Hannah Murphy 
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Re: “Screening: "Not My Life."

This is a screening of highlights of the film, followed by Q&A with Laura Lederer, former Senior Advisor on Trafficking in Persons to US Department of State. Joining Laura Lederer for the Q&A will be the film's producer, Robert Bilheimer.

This event is part of a March series sponsored by Feminists Choosing Life of NY in collaboration with A Season for Nonviolence.

Posted by Hannah Murphy on 03/17/2013 at 3:49 PM

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Re: “Activist wants changes in anti-abortion movement

For clarity, I thought I should comment:
I more than appreciate City covering this topic and doing so with a perspective that is often ignored within the feminist movement. I do, however, think it a reach to call me "Pro PP". It would be fair to say I am a proponent of the non-abortion services they provide and the way in which they serve community members who have been disenfranchised by the greater healthcare system in this country (e.g., young people, people of color, the disabled and LGBTIA+).

I do wish PP would do more to prevent abortions. Because although there are certainly situations wherein abortion is necessary, I find the cheerleader chant of "Abortion on demand and without apology!" to be trite and lacking clarity. Context is essential, and I find sweeping statements like the one stated to be yet another way to divide those who really just want to support women.

When I say I do not want abortion to be illegal, I say this because I do not trust the government to protect women who need abortions. I think about those making the decisions (and yes, it's become a cliche, but they are mostly older white men), and it scares me because I do not believe them to be prolife or nonviolent; here we have a VP who thinks conversion therapy for gays is somehow humane- this is not a person I trust with protecting anyone's rights.

I received Medicaid and WIC for two of my four pregnancies. These services are good and necessary. We cannot defund or even reduce funds for these programs. We cannot defund organizations that provide birth control and sex education. These actions are counterproductive, and by supporting the defunding, I think people put the life of the fetus over that of others involved, and I do not believe this to be prolife or nonviolent.

Some of the comments here reflect the problem within the feminist movement. Anger is good when it is constructive, but otherwise self-serving and destructive. There are many proL and proC folks who are caught in the middle of this volatile conversation (if you can call it a conversation); people who are sick of the screaming and name calling and judging and downright meanness. These are the people who find themselves disengaging or remaining on the parameter- hoping that the fanatics will realize that communal work is not possible without conversation, collaboration and some civility.

It was a difficult decision to accept this interview. I have received much support, but have also been labeled disloyal to the prolife movement. Herein lies the problem: on both "sides" we are afraid to speak up -not only for fear of what our opponents will think of us, but what our allies will. Within any movement there will be disagreement - it's our choice to acknowledge that we will always have this or continue to tell each other to shut up. I will not be silenced by anyone. I will not silence anyone. I choose to engage with people who I know to be earnest in their support for women - whether they be proL or proC.

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