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Posted by: Helen Philpot | March 15, 2019

Abortion is not a dirty word and Planned Parenthood isn’t a McDonald’s and the GOP can go F**K itself

Margaret honey, nothing pisses me off more than when a man has an opinion about something he knows nothing about. And one thing for damn sure a man knows nothing about is what’s in a woman’s mind and heart when she is making a decision about whether or not to terminate a pregnancy. It’s called an abortion. It’s not a dirty word. It’s legal. It’s a woman’s right. It’s personal. A woman can choose to have one or not. And damn it, there is no such thing as a post-birth abortion unless you’re talking about the death penalty (which is a whole nother GOP lie).

The fact that the GOP has a talking point about post-birth abortions tells you all you need to know about how stupid the GOP is and how stupid they think voters are. If you can’t make your case with the truth then do you really have a case? There is indeed something called a late-term abortion.  It’s not pretty. It’s not happy.  It’s usually the last choice, but it is a choice a woman sometimes makes. And if you knew anything about why a woman might have to make that choice, you would be questioning your faith in God before you would be questioning the choice of that woman.

Contrary to what our asshat of a President and his confederacy of dunces think, women don’t pull up to a Planned Parenthood and order up an abortion like it’s a Big Mac.  No one at Planned Parenthood takes our request for a pregnancy test and tries to upsize us to an abortion and some fries. Women make this decision with a great deal of thought, prayer and consultation with our loved ones and our doctors.

I am an old woman. I don’t like the f-word. I didn’t use that word until the orange asshat arrived. But on this topic, you bet your sweet ass I’ll use it. FUCK YOU GOP for continuing to politicize this deeply personal decision that should be left between a woman and her doctor. Get your lies out of our government and get your politics out of our vaginas. And while you are at it, why don’t you get those children at the border out of those cages. I mean it. Really.

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  1. […] Read the rest here. They really should have their own radio show. Did I say radio show? I meant TV show. Did I say TV show? I meant TV network. […]

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  2. This country will not progress until all of the Senators and all of the Representatives are women, and Democrats at that. Men go through life with their fingers in their ears singing La la la when they should be learning about Women’s bodies. I’ve given up on them. They should just be grateful that it isn’t them getting an abortion. Nobody wants the pain and agony, but sometimes it’s the lesser of the evils.

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  3. Understood! Will do, and “begorra,” or whatever to you and yours, as well!

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  4. gato – my comment was not meant as a question…just sarcasm about a troll. It is St Patty’s Day! Have a glass of your choice of green and enjoy.

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  5. Well, “Non,” I have no idea whatsoever about “Dean”‘s sexual history, inclinations, preferences – or even if “Dean” is some person’s real name, or a self-given title to indicate “authority,” or what. None of us who post and comment here know anything, really, about each other, other than how we choose to express ourselves here and elsewhere in the electronic universe…

    I’ve read many heartfelt and moving posts on this site, and others, and have posted some myself that I hope ring true to others – because they are. Rants like the one “Dean” put up, though, full of proclamations and generalized characterizations, usually indicate to me that the person posting has little or no experience in the real world about the subject s/he’s pronouncing on with such passion – and, usually – much indignant condemnation.

    I doubt that anything anyone could possibly say would ever cause a “Dean” to say, “Oh… Maybe I’m wrong. Let me think about that…”

    Nevertheless, every now and then I find it impossible to just let those rants go by without voicing my objection.

    All that said, I think you’ve probably made a pretty good guess there in your earlier post!

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  6. gato – Do you think dean has had sex with an actual live woman? IMO, he is as pure as the day he was whelped. (Well, other than the intimate relationship he has with his left hand, Lolita. You might hear him pleading with her in a Pro Bass parking lot somewhere.)

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  7. Hey, Anonymous – Good reply to “Dean.” (I also liked “hanas,” which I suspect was intended to mean “heinous.” But we’re not here merely to correct people’s spelling, are we…?)

    Perhaps “Dean” could be as concerned about who unzips whose pants as he is about who spreads whose legs… And who won’t wear a condom because it “doesn’t feel natural,” and who swears he “won’t come inside you,” and then, “Oops,” and who says, “If you really love me, why won’t you prove it?”

