I headed to the clinic a week later with just a book, a water bottle, my Harvard ID, and a locket containing a picture of my ex-boyfriend and me. The procedure didn’t take long. It wasn’t even that physically painful. But when it was over, I screamed. I couldn’t stop screaming. As I write these words, it has been over a month since the abortion — and on the inside that screaming hasn’t stopped.
Recently, the Daily Kos published an article titled I Am Pro-Choice, Not Pro-Abortion. “Has anyone ever truly been pro-abortion?” one commenter asked.Uh. Yes. Me. That would be me.
I am pro-abortion like I’m pro-knee-replacement and pro-chemotherapy and pro-cataract surgery. As the last protection against ill-conceived childbearing when all else fails, abortion is part of a set of tools that help women and men to form the families of their choosing. I believe that abortion care is a positive social good. I suspect that a lot of other people secretly believe the same thing. And I think it’s time we said so.
Time has a piece which describes how Justice Blackmun’s (pictured left) original opinion in Roe was apparently changed at the suggestion from Justice Powell and one of his clerks:
As the second oral argument drew near in October 1972, Hammond wrote a game-changing bench memo to Powell, pointing out a recent federal court case out of a lower court in Connecticut that had address that state’s abortion statute. In what lawyer’s call dicta (meaning not critical to the opinion), the Connecticut judges argued that the critical line in any pregnancy was “viability,” that is, when the fetus could live outside the womb — roughly the end of the sixth month.
No one argued “viability” in the briefs or in oral argument. Yet it was Powell who gently suggested to Blackmun that the Court consider and accept “viability” as its important dividing line. The Court adopted a three-part test, according to the trimesters of a nine-month pregnancy, but decided that the rights of a fetus were not to be considered until viability. While the other parts of Roe have dissolved, “viability” remains the law today.
The New York Times covers Planned Parenthood’s continuing attempts to corner the market on abortion. They’re building a $9 million facility in Queens: While there are other women’s health centers in Queens that offer abortions, the absence of a Planned Parenthood was “something that had to be corrected,” Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, Democrat of Queens, said.
Katha Pollitt is out and about promoting her new book on abortion. The latest is this Huffington Post column excerpted from her book where she claims, “We need to see abortion as an urgent practical decision that is just as moral as the decision to have a child — indeed, sometimes more moral” and “Actually, abortion is part of being a mother and of caring for children….”
Alabama Women’s Center for Reproductive Alternatives abortion clinic is re-opening at a new location after the old clinic couldn’t meet standards set forth in Alabama’s Women’s Health and Safety Act of 2013. If you watch the video of the newscast you can see a sign on a door which reads, “NO CHILDREN ALLOWED IN THE BUILDING!!!”
The Abortion Gang has a guest post by Canadian Mel Waters in which she describes her experience in Colorado for an elective abortion after 24 weeks at Warren Hern’s clinic. The story is sad on many levels: It was a long physical recovery; the mental scars have been a longer journey, and after 4 years I am still working through it. I can’t close my eyes at night without reliving the whole thing again, I still have nightmares!
An abortion clinic in El Paso is shut down again after being open for part of the day on Saturday after they received an exemption that was meant for another clinic in El Paso. In another example of how abortion is a business, the clinic isn’t referring women to the abortion clinic in El Paso but instead to one of their affiliated clinics in New Mexico: They are not completely closed, though. They still take walk-ins and phone calls and instruct women requiring an abortion to go to their clinic in New Mexico.
Cosmopolitan magazine has endorsed… drumroll… Wendy Davis! (I know, big surprise, right?) The start of the story mentions the pink shoes as if that’s a reason to vote for her: An 11-hour filibuster. A bold stand for women in a red state. Those pink tennis shoes.
They’d probably call other media outlets sexist for mentioning the shoes. The end of this sentence caught my eye:
A Davis governorship would represent all Texans, including those who are traditionally underserved by Austin, setting the state on the road to restoring basic women’s health care and ensuring that the children women do choose to have are cared for.
Why the need to mention “the children women do choose to have”? Why not just say “ensuring that children are cared for”? In saying this, Cosmo concedes the reality that women are aborting “children” they don’t want.
Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards has an editorial at CNN which claims that making the birth control pill available over the counter would “push women back to 1950s.”
Compare this recent editorial to a Huffington Postpiece written by Richards in 2013 where the FDA’s decision to make emergency contraception available over the counter for women of all ages (including teen girls) was described as “wonderful news” and meant that there would be “no barriers, no shame.”
Attorney James Gutbrod said a confidentiality agreement reached between Knights and the Akron Women’s Medical Group prohibits him from commenting on whether a settlement was reached….
Knights, 23, said in her lawsuit against the clinic and Dr. Raymond Robinson that she sought an abortion in February 2012 because she has a genetic disorder in which she has a double uterus with individual cervices. The condition put her at risk of death if she delivered a child, she said.
Despite undergoing the abortion procedure, she discovered a short time later during an emergency room visit that she was still pregnant. Seven months later, she safely delivered a 6-pound baby girl, her second child.
In her recently released book, Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davisclaims her unborn daughter Tate Elise was suffering and this is one of the reasons she opted for an abortion:
At some point in the almost two weeks of second and third and fourth opinions and tortured decision making, I could feel her little body tremble violently, as if someone were applying an electric shock to her, and I knew then what we needed to do. She was suffering …”
An unborn child in the second trimester was suffering physical pain?
