Public “Shocked” by Lie on Abortion Rights

Quotes from signers of the TWSR petition:

See more responses here: http://oursilverribbon.org/wp-content/uploads/petition-abortion-rts-1-9-14-public.pdf

Trust Women/Silver Ribbon Campaign Petition: Lies About   Abortion Hurt Women  1-9-14
First Name Last Name Personal Message
Betsy Eudey Accurate information and   resources related to health is a necessity, and federal, state and local   governments must do all they can to ensure that misinformation is not overtly   or covertly supported. Individuals and organizations should not have the   opportunity to post misleading or medically false information on public   property, especially when doing so appears to have the blessing/support of   the government.
Tracy Sherman I have never visited San   Francisco, it has long been on my list of places I would like to go. I   assumed the culture was open and honest (you are famous for your Gay   community after all). But this has changed my mind. Any city foolish enough   to let a few idiots put up banners that are patently FALSE is no longer a   place I want to visit. I speak from the experience of 2 abortions for very   different reasons. One saved my life and the other saved my child from   suffering and dying right after birth. Not only did these not hurt – they   were blessings. Next time you decide to make stupid statements, perhaps you   will think about the tourist money you are losing.
Patricia Jackson A false, hate message should not   be displayed by the city.
Barbara Nielsen Abortion does not hurt women.   Abortion is legal. San Francisco City and County is displaying false   statements about women’s legal healthcare and reproductive rights options in   contradiction to City policies and practices. We call on the Mayor and   elected leaders to TAKE DOWN THE BANNERS as soon as possible.
Liz Newbury Abortion is safe and legal.   Let’s keep it that way. Disseminating deliberate misinformation to promote   particular religious ideologies is dangerous to women and their families. The great city of San Francisco can do better by its citizens   and guests than to use city property to promote misinformation for religious   purposes.
Louise Calabro Abortion is safe reproductive   health care for women — lies about this hurt women, rather than helping   them.
Lauren Schweizer Abortion   must be legal to be safe, illegal abortions hurt women. Take down the banners!
Michele Chandler Access = CHOICE!
John Fiore Appalled   that we are paying for lies on OUR lamp posts.   Will we do absolutely anything/everything for money?
Mary Ann Castle As a former resident of San   Francisco and an advocate for human rights, I am outraged at the medically inaccurate public health message that are   being displayed on SD City banners. I request that they be removed   immediately and that medically accurate information be provided to girls an   women.
shayna lewis As a former, and hopefully again   in the near future, resident of San Francisco, it is incredibly   disheartening to learn that the City is promoting   such blatant misinformation. I urge you to take down these banners as soon as   possible.
Carol Bailey As a frequent visitor to San   Francisco, I can not believe the signs posted along Market St. I expect   “the city” to be an eclectic mix of everything good – not a   messenger for untruths.
Trina Semorile As a native   San Franciscan, I am outraged this this has been   permitted and allowed to continue. I will shortly be in San Francisco for a   visit and trust these signs will be gone. Get them down. Hate speech is NOT   free speech. Hate speech kills.
Ann Boddum As a Nurse practitioner who has   worked in San Francisco Kaiser OB department. These banner goes beyond the   line ..they are false . And it is a very false statement to allow to put up   as if the city of San Francisco is saying this. You must have them removed.
Joan Edelstein As a nursing faculty in SF, and   past resident, I trust the administration will properly attend to this   violation of City regulations. These banners harm women!
Kathy King As a   physician I am outraged that the city would allow   these signs to be posted on city property. Freedom of speech – yes – but city   support of misinformation – NO!
Gene Bishop As a physician I find this a   poor public health message
diane gottlieb As a woman and a health   professional I am dismayed by this poor choice. This same mayor has also been   responsible for the increase in homeless mentally ill in sanfrancisco, which   is another preventable public health situation.
Norma J F Harrison ASK ME ABOUT HOW WONDERFUL I   FELT, ABORTING MY unwanted PREGNANCIES!!
Thea Selby Attaching to the Snowflakes?   Really?
