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  • An Australian abortion clinic anesthetist has been linked to 12 female patients contracting Hepatitis C:
  • “Accidents might involve say 1 or 2 patients, but we are dealing with a cluster of 12 patients. So at this stage there is nothing in the processes and procedures at this clinic that would enable me to explain how it happened,” [Victoria’s chief health officer, Dr. John Carnie] said….

  • A Chicago nun has apologized for her comments regarding Obama being pro-choice, not pro-abortion.
  • In These Times has an article about a film entitled “Silent Choices” which focuses on black women and abortion:
  • Through her research, [filmmaker Faith Pennick] discovered not only a pervasive hush on black abortions in the public sphere, but, perhaps more surprisingly, within black families and their communities.

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    This silence, Pennick says, cuts across all class lines. “In my experience, both in researching and making Silent Choices as well as in my personal circles” she says, “middle-class, college-educated black women are just as uncomfortable talking about abortion or acknowledging that they had abortions as poor working-class black women.”…
    Another reason for the silence may be a lingering belief that grew out of the 1960s black nationalist movements: that abortion and birth control are tools of whites in power to limit the black population. “Even if people aren’t nationalistic,” says [author Dorothy] Roberts, “there’s a sense that childbearing is a positive thing that contributes to your whole community, and therefore having an abortion violates that.”

    [Photo from “Silent Choices” via InTheseTimes.com]

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