Category Archives: Personhood

WTF OTD: Missing History Class is Problematic


This piece is part of a daily “What the Fuck of the Day” series here on Antigone Awakens, where I briefly discuss one thing each day that has me seriously saying, WTF?!?!

Good afternoon, lovely readers. My apologies for not visiting you in forever, but the non-digital world has been taking up quite a bit of my time as of late. I promise to try and get back to a more regular blogging schedule sometime soon. My goal is to get back to at least one “regular” blog per week, and my regular once a day WTF OTD by September, so be looking for those.

In the meantime, here’s today WTF OTD:

I found this “lovely” gem on Facebook, which is a treasure trove of the worst of the worst of antichoice vomit-inducing vitriol (it’s amazing what they say when they thing you’re not looking). This morning (before I had my coffee, I might add), I came across this picture, pointed out to me by a friend:


Photo credit Jonathan O’Toole and Christian Gallery

Now, just take a moment to let that picture sink in. Because my immediate reaction was the standard WTF??? But then I actually took a moment to LOOK at it. And then my reaction became a WTF?!?!?!?!?!??!!?

I’m going to try not to delve to deeply into the fact that this isn’t even a relatively close depiction of member of ANY Native American tribe (and actually seems to be rather gender amorphous – I mean, good for antis if that’s what they were going for, but somehow I doubt they really believe that not all persons who give birth are women).

Instead, I’m going to focus on the fact that, once again, they named a woman a PLACE. A woman’s body is not a fucking location. You cannot find my uterus on google maps, thank you very much.

I’m also going to focus on the fact that they’ve chosen to put a GIGANTIC undeveloped fetus –  covered with a Davey Crocket hat and armed with a non-period correct firearm – INSIDE the body of a supposedly Native American pregnant person. And then proceed to tell us that this arrangement is meant to be symbolic because settlers were “unjustly” attacked by those “savage Indians,” just like fetuses are “unjustly” attacked by their “savage” mothers and doctors during abortions.  W.T.F.

[Excuse my while I go laugh and then vomit]

Okay, I’m back.

What these antis don’t seem to realize is that neither the settlers NOR fetuses actually had/have a right to be where they were/are. Settlers were STEALING lands from Native American peoples, and fetuses are NOT persons – they do NOT have the right (NO ONE does) to use a pregnant persons body without that person’s permission. Just as Native American peoples had every right to tell the settlers to get the fuck back to where they came from and to protect their lands with force*, so, too, do pregnant persons have every right to terminate a pregnancy they do not wish to carry to term.

It really IS that simple.

Till next time,

– H

* Can I also just point out the utter laughability of the idea that Native Americans were behind the worst of the atrocities during that time period. A cursory reading of any introductory history text will show that while certain tribes did commit violence against settlers, the vast VAST VAST amount of violence was committed against Native Americans by settlers and by the US government. So, yeah…STFU antis.

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In Which I Discuss HR1797, AKA Why Politicians Should NEVER Play Doctors


On last Thursday morning I awoke with a sigh, knowing that I would be attending yet ANOTHER congressional hearing about Representative Trent Franks’ attempts to curtail women’s CONSTITUTIONAL right to access abortion care. Continue reading

On Personhood, Fetal Homicide, And The Cleveland Kidnappings

Last Thursday, Cuyahoga County prosecutor Timothy McGinty announced he would be attempting to persuade the grand jury to indict Ariel Castro for “each act of aggravated murder he committed by terminating pregnancies that the offender perpetuated against the hostages during this decade-long ordeal.”

His announcement has drawn speculation from both sides of the abortion rights debate, with prochoice advocates concerned that prosecuting Ariel Castro could lead to an infringement upon a woman’s right to access abortion services, and antichoice advocates claiming victory concerning fetal personhood. Continue reading

On Personhood, A Follow-Up to J’s Post


Hello again, dear readers. My apologies for the continuance of this topic, but it appears J’s post (and my addendum) have became rather famous in the anti-abortion rights realm, and I’ve received a few requests to elaborate, so I thought I would do so here. WARNING: This is, yet again, a loooong post. But it’s a worthwhile read if you’re interested in legal theories on fetal personhood (or at least I think it is 😉 ).  Continue reading

Today’s post brought to you by the letter J


Or rather, by my friend J.

You see, J and I share some pretty similar views on the right of women to bodily autonomy and on reproductive rights in general. One day, she decided to write down some of these thoughts, specifically ones related to the personhood bills that are cropping up like weeds all around the country. She said it so eloquently I thought I’d share it here, with a few edits and additions of my own, including some info on international human rights law. Hope you enjoy it!   Continue reading