Bertha Mo Dear Mayor: As   a long time public health professional and advocate,   I request that you remove the incorrect information about abortion on the   City’s publicly managed lamp posts on Market St. in San Francisco. As a   public health professional, I am shocked that   these untruths are being spread on City managed banners. As a former City public health worker, I was proud that I   worked to support the health and well-being of families in the City;   particular the health and well-being of girls and women. San Francisco DPH   has always practiced what it preaches and support reproductive rights of   women. Please take these banners with incorrect messages down today. 
Larry Adelman Dear Mr. Mayor: I am a big believer in freedom of speech but not statements   which are lies and can harm others. For the City   to allow banners on its property which are outright falsehoods about women is   as alarming as it would be to see banners on City property promoting racist   or anti-Semitic remarks. Further, the statement that “abortion hurts   women” itself harms women. That’s not a public health message I believe   you or our other City leaders wish to propagate. Please promote accurate and   positive messages about reproductive health. Thank you. Larry Adelman
Claudine Torfs Did you know that public health   data show that maternal death from abortion are highest   where abortion is forbidden? Why? Because through   all ages and in all countries, women do abort, either safely or unsafely.   Abortion is and has has been done all over the world forever. It was even   allowed by the Catholic church for the first semester of pregancy until the   “ensoulment” –that is the time the church thought the   “soul” of the embryo entered the fetus– until the 13th or so   century. It is still the same rule for the present day Muslims until the   “quickening” or “ensoulment”. Check it out. Use only   scientific sources: they don’t lie or have a religious prejudice.
Virginia Anderson Don’t participate in sliding backward regarding truth   about reproductive health care services. In this era when many families with   children are forced to live on the streets because they’re not able to   provide decent lives for themselves and their children, it’s a troubling bent   to support limits to reproductive rights. Are we raising a caste of slaves?
Dena Bergstrom Don’t tell women what to do with   there bodies! Abortion is safe! I know!!
Yoana Corro Don’t treat women like children   that can’t take the truth and don’t treat them like if they’re idiots and   don’t know about their own body.
Dave Sweet Follow our lobby @USVetJOBs to   help stop these government scams!
z kastl Freedom of speech is not the   issue when one is lying.
steve heilig Hello – “Free speach”   does have limits when lies and inflammatory language is involved. Plus these   signs violate local policy. Thank you for your attention.
Ruby Kane Horrifying! I almost don’t   believe it, it’s so outrageous.
gene grabiner I am a former San Francisco   resident, and i am appalled at   this anti-abortion disinformation campaign proliferating from lampposts in   The City. These banners, with their public lies   and medical misinformation about the safety of abortion, should immediately be taken down. I urge the Mayor of San   Francisco to do right away.
Dr.   Martha Lincoln I am a medical anthropologist   and public health researcher residing in Oakland, California. San Francisco’s history as a progressive city supportive of   gender freedom is dishonored by the false and   politically motivated message that “abortion hurts women.” What   really hurts women is the limitation of their power to be informed and   exercise their autonomy in choosing safe medical options.
Krishanti Dharmaraj I am deeply disturbed by this   information. San Francisco became the first city in the   United States to pass legislation on the United Nations Convention on the   Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). This legislation protects women’s right to family planning and   reproductive freedom. The banners in San Francisco is counter to this   legislation and women’s fundamental human rights. Please ensure women’s human   rights in San Francisco by removing the banners. Thank you.
Diana Madoshi I am so shocked that a city that   has been supportive of women’s right to choice would do such a thing.
Licita Fernandez I believe that women should have   the right to choose whether or not to have an abortion, and misinformation   about the harm abortions do to women distorts the truth. Lies add another   barrier to choice.
Lorraine Honig I do not believe the city should   permit signs or banners which contain false information. Abortion should be a   choice for women and there is no evidence to show that it hurts them
Kathy Kramer I hope the City moves quickly to   remove the offensive “Abortion Hurts Women” signs on Market Street.   The message is incorrect, and inappropriate. (According   to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, abortion is one   of the safest medical procedures. The risk of death is 13 times higher for   carrying a pregnancy to term, compared with abortion, in the U.S.) It is also legal. A message like this does not belong on the
City’s light posts.
