Abortion Rights Quotes

Quotes tagged as "abortion-rights" (showing 1-15 of 15)
“The "right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" begins with "life", and "life" begins at conception.”
A.E. Samaan

“No matter what men think, abortion is a fact of life. Women have always had them; they always have and they always will. Are they going to have good ones or bad ones? Will the good ones be reserved for the rich, while the poor women go to quacks?”
Shirley Chisholm, Unbought And Unbossed

Katha Pollitt
“Why must the woman apologize for not having a baby just because she happened to get pregnant? It's as if we think motherhood is the default setting for a woman's life from first period to menopause, and she needs a note from God not to say yes to every zygote that knocks on her door.”
Katha Pollitt, Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights

Gloria Steinem
“An older man who seems to be the leader of the Jesus Tshirt group says that the Bible forbids abortion in its commandment “Thou shall not kill.”
But being in the Bible Belt, people really know their Bible, and an older woman cites Exodus 21:22–23, a passage that says a man who causes a pregnant woman to miscarry must pay a fine but is not charged with murder, not unless the woman herself dies.
Thus the Bible is making clear, that a dependent life is not the same as an independent life.”
Gloria Steinem, My Life on the Road

“I was too selfish to have a child before I was ready for one, and there's no shame in admitting that. Women should be selfish about our choices, for as long as we have the privilege of being selfish. Selfishness in women isn't the great crime that people like to pretend it is. We are as entitled as men to prioritise ourselves and our desires, and we are as capable as men of knowing what's best for us. Why is everyone so pathologically terrified of selfish women? The word is thrown around like an insult, as if the worst thing a woman could possibly do (aside from being fat, having sex with whomever she pleases and whenever, swearing, having an abortion, drinking alcohol, standing up for herself and being a working mother) is to decide that her life matters.
But women are allowed to be selfish. It shouldn't be considered a 'privilege' to be able to control our own bodies nor should it be treated like a favour done to us by the state. It's a right that, by and large, has been stolen from us and used to keep us in thrall to a paternalistic body that pretends to know what's best for us but is really only interested in maintaining the order that has proved best for them.”
Clementine Ford, Fight Like A Girl

“I am protecting women's rights, their human right to decide their futures for themselves, and to live their lives as they see fit.”
Willie Parker

E.K. Johnston
“If someone starts throwing around stupid words like 'its a gift' or 'its in God's plan', you come right here, and i'll find you ten ways in which it isn't.”
E.K. Johnston, Exit, Pursued by a Bear

“As we march toward the reality that, by 2050, no one racial or ethnic group will hold a proportional majority in this country, racial suicide paranoia abounds. And for the white racist legislators in the red states, nothing is more threatening than a majority-brown country; it strips them of their historic power. The prospect of being outnumbered is what enabled the Tea Party's mutiny of Congress in 2010 after the election of Barack Obama, America's first black president, allowing it to cripple the Republican establishment; render the first major-party female presidential candidate powerless; and enable the rise of the racist, nationalistic, and misogynistic Donald Trump The white people who are still in charge believe that if their women don't start having lots of babies they- the white patriarchs - are going to become obsolete.”
Willie Parker

Katha Pollitt
“There’s a reason they call childbirth labor. Making a healthy baby takes effort: It requires foresight and self-denial and courage. It’s expensive and demanding and tiring. You have to learn new things, change many habits, possibly deal with complicated medical situations, make difficult decisions, and undergo stressful ordeals. I had a wisdom tooth pulled without Novocaine while I was pregnant—it hurt a lot and seemed to go on forever. The kindness of the very young dental assistant, holding back my hair as I spat blood into a bowl, will stay with me for the rest of my life. Pregnant women do such things, and much harder things, all the time. For example, they give birth, which is somewhere on the scale between painful and excruciating. Or they have a cesarean, as I did, which is major surgery. None of this is without risk of death or damage or trauma, including psychological trauma. To force girls and women to undergo all this against their will is to annihilate their humanity. When they undertake it by choice, we should all be grateful.”
Katha Pollitt, Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights

“The God part is in your agency. The trust- the divine trust- is that you have an opportunity to participate in the population of the planet. And you have an opportunity not to participate.”
Willie Parker

“The part of you that's like Gob is the part that makes a choice. That says, I choose to. or, I choose not to. That's what's sacred.”
Willie Parker

Emma Goldman
“Сильнее прочего меня поражала яростная, слепая борьба женщин из бедноты с частыми беременностями. Большинство
из них жили в постоянном страхе перед зачатием; огромное количество замужних женщин беспомощно покорялось натиску мужей, а потом они с прямо противоположной решительностью избавлялись от плода. Каких только фантастических методов не изобретало отчаяние: прыжки со стола, массирование живота, приём тошнотворных смесей, «операции» затупленными инструментами… Обычно это заканчивалось самым плачевным образом. Женщин можно было понять: когда у тебя и без того целый выводок детей — намного больше, чем позволяет прокормить отцовская зарплата, — каждый новый ребёнок становится «проклятием Господним»: такие слова мне не раз приходилось слышать от ортодоксальных евреек и католичек из Ирландии. Мужчины обычно воспринимали
беременность спокойнее, но женщины вовсю бранили небеса за жестокость. Во время схваток многие предавали анафеме Бога и своих мужей. «Уберите его! — кричала одна моя пациентка. — Не подпускайте эту тварь ко мне, а то я его убью!»
Это истерзанное создание было матерью восьмерых детей, четверо из которых умерли в младенчестве, остальные имели болезненный вид и явно недоедали — равно как и большинство нежеланных, запущенных детей, которые путались у меня под ногами, когда я помогала очередному несчастному увидеть свет.”
Emma Goldman, Living My Life, Vol. 1

“If abortion is murder then blowjobs are cannibalism.”
Oliver Markus Malloy, Inside The Mind of an Introvert

“In every case except abortion, society bestows upon individuals this trust, even if those individuals have demonstrated that they cannot be trusted to make good decisions. The presumption undergirding abortion decision making is that women who have had sex and are accidentally or unintentionally pregnant can't be trusted to comprehend the consequential weight of their actions. The law requires them, like bad little girls, to "prove" to authorities that they have thought carefully about what they are about to do.”
Willie Parker

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