That’s a strange assertion coming from Davis who claimed just the opposite when she famously filibustered against the pro-life law in Texas.
At about the 13 minute mark of the video below, Davis begin discussing a paper in which the authors claim fetal pain probably isn’t possible until the third trimester:
She continues in this video:
So Davis’ position is that Texas shouldn’t ban late second trimester abortions based on unborn children feeling pain because they don’t feel pain but I had a late second trimester abortion because my unborn child felt pain and I didn’t want her to suffer any more.
A newborn baby boy in Utahis in critical condition after his mother abandoned him in a trash can and was found by neighbors who thought they were hearing a kitten: Police say the 24-year-old mother later returned to the scene and told officers that she’d left the baby there about an hour before he was found.
Time has a piece by Laura Stampler attempting to promote abortion advocates and their lame Taco or Beer challenge. The piece is entitled “New Viral Fundraiser,” despite only having 127 posts (at this moment) on Tumblr.
Dawn Laguens’ piece attempting to defendPlanned Parenthood’s transition away from “pro-choice” terminology included this absurd assertion: As evidence, he quotes Hillary Clinton saying abortion should be “safe, legal and rare,” a message that peaked in the 1990s, when President Clinton first said it, and was probably last used around 2006. Nobody says that anymore.
A 33-year-old woman in Indiana has been charged with feticide after allegedly attempting to use RU-486 to abort her late-term pregnancy. The child was apparently born alive and then left in a dumpster: A pathologist ruled the infant was born alive and took a breath, but [Purvi] Patel’s lawyer, Jeff Sanford, told the judge the pathologist’s tests don’t prove that. Sanford told WSBT he has big questions about tests the pathologist did and did not do to determine whether the infant was born alive.
The nation of Armenia may move to restrict sex selection abortions: The head of RA National Assembly Standing Committee on Healthcare, Maternity and Childhood Affairs Ara Babloyan held a workshop on the topic “Sex selective abortion occurrences and causes in Armenia” where he mentions that the problem must be treated on a legislative level.Upon the discussed project, it is suggested not to inform the parents about the child’s sex before the fetus is thirty weeks old. The project is not yet put to circulation, however after the discussions it will be sent to the government.A mother of two daughters and one son, 35-year-old Marine Sargsyan from Echmiadzin says that before giving birth to her son she did a sex selective abortion three times, because every time the fetus was a girl.
A Dutch man was jailed for disturbing a euthanization: The man created the disturbance at a nursing home in Waalwijk, upsetting the dying patient and family in the last moments of life, news agency ANP reports. The man also refused to leave when asked to do so.The judge in the case said he was also concerned about the man’s opposition to abortion. He considers all doctors who help out at abortions should be killed, ANP says.
The Missouri House has passed a bill to extend the abortion waiting period to 72 hours. It passed 111-39. Pro-aborts are lamely doing a ceremonial filibuster outside the Capitol: The House voted 111-39 in favor of the measure Wednesday, sending it to [Gov. Jay] Nixon, who has previously allowed other abortion restrictions to become law without his signature. That included a measure last year that requires doctors to be in the room for the initial dose of a drug used in medical abortions.
Nixon said Tuesday that he would review the extended waiting period and act in a manner consistent with his other actions on abortion legislation.
Louisiana may be the next state to pass a bill regulating abortion clinics and requiring admitting privileges. A bill passed their Senate by a 34-3 vote: Abortion-rights groups say the restrictions would close three of Louisiana’s five abortion clinics, but in the strongly-conservative state, those objections don’t sway many lawmakers. The protests and sharply-divided debates of Texas haven’t taken place during the Louisiana Legislature’s discussion of the proposal, which has received bipartisan support.
Amid protests, Planned Parenthoodis opening a new abortion clinic in Kissimmee, Florida. Currently in the midst of a nasty divorce, Congressman Alan Grayson (pictured left) attended the ribbon cutting. Also attending was Peggy Howland, who doesn’t seem to realize her talking points from the 60’s and 70’s have been disproved: The Rev. Peggy Howland, 80, an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church since 1958, worked with fellow clergy in the 1960s to make abortion legal. She was on hand to give the invocation at the center — and make her case for abortion rights.
Before Roe v. Wade, she said, “there were a million illegal abortions in the U.S. every year, and these were done in places that were unsafe, and many women died.
A woman seeking to replace AlabamaStateRep. Alvin Holmesresponded to his comments in which he said white people would encourage abortion if their daughters were impregnated by black men: “He said that being pro life was for white people, that’s not true. Pro life is loving babies whether they’re inside the womb or outside of the womb. Whether you’re black or white – it doesn’t have a color,” said Tijuanna Adetunji.
An accidental break room fire at Martin Haskell’s Indianapolis abortion clinic caused $30,000 worth of damage. While all patients had left, five clinics staffers were there at the time.
The University of Georgia paper, the Red & Black, has a number of pictures showing pro-choice students attempting to cover up a recent pro-life display by Justice for All, which included images of abortion victims. One pro-choice student’s sign indicates she thinks legal abortion brought an end to women dying from unsafe abortions (pictured left; click to enlarge).