I had to run some errand’s today, and ran into the same old crowd. I hear they are from the church that’s just a few blocks from the clinic. The protestor’s are just coming back from the 40 days crap they pull. In case you didn’t know, the anti-choice movement has a “hassle women” event outside…
Oh boo hoo, how dare people criticize women who have a bloodlust for murdering children
Somebody failed basic human biology. No children have ever, in the history of ever, been murdered by any woman seeking an abortion.
You know your blog is getting traffic when the anti-choice crowd start throwing fits.
Guess Who’s Back?
I had to run some errand’s today, and ran into the same old crowd. I hear they are from the church that’s just a few blocks from the clinic. The protestor’s are just coming back from the 40 days crap they pull. In case you didn’t know, the anti-choice movement has a “hassle women” event outside the clinic twice a year. I suspect that’s everywhere.
So first we see an older man kneeling, and praying loudly.
There are also clinic volunteers in the background. They are hero’s in my book. More folks should volunteer.
They also have their signs out:
Make no mistake, this is one of those fake pregnancy help clinics. I’m sure they will help you “make the right decision” with high pressure techniques, but this group’s medical information is about as accurate as Bug’s Bunny’s doctor routine.
I find it noteworthy that the woman in the middle knew who I was. I have seen some, if not all of these people, and taken their pictures, before. I also have to say, if you are 100% certain, that you are doing the right thing, than why hide your face? I guess harassing women, is only the right thing to do if it’s not publicly acknowledged.
Since this was the first big group of them that I’d seen since the 40 days of harassment campaign, I decided I could skimp on groceries, and instead donate to Planned Parenthood. (Don’t worry. I’m a chubby middle aged human. I am in no danger of starving.)
It’s not much, but it’s what I can give. Even small donations help. Oh, and always get a receipt when you donate. It’s an accounting thing. Receipts, even if you don’t need one, are important, because they insure your money goes where you want it to go. Even if you 100% trust the entity you are giving to.
So some key points here:
1. These people are not just against abortion, but are against women using contraception as well.
2. They give out bad, error ridden, false, information on contraception and abortion.
3. If you drive by, and ignore them, they get to carry on harassing women.
4. This is less about abortion, and far more about restricting women’s sexuality, and shaming women for being sexual human beings. Don’t let them do that.
5. Give. Even $5 is helpful. Just do it.
Lastly, I am still taking pictures of donation receipts, protestors, or even accounts of how Planned Parenthood helped you. Just submit your pictures. I’d love to know we are working to support women, and Planned Parenthood.
Does my weight affect what emergency contraception I can use?
A lot of you asked us:
Is it true that Plan B isn’t effective for women who weigh 176 pounds, and it becomes less effective at 165? What other emergency contraception options are there?
We’re working to make sure that everyone has all of the information they need in order to decide what’s best for them when it comes to emergency contraception. Let’s break down the facts:
What’s emergency contraception (EC)?
Emergency contraception (also called the morning-after pill) is birth control that you can use up to 5 days after unprotected sex (like if you don’t use a condom or forget to take your pills, for example).
There are a few different kinds of emergency contraception:
- The ParaGard IUD can be inserted as emergency contraception.
- There are two different types of EC pills:
- Ulipristal acetate, known by the brand name ella
- You need a prescription from a nurse or doctor to get ella
- Levonorgestrel pills, including the brands Next Choice One Dose, My Way, and Plan B One-Step
- Plan B One-Step is available at drugstores over the counter, without a prescription for anyone, regardless of gender or age.
- The sooner levonorgestrel pills are taken after unprotected sex, the better they work.
Why is Plan B One-Step in the news?
It was recently announced that in Europe, a method of emergency contraception which is identical to Plan B One-Step pills is now going to include information on the label stating that these pills are less effective in women over 165 pounds and may not be effective in women over 175 pounds. This label change was based on analysis of a 2011 study.
I weigh more than 175 pounds. What are my options for EC?
The most effective option for women of any weight is getting a ParaGard IUD inserted by a nurse or doctor. If you’d rather take a pill, you can take ella. Weight can also be a factor for ella effectiveness: If you have a body mass index (BMI) that’s higher than 35, it’s less effective (but still worth a shot if you can’t get an IUD). Click here to learn more about ella.
If the IUD or ella aren’t options for you and you weigh more than 175 pounds, it’s perfectly safe to take Plan B One-Step or Next Choice One Dose—but it may not work for you.
How do I get ella?
You need a prescription from a nurse or doctor to get ella. You can also consult with a doctor through the ella website and get it delivered to you the next day. (You need to have a credit card and be 18 to order it online.)
When it comes to weight and effectiveness of emergency contraception, more study is needed but, until then, if you weigh more than 165 and need EC, ella and the ParaGard IUD are your best bet. If you need EC and have questions about which EC method is best for you, contact your local Planned Parenthood health center.
-Chelsea at Planned Parenthood
All silent this week
I guess that 40 days of nonsense must be over because there hasn’t been nary a protestor in site for days. I’m sure they will be back.
How can I tell Crisis Pregnancy Centers and Real Reproductive Health Centers Apart?
Someone asked us:
I heard about crisis pregnancy centers and how it gives incorrect and biased information about abortion, and in my area, an Open Arms Pregnancy Center opened near my school and how would I be able to tell if it’s similar/bad?
Oh man, crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) really grate my cheese. It can sometimes be tough to tell whether a clinic is a CPC because they’re specifically designed to be deceptive. They use the ol’ bait-n-switch to trick vulnerable people dealing with unwanted pregnancies into thinking they’ll get legit health care and counseling. Instead, visitors are treated to an alarmist, medically-inaccurate, liar-liar-pants-on-fire speech intended to scare them out of having an abortion or even just using birth control. EW!
- Are not staffed by doctors, nurses, ultrasound techs, or any other real health care professionals.
- Say that abortion causes breast cancer, sterility, and long-term psychological damage (lies, lies, and more lies).
- Provide misleading information about the side effects and failure rates of birth control and condoms.
- Use manipulative tactics to get pregnant women to delay real counseling or medical care until it’s too late for a legal abortion.
- Subject people to religious and ideological propaganda against abortion, birth control, condoms, and/or sexual activity, instead of giving non-biased, factual information about their sexual health.
- Set up shop very close to legitimate reproductive health centers, hoping to confuse patients.
Probably the easiest way to determine if a clinic is a CPC is to call and inquire about their services. If they say they don’t provide abortion, birth control, STD testing, or condoms, or they won’t refer you to places that do, it’s a pretty clear indication that something’s fishy. Often they won’t give you any information about their services at all over the phone, demanding that you visit the CPC in person. A health center that is not up front about their services is probably up to no good. Sad face.
Everyone deserves quality, factual, non-judgmental medical care, which is the last thing you’ll get at a CPC. So good for you for keeping an eye out and being smart and proactive about your health care! You can always rely on your local Planned Parenthood health center for unbiased information about all of your reproductive health options.
-Kendall at Planned Parenthood