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edited to add: I've been told that come ignoramuses are saying really vile things in the comments on the LJ Staff post, so you might want to avoid reading those. Here's to karma, eh?
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Originally posted by ginmar at Help Us Support Planned Parenthood
Originally posted by theljstaff at Help Us Support Planned Parenthood


Join us in standing up for reproductive health and education. Planned Parenthood, the organization that delivers reproductive health care, sex education and information to millions of people worldwide, has come under fire in the U.S. lately, with many politicians on both state and federal level seeking to end funding (and in a few cases succeeding).

During the month of May, you can send a specially designed Planned Parenthood vgift to your friends to help support this cause. (And if you need someone to send it to, frank is always happy to receive gifts!) There are three variations ($1, $5 and $10) for you to choose from, but they'd all look good on your profile when your friends know that you stand by something so important.

                    

Thank you all for your help in our support for Planned Parenthood. This promotion ends June 1, 2012; LiveJournal is not affiliated with Parent Parenthood. For more information about Planned Parenthood, please visit: http://www.plannedparenthood.org/

-The LiveJournal Team

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May. 4th, 2012 02:43 pm (UTC)
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May. 4th, 2012 02:59 pm (UTC)
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lied_ohne_worte
May. 4th, 2012 03:43 pm (UTC)
This should probably now come with a warning for the original theljstaff post - there are a number of rather incredible comment threads there now. Who knew that women's health is a highly polarising, politicised partisan topic which even mentioning should be avoided if LJ doesn't want its user to leave in protest...

Honestly, sometimes I think that politics in my country is really boring and without real "enemies", where the conservatives wouldn't dream of trying to remove the social safety network, adopt Green party issues because most people now agree with those, and all non-fringe parties mostly agree on letting consenting adults do whatever they want (the major issue right now, I'd say, is giving homosexual registered couples the same rights as heterosexual married couples - there, more needs to be done), and where religion is a private matter, and even people belonging to the two large Christian churches would be appalled at inserting a literal Biblical interpretation into science classes. Politics in the US sure looks a lot more interesting - even our scandals are kind of boring, generally. I haven't voted for our Chancellor's party, but I don't hate her or think all her party are evil, there are just some issues where I think they are wrong.

But then I look at what problems people in the US face through those "interesting" politics, and I really wish you Americans could have a bit of our kind of boredom. It's just small things... when I posted on my LJ about having my really odd wisdom teeth removed, an LJ friend replied saying that she had the same condition with hers, but couldn't have them removed because of no health insurance. I had just made the necessary appointment, and a very nice dental surgeon did what needed to be done, without any worry about payment. I can't understand how people can say that it's OK my LJ friend can't have that surgery done, yet run around telling everyone the US is the greatest country on the planet.

And don't let me get started on the absolutely illogical way most of those opposing abortion seem to be opposing sex education and contraception as well, where I would think that those should be the first step in preventing abortion - I'd really like it if there was less need for abortions, but you don't get that by banning them, you just make women die in unsafe ones. But then, some people in that theljstaff thread practically come out saying "Well, those women made the choice to have sex, and now they have to bear the consequences." So in reality, that "baby" they want to save is a tool to punish the mother for having sex.
lied_ohne_worte
May. 4th, 2012 03:43 pm (UTC)
Oh dear, sorry - this got rather long. It's just that I've read a lot about US politics recently, and I'm in a state of continued bafflement about some of what I've read.
tammypierce
May. 4th, 2012 05:17 pm (UTC)
Don't apologize. Your post is like a cool stream from Sane World. I wish we had you kind of boredom, too.

Mind, most of the people who are screaming to let people suffer without health insurance claim to be Christians, whose leader (and most of the great teachers of the faith) exhort the faithful to help those in need and to help the poor.

I don't understand my country at all anymore, except to think we're all a bunch of cranks. Perhaps we deserve one another, but I don't think those who suffer for a lack of decent housing, decent health care, and choices regarding a future that isn't one of deep poverty deserve us.
lied_ohne_worte
May. 4th, 2012 08:40 pm (UTC)
I'm a Christian, too - my father is a Protestant Reverend. Only here, being one means a full course of studies at a regular university, which include detailed studies of the history of the Biblical books, what can be concluded on the authorship (which generally isn't what it says on top), and what was derived from what, which parts are old mythology, which parts are symbolic... someone believing the Bible was written by God wouldn't pass any exams there. My parents own about 14,000 books on practically anything, and they read and read. US people who only experience the shouty fundamentalists generally think I must have been indoctrinated at home, but the main thing I was taught on religion by my father is a saying he likes: "Fundamentalists like to give easy answers on all questions, but the easy answers usually have the disadvantage of being wrong". I have a hard time understanding the conclusions the fundamentalists draw, particularly when it comes to what to do about poverty.

Many Protestant Christians in my country are left-wing - social justice is a big issue, as is environmentalism. I've never, in 30 years, heard a sermon telling people whom to have sex with. Contraception is OK, as is premarital sex. The official position on abortion is that it means ending a life and therefore should not happen, but that a woman who has to have one is in a crisis situation and therefore needs to be supported through it, rather than be told what to do. I can live with that position.

(Sorry, comment was misposted at first.)

Oh, and the scary thing is that Evangelical-style fundamentalists are trying to convert people here (because of course we aren't proper Christians). My best friend's sister has come into a church like that, and my friend knows that she won't let her future children stay with her aunt while they are impressionable.

Edited at 2012-05-04 08:42 pm (UTC)
flyingwild
May. 5th, 2012 03:28 pm (UTC)
I really don't understand it, either. So many people in this country like to cry that we're a Christian nation, but then turn around and shout "Bootstraps!" at people who genuinely need help.
luckylove
May. 5th, 2012 02:30 am (UTC)
If nothing else a number of those comment threads increased my usage of the LJ Notes feature. I think I've added LJ Notes for all the pro-lifers who, as far as I could tell, were being willfully ignorant about large chunks of reproductive biology no matter how many times it was explained to them. I now know not to engage with any of those people unless I'm having an episode where my BP is in my boots.

I spent last Saturday at a counter-protest to the pro-life group SPUC's silent vigil in Edinburgh. We lined up along opposite sides of Lothian Road and we won! 6-1. (Based on the number of car horn hoots accompanied by enthusiastic waving or thumbs up. Childish I know but it made up happy.)

The counter-protest More pictures here and here and here.
flyingwild
May. 5th, 2012 03:21 pm (UTC)
I don't know how far you got on theljstaff post, but around page five, there were actually people telling someone that she should have killed herself instead of getting an abortion.

That post made me break down in tears and go into rage mode at the same time. I've seen some absolutely horrid things before, but never so much in one place like that.
lied_ohne_worte
May. 5th, 2012 09:00 pm (UTC)
No, I did not get that far. That's just... how any human being can do such a thing is incomprehensible.
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May. 4th, 2012 11:45 pm (UTC)
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Nicole Inghilterra
May. 8th, 2012 09:35 pm (UTC)
I'm donating! Don't really have a LJ though... I just want to say that I adore you so very, very much. You stand for so much of what I see as good and just in this world and I am grateful to have your books and your voice available to me for my edification. You bring to light so many causes, issues, conflicts, and quests for justice and compassion that I would otherwise miss. I read some of the vitriol and inanity in the comments of the staff post and it just drives home the need for people like you to act as amplifiers of noble causes. I thank you for being here and for reaching me and your many other readers. You give so much to us all in your books and in your voice here on LJ.

*fin heartfelt-adulation*
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