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Apr 02 2013

A way to strike against denial of abortion rights in Kentucky

PatrickG posted this deep in the Lounge, where only the bravest, thickest-skinned hordelings venture. So I’m amplifying his signal.

my partner is relentless. She keeps saying things like “you always talk about this site and how they’re so supportive of abortion rights, HIT THEM UP!”. And by hit you up, I mean it’s Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon time! Technically, has been for some time. :)

So! If you’re interested in funding abortion rights in Kentucky, specifically through the Kentucky Support Network, consider wandering over here and chipping in a few dollars. Our team is aiming to raise a measly $500, and we’re almost there. :)

Abortion access in Kentucky is a particular issue for me — we’ve got a part-time clinic in Lexington, a full-time clinic in Louisville… and that’s pretty much IT. Louisville has a hospital under siege by Catholics (gubernatorial action was necessary to prevent the latest merger attempt), and there’s basically nothing in northern/eastern Kentucky. They all have to travel. Added bonus (bleh): the Louisville site is heckled by protesters non-stop. In short, we might not be Mississippi or North Dakota, but we’re getting there.

All the funds raised for KSN go directly to transportation, housing, and medical expenses. Administrative funds are raised strictly through grants.

If you’d prefer to chaff my hide, consider donating to my partner’s page here**. She’d be thrilled to receive donations instead of me — my own father donated in her name instead of mine! But wherever you donate, it goes to the same place – the Kentucky Support Network.

You know what to do.

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  1. 1
    Mattir, Another One With Boltcutters

    Awesome. And thanks.

  2. 2
    Jadehawk

    ha! that should get you plenty of Hordeling money :-p

    not mine though, cuz as soon as March payments come in, I’m giving them to the ND Bowl-A-Thon for our last clinic.

    good luck PatrickG!

  3. 3
    ftltachyon

    But we don’t know what to do! Do we donate via PatrickG’s page or his partner’s????

  4. 4
    Socio-gen, something something...

    Taking a quick minute to offer a cyber high-five to you and your partner, PatrickG! My team, the Vagina Warriors, are bowling for the ND Women in Need fund. [ hint hint, Jadehawk. :) ]

  5. 5
    Chris Clarke

    But we don’t know what to do! Do we donate via PatrickG’s page or his partner’s????

    PatrickG’s way ahead. Help his partner catch up.

  6. 6
    thebookofdave

    I’m in. Balls to the wall!

  7. 7
    Jadehawk

    Taking a quick minute to offer a cyber high-five to you and your partner, PatrickG! My team, the Vagina Warriors, are bowling for the ND Women in Need fund. [ hint hint, Jadehawk. :) ]

    oh man, if i’d known, I’d have probably asked to join :-p

    my secret dream is to manage to get an A+ bowling team together one year.

  8. 8
    ButchKitties

    Donated. And I kinda love the team name.

  9. 9
    Wren, a Tru Hoppist

    Oh Chris, thanks for posting this! I live in Northern KY and I haven’t been able to find a clinic up here at all so I can volunteer as an escort (my google-fu is weak, though).

    I donated to PatrickG’s partner, and if I have a weekend free, I may be able to volunteer soon and drag my P.E.L.P. along with me!

  10. 10
    Jackie, all dressed in black

    Thanks Chris! Best of luck to Patrick G. and partner.

  11. 11
    brucecoppola

    Just chaffed PatrickG’s hide, and I think his partner Ace Baller (love the name) has now reached her goal.

    Our Republitards are doing their worst here in MI to futher the war on women. Sigh…this used to be a civilized state. We may need your help soon ourselves.

  12. 12
    Lynna, OM

    I posted this previously in the [Lounge], but it belongs here, as an example of anti-abortion tactics in other states.

    A bill defining human life as beginning at fertilization and outlawing any direct or indirect state support for abortions cruised to Senate approval Monday. [Kansas City Star link.]
    … Senate support virtually guarantees that House Bill 2253 will become state law….

    In addition, the bill:

    • Prohibits paid agents or volunteers connected to abortion providers – including Planned Parenthood – from providing any information on human sexuality to students in public schools.

    • Requires clinics that perform abortions to provide women with detailed information on gestational development.

    • Requires abortion providers to provide patients with a directory of anti-abortion alternative programs.


