According to Stop Patriarchy, Mark Ruffalo sent a speech to be read at an abortion rights rally this weekend in Mississippi in which he expressed his frustration with the state legislature’s ongoing attempts to close every last women’s health centers that offer abortion services.
The Clarion-Ledger reports that over 100 supporters gathered at the Jackson Women’s Health Organization, and listened to a personal account of Ruffalo’s about the issue of abortion rights, in which he mentioned his mother’s struggle to obtain an abortion when she was young:
I am a man. I could say this has nothing to do with me. Except I have two daughters and I have a mother who was forced to illegally have an abortion in her state where abortion was illegal when she was a very young woman. It cost $600 cash. It was a traumatizing thing for her. It was shameful and sleazy and demeaning. When I heard the story I was aghast by the lowliness of a society that would make a woman do that. I could not understand its lack of humanity; today is no different.
Ruffalo reportedly referenced the United States as it existed pre-Roe v. Wade as “relic of an America that was not free nor equal nor very kind”, saying that it “we have worked long and hard to leave behind” that time:
My own mother fought to make herself more than a possession; she lived her life as a mother who chose when she would have children, and a wife who could earn a living if she so chose. I want my daughters to enjoy that same choice. I don’t want to turn back the hands of time to when women shuttled across state lines in the thick of night to resolve an unwanted pregnancy, in a cheap hotel room just south of the state line. Where a transaction of $600 cash becomes the worth of a young woman’s life. So that is why I am lending my voice to you and your movement today. Because I actually trust the women I know. I trust them with their choices, I trust them with their bodies and I trust them with their children.
Ruffalo has been politically active before; he’s a vocal opponent of fracking. And while his characterization of the impact of Roe v. Wade as a “law of the land for decades” is slightly historically inaccurate – anti-choice supporters have been chipping away at Roe v. Wade since that Supreme Court ruling came down – his decision to discuss abortion via women who have actually gone through it is a welcome relief from all the men talking about how they know thetruth about the experience.
Because I actually trust the women I know. I trust them with their choices, I trust them with their bodies and I trust them with their children.
Viola Davis. Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Mark Ruffalo. For ever.
I will never stop loving Mark Ruffalo. NEVER.
my biggest fear in life is making a typo in a password when I set it and never being able to log in ever again
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is a monument in dedication to the services of an unknown soldier, Marine, airman or sailor and to the common memories of all soldiers, Marines, airmen and sailors killed in any war. Throughout history, many soldiers have died in wars with their remains being unidentified. The tomb is guarded 24/7 365. Even through hurricanes as a sign of respect.
These soldiers stand guard, day and night, through blistering heat and freezing cold. They stand in driving rain without flinching. It is one of the highest honors to guard the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and there are no excuses, no rainy days. One year, a really bad hurricane swept through the coast and the soldiers were given permission to leave their post. They declined, choosing to stay and guard the tomb.
These men inspire me and have my utmost respect. Thank you.
Licia Ronzulli, member of the European Parliament, has been taking her daughter Vittoria to the Parliament sessions for two years now.
Every time this is on my dash, it’s an automatic reblog.
the “i’m not afraid to verbally assault a middle schooler if they look at my kid the wrong way” haircut
so my friend got a fish
American boy was so perfect.
I’m just really upset.
The dialogue in this episode is just killing me knowing what happens.
Not just with klaine’s relationship, but Blaine’s career was having a strong start and he just goes back to Lima????
I DON’T UNDERSTAND.
This makes me furious.
A 14 year-old boy was recently raped at knife-point by a 20 year-old woman. When the story broke, it was primarily men who claimed he should have enjoyed it. It was feminists who validated his pain and spoke in support of him.
This is why we need feminism."
I know it’s fucked up, but I really routed for this bitch when I was little.
its not fucked up because sharpay was just trying to chase her dream and be the bEST SHE CAN BE BUT GABRIELLA CAME OUTTA NO WHERE LIKE LOL HEHE TROY LETS DO ALL THE MUSICALS FOR SHITS AND GIGGLES AND KEPT TAKING SHARPAYS DREAM AWAY FROM HER rude ass bitch
And sharpays songs were SO MUCH BETTER TOO THEY WERE FUN AND GABRIELLA JUST SANG ALL SLOW ABOUT LOVE AND SHE MADE YOU WANT TO FALL ASLEEP BUT SHARPAYS MUSIC WAS THE SHIT
If you’re protesting abortion, the Supreme Court says you can get right in women’s faces and scream at them on their way into the clinic. Because freedom of speech.
But if you try and protest the murder of a black man, you get tear gas fired at you.
water is wet
the sun is hot
leaves are green
Republicans are white
More people are concerned with why women stay in abusive relationships than why men are abusing women