Elaine Butler I remember   when abortion was illegal and it did hurt women   when they were done under unsanitary conditions.
Carolyn Scarr I sign in honor and memory of my   mother who was a Planned Parenthood volunteer.
Helen Cagampang Illegal abortion hurts women.   Even though rarely needed, access to legal and affordable abortion is an   essential component of comprehensive women’s health care. The posters are   deceptive and part of a propaganda campaign that undermines women’s health. They   should be removed.
Caryl Gorska ILLEGAL abortions hurt women.   Keep abortion legal and safe!
Mary Swope I’m shocked. How did hey go up in the first place?
Debbie Mytels It’s shocking that the City of SF would put such provocative and untrue   banners on public light posts!
Chris Coombe I’ve always been so proud of the   Bay Area – my former home for over 25 years. How can the city allow this?   Would you allow banners advertising “Gay Sex Hurts Men” or a   “Walk for One-Man-One-Woman Marriage”??? Of course not. Shame on you!!
Charles Simons Just take ‘em down
Inge Horton Keep abortion legal!
Kathleen Kennedy Keep abortion safe, legal and   accessible. Women’s lives depend on it.
paul page Keep advertisements out of   public places.
Patricia Holcomb Keep womans health care safe….
Linda Ray Lack of reproductive choice is   what hurts women and girls who are old enough to become pregnant. Religious belief should not be announced as if it is medical   information.
James Paulson Mayor, Tell the truth….Stop   spreading HATE…The reality is women and women only are to be the ones who control their own bodies!
Hallie Chen OH MAN TAKE THESE DOWN ASAP
Leonore Tiefer Oh, for heaven’s sake – it’s   2014!!
M.L. Jones Please do not help in   perpetuating these lies. The city regulations that require accurate   information should not be violated. Thank you.
Caryl Hughan Please have signs removed.   Abortion is a woman’s choice and “Abortion hurts women” is not a   value position that SF should take. Many thanks.
Alyse Ceirante Please remove the banners. They   represent quite a significant step backwards for women’s rights. By allowing   these banners to remain in place, it is as if the city is condoning the lie   that is contained therein.
Jan Feldman Please stop giving access to   your lamp posts to groups who want to post misleading or false statements.
Sofia Balderas Please stop the misinformation!   What a shameful display in a   historically progressive city!
Marlene Aron Please take these banners down.   They are lies and will scare young people who don’t know   the difference. Abortion does not “hurt   women”. Abortion can be safely done. It is up to each woman,   individually, to make the choice as to whether she wants to have a child.   Take these banners down. They are lies and do not belong here. Marlene Aron
Eva Pettersson Please, no lies on public   places!
Michael Holland Promote the right message.   Abortion is safe.
Larisa Stevens Really San Francisco?!
Ann Hart Really? the forward thinking   west coast is not supporting women’s right to choose? I thought only the   midwest was backwards…please keep the west coast sane!
RENAE TRAN remember GOVERNMENT, THIS IS MY   CHOICE; NOT YOUR FREAKING CHOICE OK! ” FOR THE PEOPLE BY THE   PEOPLE….OF THE PEOPLE!!”
Paula Carder San Fran, I   thought you were BETTER than this. Seriously. This   is just shameful. Not having access to SAFE abortions, shaming women, flat   out LYING… THIS is what hurts women. BOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Gail Xandy San Francisco is a beacon of   light compared to Texas. Don’t let your light go out!
Ellen Shaffer San Francisco should stand up   for women’s rights.
Kate Holum San Francisco women will defend   our rights to terminate pregnancy and control our own bodies. Forcing women   to bear children is what causes suffering-to overburdened moms and neglected,   unwanted kids.
Kathy Reed Shame on the city for displaying a false message on publicly managed   lamp posts! Take the message down now!
