Social Justice Bermuda On ‘Reproductive Justice

June 28, 2022 | 76 Comments

Following the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v Wade, Social Justice Bermuda said they “would like to add their voices of support to their comrades in America fighting for reproductive justice.”

A spokesperson said, “Although the writing had been on the wall, it was still with shock and horror that people around the world watched America’s Supreme Court overturn Roe v Wade. Immediately numerous states put total bans on abortion, including in cases of rape and incest, and abortion clinics in those areas had to call thousands of patients to cancel necessary medical procedures.

“Social Justice Bermuda would like to add our voices of support to our comrades in America fighting for reproductive justice. Activists fought long and hard for rights that are being crushed overnight, and we are watching in real time as our closest neighbour’s socio-political structure shifts drastically. We are devastated at how this will disproportionately impact Black, brown, poor, LBGTQ+, immigrant and other vulnerable residents of America.

“America’s culture and influence is always felt in Bermuda, so SJB wanted to issue this statement about our views on the island’s local reproductive justice system.

“In Bermuda, abortions are legal. There are only two doctors who will perform the procedure,” they noted, adding “those seeking abortions must get a medical form signed which speaks to your ‘mental fitness” and “it is a tedious and lengthy process and, if someone is under/uninsured, it is prohibitively expensive. As many Bermudians know, for decades people have flown to the United States to have this medical procedure instead of going through the agonising wait.”

SJBs platform states, “We believe that healthcare is a right, and that every person should have access to the resources they need to stay well.” Abortion care is healthcare and access to healthcare is a basic human right. Nobody in any country, regardless of their personal socioeconomic status or their country’s GDP, should be denied medical procedures under any constitution.

“As we watch what is unfolding across the Atlantic, it is imperative that Bermudians continue to push for an expansion of our rights and fight for a decolonised healthcare system.

“In the coming weeks, Social Justice Bermuda will meet with legislators and key healthcare stakeholders to advocate streamlining the process, adding on the option for medical abortions and ensuring that access to all healthcare is protected under the constitution of Bermuda.

What can you do?

“1. Let your MP know that this issue is important to you. Find their email addresses here.

“2. If you would like to donate to a fund to help provide people in Bermuda with financial support to access abortions OR if you are in need of this support, please contact Social Justice Bermuda socialjusticebda@gmail.com”

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  1. Joe Bloggs says:

    Thank you, but who are the members of Social Justice Bermuda?

    I keep hearing comments attributed to Social Justice Bermuda, but it appears to be an anonymous group or person.

    • CHRIS says:

      following

    • PBanks says:

      I suppose if one really wanted to know who’s who, they could go to their website and make inquiries

      • Joe Bloggs says:

        What website? Google cannot find a website for “Social Justice Bermuda”.

        • PBanks says:

          Odd. Anyway their website is socialjusticebda dot com

          • Joe Bloggs says:

            “An error occurred during a connection to socialjusticebda.com”

            • PBanks says:

              Hopefully someone involved with that group reads the comments and will investigate the issue – seems like the home page has a redirect-of-sorts and maybe it doesn’t function as it should on certain browsers

    • Mike Hind says:

      I find it ironic that someone using a fake name is hrumphing about not knowing who people are…

  2. Question says:

    If only there were some other straightforward way of avoiding unwanted pregnancy.

    • saud says:

      SSM doesn’t often result in unwanted pregnancies….but your bigoted electorate eliminated that.

    • sandgrownan says:

      You are smarter than that, you know full well it’s not just about an accident after a night of fumbling around in the back seat of a car.

      You can do better than that. Jesus. I thought I was a troll.

      • Question says:

        Oh come on. The trolls are the faceless group jumping on the latest woke bandwagon. Nothing has changed in Bermuda, yet these trolls start talking about ‘decolonizing the healthcare system’ and everyone goes weak at the knees.

        • PBanks says:

          I wish people didn’t bastardize the term “woke” and twist its meaning for their own, usually political, ends.

          • Question says:

            It is what it is.

          • saud says:

            woke = social justice warrior = virtue signaler = politically correct

            • sandgrownan says:

              Incorrect. That’s what those who use “woke” as a term of derision think. It’s about all they think, but I suppose it’s a thought after all.

              Really, being “woke” means you are aware of, and alerted to, injustice in society. It’s really simple.

              The fact that right wing nutjobs have perverted the meaning is unfortunate.

              • Joe Bloggs says:

                “being “woke” means you are aware of, and alerted to, injustice in society.”

                I agree. I would also add “especially racism”.

                • sandgrownan says:

                  Correct, the term actually originated around racism, in particular the institutionalised or unconscious variety.

                  • Question says:

                    How the term originated is irrelevant. Today, it means what it means.

                    • sandgrownan says:

                      Nah, you’re a prick.

                    • Question says:

                      Is this what passes for discourse these days?
                      If I disagree with you, you’re a prick.
                      How enlightened you are.

                    • sandgrownan says:

                      Well, in the context of this discussion, you are being deliberately pedantic and disingenuous.

                      Rather than type that out, it’s easier to state the obvious. You’re a prick.

            • Wake up Bie says:

              WOKE is what the UBP received so they changed the name to OBAUBP and more people WOKE up! :) The ubpOBa lost the black vote and the LGBT vote all in one election under Michael Dunkley because your party failed to do anything for them while in charge! 30-6

              • Joe Bloggs says:

                “WOKE is what the UBP received so they changed the name to OBAUBP ”

                Keep the lie going. Never give up on the big lie!

              • sandgrownan says:

                My party?

          • Mike Hind says:

            What’s weird to me is that, if you ask them what they mean by “woke”, folks that use the word will usually contort themselves like pretzels in order to not say.

            It’s kind of sad.

