Put Away the Ice Bucket and Try the Tacos and Beer Challenge for Abortion

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Like we needed another reason.
If you haven't been inundated with the "ice bucket challenge," then obviously you're not on Facebook (congratulations) or perhaps dead. For the past few weeks, thousands of people, including some of your favorite celebrities, such as Benedict Cumberbatch and Patrick Stewart, have been pouring buckets of water and ice over their heads and posting videos of it online to raise awareness and money to research a cure for ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

And it's worked out pretty damn well, at least in the short term. According to the ALS Association, more than $70 million dollars has been raised by the viral campaign, and donations continue to flood in. Initially, if you chose to dump the bucket of ice water over your head, you were supposed to donate $10 to ALS research. If you refused, you donate $100.

Which left feminist, journalist and former Observer staffer Andrea Grimes, now a senior political reporter at RH Reality Check, a little confused. "After watching the ice bucket challenge, I kept seeing videos that never mentioned ALS and asking people about it who didn't know why ice buckets were a thing," she said via email. Then, she decided to spin off the idea to raise money for a cause that is close to her heart, abortion funding -- with one major twist.

"Why not give people something awesome to do instead of something really unpleasant to do, and why not tie it to a cause that is, sadly, unfairly maligned and stigmatized," said Grimes. "The 'challenge' of the taco or beer challenge really is solely the 'donate to an abortion fund' part, because eating tacos and drinking beers is easy. Overcoming the culturally imposed stigma that surrounds legal abortion care, however, is terribly difficult."

This challenge comes at a pretty critical time for abortion clinics in Texas. On September 1, the most stringent requirements of one of the country's harshest abortion laws goes into effect. If all goes according to the Legislature's plan, only six abortion clinics will remain open across the state.

Like the people behind the ALS Challenge, Grimes used social media's viral potential to spread the word about the #tacoorbeerchallenge. Users on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr were all encouraged to submit a photo of themselves eating a taco, drinking a beer, or both, and then donate to their local abortion fund. In just a few days, over 50 people have submitted videos and photos of the challenge, including sex columnist Dan Savage. In Grimes' dreamworld, Patrick Stewart would be the next celeb on the list.

She was quick to note, though, that her intent was not to take the focus away from the ALS challenge that inspired her own. "Most people's hearts and minds are big enough to understand that donating to an abortion fund doesn't mean you can't donate to ALS research, or to Operation Help Or Hush in Ferguson, or to your local animal shelter," she explains. "The Taco Or Beer Challenge isn't about mocking ALS, it's about eating tacos, drinking beer and donating to abortion funds."

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txjdm
txjdm

Everything is a joke to the Observer.  Even people who support a woman's right to choose don't appreciate such a crass discussion about abortion.  If you've ever had one or stood beside a loved one who has, you probably wouldn't think this new campaign is so clever. Abortion is not something to cheer about, or encourage.


raggedycabbage
raggedycabbage

Maybe you should raise money to get those abortion clinics up to proper medical standards so they don't close. Or you don't care about women being at risk for infection, bleeding to death, or disease from a filthy subpar clinic so long as the killing of babies can continue.

chipfo
chipfo

I agree with Jsss. Plus whoever wrote this story needs to get the facts right, Patrick Stewart did not dump ice water over his head, he instead made a drink with the ice and wrote a check. And another reason this taco challenge will not work is because.....It is too easy, do you really think that eating a taco and drinking a beer will go viral? You have to be either "not on facebook" or "Dead" LOL! .....50 people have done it already? WHOA! Stop the press! LOL. Just like Jsss stated, trying to copy something wonderful into doing something that helps kill babies,...go eat your tacos, record yourself doing it, lets see how far it gets. This is laughable to say the least.

JSSS
JSSS

Yes, let's piggyback on a now-annoying stunt to raise money to help find a cure for a horrible disease by coming up with a stunt to raise money to help kill babies!  Awesome job!

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