    If men were compelled to have their willies scraped out any time they got a woman pregnant and didn’t want to become a father, or had to struggle, outside a clinic, through lines of angry protesters calling them murderers, or have some stranger offer them a coat hanger to do the job on themselves in some dark alley, I doubt we’d hear quite so much self-righteous bull crap as “Dean” feels he has some “right” and authority to declare.

    Actually, he can “declare” anything he wants. He still doesn’t have a clue.

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  8. Helen,
    I love your intellect, bravery and frankness. You are my adopted Grandma. Thanks for always making my day.
    Love,
    Punkin
    (That’s what my Granny always called me.)

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  9. Dean – Just how does a woman get pregnant? You’re (you are not your) the impregnator. If you think abortion is wrong then do not risk creating a life. Too many males refuse to accept responsibility for the part they play in a sexual encounter that results in unwanted conception. Do you ask your sex partner if she minds the possibility of becoming pregnant? I strongly suggest you ask before proceeding, pendejo.

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  10. Thank you Helen. Most women wouldn’t choose an abortion, but that is not the conversation of the right. Most of us feel politicians should not make medical decisions for anyone, let alone one as personal as the one a woman has to make involving a possible abortion.

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  11. Cry all you want. Scream your hate . that only prooves your guilty of the hanas crimes against humanity
    Life starts at conception . if you do not want a baby than dont spread your legs like nothing else matters. Abortion kills a baby human out of sight of others to see nor hear the cries from within. Shameful stop making them if you don’t want them

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  12. I’m also an old woman, mid 70’s. I distinctly remember the moment I learned that all pregnancies don’t end with happy babies in their daddy’s arms. Not sure exactly how old I was, maybe 9 or 10, but clearly old enough to understand some things. I was either assigned to read or chose to read a Pearl S Buck book, I believe “The Good Earth.”

    What I remember of the book was that the people used “night soil” to fertilize the crops…my family grew much of what we ate, hence the interest…and that a woman in the book went to the field to work, had a baby in the field, and killed it because she couldn’t feed it. I could relate to that because at that time in MY history we had some lean years (in Connecticut of all places!) and there were times when home grown potatoes and browned flour gravy was supper.

    A couple of years ago, a friend who writes and was working with a group wanting to educate young people about abortion told me that most of those young people often thought there WERE NO abortions until they became legal, I guess creating the idea that if they were made illegal again, they would stop. Yes, I know, Magical thinking. (wish I could add a shower of glitter to the word magical but I don’t have that kind of device.)

    My friend is about 10 years older than me and is my hero because she persevered and finally found a Pilates instructor willing to teach an old lady when she was 70…now @ 85, she is still doing it. I learned from her that it is possible to survive old age for awhile if you just keep on peddling. Once you stop you just fall over.

    I hope some of us enjoyed Pi on the appropriate day. We enjoyed “corned beef and cabbage” Pierogies yesterday, celebrating our Irish/Polish ancestors as well as a belated nod to PIErogies 🙂

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  13. What thou sayest! Yes, I know that sounds kind of biblical. So does Amen, and it means so be it.

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  14. You say what I feel! Wat to go!

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  15. We know this is not really about aborting all those poor little babies. Don’t we? IIMU that after the Civil War and Reconstruction the freed slaves/Negros/Coloreds were reproducing faster than the white couples. Whites were afraid of being out numbered in time. Jim Crow, KKK, segregation and any way they could stop POC from being successful was tried. Then 1920 women (white of course) got the right to vote, 1922 woman could be awarded their children in a divorce. During WWII women took jobs that were normally male jobs/positions. Woman were educated in fields other than how to be a good wife. 1960 the pill came and women could enjoy sex as much as men without fear of pregnancy. Women became a force that scared the heck out of men. Women could/can make it without men…if they want. If abortion is so terrible birth control would be enforced, a male birth control pill would be developed, abstinence only would not be taught etc. The POC population is growing in the US and the whites are worried. And did you ever see the anti-abortion people picket/protest an abortion clinic in a black neighborhood?

    Peace.

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  16. You two women are my heroes! I am involved with our local PP and help (handhold literally and figuratively with the patients during their procedure) them get through their choice. It’s a hard choice for all women and they need support. Your no nonsense articles are right on. Thank you!

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  17. Lady, you need to get familiar with reality and what really goes on in a surgical suite during late term abortions.
    Some of the fetuses are alive and viable…meaning they could live yet their little lives are being snuffed out.
    I believe killing another human being is called murder.

