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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Lilith Fair Empowers Women to Support Anti-Choice Charities

Posted by on Wed, Mar 31, 2010 at 9:51 AM

The Chicago Reader reports:

Recently revived woman-centric traveling music festival Lilith Fair announced yesterday that in each of its 36 host cities it would donate a dollar from every ticket sold to a women's charity. After becoming a fan of the fest on its official Facebook page, people can vote for which organization in their town they want Lilith's bucks to benefit. The pulldown menu includes about ten choices for most cities, most of them women's shelters or health centers for the underserved, with a synopsis of the services each offers.

Minneapolis and Indianapolis fans are given the option of supporting Metro Women's Center and Indianapolis Life Center, respectively—institutions whose approach to women's reproductive health services (especially birth control and abortion) is guided by an explicitly anti-choice agenda. Several other cities, including Atlanta and Seattle, have potential beneficiaries that offer so-called abortion alternatives and faith-driven pregnancy counseling.

The charity in question here in Seattle is New Beginnings Home, not a "crisis pregnancy center" but a decidedly "pro-life" organization:

For twenty-five years, New Beginnings Home has been available to help young mothers who have chosen life for their babies. Do you know someone who is facing an unplanned pregnancy who perhaps is alone, rejected or just needs a place to live? New Beginnings is a safe haven where unconditional love and friendship are the norm and woman can plan what is best for themselves and their babies while having their physical and emotional needs cared for. A woman finding herself pregnant without a strong support base can be frightened, not knowing where to turn. There are unique challenges to be addressed and there are no easy answers. Single parenting, adoption, marriage — what is best? Yet when these options are considered and walked through in a loving environment, each carries a hope and a future for both mom and child.

Here's a Facebook page for the group Lilith Fair: No money for crisis pregnancy centers!

Lilith Fair comes to the Gorge Amphitheater on Saturday July 3rd.


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Don't want money to go to those charities? Don't vote for them.

Posted by Jeff on March 31, 2010 at 10:15 AM · Report this
Jeff, that's willfully ignoring the fact that "pro-life" groups are actively working to make it illegal for people to choose alternatives like abortion. Choice is hard—if it's outlawed.
Posted by Eric Grandy on March 31, 2010 at 10:28 AM · Report this
But, tactically, yeah, I agree—folks who support reproductive rights should both join the facebook protest group linked in the post and vote against these organizations on the official page.
Posted by Eric Grandy on March 31, 2010 at 10:30 AM · Report this
Not voting for them isn't the point.. the fact that Lilith Fair chose to legitimize these organizations (which, by the by, were the focus of regulating legislation that didn't pass in Olympia this year...) by putting them in the same category as legit shelters and crisis hotlines.

And why no Planned Parenthood in ANY of the cities???
Posted by bvg1981 on March 31, 2010 at 10:31 AM · Report this
er.. add "is the problem" after crisis hotlines. I can type. I swear.
Posted by bvg1981 on March 31, 2010 at 10:34 AM · Report this
you only get a choice if you plan to choose a pre-approved Liberal cause.
Posted by 'choice' doesn't mean what you think it does on March 31, 2010 at 10:50 AM · Report this
Banna 7
So do you want truly free choice or not?
Posted by Banna on March 31, 2010 at 10:52 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 8
@3 is right. as is @4. Oh, forget it, let's get the tourism industry in to force us to build a Chihulhy Glass Museum instead.
Posted by Will in Seattle on March 31, 2010 at 10:55 AM · Report this
mr. herriman 9
i am as pro-choice as they come, really i am, but is there something inherently wrong with providing a nurturing environment with a network of support for a woman who finds herself unexpectedly pregnant but does not want an abortion? that in itself sounds like a good thing. what is the harm in providing alternatives to abortion? maybe these particular orgs have an agenda beyond that, but if they are really just offering safe support for women for whom abortion was not the decision, then where's the harm?

"to help young mothers who have chosen life for their babies." that's what it says. the choice was made by the mothers before they even got there, according to them. is there something indicating otherwise that i'm not seeing?
Posted by mr. herriman on March 31, 2010 at 10:55 AM · Report this
@9 Um, these organizations are not a network of support for women unless you consider lying and undermining choice supportive.
Posted by kersy on March 31, 2010 at 11:11 AM · Report this
Packeteer 11
@9 If you go to planned parenthood and said from the beggining you are against abortion nobody is going to pressure you to get one. If you go to these "pro-life" centers they will pressure you not to have one.

Look at what they do recommend. Marriage to a good christian man. What a fucking solution to being knocked up. They may say they help women who have chosen life but what if they change their mind. What if their scenario is like this. They are living in a pro-life house because their parents kicked them out. They realize they want to have an abortion but will be literally sleeping on the streets if they do it. That is not an option and that is not ok pressure to put on a pregnant single girl.

