Unless you've been walkabout in the Outback for the last couple of weeks, you've probably encountered the #motorcyclevagina meme somewhere. But to recap briefly for the few who may not have seen the videotape, the North Carolina GOP-led legislature tried tacking an anti-abortion amendment onto a bill prohibiting the state's courts from applying Sharia Law (no, I'm not kidding... I wish). Problem was that they tried slipping this by the public in an after hours session right before a holiday weekend, and got caught out by some vigilant observers. so when that didn't work, they slipped it into a motorcycle safety bill. (No, I'm not kidding... I wish.) Everybody caught up now? Good!
The resulting backlash blew up on the Twittersphere and elsewhere with nearly the same force and speed as #Tampongate. And with much the same result. The motorcycle safety bill, with vaginal amendment, appears poised to pass. And despite his campaign promises to the contrary, will probably be signed by Pat "The Bunny" McCrony when it reaches his desk. Enter Customink Campaigns, stage left, with t-shirts with proceeds to benefit Planned Parenthood of Central NC. Now I wouldn't normally pitch a fundraiser with a diary, and for all I know I might be breaking the rules.
Planned Parenthood is one of those organizations that, despite not having a uterus, I feel I owe quite a debt to. You see, two women very dear to me do not have cancer today because they had access to a Planned Parenthood clinic when there was no other option available to them. And these clinics caught and arrested the condition while still at a precancerous stage. To quote Joe Biden, that's a big fucking deal.
Whether you decide that you want to be the first on your block rocking a #motorcyclevagina tee or not, please consider supporting this organization. You may never have needed them, but I'm betting you know someone who has.