Anonymous asked: Why are abortions so expensive? According to Planned Parenthood's website they start at $300. Would I really have to pay $300 for a little pill?
Well, to start off, every clinic prices it differently according to the facility’s needs and services. Some clinics offer sliding scale fees, where you only pay what you can, or allow for payment plans. It’s also possible for abortion to be covered by your state’s Medicaid program (note: this uses state funds, not federal funds, which are prohibited by the Hyde Amendment) or by your own insurance.
In addition, to take the abortion pill, you have to first undergo a medical exam and bloodwork, including an ultrasound to determine how far along you are. After you take the pill, you need to go in for a check up to be sure everything went well, and to get antibiotics to prevent infection. So the price actually includes two doctors’ visits, a physical, tests, an ultrasound, antibiotics, and the pill itself.
Many clinics that provide abortions also provide a range of reproductive and general health care - Pap smears, cancer screenings, flu shots, birth control, counseling, and so on. Reproductive health clinics often try to price their services as low as possible to allow patients to access the care they need, while still keeping the clinic open and functioning. Some clinics receive state or federal grants, but others may rely heavily on donations, fundraising, and money made from their services to pay their employees, keep their equipment up to date and working, and maintain their facility.
Finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t point out the astronomical health care costs in the United States and assume that also plays a role. Generally, however, I see most reproductive health clinics as more aware of and committed to supporting low-income patients, given that their line of work is very intimate, often thankless, and downright dangerous to their own lives, so I’m honestly not sure how much the state of health care costs factors in with each individual clinic.
Don’t forget the astronomical cost of security that women’s health clinics must absorb due to anti-choice terrorism. Even if abortion is a small portion of the services a particular clinic provides, that clinic will still have to keep all of their patients and staff safe from the antis. This usually includes security guards, surveillance cameras, fences, barred windows, bulletproof glass, a buzzer system for all doors inside and outside the clinic, and increased background checks for employees and volunteers.
This is important. My bday is may 1. Hint hint tumblr
MINE IS NEXT WEEK, EVEN BIGGER HINT TUMBLR
yall some hateful pieces of shit, gimme a fucking link to this wonderful glass
OH MY FUCKING GOD
Lilo and Stitch presenting an accurate representation of Hawaiians perspective on luaus held by tourists.
#what’s sad about this is that this is actually what Hawaiians had to do when the western culture took over #a luau was a sacred practice #until the westerners took the concept and had the audacity to change it into a time to stuff your face with food and put on grass skirts and coconut bras and dance the hula #and when they had these events, they didn’t even let actual Hawaiian people in #so to make money to take care of themselves, the Hawaiians were hired to work in these disgraceful events to clean up after the tourists like slaves only to make less than a buck #so good job disney for doing your fucking research and educating these people #sadly, this still goes on even until today and it makes me sick
"just forget about giving them a chance to say no and assume it’s no until they say yes"
but what if they say yes and then change their mind
what if they only say yes because you never gave them the chance to say no
do you see what’s wrong with this
BILL BILL BILL BILL BILL BILL BILL BILL BILL BILL BILL BILL BILL BILL BILL BILL BILL BILL BILL BILL BILL BILL BILL BILL BILL BILL BILL BILL BILL BILL BILL BILL BILL BILL BILL NYE THE SCIENCE GUY
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Religious people can’t engineer or solve complex problems?
People think this is a smart thing to say?
He’s not saying “religious people”, not at all. Nye isn’t the anti-religious Richard Dawkins type. He’s specifically talking about young earth creationism, the anti-science idea that the planet and universe are 6000 years old and the line is regarding his recent debate with Ken Ham, head of the incredibly racist Creation Museum.
Here’s the thing, the religious people who built the above structures weren’t anti-science, anti-knowledge, anti-learing, these cultures valued these things. When you’re training your child that evolution is an evil lie, that the planet is 6000 years old, that all the natural formations on earth were formed by some physically impossible massive flood, that the craters on the moon were formed by geysers errupting from earth and hitting it during said flood, that dinosaurs were on the ark, that all of humanity came from one dudes family after that flood around 4k years ago, that the son of Noah who was cursed that his descendents would be servants were the ones who went to Africa (a view which has been used to justify slavery extensively, EVEN TO THIS DAY), that the Loch Ness Monster is actually a dinosaur and proof of God’s creation, that ‘secularism’ has corrputed science and turned it against god, etc. etc. etc. then you are seriously disadvantaging that child when it comes to learning anything in the sciences.
Nye isn’t condemning religion, he’s condemning right wing extremist evangelical young earth creationism, and in a wold where a lack in scientific literacy is currently harming our ecosystem and reducing our species odds of survival, and as someone who was raised in this fucked up mindset (the reason I know so much about what they teach is because I was taught it as a child), I think his point holds absolutely true when taken in context.
Thanks for the context
Holy shit, someone got corrected on tumblr and didn’t throw a fit over it. Four for you ileolai.
So weird to see my own commentary on my dash over a month later…
"Well *I’ve* never heard of it, so it must not be happening!"
Yes. You’re right. You know all and see all and there is nothing you don’t know therefore all these other people with their lived experiences must just be lying because YOU have never heard of it.
fuck cops but like fuck white anarchist dudes who dominate anti-policing discourse and make it all about how the cops are out to get them personally, damn
Seriously, if you’re a white anarchist and think your politics put you more at risk of police harassment than black people of all political persuasions you’re fucking up. That shit that might happen to you at a protest sometime is the daily lived experience for millions.
The thing about depression is that it either takes away all will to self-motivate and do what makes you feel better, or the things that made you feel better before have no affect on you anymore. That’s what most people forget. I hear all the time you should go meditate, go outside, take up some yoga, go socialize, or you’re not trying hard enough. With the other person not even realizing that if it was that easy, depression would probably not exist.
I’ve had days where it took effort to get myself to take a nap for fucks sake. I’m not talking about having a hard time falling asleep, but actually summoning the energy and will to take off my glasses and go to my bed.