Friday Feminist Fuck You: Disrespectful Anti-choicers

Links and transcript after the jump


Hi everyone, welcome to this edition of the Friday Feminist Fuck You.
The murder of Dr. Tiller has been a huge blow to the pro-choice community and everyone supporting women’s health.
Tomorrow, in Wichita, the Christian Defense Coalition and Operation Rescue will be holding a “prayer vigil” outside Dr. Tiller’s former clinic.
So today I want to say a big fuck you to any disrespectful anti-choicers like the Christian Defense Coalition and Operation Rescue, who would dare use this tragedy as a way to promote their anti-women anti-choice agendas.
This is just another gross move by Operation Rescue, who not only has ties to the person who murdered Dr. Tiller but was earlier publicizing that they wanted to buy Tiller’s clinic.
On that note, a quick Fuck Yeah to Dr. LeRoy Carhart, who has stated that he will be ensuring that the procedures Tiller provided remain accessible in Kansas, by providing them himself. He was a good friend of Dr. Tiller and was already working with him at his clinic in Wichita. No word yet as to how or where the procedures will be offered, but hopefully this means women can get the care they need.
Links:
NOW to hold a counter rally on Saturday
Prayer vigil planned for Saturday
Dr. Carhart’s plans to perform abortions in Kansas

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  • Ire

    Dr. Carhart is awesome. He’s a champion of reproductive rights with some serious moxie that’s just inspiring. In ’91 his family farm was burned down (official inquiries were inconclusive as to whether or not being an abortion provider had anything do with it), but after that he is quoted as saying, “I realized that if you’re going to do abortions, you’re going to be a target of attack, so you might as well do a lot of them.”
    Fuck yes.

  • DoGooderLawyer

    Nice Miriam. Fuck you anti-choice assholes!

  • era4allNOW

    This just re-affirms to me how much we can’t let Brownback become governor of Kansas! I don’t even want to think about the problems Dr. Carhart will have if that asshat becomes governor and starts on an anti-choice legislation tirade.
    Feministing, keep us updated on what that asshat is doing, so we can all do whatever we can to stop him from getting that position!

  • Veronica

    I’m having a really difficult time reconciling my pro-choice sentiment with respect for other points of view in the wake of Dr. Tiller’s death. I mean, the Christian Defense Coalition leaves a bad taste in my mouth, but the vigil they’re planning is nothing short of hateful. The Kansas chapter of NOW is counter demonstrating, and I don’t know if I support that. The man died because of how a disgusting person viewed his job. He wasn’t a soldier in my army any more than he was an enemy combatant of theirs.
    I want to say I respect the right to morally oppose abortion, but it becomes harder every day, not because of the extremists who murder, but because of “mainstream” religious groups. A picture of an aborted fetus, or a discussion of “dead babies” is not a reasonable discourse. It’s simply not! It’s a cry to arms no less than yelling, “fire” in a theater. As conservatives love to point out, free speech isn’t free. Which is not to say I don’t think one has the right to express hateful sentiments, but our actions, however noble the intent, have counter reactions.
    Maybe if I saw an acknowledgment of complicity rather than abuse of tragedy as a political trump card, I’d feel less aggrieved toward moderate anti-abortion activists? Every argument in favor of disenfranchising abortion rights seems to either lie to, disrespect, or infantalize women. Like inherent racism causes tragedies like a slain police office in Harlem, or a shooting in the Holocaust museum, people with signs which call abortion “murder” are responsible for the murder of Dr. Tiller, not one lone gunman. If you call someone a murderer you are complicit in his violent death.
    So maybe I’ve become anti-choice after all. Like with gay marriage opponents, just because your sign doesn’t say “God Hates Fags,” it doesn’t remove the hate behind your anesthetized homophobia.

  • Toni

    This is similar to the Feminist Fuck You I wrote two weeks ago. I called them “Roeder Sympathsizers.”
    http://community.feministing.com/2009/06/feminist-fuck-you-roeder-sympa.html

  • Paul Bradford

    Even Operation Rescue is capable of feeling shame. They’ve backed away from their plans.
    You say, “A picture of an aborted fetus, or a discussion of ‘dead babies’ is not a reasonable discourse. It’s simply not! It’s a cry to arms no less than yelling, ‘fire’ in a theater. As conservatives love to point out, free speech isn’t free. Which is not to say I don’t think one has the right to express hateful sentiments, but our actions, however noble the intent, have counter reactions.”
    My own feeling is that half-assed Pro-Lifers do more damage than good to the Pro-Life movement. The language of ‘Life’ has to be the language of peace, and those who use angry words to advance their arguments actually move the discussion backwards. Please see my June 4 piece, “The Power Of Words”.
    Paul Bradford, Pro-Life Catholics for Choice

  • rustyspoons

    Echoing the “Fuck Yeah” to Dr. Carhart for providing services to the women!
    Good clip. Though I think saying “disrespectful anti-choicer” is like saying “wet water”. Just the nature of their stance is disrespectful to women, to our bodies, our autonomy, and our ability to make the choices that are best for our own lives.

  • Lydia Styles

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  • Nimue

    Sigh.
    I don’t have time to respond to all of this.
    Here’s a question for you, though:
    Should the government make your moral or ethical decisions for you? Are your elected officials smarter and more ethical than you are?
    I doubt you believe answered yes. So, why let them legislate such decisions?