In today’s polarized landscape surrounding reproductive rights issues, the stigma, lies, and calls to anti-abortion action surrounding Unplanned is a safety hazard to communities, including abortion providers and their staff.
The level of access that this anti-abortion group has to the White House is concerning.
This isn’t the first time Live Action has claimed to be censored by social media sites.
The unethical experiment of abortion pill reversal started with one anti-abortion doctor’s decision to experiment on a woman with the progesterone treatment back in 2012, and the subsequent publication of his very-limited data gathered from a handful of women. This led to an unethical, inconclusive study of abortion pill reversal, upon which all of the talking points and dangerous legislative proposals of abortion reversal proponents are based.
We’re happy to welcome big tech to dawning awareness of our everyday reality: abortion restrictions are harmful, and there’s no fairness in allowing their shaming and deception to continue on online platforms in violation of their content policies.
Over 20 activists attended our action, and several people walking by also joined in and stopped to take photos with our Stop Prosecuting Abortion signs to show their support. We even had volunteers who brought a maraca and a drum to help drown out the ‘pro-life’ hypocrisy.
But make no mistake: the scourge of dangerous anti-abortion rhetoric has real victims, and they’re trapped behind the gleaming, seemingly benevolent smiles and sympathy-invoking tears of white women willing to sell out each other and women of color in an attempt to be more powerful in a system that will never give them the power of white men.
On average, Black women are 3 to 4 times more likely to die from pregnancy-related complications than white women, regardless of wealth or education; Black babies are twice as likely to die in their first year of life than white babies. Missouri’s average maternal and infant mortality rates are on par with this national average.
As activists, forming healthy relationships and practicing self-care is essential for us to be able continue to grow our movement and fight for justice. Reproaction was proud to stand with local reproductive rights and justice allies on this work.
The stereotypes, stigma, and utter lack of credible information in the “The Forsaken” episode of NBC’s “New Amsterdam” is irresponsible to viewers and all pregnant people.
On March 4, Reproaction organized a discussion called HIV Stigma, Discrimination, and the Law at the University of Missouri - Columbia. The Missouri HIV Justice Coalition and Como for Progress served as cosponsors.