first it was the pharmacists

Bus driver claims abortion views led to his firing.

Woman wants to take bus to Planned Parenthood. Bus driver refuses, on the grounds that OMG BORTIUNZ! Bus driver is fired. Bus driver then claims religious discrimination.

I'm not going to get too upset until this isn't laughed out of court. In the meantime... this is where all those fucking conscience clauses for pharmacists inevitably lead. For fuck's sake. I think what pisses me off is the moral cowardice of people who are simultaneously claiming to be great moral martyrs. If something is really that big a deal to you, you should be willing to lose your job over it. The real heroes get arrested, get beaten by cops, get death threats, because they're willing to stand up for what's right and damn the consequences. It reminds me of something a college professor once said, about the difference between civil disobedience and criminal behavior - if your goal is to change the system, you take the consequences and use them to further your cause. If your plan is to get away with it, you're just breaking the law for your own advantage. There are people who will proudly resign rather than do a job that they think is unethical. This guy is just a jerk.

(Comments on the article are not as rage-inducing as I would have feared. There are plenty of people pointing out that a) PP offers lots of non-abortion-related services and b) you don't get to not do your job and then complain that you got fired.)

yay austin!

I'd like to take a moment to brag on my City Council. As of Thursday, we are the second US city (after Baltimore) to require crisis pregnancy centers to post notices at their entrances if they do not offer or refer women to abortion or contraception.

The anti-choicers are of course up in arms and talking about unconstitutional infringements on free speech, but I don't see how this is any more unconstitutional than requiring food manufacturers to print ingredients and nutrition information.

Notices must be at least 8 1/2 by 11 inches large, with at least 48-pt font, in both English and Spanish. They must say, "This center does not provide abortions or refer to abortion providers. This center does not provide or refer to providers of U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved birth control drugs and medical devices."

The measure passed unanimously.
Illegal abortion

Resources for abortion counselors?

Hi everyone,

I was recently hired as a counselor at an abortion clinic, and am super excited about it. It's been a great experience so far - I love being in the clinic setting, where my co-workers are all awesome pro-choice feminists, and finally seeing what is arguably the most important piece in the abortion debate - which, despite being a passionate pro-choice advocate for many years, I had always been far removed from before.

So I was wondering if anyone knows of any blogs, online communities or forums, or other sorts of resources for abortion counselors? I'm really interested in reading about other counselors' experiences and stories, which I imagine will help me to be better prepared, and was wondering if any type of resource like that for clinic counselors exists. Anyone know of anything? I searched LJ comms, Google Blog, and Google generally, but couldn't come up with anything like that. Luckily, there seem to be a number of places for women to share their stories of having abortions, which I am definitely also reading to learn more about that side of the clinic experience, but I am interested in finding resources and communities specifically for counselors too.

If there are any abortion counselors in this community I'd love to hear any stories you'd like to share, as well. :) Thanks everyone!
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I Am Dr. Tiller - honoring abortion providers

I am Dr. Tiller

This website was created as both a memorial to the lifework of Dr. George Tiller and as a living testimony to the courageous lives of abortion providers.

The site contains photos of people who help provide abortions, and their testimonials. I cried like crazy reading this site. In a good way.

If you help provide abortions, please consider adding your story to the site.

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protecting our doctors

I'm sure I'm not alone in wanting to do something to protect our physicians in wake of Dr. Tiller's death.

What do you guys think about the possibility of a statute that bans public (e.g. at gatherings, or on the media) villification of specific abortion providers (i.e. by name)? I know there would be a first amendment challenge, but we have the whole "wanted poster" website precedent to work with...
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When a woman faced stoning
for the sin of sex
Jesus stepped up and spoke
and stopped the sentence.
he placed his body
between the vulnerable and the vicious.
two thousand years later
new crowds gather
and write letters
and wave signs
and denounce
and threaten
and stalk, shoot, bomb, poison
to wound women
for the sin of sex.
in Jesus's absence
Dr. Tiller placed his body
between the vulnerable and the vicious.
Between his patients seeking help
and the dark crowds outside
the stalkers and the shooters
the sign-wavers and the letter-writers.
Jesus saved one woman from the mob.
Dr. Tiller saved thousands.
Dr. Tiller was killed
while worshipping Jesus
in the name of Jesus.
Had he not followed Jesus
he would not have been killed.
In this sad strange world
where they kill even gods
for the capital crime
of working for women,
they have made another martyr
who will not be forgotten.

x-posted to my journal and abortioninfo

Pro-Choice Summer Reads

Hello all!  I just joined the group and am glad to have found a community like this!  I'm a college student, so I have a little more time in the summer between classes to catch up on reading.  Does anyone have any suggestions for good reads about pro-choice issues?