    It would restrict women from claiming any medical or insurance costs related to abortion services as a deduction on state income taxes. It also prohibits any state funding, tax credits or other benefits from going to any medical practice or facility that allows abortions to be performed. …

    Sen. David Haley, D-Kansas City, accused conservative Republicans of pushing “narrow Taliban-like philosophies on our state’s persons.” …
    Haley proposed an amendment that would have clarified that defining life as beginning at fertilization would not ban forms of birth control that work by interfering with uterine implantation of a fertilized egg, such as the IUD and morning-after pill. …

    Haley’s amendment failed, but did put 27 Republican senators on the record with a vote that could be used later to try to paint them as being anti-birth control. …

    The same forces clashed over a Haley amendment to provide women and girls who became pregnant through rape, incest or aggravated indecency an exemption from the state’s regimen of strict anti-abortion laws. …

    That amendment failed 28-9, but got one Republican vote …

    Another fought-over provision establishes a statutory mandate that abortion doctors must provide controversial medical information to women who are seeking an abortion, specifically of a link between abortion and breast cancer. …

  13. 13
    raven

    Another fought-over provision establishes a statutory mandate that abortion doctors must provide controversial medical information to women who are seeking an abortion, specifically of a link between abortion and breast cancer. …

    The abortion causes breast cancer link isn’t controversial.

    It’s is simply a lie.

    They are mandating that MD’s lie to their patients.

  14. 14
    David Marjanović

    Another fought-over provision establishes a statutory mandate that abortion doctors must provide controversial medical information to women who are seeking an abortion, specifically of a link between abortion and breast cancer. …

    “And now, ma’am, I’m legally required to lie to you: I’m required to pretend that abortion causes breast cancer – even though a bunch of studies has shown it doesn’t. So, listen up: Abortion totally causes breast cancer. *nodnod* Thank you for listening.”

    Christ, what assholes.

  15. 15
    PatrickG

    Wow! Thanks so much Chris for giving this more attention, and thanks so so so much to all the people who have donated. The response has been overwhelming, and on behalf of the Kentucky Support Network (of which I’m not actually a spokesperson)… THANK YOU!

    The money donated will make such a huge difference in the lives of Kentucky women. From the bottom of my jaded, cynical heart… thank you again!

  16. 16
    PatrickG

    @ Wren: If you live in Northern Kentucky, KSN might well have a place for you to volunteer, especially if you can provide transport for people in the area. If not, there’s always need for volunteers to check the hotline. You can find our horrible website* at kentuckyhealthjusticenetwork.org.:)

    Escorting services are only really needed in Louisville, as the Lexington clinic sits safely protected on private property with a “buffer” parking lot. Trespassing laws can be invoked. The Louisville clinic, otoh, fronts onto a public sidewalk. It’s a long way for you, but check out everysaturdaymorning.org for more information on clinic escort volunteering.

    * I can say that because the horribleness is my product. I haven’t deployed the actual better version yet at khjn.org. This was a temporary site thrown up in a hurry that’s become a bit too permanent for my taste.

  17. 17
    Wren, a Tru Hoppist

    @ PatrickG,

    Transporting people to Louisville might actually be better. I’m glad there are other options than just being an escort. My husband is not sure how he’d handle the antis and wants to avoid conflicts. I’ll checkout the horrible website with him after work. :D

  18. 18
    ImaginesABeach

    I’m lousy at making decisions. I gave to PatrickG’s team and partner’s team and Socio-gen’s team. Thanks for doing this.

  19. 19
    Socio-gen, something something...

    Thank you, ImaginesABeach!!

  20. 20
    PatrickG

    Indeed, thank you ImaginesABeach and everyone else! Our team (Uterine Linings Playbook) has far surpassed our modest goal of $500, and it’s all thanks to the people here (and Chris, for promoting my humble lil post).

    Of course, don’t let our success deter you from donating more, to any of our teams! ;)

  21. 21
    PatrickG

    @ Wren: I hear your husband’s concerns. I looked briefly into being an escort, and quickly realized that my passionate tendencies* was … probably not the best thing to bring to a such an endeavor.

    The contact for volunteer opportunities is under either the Need Help? or Donate pages, by the way. It’s a small site, shouldn’t be too hard to find. :)

    * AKA getting really fucking pissed off at self-righteous assholes poking their noses into other people’s personal health decisions

  22. 22
    loopyj

    Thank you for posting this. I never venture into the lounge, for I am a delicate flower.

    I’ve made a donation to Uterine Linings Playbook. I really appreciate and admire the personal commitment that so many Americans make to supporting women’s access to healthcare. It breaks my heart when I hear about yet another state’s last clinic providing abortion services facing closure or yet more laws designed to make a woman’s access to abortion services more expensive, more time-consuming, and often simply impossible.

  23. 23
    CSB

    And I just excommunicated myself from the Roman Catholic Church.

    Kind of wish I could have done it by punching out Ratzinger back when he still had the position, but at least this was less expensive than flying to Rome.

  24. 24
    Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden

    All right. This is ridiculous. It took me until now, when I was scrolling through and caught a glance of this headline, to realize

    “strike against denial of abortion”

    is a F’n **bowling pun**.

    Uurrrgghkk.

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