    You complain about not wanting politicians’ noses in our vaginas and I agree. But once the child is born the mother’s vagina is not an issue…a very much alive human is the issue.

    So, in addition to clearing out your cag vagina of intrusions I suggest you clear your ass as well and get your head out it on this issue.

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  18. Here, Madame Ladydee 1, are some similar words generally considered, in US English, to be less “offensive.” Perhaps you will find them acceptable…

    Ignorant, intrusive, obnoxious, sadistic, cruel, vulgar, pandering, overbearing, misogynist, racist, arrogant, self-centered, dictatorial, sexist, xenophobic, stubborn, insensitive, narcissistic, vicious, and inhumane.

    Take your pick.

    Have a nice day.

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  19. Your vulgar language is offensive!

    Sent from my iPhone

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  20. Many years ago I was one of those women who chose to have an abortion. It was not a decision made lightly, it still bothers me to this day. At the time I had no choice–I was in college, dealing with a parent who would never have understood as physical and mental abuse was her reaction to everything that was not “correct” in her view of the world. For me it was a result of a condom breaking. One woman was there because her pregnancy would have been her 4th child, and she and her husband were having trouble supporting the 3 children they already had. None of us there that day wanted to do what we had to do, we were left with only one choice. Those who are pro-life should put their money where their mouth is and adopt all those unwanted children, that includes government support after birth with medical and all that goes with it. But they don’t… and until they do, I will never have any respect for any of them.

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  22. Kudos to you–keep telling it like it is!!

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  23. Keep up the good work! I worked for OB/GYN in the days when women had to fly to NY to get a legal abortion with no follow-up. Then was a school nurse for adolescents who could freely go to PP. There they got counseling and education. Abortions were not pushed like these ignorant GOP’s are spreading rumors about, but education was! Now they have no one to turn to! Continue your fight!

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  24. Absolutely the truth. Thanks for saying it and, although I don’t usually use it, I’ll echo the F*** word.

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  25. Hello Helen and Margaret. Thank you for being so brutally honest from a white man from your neighboring state of Louisiana. What is noticeably missing in this discussion is the absolutely critical need to also focus on teaching sons and grandsons to be truly appreciative and respectful of all women, ladies and girls and the heart wrenching emotional decision involved in an abortion. The lying pro-birth (not pro-life) GOP did not elect the orange oaf, the american people did and I am constantly amazed at the people who are “carrying the water” for the asshat Trump and the coward GOP “to drown them with”.

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  26. Right on, Helen! Some days, the supply of available curse words is insufficient to meet my demands! Lately, it’s been pretty much every day!

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  27. You wrote what I’ve always thought but never dared to put in print or say out loud: FUCK the Republicans who think we women are so weak & pliable that we would suddenly decide to have an abortion because we walked by a Planned Parenthood building. We should be trusted to make that decision for ourselves & not have to be subjugatied to old White Men. Get the FUCK out of our vaginas!!! Thank you for letting me vent.

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  28. Thank you, wise women. So much propaganda, so many people claiming to know more than the women involved and their doctors. My mom put it well, “Some people need to keep their noses out of other people’s bodies.”
    Anti-choice people should turn attention to children in need if they wish to really be pro-life.

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  29. Hey, Gina – Maybe men should just “not enter themselves” INTO ANOTHER PERSON in the first place, let alone into any debate that may follow. HTG. too many men act as if they had nothing to do with causing any of this, when we all know dam well that “patriarchy” only became a “thing” when men realized that what they did for five minutes, nine months earlier, had anything to do with the potential creation of a new human being.

    Not absolving any gender of responsibility, but the fact remains: Only pregnant women have to decide whether to have an abortion, or not – and to commit their bodies, and the rest of their lives, to the consequences of whatever decisions they make. Period.

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  30. Thank you for this great piece! Abortion should be a decision for the woman who is pregnant. Not some old rich white men. Men should not even enter themselves in the debate unless it is to talk about male birth control. We have to remain active in the control of our lives or Handmaids Tale will be a true possibility for our futures! Thanks

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  31. I love you Helen. I am always happy to see an email in my inbox from you. Please keep it up because we really need you right now!

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  32. I love you both!

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  33. I am from the same state as Sasshole, who is the sponsor of the infanticide bill. I just might have to read your column to him the next time I call his office. Thanks! You two are the best!

