: more people than just cis women need and want access to abortion.]

    1 year ago  /  27 notes  / 

  9. Tweet from @feministing » Breaking: Arkansas bans abortions after 12 weeks: http://bit.ly/107ZWgu  Most extreme(ly unconstitutional) law in the country.
TO BE CLEAR: This is NOT about whether people know and can act to get an abortion before 12 weeks. For a lot of poor and low-income ppl, even if they know they’re pregnant before 12 weeks, they may not raise the funds in time.
Like all anti-choice laws, the most vulnerable populations are the ones who suffer the most. If you don’t have access to transportation or time off work or someone to watch your kids, you can’t hop to another state for an abortion at 14 weeks.
Arkansas already has only one abortion clinic remaining.
My heart goes out to the people of Arkansas who need abortions and can’t access them, to the people fighting for that access everyday.

    Tweet from @feministing » Breaking: Arkansas bans abortions after 12 weeks: http://bit.ly/107ZWgu  Most extreme(ly unconstitutional) law in the country.

    TO BE CLEAR: This is NOT about whether people know and can act to get an abortion before 12 weeks. For a lot of poor and low-income ppl, even if they know they’re pregnant before 12 weeks, they may not raise the funds in time.

    Like all anti-choice laws, the most vulnerable populations are the ones who suffer the most. If you don’t have access to transportation or time off work or someone to watch your kids, you can’t hop to another state for an abortion at 14 weeks.

    Arkansas already has only one abortion clinic remaining.

    My heart goes out to the people of Arkansas who need abortions and can’t access them, to the people fighting for that access everyday.

    1 year ago  /  660 notes  /