tumblr made me a much more tolerant and less judgmental person like my cousin be like “omg look at that bitch eyebrows she drew them damn near in her hairline” and i’m like shrug maybe the bitch wanted to have eyebrows in her hairline you don’t know shit about her life.
I’m a clinic escort. That means I help patients seeking abortion past the protesters who try to prevent them from entering the clinic.
As an escort, I’ve been
- Screamed at
- Recorded on video
- Insulted and taunted
- Accused of contributing to the genocide of my own people
- Not been left alone when I’ve asked, even after police involvement
I’ve seen the same done to patients and to my fellow escorts. I’ve seen so-called “sidewalk counselors” tell patients’ young children that their mommies are trying to kill their little brothers and sisters. I’ve seen protesters “exercise their right to free speech” by handing out medically inaccurate “literature” to patients and passersby that make factually incorrect and propagandist claims about abortion. I’ve watched “kindly grandmothers” make patients and escorts alike cry, scream in the faces of scared young girls, and chase people down the street to shout at them about how they will burn in hell.
Let’s talk about how I only became a clinic escort because I was a patient once myself. Because people who didn’t know shit about me or my life thought they knew what’s best for my body, my family life, and my future. Because I had to pass these people and endure their judgment and opinions in order to access legal and legitimate medical care. Because these people’s “right” to talk shit to me trumps my right to safety, health, and bodily autonomy.
Let’s fucking talk about what goddamn bullshit that is.
"Sidewalk counselors" are terrorists. Don’t let anyone lie to you otherwise!
a restaurant in my hometown got a review that said the servers should “show some skin” so the owner added a potato skin special to the menu and all the proceeds from the special go to the west virginia foundation for rape information services (x)
That’s exactly the appropriate response.