I'm currently reading The Handmaid's Tale and I'm dying to read The Means of Reproduction by Michelle Goldberg. 
kitty peeks!
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Suspect rrested in connection with slaying of abortion provider George Tiller

From the article:

A suspect in this morning's fatal shooting of George Tiller is in custody in Johnson County.

Authorities have yet to release more information about the arrest in Gardner. Wichita police have scheduled a 4 p.m. news conference to discuss the case.

Tiller, 67, was shot just after 10 a.m. in the lobby of Reformation Lutheran Church at 7601 E. 13th, where he was a member of the congregation.

Tiller was serving as an usher at the church, one of six ushers listed in the church bulletin. He was handing out bulletins to people going into the sanctuary minutes before being shot.

A church member who did not want to be identified said the gunman threatened another person at the church after the shooting.

Tiller's family issued a statement through Wichita attorneys Dan Monnat and Lee Thompson.

"Today we mourn the loss of our husband, father and grandfather. Today's event is an unspeakable tragedy for all of us and for George's friends and patients.

"This is particularly heart wrenching because George was shot down in his house of worship, a place of peace."

Police had said they were looking for white male who was driving a 1990s powder blue Ford Taurus with Kansas license plate 225 BAB. The vehicle is registered to an owner in Merriam, which is in the Kansas City area.

Wichita police Capt. Brent Allred said that several law enforcement agencies -- including the FBI and the KBI -- have been called in to help with the case.

Allred said that no one else was injured in the shooting. He would not say how many shots were fired. He said it's unclear whether the shooter exchanged any words with the victim.

Allred said the 10 a.m. church service had already begun at the time of the shooting.

Homicide detectives and Sedgwick County District Attorney Nola Foulston arrived at the church after the shooting.

Members of the congregation who were inside the sanctuary at the time of the shooting were kept inside by police, and those arriving were ushered into the parking lot immediately after the shooting.

Witnesses later were transported downtown for interviews and other members of the congregation were slowly released from inside the sanctuary.

By 12:30 p.m., what appeared to be a body was taken away in an SUV with a patrol car behind it.

At about 12:40, a police dog was taken to check out a black SUV. An investigator wrote down the tag number on the vehicle.

Tiller has long been a focal point of protest by abortion opponents because his clinic, Women's Health Care Services at 5107 E. Kellogg, is one of the few in the country where late-term abortions are performed.

"It's a terrible loss. I'm just really sad about the whole thing," said a former employee of the clinic who asked not to be identified. "He was a great guy. I understand people were against a lot of what he did, but for those who he helped, they'll never forget the kind of person he was."

Mark Mitchell, who lives near where the shooting occurred, said he knew Tiller attended Reformation Lutheran Church because of the periodic protests there and media coverage.

He said the protests would sometimes be as large as two dozen people. The last protest he can remember there was in the fall.

"We are shocked at this morning's disturbing news that Mr. Tiller was gunned down," anti-abortion group Operation Rescue said in a statement on its Web site. "Operation Rescue has worked for years through peaceful, legal means, and through the proper channels to see him brought to justice. We denounce vigilantism and the cowardly act that took place this morning. We pray for Mr. Tiller's family that they will find comfort and healing that can only be found in Jesus Christ."

Protesters blockaded Tiller's clinic during Operation Rescue's "Summer of Mercy" protests during the summer of 1991, and Tiller was shot by Rachelle Shannon at his clinic in 1993. Tiller was wounded in both arms, and Shannon remains in prison for the shooting.

The clinic was bombed in June 1986, and was severely vandalized earlier this month. According to the Associated Press, his lawyer said wires to security cameras and outdoor lights were cut and that the vandals also cut through the roof and plugged the buildings' downspouts. Rain poured through the roof and caused thousands of dollars of damage in the clinic. Tiller reportedly asked the FBI to investigate the incident.

No arrests were made in the 1986 bombing.

Sgt. Bart Brunscheen of the Wichita Police Department said earlier today that there has been no activity today at Tiller's clinic, although security crews were being brought in to make sure the building was secure. Officials also were going to check the clinic's security cameras to see if there was any activity over night.

Tiller and his clinic have faced continuous threats and lawsuits. A Wichita jury ruled in March that he was not guilty of illegal abortion on 19 criminal charges he faced for allegedly violating a state law requiring an "independent" second physician's concurring opinion before performing later term abortions. Immediately following the ruling in this criminal case, the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts made public a similar complaint against Tiller that was originally filed in December 2008.

Former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline, who conducted an investigation into Tiller, said in a statement he was "stunned by this lawless and violent act which must be condemned and should be met with the full force of law. We join in lifting prayer that God's grace and presence rest with Dr. Tiller's family and friends.

Website includes photos, video, etc.


Did anyone else belong to feminist_rage and have any idea what happened to the comm? It suddenly like...disappeared?

Off topic, I know, but this is the only comm I belong to where I think someone might now. i'll delete this if needed.