Ladylike hobbies: Photographing abortion protesters one Instagram at a time

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The hardest thing about being a feminist is the long hours. It's kind of like having a full-time job on top of having a regular job, because you're constantly having to watch your back and educate yourself and others on what lawmakers/the Internet/the general voting public is doing to undo certain unalienable rights. Like most woman's work, a feminist's work is never done. Today on the docket, we're looking at the potential for another round of rights loss, as the Colorado General Assembly will be discussing abortion-ban bill HB 14-1133, a bill that would make it a felony for physicians to perform abortion services or prescribe emergency contraception -- and could result in up to twelve years in prison and a $750,000 fine. Sounds crazy, right? Well, welcome to Feminism 101, a place where even the most insane ideas are treated as reality.

Don't get me wrong: Like all work, feminism can be fun. That's why I've decided to take my little hobby of amateur photography and use it to document the folks who protest my right to have control over my own body. That's right, pro-lifers, I'm looking for you! I want to photograph as many of you as possible and let the world know what you're up to.

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Sarah Silverman and Jesus give a quick tutorial on women's dwindling rights in the U.S.

Recently, I was driving along a route I take several times a week and noticed something on the side of the road that I had never before seen in this particular part of town: Dotting the grass between a parking lot and this main thoroughfare was a group of older men, outfitted with signs decrying a woman's right to choose. They kind of resembled the dudes I used to see outside the store I worked at in the mall, slumped over on food-court benches in exhaustion as they waited for their wives to finish shopping. (Women love to shop. P.S. I know this because I am one.)

It wasn't any sort of woman's holiday, and there was nothing being debated politically at the moment, so I was confused as to why the pro-lifers had built an encampment there. But I quickly realized there was a health clinic nearby, where I am guessing abortions may have been performed. Initially, I wanted to thank them for showing me where this office was -- I've been looking for a new gynecologist and had no idea there was one so conveniently located on my usual route!

But instead of thanking them, I just pulled over and decided to document what they were doing. Again, as a lady with hobbies, I like to take pictures of interesting things. I politely let them know I was taking their photograph, though it seemed like they were interested in attention. (As a lady, I also know what it looks like to be an attention-seeker.) Women often dress or act in a certain way that asks for attention, and these guys were totally asking for it.

I snapped a shot with my phone and quickly uploaded it to Instagram. As a member of the underground feminist network, I knew other feminists would be interested in seeing a photo of some old guys wielding crosses and hanging outside one of our spots. Jumping in my car, I drove out of the parking lot and made a U-turn to get back on my merry way. Within the two minutes it took me to maneuver my car, the protesters were gone. Just like that, they had packed up all of their bloody baby dolls and infant clothing on sticks and disappeared. So strange.

Since this abortion bill "thing" is up for debate today at the Capitol, I was thinking about taking the day to do some documenting. As I'm assuming bird-watching works, you've got to go to where the action is to get the best photographs and fine-tune your hobby. I just hope I don't scare away the poor old guys -- after all, I'm just a harmless little woman with an iPhone and a penchant for rabble-rousing over a silly thing like body autonomy.

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24 comments
Nicole Ortiz
Nicole Ortiz

Planned parenthood off 170 and Quebec.. Pro-choice

Kevin Doyle
Kevin Doyle

Did not know such a bill even existed for consideration. It can't possibly pass..........can it?

LindaLee Law
LindaLee Law

wish I was there. Love the guy mentioning God. His anger is a sin and a man is even a bigger sinner Just another male who screws em and leave em.

Kenneth Shockley
Kenneth Shockley

None of these people have fallopian tubes, guys dictating child birth - how about staying on topics of war and radiation.....the true soul of the collectivist !

Naomi Wolinsky
Naomi Wolinsky

Don't these men have lives of their own? Maybe we should send them to Afghanistan, or Syria, or the Ukraine, where they can save a lot of lives. The days of men telling women what they can and cannot do with their bodies must stop.

Kenneth Lucas
Kenneth Lucas

really? one less reason to return home, I'm going to push on to Portland or Seattle

Blake O'Dunn
Blake O'Dunn

People will find a way... Too bad the Punch drinkers want women to suffer.. Murika

John Martinez
John Martinez

I pick NEITHER. So don't threaten me with YOUR fears

John Edward Krieg
John Edward Krieg

Wow. None have a vagina! !! WHY DO THEY THINK THEIR OPIONS MATTER! ! WHAT. DUMB ASSES

Peace Will Win
Peace Will Win

send women to more dangerous places, classic colorado, nice work.

Lynn Voss
Lynn Voss

These sick ass old men are always at the clinic in Denver. They have no job or life. I can't believe we are doing this crap again. I guess its time to march again.

Sam DeWitt
Sam DeWitt

Republicans: Wanting to make government juuuuuuust small enough to fit inside a woman's vagina.

Desarae Nicole Buchanan
Desarae Nicole Buchanan

I have no clue for the answer but this is ridiculous a woman has the right to choose. Not saying abortion is right but you NEVER know what her situation is.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

Well Bree, aren't you just the busy little beaver .  Abortion -- what a waste of everyone's time and attention.  Here is the solution, although I would not expect the extreme radicals on both sides (you and the Jesus freaks) to agree.

Abortion legal for the first 4 1/2 months.  4 1/2 through 6 months only if a medical emergency.  No abortion legal in third trimester unless the death of the mother is imminent. 

Now, let's pay attention to the fiscal disaster our current president has manufactured for us.  

shayne58barrett
shayne58barrett

@fishingblues  Your "solution" is a very typical response... from a male. As in, the person who does not have to deal with it. Your numbers are cute and apparently well thought out... from a person who has never and will never give birth. If and when you get pregnant, I will look forward to whatever you have to say. :P

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@shayne58barrett @fishingblues  Who says I'm male?  Just because I'm pragmatic, reasonable and rational .... oh wait, I guess that does make me a male.  


For all of you radical feminists (Can't you see that you are just as objectionable as the jesus freaks?), does the baby's rights enter into it at any time?  Are you saying that an abortion at 9 months -- at birth, that is still okay with you?  

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay It is just frightening that you see porn every time you look at a child.  You need to be put to sleep donkey boy.  

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