"

I had a patient in the clinic who really did not want an abortion but who had no resources to cover the costs of prenatal care or childbirth. She was single and without insurance coverage but made just enough money to be ineligible for state assistance. She already had outstanding bills at the hospital and with the local ob-gyn practice. No doctor would see her without payment up front.

We were willing to do the abortion for a reduced rate or for free if necessary. But she really didn’t want an abortion. Once I understood her situation, I went to the phone and called the local ‘crisis pregnancy center.’

"Hello, this is Dr. Wicklund."

Dead silence. I might as well have said I was Satan.

"Hello?" I said again. "This is Dr. Wicklund."

"Hello," very tentatively, followed by another long silence.

"I need help with a patient," I said. She came to me for an abortion, but really doesn’t want one. What she really needs is someone to do her prenatal care and birth for free."

"What do you expect us to do?"

I let that hang for a minute.

"

This Common Secret, Susan Wicklund

Crisis Pregnancy Centers often disguise themselves as medical facilities, with advertisements offering “help” with an unplanned pregnancy. Their main goal is to keep the pregnant person from having an abortion at all costs. Usually, all they’ll give you is a free pregnancy test, some baby clothes, and maybe a box of diapers.

The patient referred to in the quote was given free prenatal care and did not have to pay the financial cost of childbirth by a local anti-choice doctor. She would often stop by Dr. Wicklund’s office to let her know how she was doing:

"He always moans and groans about being tricked into [doing this]," she says. "Then he goes off on these tirades against abortion."

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3 weeks ago 21,008 notes

the frustration is real.

dopegirlfresh:

rent is due. i’m short by $300.

i’ve been selling clothes & shoes on the interwebs, starting a new job next week, picking up last minute childcare jobs all while telling myself “you don’t get to ask anyone for help because people have been helping you any damn way, and ain’t nobody trying to hear your sob story.” not a sob story. just a fact. if the assistance is available, i’ll take it. a closed mouth doesn’t get fed, right? so, yeah.

lemme cut to the chase. paypal: sparklebuckwild at gmail dot com; also, if you haven’t seen the clothes i’ve been selling please feel free to message me; i’ll send you links to what i’ve posted.

thank you. for reading, for sharing, for being an awesome human being.

update: $50 to go. thanks, everyone. personal email thank yous to come.

3 weeks ago 208 notes
#notjusttalk14 IS TODAY! come through & celebrate radical women creating resilient communities. (at The Point CDC)

#notjusttalk14 IS TODAY! come through & celebrate radical women creating resilient communities. (at The Point CDC)

3 weeks ago  #notjusttalk14  17 notes

thankful.

for help.
for laughter.
for homegirls within walking distance of my place.
for landlords w/ whom i can paypal, text, and make arrangements.
for new jobs.
for sweet babies.
for champagne granitas.

3 weeks ago 10 notes
Tanya Fields and The BLK PROJEK need your help! They need a staff of at least 10 volunteers for More Than Just Talk THIS SATURDAY in NYC. Here are the specific areas where folks are needed:
Registration table: 9:45 am - 1pmGreeters: 9:45 am - 6 pmFood servers (at least 2): 12 pm - 1 pmEvent setup: 9 am - 10 amEvent breakdown/ clean up: 5 pm - 6:30 pmAssistant to dance performer (involves some travel to pick up materials): 3 pm - 4 pmTech assistance for presenters (2 people): 9:30 am - 6:30 pm
There are other, yet unspecified needs for volunteers — if you have the day to pitch in, please do.
Send your inquiries and availability to shantrice at theblkprojek dot org!

Tanya Fields and The BLK PROJEK need your help! They need a staff of at least 10 volunteers for More Than Just Talk THIS SATURDAY in NYC. Here are the specific areas where folks are needed:

Registration table: 9:45 am - 1pm
Greeters: 9:45 am - 6 pm
Food servers (at least 2): 12 pm - 1 pm
Event setup: 9 am - 10 am
Event breakdown/ clean up: 5 pm - 6:30 pm
Assistant to dance performer (involves some travel to pick up materials): 3 pm - 4 pm
Tech assistance for presenters (2 people): 9:30 am - 6:30 pm

There are other, yet unspecified needs for volunteers — if you have the day to pitch in, please do.