At least we know what the Bible says about this. She is to be put to death.
Posted by Packeteer on March 31, 2010 at 11:18 AM · Report this
jezbian 12
what's really fucked up about this IMHO is that there's a REALLY GOOD, IMPORTANT organization called "New Beginnings" in seattle that provides shelter to women and children who are the victims of DV (domestic violence) - leave it to the xian douches to start their own group with the same name.
Posted by jezbian on March 31, 2010 at 11:31 AM · Report this
Planned Parenthood offers alternatives to abortion. They give adoption referrals and will help you get pre and post natal services. Altho the right would make you think differently, abortion is only a TINY percentage of what PP does. Crisis centers do not provide these services because they are not medical facilities - they are run by churches. They have been found to straight up lie to women about the risks of abortion, talk women out of abortions by surrounding them with anti abortion videos and propaganda while setting them up in a situation (like taking an hour for a pregnancy test) where they can bombard them with this material while emotionally vulnerable, they use patients' private medical information in order to continue to harass and intimidate and guilt women into choosing life, and use manipulative language that is not medically sound. They are also part of organizations that lobby to UNDERMINE A WOMAN'S RIGHT TO CHOOSE AND ACCESS SOUND, SAFE MEDICAL CARE AND CONTRACEPTION. The only thing they support is their moral dogma, not women or children.
Posted by kersy on March 31, 2010 at 11:43 AM · Report this
Stacey B 14
By placing crisis pregnancy centers in a list of choices that includes organizations providing actual care to women who need it--sexual assault hotlines, domestic violence shelters, local women's foundations--Lilith Fair is in effect legitimizing the deceptive and harmful policies practiced by CPCs. It's not a matter of simple consumer choice, as some commenters want to believe. CPCs are NOT equivalent to organizations providing sound medical care or advice. It's not as if your vote for, say, an abortion fund, cancels out the vote for a CPC. Merely including the CPCs in the list of choices elevates them to an undeserved status. Lilith Fair, its organizers, the performers and the consumers need to speak up and boot the CPCs!
Posted by Stacey B on March 31, 2010 at 12:03 PM · Report this
I worked as a counselor at a Planned Parenthood in Arizona--a conservative state where parents own their children's bodies until they are 18 and may opt them out of sex ed classes in the public school system. We had a lot of frightened, pregnant children coming to our clinic desperate for information and help making a choice. Many of them had stopped at the myriad of crisis pregnancy centers in Phoenix and had been scared by tales of sterility, cancer and hell. I NEVER assumed that people were seeing me to make an appointment for an abortion and I never recommended the procedure to anyone. We strove to provide a safe, caring and confidential environment where girls and women could explore the three options--parenting, adoption and abortion. Once someone had made a decision we provided them with the information and resources necessary to move forward. And believe it or not there were times I advised against abortion when I felt a woman was being pressured by someone else, was not comfortable with her decision or the procedure seemed unsafe for the woman's mental health at that time.
Posted by uhhnananana on March 31, 2010 at 12:19 PM · Report this
Caroline 16
@15-- Thank you for the work you did!
Posted by Caroline on March 31, 2010 at 12:37 PM · Report this
@15 You are amazing.
Posted by kersy on March 31, 2010 at 12:38 PM · Report this
mr. herriman 18
@10, 11 - of course i agree completely with what you are saying. I did not do my research by following the link and reading about them, but was going solely on the paragraph above. there is a distinction between offering abortion alternatives and pushing an anti-choice agenda, and i was simply trying to illuminate that point because on the surface it looked applicable here. had i taken the time to go to the website and dig for more information i would have seen that is not the case.

i'm definitely in favor of offering alternatives when desired and sought out by the mother; definitely opposed to forced pregnancy in 100 per cent of circumstances.
Posted by mr. herriman on March 31, 2010 at 2:34 PM · Report this
The New Beginnings on the Lilith Page is the Domestic Violence organization, not the one linked to in this article.

From the Facebook voting page:

Confirm your vote for New Beginnings
New Beginnings provides services to those whose lives have been affected by domestic violence – physical, emotional, or sexual abuse. Some who use our services are in physical danger. Others are living with controlling partners in relationships that are emotionally abusive. Explore our site to learn how to get help, how to get involved, how to donate and how to learn more about domestic violence in our community. Established 1976
Posted by jennplaysbass on March 31, 2010 at 4:00 PM · Report this
scratch that last comment. i see now that BOTH are on the list.
Posted by jennplaysbass on March 31, 2010 at 4:29 PM · Report this
Free Lunch 21
Anyone who makes a decision based on a web poll is an idiot, especially when it's something controversial. All you'll find out is who won the troll war.
Posted by Free Lunch on March 31, 2010 at 6:44 PM · Report this

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