New App ‘Hinder’ Allows You To Find Info On Politicians Trying To Shut Down Repro Rights

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Reproductive rights have once again become a hot ticket item here in the US in the lead up to the 2016 Presidential election. We have seen numerous conservative candidates share their anti-choice messages in debates, campaign speeches and in the media.

A lot of this was sparked by a series of undercover videos by an anti-abortion organization who secretly filmed Planned Parenthood doctors alleging that they were selling fetal parts for profit. So far a Congressional hearing and state investigations have found no wrong doing, yet the fight to defund this vital source of health for women and men around the country (even though they are not the only health care provider that performs abortions or donates fetal tissue for research which is legal in the US) continues and it is not about to slow down any time soon.

Here’s what we believe when it comes to reproductive rights: it doesn’t matter if you are pro-choice or pro-life, the decision is very personal and often difficult one, and it should be between a woman and her doctor first and most importantly. If she wishes to consult anyone else, it should not be forced on her. It should not be a political issue. We understand health care often is a topic discusses when it comes to elections, but abortion or any form of reproductive rights should not be singled out.

We also believe in using our platform as a means to share important information so that women and men who vote in this country (as everyone should!) are armed with the right knowledge. So when we heard about a brilliant new app which allows every voter to find out vital info about their local, state and federal political representatives, we knew this was worth talking about.

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The app is called Hinder, and yes, it is a parody of the well-known dating app Tinder. Unlike the latter, which has become a cesspool of abusive and sexist messages toward women Hinder gives women the power with each swipe, to know exactly where a number of politicians stand when it comes to issues of reproductive rights.

The app was created by Lizz Winstead, creator of The Daily Show’, through her non-profit organization called Lady Parts Justice, which, as the name suggests, exists to share important messages about the ongoing reproductive rights battle by using comedy, culture, and digital media.

“Tired of searching for Mr. or Ms. Right, only to find Mr. or Ms. Right-wing nutbag? Hinder is an exciting new app that helps you keep track of all the unhinged anti-abortion zealots right in the palm of your hand! Just read, swipe and share! Letting people know about craptastic extremists has never been easier! Left or right, any way you swipe it, these creeps need to be exposed and with Hinder now you can!” says the description on the site.

You can download the app in the Google Play or Apple iTunes store, or you can have a look at how it works in the online version. Simply choose your state from the drop down menu box, and as each slide comes up, you see a picture of a politician and a brief summary of what they have said about reproductive rights. You can also access other articles if you want to keep reading about a particular representative. And just like Tinder, you have the power to swipe left or right: choose to share the slide instantly with your social media community or “keep looking” for more candidates who disapprove of a woman’s right to choose what to do with her body.

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Interestingly, the app was initially rejected form the Apple store because it allegedly contained offensive and objectionable content. After Lizz and her team fought those restrictions it was eventually placed in the store, but there was no denying that the app does in fact contain messages that are offensive…to women.

“You know what? It is offensive. It’s offensive that every single one of these people is wasting valuable time and trying to really curb access to health care for women who really need it. Yeah, we’re offended,” said Lizz to Cosmopolitan.

Want to know what is more offensive than an app that seeks to share actual information about politicians during an election season when it comes to reproductive rights? The fact that presidential candidates like Ben Carson, a supposedly smart neurosurgeon, think it’s ok to compare abortion to slavery, and Carly Fiorina, a supposedly smart and accomplished businesswoman, can speak about footage of an aborted fetus, blame Planned Parenthood, and continue to do so even when it has been proven the footage she mentions is not from the health care provider.

Let’s be clear, this is not just about the fight to keep Planned Parenthood federally funded, it is about keeping women’s access to all forms of reproductive rights available. What we like about Hinder is that it will hopefully give women crucial information about who not to vote for on every level.

We will continue to share important information about women’s reproductive rights throughout the 2016 US presidential election and wherever it is relevant.

In the meantime, take a look at the awesome town hall parody video featuring Lizz Winstead introducing Hinder:


 

 

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