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  34. Thank you for speaking truth…..you inspire me to be a better “old lady.” It is time for ALL of us to speak truth and use our platforms.

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  35. Amen, sistah! Thanks for always saying what I’m thinking.

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  36. Perfect

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  37. You rock!!!

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  38. amen

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  39. those pro-life type people have no understanding of birth defects or of problems that can crop up in pregnancies. They are f–ing ignorant. They insist on being ignorant. They do not want to be informed. It would get in the way of their prejudice against other people and they would not feel superior to others.

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  40. I can’t LOVE this enough. And I feel the same about the F-word. Glad you’ve got our backs, ladies.

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  41. You nailed it Helen! That orange freak in the Oval Office and his cronies are a bunch of lying misogynists.

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  42. You just ROCK! It’s so refreshing to read straight ‘talk’, especially when there is so much bullshit coming our way from so many directions. Thank you. Really!

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  43. Yes yes and yes.

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  44. Thank you!

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  45. One thing i don’t see anti-abortions folks talk about is what an existing mom does when a later pregnancy threatens her life. Leave the other children without a mother?

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  46. Sing it, Helen! Your voice is beautiful!

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  47. Love you, Helen!!

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  48. Enjoy your blog

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  49. Dear Margaret and Helen,

    I’m a big fan, and here’s why:
    a. Deep and honest friendships like yours are amazing to behold. As the young people say, #lifegoals.
    b. Telling it like it is seems to me to be a virtue in this tired world.
    c. Knowing there are Texans like you shining a light from my home state feels like a little redemption.
    So thanks, and keep it up. Carol
    p.s. Are you any relation to a Mrs. Philpott who taught elementary school in Dallas?

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  50. Brava! Brava! Encore! Encore!

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  51. Thank you, Helen!

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  52. I think we need to protect Helen & Margaret like we do Ruth Bader Ginsberg.

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  53. Couldn’t agree more. But perhaps another response to the GOP might be, if you insist on going down this path, forcing a woman to give birth when she would otherwise elect not to, then pass legislation requiring that the man who started the situation provide adequate financial support for both the woman and his child for the rest of both their lives, and if he does not, jail time. Marginal would-be fathers might think twice before dipping their pen in the well.

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  54. Yes, yes, yes, a thousand times YES!! The saddest part of this are the blind WOMEN followers and believers of the horse-shit the GOP and its tangerine-ball-bag of a “leader” are peddling. Like another poster, I’m off Facebook for awhile (or forever) because a family member posted a patently false meme about late term abortions. Was she interested in the truth or did she want the hysteria surrounding the lies? Turns out, it’s the latter. The uneducated will always gravitate to the easiest answer – usually blaming someone else (Liberals, Democrats, Mexicans, New-Yorkers, Hillary Clinton, etc….) instead of truly understanding a complex issue like abortion. Jump on the ignorance train, full speed ahead! Thank you for your wonderful essay and Right On!!

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  55. Thank you Helen!

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  57. Thank you, Helen. I’m pissed off too! A few years ago I sat in a townhall meeting of a since disgraced US Rep from south Texas and listened to another group of men, who have no business in the private matters of women, Catholic priests, make false statements about abortion and Planned Parenthood. A young woman of 16 who stood in support of PP was met with vitriol, from the priest’s congregants, calling her a whore and physically trying to intimidate her. The legislator and the priest did nothing. The police stepped in and escorted a man out of the room. The young woman stayed composed and gladly accepted a seat with me. As a grandmother with granddaughters, I raise my voice in support of that young woman and mine! But I’m angry that the fight for the right to control our bodies is not won and that we have to teach our daughters and grandchildren to fight for theirs. Keep writing, Helen!

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  58. Thank you. I would add that we need to move the conversation about abortions away from the moral/religious aspect and toward the actual intent of making sureany woman who needs or wants an abortion can receive a medically safe one. As someone has said elsewhere, abortions have happened since the beginning of time, despite social stigma and legality issues, and legislating against abortion care is not going to make women stop getting them.

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  59. I love you, Helen. Don’t ever stop speaking your mind.

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  60. Thank you Helen.

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  61. BRAVO! You nailed it!

