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21st Century Lesbian Trailer Trash

These are the mad musings of a middle aged woman, dyke, nurse, poet. I have a dog, a cat, a mobile home, and delusions of grandeur.

Location: California, United States

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

The Return of the Illegal Abortion

Thanks to my friend kathygnome for this info.

A January 23 article by Carol Jaffe on Reproductive Regression found on the tompaine.com website:

Most commonly, they ingest a whole bottle of quinine pills, with castor oil...we try to get them to the ER before their cardiac rhythm is interrupted...Sometimes they douche with very caustic products like bleach. We had a patient, a teen, who burned herself so badly with bleach that we couldn’t even examine her, her vaginal tissue was so painful....”

“Our local hospital tells me they see 12-20 patients per year, who have already self-induced or had illegal abortions. Some make it, some don’t. They are underage or poor women mostly, and a few daughters of pro-life families...”

"If you assume the quotes above come from a veteran of the abortion rights movement, talking about the "bad old days" before Roe v. Wade, when desperate women suffered death and injuries because abortion was illegal, you’d be partly right. The speaker is a longtime worker in reproductive health, whose involvement with abortion started before Roe. But the situations she describes are occurring now."

Another poster in kathygnome's forum pointed me to a 2000 article by Joyce Arthur entitled "The Only Moral Abortion is My Abortion" It is instructive to take a look at this article which contains several anecdotal stories from physicians and abortion clinic workers about pro lifers having abortions, or taking their daughters for abortions, while continuing to maintain their "pro life" stance. In psychology we call this DENIAL.

So. Let me get this straight in my tiny little mind. Pro lifers are taking advantage of the very right that they are trying to deny other women. Because they are different? Morally superior? More deserving of autonomy over their own bodies?

Their God ought to reserve a special place in hell for them. With an eternity added for each and every woman who will die as the result of an illegal abortion should this right be stripped from us.

Kinja, the weblog guide


Blogger Pat Kirby said...

Ah, yes. The culture of life.

"Life," as defined by the Bush Administration.

Anyone making more than 200K; anyone on a feeding tube and brain dead; fetuses and blastocysts. The rest of ya'll, especially if you are brown, poor or homosexual, can go to hell.

Sigh. Feeling vexed. The Shrub is in town promoting his SOTUS and causing traffic jams throughout the city. Ick.

6:35 AM PST  

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