Thursday Thirteen #3: Best of Blog for Choice

January 25, 2007 at 3:00 am | Posted in choice, Thursday Thirteen | 21 Comments

Monday was Blog for Choice Day in remembrance of the 34th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade.

To continue the discussion and spread the love (and choice), here’s a sampling.

1. Empowerment4Women BlogsCarly shares with us all her own experience of abortion (thank-you) while Leisha analyzes and condems the recent comments of Elizabeth May, leader of the Green Party in Canada – “Having an abortion, going through the turmoil of deciding to have an abortion, of having to make a choice of how one’s life will be affected, and having to remember that for one’s entire life – is never “frivolous”.”

2. Persephone’s Box – Sage debates the viability of souls – “Although it’s clear to me that an embryo is a living human being because it’s alive and it’s human, that’s not enough to qualify it as having a right to live in a body that is in some way harmed by this life (emotionally, financially, intellectually, physically, or socially).”

3. Curry St. John’s Travels Abroad – takes us on a journey back to growing up as a woman in the 60s and 70s when Roe vs. Wade was being fought for in the first place. And what’s changed now? “Birth control is not to be discussed as an option, but abstinence is promoted as the only safe sex, and yet teenagers are having babies they can’t afford, nor do they want, and my state of Georgia is trying to overturn Roe v. Wade so that abortion might be illegal once again, forcing all women who choose to terminate a pregnancy to find someone to perform the operation for them illegally and potentially dangerously, if not attempting it themselves.”

4. AngryBlackBitch is talking about sex. “Let’s talk about sex…about black women and our reproductive health. About how choice impacts the treatment of endometriosis, fibroids, breast cancer and other conditions black women are at risk for.”

5. Tennessee Guerilla Women gives a great, brief posting about the social implications of the necessity of choice “About the only thing that hasn’t been tried is giving women an equal say in the direction the world takes.”

6. Our Bodies, Ourselves Blog pares it down to the basics – “I think, therefore I am.”

7. Bitch PhD is so fabulous – the social ability of birth, pregnancy, stillbirth, miscarriage, sexual abuse, infertility – and what it really comes down to is “If there’s one thing we should, as feminists, recognize, it’s that human beings are not brains on sticks. We cannot, and do not, have conscious deliberate control of what happens to our bodies.”

8. Postcards from Guyville talks about the politics of forced birth: “But forcing women to give birth against their will is not an answer to anything at all.”

9. Feminist Law Professors are getting active on Blog for Choice Day! So go over there and try a little Emergency Contraception Activism!

10. I’m Not a Feminist, But… goes to the fear of all those anti-choicers out there: “No matter how much anti-choicers may whine on and on about the tiny weeny babies and wave their gory placards around, what really pisses them off is the fact that abortion allows women to have sex without fear, to take control of our own bodies and our own lives and to stick two fingers up to their misogynistic ideologies.”

11. Carrie Callahan brings it all down to humour. Because we feminists have to have our sense of humour! Thanks Carrie! I used to be really pro-life in high school, but what changed for me was in college I had a pregnancy scare. Before my pregnancy scare I thought about abortion in terms of “When does human life begin?” and “When can the government regulate people’s bodies?” And then after the pregnancy scare, the question that kind of framed the debate for me was, “You want me to have a motherfucking baby?””

12. The Second Shift – Kelly Bean gives a nice synopses of a few select news bytes.

13. One Woman Army! Sorry, its late, and because of an excruciatingly slow dial-up connection this post has been over 2 hours in the works as links slowly attempt to load. So I’m adding in my own Blog for Choice post as #13.

Links to other Thursday Thirteens!

Courtenay, Raggedy, Alisonwonderland, Dangerously Simple, Andrea, Nancy, Rose, Ocean Blue Fire, Lisa Kae, tvaddictgurl, Sybil, Rashenbo, Sharala, incog, Kelly Bean!, Buttercup and Bean, … (leave your link in comments, I’ll add you here!)

Get the Thursday Thirteen code here! The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!



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  1. Excellent list! I’ll be checking all those out!

  2. Great list!
    Have a wonderful Thursday!

  3. well done, artemis! happy TT!

  4. here via T13

    interesting set of links, will DEF have to check them out 😉

    Nice Blog, enjoyed the visit 😉 Will definitely be back when I need an uplifting empowering moment 😉

    Have a great Thursday!!

  5. I’ve never heard of the Thursday 13 – might be a nice idea to join! Great links – there were a lot of powerful posts out there on Monday.

  6. These are great links- can’t wait to check them out. Angry Black Bitch is one of my favorites.

  7. That’s a strong set of voices you’ve collected!

    Congratulations on being selected as a featured Thirteener for the week at the Hub! Enjoy. 😀

  8. WOW! So many great posts. Thanks forthe list. I will be checking them out.

    Congrats on being site of the week.

  9. Thank you for sharing this list as it gives us some sites to check out.

  10. I consider myself a feminist, but I believe in doing things in the natural way. That includes family planning. I am in a very committed relationship so we have had 8 children. I have been there when one of my friends had a baby that died in utero at 6 months, and boy it scared me on how much it looked like a baby. One of my daughters died a day after birth, and boy did that ever make me think. I could never kill another woman, not matter how small. I helped found the Rose 0f Sharon Services for Young mothers( so I’d have a place to put my money where my mouth is. So many of my friends have got screwed up after their abortion. I never want any woman to have to make that choice.

  11. Thanks for the shout out, and all the wonderful links!

  12. Congratulations! It is good to be a woman! 🙂

  13. Artemis,

    I have a friend whose email is the same name as yours. This is my first time at your site, which I enjoyed, found through TT (only my 2nd week). GREAT to see a progressive site, I was starting to wonder…apparently I haven’t spent enough time surfing (if that’s possible). 😉 Thank you!


  14. The more things change the more they stay the same. Particularly where humans are concerned. We haven’t come as far as we think we have.

    Thank you for the list. I’m always looking for interesting blogs.

  15. Great list! I will definitely check those out.

  16. Grats on the featured list! Great blog list here. Thank you for sharing on these important topics! Have a lovely Thursday.

  17. I missed out on Blog for Choice day but I was with you all in spirit. Thanks for listing these.

  18. Great list. Happy T13

  19. I’m absolutely in love with the fact that you mentioned me in your thirteen! It inspired me to join in the fun as well:

    (Sorry for the link that is not in html format)!

  20. Aw man! I missed blogging about Roe. This, I guess, is what happens when one is attempting to litigate a contested divorce. My very late TT is now up.

  21. Thanks for the mention!

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