Deborah Chase Shameful!!
sheila goldmacher shocking to think that SF has allowed these lies to hang in its   streets! remove them please on behalf of the truth and womens’ and girls’   lives.
Marti Smith Standing in solidarity with you   from Sacramento.
Susan Stafford Stop spreading falsehoods about   abortion and reproductive rights.
Nancy Shand Stop spreading lies!
Lisa Diehl Stop with the bullshit lies, and   take the banners down. Why is abortion ANY of your business?
Lynne Averill TAKE DOWN THE BANNERS.
Renee Collins Tell the Truth.
Edith Bargoma That is a fear   tactic and it is not okay.
Andrea Jesse The “Abortion Hurts   Women” campaign goes against San Francisco’s long tradition of liberty   and progressive values.
Barbara Hokw The lies these banners tell are   against public health policy and should be removed.
Peter Van Coutren The Right to choose is the right   to freedom
Leeza vinogradov The right wingers are just   Non-Stop!!
Clare Feinson These banners must come down!   They perpetuate statements that have been proven wrong by research! Their placement on governmental property   is questionable, at best. Women deserve support, not more harassment.
Clare Feinson These banners must come down!   They perpetuate statements that have been proven wrong by research! Their   placement on governmental property is questionable, at best. Women deserve   support, not more harassment.
Sophia Yen MD MPH These lies are a public health   hazard to any woman contemplating this procedure. 1 in 3 women will have this   procedure in their life. Abortion is one of the safest procedures out there.   Abortion is safer than continuing a pregnancy to term.
Margaret Spaulding These signs are absolutely outrageous. It may be true that   abortions hurt women; many things hurt women, including unwanted pregnancies,   abuse, poverty, poor health and ignorance to name but a few. Women must have   freedom to make choices about their health. TAKE DOWN THE SIGNS.
Kathryn Roberts This is hate   speech advocating that women be denied their right   to reproductive health. It doesn’t belong anywhere.
Catherine Pinkas This is not an appropriate use   on San Francisco public property
Mary Beth Brown This is not the sort of propagada I expect to see hanging   from lampposts in The City! My city, the place of my birth, the place I am   proud to say I’m from. Tax payer dollars should NOT be spent on displays of   scientifically inaccurate propaganda. PLEASE remove these banners!
Claire Brindis This is the wrong message to   give women…when it so distorts reality.
Elizabeth Krueger This on top of the obnoxious   billboards is abhorrent.
Susan Jakubiak Unbelievable that those banners   could be displayed on public property!
Melanie Grossman Unwanted pregnancies hurt women   and illegal abortions have hurt women tremendously.
Helynna Brooke We wouldn’t allow the Klu Klux   Clan to post signs so why these terroists?
sadja Greenwood What hurts women and drives them   to dangerous back-alley abortions is lack of reproductive choice.
Alex Pirie What?! On city property? What is   happening to San Francisco? For shame. Take them down now.
Sandra Schmaier Who paid for these banners? This   is as bad as the banners that went on SF buses criminalizing Palestinians   about a year ago…remember?. Who paid for these? Pro Life groups do not   provide economic support for unwed mothers or daycare for career woman who   accidentally get pregnant or woman are raped…..what is going on here? Once   the water breaks they are no where to be found……how does that help woman?
Diane Fenster women have the right to choose   for themselves.
Robin Brasso Women’s reproductive rights and   the attempts by the right to control women’s bodies are based on fear and lies. We will NOT allow   these lies to be posted on banners on the streets of San Francisco. We will   work to overturn the restrictive laws in the Republican held states. They   will NOT be allowed to stand.
Susan Englander Would San Francisco fly banners   that say Ed Lee is homophobic or San Francisco Police discriminate against   women? Free speech may be our highest right but public policy also has a   role.
Tina Ann you are my city- please   represent all of us
Lin Kaatz Chary You don’t have to live in San   Francisco to be shocked and upset by these banners. I have lived in San   Francisco and continue to have friends and family there – you can be sure   they will be hearing from me about this! 

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