Send your inquiries and availability to shantrice at theblkprojek dot org!

3 weeks ago  #nyc #community #the blk projek #moms rising #radical women #radical women of color #signal boost #help #help a sista out  16 notes

the frustration is real.

rent is due. i’m short by $300.

i’ve been selling clothes & shoes on the interwebs, starting a new job next week, picking up last minute childcare jobs all while telling myself “you don’t get to ask anyone for help because people have been helping you any damn way, and ain’t nobody trying to hear your sob story.” not a sob story. just a fact. if the assistance is available, i’ll take it. a closed mouth doesn’t get fed, right? so, yeah.

lemme cut to the chase. paypal: sparklebuckwild at gmail dot com; also, if you haven’t seen the clothes i’ve been selling please feel free to message me; i’ll send you links to what i’ve posted.

thank you. for reading, for sharing, for being an awesome human being.

3 weeks ago 208 notes

Anonymous said: Please list all of the countries affected by the Ebola Outbreak.

ourafrica:

Countries are listed from most number of cases to the least number of cases reported:

  1. Guinea
  2. Liberia
  3. Sierra Leone
  4. Nigeria

As of July 31st, 2014.

3 weeks ago 67 notes

nobody’s awakening to their politicized self happens all at once.

this means when you go natural, you may still be hella consumerist or classist. it means you could grow into great anti-poverty work and still be an ableist. you grow where you’re ready, when you’re ready.  sometimes that growth is introduced to you by an experience you have. it’s not as simple as, waking up ready to undo all of the shit that’s been drilled into you your whole life. it seems really hypocritical and dickheaded to be like, “I’m already in XYZ place about ABC issue, so you need to get there, too, or you don’t matter.” what is this pissing contest y’all are fucking with?

1 month ago 29 notes

something is really pissing me the fuck off about all this nicki minaj commentary

it’s that SO MANY BLACK WOMEN (cis hetero ones in particular, cuz no cis glb/ queer or trans women i interact with have uttered this shit) are talking about nicki being “conveniently pro black” or “conveniently race conscious.” now, i understand that black celebrities potentially destroy their careers the second they speak up for racial justice. i am perfectly clear, though, that as long as you are black in this world and have any understanding of or opinion on narratives into which you’re forced, you ARE race conscious. it isn’t about someone out-blacking another person by fanon quotes or making some radical transformation the second they have their grand negro awakening. especially when most of us haven’t even had that. all this chatter indicates one very specific attitude: nicki isn’t relatable to you, so you don’t want her representing you. that’s understandable. you don’t like her music or her sculptured/ surgered body? aight. does it change the obvious misogynoiristic blowback she experiences, especially because of the cover of “anaconda?” no, boo. it does not. does this mean she cannot speak up for herself against said misogynoir? no. it does not. further, does her at times problematic choice of lyrics mean she’s somehow not impacted by the same damaging shit all black women and girls face constantly? I can live without her casual references to rape. I’m not okay with the nappy headed hoes thing, for reasons. i know that the most effective emcees use metaphors, imagery, onomatopoeia, and all other poetic devices in their songs. this isn’t an excuse. if you don’t like what she says, that’s peace. it seems over and over again that folks forget you don’t have to relate to or like someone to affirm their fucking humanity. that includes nicki. the message i get over and over again from folks: she’s not the right kind of black woman to be bringing this shit up. she isn’t scholarly enough, not dignified enough, way too ratchet … shall i go on? it’s gatekeeping, imo. there is a marked difference between deciding you don’t want someone to speak for you and saying “you aren’t good enough to be part of a group to which i belong.” so, I’m sayin … good job. you’re doing the work that destroys black women and girls all the time. for each one of us who is black, there is a unique blackness we embody. and it seems to me that the only “wrong” way to be black is to wield your identity as a weapon against another black person.

1 month ago 65 notes
"Who is you?!"
— Age old question to a person assuming more authority/credibility than they should in the African American community (via blackproverbs)

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1 month ago 1,790 notes