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  62. Right you are Helen. You’ve stated exactly my sentiments in this essay. I’ve been saying this for a long time, to anyone who will listen. Mostly to MEN who think they have all the answers, but really don’t know what a woman goes through, both mentally and physically with this decision that she must make alone. Thanks so much for saying it so perfectly.

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  63. Thank you! How in the world could these dumbnuts legislators think they could write legislation that covers all the issues. As many have said, this is a WOMAN’S decision. Good on you Helen for speaking the truth, and to all, support Planned Parenthood!

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  64. On Fri, Mar 15, 2019 at 07:47 Margaret and Helen wrote:

    > Helen Philpot posted: “Margaret honey, nothing pisses me off more than > when a man has an opinion about something he knows nothing about. And one > thing for damn sure a man knows nothing about is what’s in a woman’s mind > and heart when she is making a decision about whether or no” >

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  65. Love this so much! Thank you for writing it.

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  66. This perfect!! Thank you! Teri DiCicco

    On Fri, Mar 15, 2019 at 8:42 AM Margaret and Helen wrote:

    > Helen Philpot posted: “Margaret honey, nothing pisses me off more than > when a man has an opinion about something he knows nothing about. And one > thing for damn sure a man knows nothing about is what’s in a woman’s mind > and heart when she is making a decision about whether or no” >

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  67. Wow, I read this aloud to my hub after I read it. We both salute you!! Succinct and excellently written. I am so tired of the hypocritical, full of shit. disingenuous, lying GOP and the orange oaf they elected. Ugh.

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  68. Helen, may you live forever! Your latest rant was so wonderful that I had to keep stopping to read it aloud to my husband. As many times before, you have made my day!!

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  69. Talk about hypocrites…the GOP only cares about the “unborn” while cutting the funding for the “born” programs

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  70. This is not enough, but I am sorry. Sorry for you, your family, your country, our entire population that is filled with such hate.

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  71. I love you, and couldn’t be said any better.

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  72. Thank you for this…damn right, it’s our right and FUCK the orange boss mob!

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  73. Yep – what she said. We have a serious problem in this country and it starts with the lies from trump and runs right on down through the entire GOP.

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  74. Reblogged this on silverapplequeen and commented:
    Usually a post like this would go to Aunt Polly’s Rants but I want a greater audience to read it. Helen nails this issue with a capital F. THANK YOU!

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  75. And the church said “Amen!”

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  76. Thank you for letting the assholes know that it is absolutely none of their damn business.

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  77. You ladies are superb!

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  78. There is such a thing as a post-birth abortion. I cannot think of a better description of mass shootings, or police shooting an unarmed black person, or inaccessible medical care, or poverty, or war, or despair caused addictions.

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  79. I had to go off Facebook because a relative posted a meme from a Danish neo-Nazi about late term abortion. (Maybe that was not really a Dane, but a Russian bot. I had my suspicions.) I also read a post from a neonatal nurse who described several real cases (not her own) of why late term abortion is sometimes the only reasonable choice on a very narrow, heartbreaking list of choices for a mom. Thank you for being here.

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  80. Right TF on, Helen!!! When I was in my twenties, I had an IUD. (Anybody remember those?) Nevertheless, I got pregnant by my long-term “boyfriend,” who I later married, for whatever that’s worth. I chose to have an abortion. Abortion was not yet legal. I was fortunate at the time to be able to do so: I had a sympathetic OB/GYN, resources, and the money to make it happen. Even so, it wasn’t an “easy” decision, nor one that was reached without considerable thought.

    More attention to reminding men to KEEP IT IN THEIR F***KING PANTS would seem to be in order. for starters. They haven’t a clue..

    Great post. Thank you.

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  81. Thank you for the truth, delivered with humor. and a few “F” bombs as well.

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  82. Brava!!

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  83. Thank you Margaret and Helen, thank you.

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  84. Ive been following you for 10 years, more or less. Actually longer, I found you in 2007. I just want you to know that sometimes FUCK is the only word that fits, and in times like now, its still inadequate. I hope you had a happy pi day with some pie and thoughts about the old days when we shared recipes… good god I just reminded myself of the one who spoke in tongues! Remember her? We had good times.

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  85. Could not love you more and I needed this posting today to reinforce my political resistance.

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  86. Yes. Thank you. Not that the GOP would listen to a woman, but thank you all the same.

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  87. Nobody could have said it better! Thank you forsharing your thoughts.

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