            • Question says:

              Is this another one of those words that some people can use, and others can’t?

              • sandgrownan says:

                Most people use the word in a derogatory manner.

              • Mike Hind says:

                And here’s my point made.

                Instead of saying what they meant, this person decided to post… whatever nonsense this is…

              • PBanks says:

                You can say ‘woke’, but if you use it in the wrong context (especially deliberately), prepare to be called out on it on this site.

                • Question says:

                  The context I used it in was perfectly fine. It seems to have triggered people who think it’s a term of virtue. It isn’t.

                  • sandgrownan says:

                    That’s because it’s been perverted by….well the perverted, in other words, conservatives who are frightened of anything different.

                    • saud says:

                      ” conservatives who are frightened of anything different.”

                      AKA, the plp.

                  • Mike Hind says:

                    And yet, you won’t say what you mean by the word.

                    Weird, that…

                    • Joe Bloggs says:

                      Look up. The term “woke” means you are aware of, and alerted to, injustice in society, especially racism.

                  • PBanks says:

                    Question – have you ever heard someone use the term “Stay woke”?

                    • Joe Bloggs says:

                      I have been told I am more woke than most of my kind, but it would be quite presumptuous to describe myself (a white male baby-boomer) as woke.

                    • PBanks says:

                      Well there ya go, for one.

                      Then you have people applying it to corporations. They say things like ‘Get Woke, Go Broke’ to Disney for casting a black actress in the Little Mermaid remake (who I think would be amazing in the role btw), or to that pancake company for renaming their brand (which is silly virtue signalling at best).

                      This is the internet and nobody’s mind is going to be changed here, but for anyone uncertain, thinking that ‘woke’ means something other than its intended meaning is practically the same as believing that Bo Derek invented corn rows.

        • sandgrownan says:

          If you use “woke” as a pejorative, as you do, then you immediately devalue any argument you may have had, valid or not.

          • saud says:

            When one uses ‘woke’ to describe themselves, they’re setting themselves up for ridicule. The woke are often condescending and incorrect, resulting in their opinions being dismissed.

            • sandgrownan says:

              You’ve sort of proved my point. The real issue is that the word’s true meaning has been hijacked by conservatives.

              • saud says:

                You’ve proven my point as well.

                I’m not a conservative.

                • PBanks says:

                  I don’t think he’s suggesting that you yourself are a conservative – moreso that the twisted definition of the word came from people aligned politically in that manner,… to the point where that’s the more frequent (and still incorrect) definition of the term.

                  Are there pseudo-woke people who act in a condescending manner? Sure. But that also applies to those who claim to be “anti-woke”. You can probably find examples of that on certain media channels.

            • PBanks says:

              This is similar to how the term ‘jive’ was turned into a negative thing.

              Word originates in black (specifically, black American) community. Is then bastardized by others not from said community. Then the commonly-used definition becomes something it totally was not meant to be.

  3. WOMAN says:

    You never once used the word WOMAN or WOMEN in this statement. You should be embarrassed because this is a huge part of the problem. If you cannot name who this impacts how the heck can you defend our rights?

    Your fathers did not give birth to any of you and it isn’t because they didn’t “identify” as women at the time. There is one thing every human being on planet earth that has ever gotten pregnant and given birth has in common. THEY ARE FEMALE. Let’s be real here.

    WOMENS RIGHTS are under attack from the left and the right. The right are open with their hatred towards women and always have been. The left can’t even define what a woman is anymore. Both are pathetic.

    WOMAN – ADULT HUMAN FEMALE

    • Mike Hind says:

      Trans men are men and can still get pregnant.
      So… no. It’s not just women.

      Why be transphobic when you could just be kind, instead?

      • Double s says:

        No men cannot get pregnant. That’s facts not a ‘phobia.’

        • Mike Hind says:

          That is not a fact. Why spread hate like this? Why not just be nice? Or silent, if you can’t be nice?

          This doesn’t affect you. At all. It’s not hurting you.

          • Double s says:

            Men cannot have babies. Biologically impossible. Facts not phobia.

            • Mike Hind says:

              Trans men can. And trans men are men.

              Saying they’re not is literally transphobia.

              • Double s says:

                Trans men are biological women, hence why they can get pregnant. Again facts, not phobia.

                • Mike Hind says:

                  Trans men are men.

                  • Double s says:

                    Nope. Only biological women can pregnant.

                    Stop being a ‘factphobic.’

                    • Mike Hind says:

                      At least I’m not spreading transphobic bigotry while hiding behind a fake name.

                  • Question says:

                    Trans men are women who want to present to the world as men.

                    • Mike Hind says:

                      Nope. But you keep spreading that hate. It’s a good look for you. Goes well with your hood of anonymity.

                    • Question says:

                      It isn’t “hate”. It’s just a fact.

          • Turthhertz says:

            How is stating biological facts hate?

        • Joe Bloggs says:

          “No men cannot get pregnant. That’s facts not a ‘phobia.’”

          You clearly did not attend Whitney Institute in the 1960s or 1970s.

      • Question says:

        No, only women can get pregnant.

    • PBanks says:

      Weird time to throw your own politically-tinged slant into the discussion, especially since the only use of “person” in the article was completely appropriate in the context of that particular paragraph.

  4. saud says:

    “imperative that Bermudians continue to push for an expansion of our rights and fight for a decolonised healthcare system.”

    You all just finished paying the colonizers half a million dollars so they’d let you REMOVE ALREADY WON RIGHTS from some Bermudians.

    Do you know what Hypocrite means?

    • PBanks says:

      saud, SJB is on record as supporting marriage equality, so calling them hypocrites seems out of place.

      Unless you’re referring to Bermudians in general (and its elected government)?

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