Things have been pretty heated in the repro health realm lately – votes to defund Planned Parenthood, billboard attacks left and right, fights over the fate of emergency contraception – and in honor of April Fool’s Day (the most holy of funny days), I wanted to share a few links around these reproductive health issues that might, for once, give my fellow feminists a chuckle instead of an ulcer.
1) Why the fuck should I use emergency contraception? This site pokes fun by generating all sorts of reasons why indeed, access to emergency contraception is really fucking important. I have a tie for my favorites: either “Once you’re actually pregnant, anti-choicers will be trying to get all up in your fucking uterus” or “Thanks to Bush-era abstinence-only sex ed, you believe condoms have holes and the pill causes cancer, so you skipped both.” Thanks, Back Up Your Birth Control!
2) Every 21 minutes, our next possible leader is aborted. Hilarious only in its insanity – that this is actually being used by anti-choicers as a strategy. When I volunteered as a clinic escort, I saw the “the most dangerous place for an African American is in the womb” rhetoric used firsthand by protesters as black women entered the clinic – and I thought that was crazy! But now to bring Obama into the mix – I wonder if he’s getting royalties…
3) Republican Bill Would Stamp the Face of Jesus on Every Sonogram. Only the title is funny, the rest just gets my dander up.
And finally, to end on a happy note:
4) Clowns Can Help You Get Pregnant. Fertility issues are repro health issues, too – except this one is honestly kinda creepy. But I must concur that laughter is definitely the best medicine…right behind Nyquil and candy. Happy April Fool’s Day, all!