What Every Woman Should Know
by Susie Cagle
Graphic journalist Susie Cagle researched anti-abortion Crisis Pregnancy Centers by visiting several in the Bay Area "pretending to be naïve and knocked up." What she found "wasn't what I was expecting," she says. "The brilliance and danger of First Resort and other clinics like them is that they do not fit the image of the 'anti-abortion activist'… they are not screaming with pictures of dead babies." Cagle adds, "For me, this version of reality is much more scary – false information delivered with a smile." Cagle has written and drawn for the Awl, the Hairpin, Truthout, American Prospect, Campus Progress and others; this feature comes from Cartoon Movement.
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Sophia posted: 2012-01-01 16:11:05
...wow, what a load of heat over nothing. Also why is it you never see this kind of leaflet about the pressure women are often put under by men in their lives to get rid of potential pregnancies. On two separate occasions I have taken the morning after pill when I didn't really want to, once driven to the chemist and paid for by the tutor at college (another student had unprotected sex with me) and another time by my then boyfriend. Sure both times I was ambivalent because I knew things would be hard, but I really regret it now because I am getting older and older and I feel I am wasting my life waiting to be "financially" ready for a child when people on benefits living in social housing are raising children all around me, getting to watch them grow up as my womb gets barrener and my eggs get more genetic damage with each passing year. Sure I could have said no, but so can these people, but as we all know social pressure and expectations can and do come to bear.
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