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“I have a tilted uterus and during my last pregnancy, I lost 6 liters of blood. I almost died. I can’t have this baby. Why don’t they understand that?”

Weeping client talking to me today.  They tried to goad her companion into a fist fight so they could call the police and have him arrested, therefore she couldn’t have the procedure.

She was crying and screaming for them to leave her alone.  They wouldn’t, and her companion got angry.

I told her that I have no idea why they can’t understand it.  My guess is, that they don’t care about you or your partner, only the fetus that could kill you.

She was very upset, so I let her and her companion wait in my car.  She thanked me and said “I’m glad you are here.  He would have hit that guy if you all had not walked with us”.

She walked into the clinic tear free, but still with anti’s trailing behind her shouting.  The escort presence gave her space and a buffer from the harassment.

That is why I escort.  That is why I do it.

(via shitantichoiceprotesterssay)

“The take-home from that study is that most women are having an abortion because they say they can’t afford to have a child. And it turns out that they’re right: Two years later, women who had a baby they weren’t expecting to have, compared to the women who had the abortion they wanted, are three times more likely to be living in poverty. They knew they couldn’t afford a kid and it turns out they were correct.”

fightingtheleft asked

Why would you not be friends with someone who is pro-life? This is whats wrong with America, people think your political views define your morality. I am very Pro-life but I have many friends who are pro-choice. I don't judge them and they don't judge me. Judging people isn't cool.

oh-snap-pro-choice answered

Neither is denying someone their reproductive rights but the pro life side is perfectly content with doing just that, huh? Please stop. I don’t have to be friends with, or even be remotely nice to, people who believe that I shouldn’t have the right to bodily autonomy. Move along please, cuz tone policing is totes unc00L. -Alyssa

radicalfeministuprising:

jourdanicus:

tumblingtoinsanity:

THIS. Pro-life is saying that I should not have a right to decide what I do with my body. WHY would I be friends with someone who believes that I should not have the right to decide what happens to my own body?

what if someone is personally pro-life (like would not get an abortion if it came down to it) but pro-choice for the rest of the population? i think this issue is not 100% black and white, especially because you could have for example friends who have been your friends for longer than political beliefs have mattered. i am friends with libfems because they have been my friends since before i started investigating feminism. i am not just going to abandon someone who has been my friend for years because we disagree on something. that being said, i am going to hope i can change their views, lol.

That’s not pro-life, that’s pro-choice. If you support the ability of other women to control their own reproductive systems, that’s pro-choice.

this. “personally pro-life” is a meaningless term. you are allowed to decide whether or not to have an abortion, and I am allowed to decide the same thing; the fact that we might make different decisions is irrelevant.

A tragic car accident last week left many people injured. One of whom was a woman, Kathleen Lowell, who sustained critical injuries. The crash damaged her spine, limiting her mobility. Sources say if doctors are unable to perform the proper surgery, she may became permanently paralyzed from the neck down.

However, over the past few days, there has been considerable debate and controversy from citizens, who question whether she should be allowed to receive the necessary surgery.

"It was her fault," local man Tim Stone said. "When she got up and decided to drive her car, she knew the risks. She knew that getting into a car accident was a possibility. Should our tax dollars really go to pay for someone else’s careless mistake? I think she should be forced to live with the consequences of her actions."

Taking the opposing side of this heated controversy, local man Dan White said, “It just doesn’t seem fair to punish someone just because they did a regular thing that has potential for consequence. Sure, when you drive, there’s the risk of accidents. When you go outside, there’s the risk of being mugged. Everything in life has risk, and we have to take those risks, but that doesn’t mean we should force people to suffer. That’s just silly.”

According to Lowell’s doctor, Dr. Charles McQueen, time is running short for them to perform the operation before the damage becomes irreversible. But, he says, the swarms of protesters has made it very difficult, and “the hospital is not quite sure how to proceed in the face of all of this.” He went on to say, “It ought to be a simple procedure. In this past week, the poor woman has already gone through more pain than she should have to. Is this really worth all this?”

Some have pointed out that if Lowell had been more careful, the entire accident could have been avoided. While others still pointed out that even with extreme caution, accidents can still happen and, as local man Dan White said, “that’s kind of why they’re called accidents.”

Woman Seeking Medical Procedure After Violent Car Accident

The Wishwashington Post

(via thewishwashingtonpost)

UPDATED: You Might Be “Prolife” If You Don’t Believe Abortions Are Ever Necessary to Save a Woman’s Life

antigoneawakens:

I mean, it’s not like Ob/Gyn’s have testified before Congress about the women’s lives they saved by performing an abortion or anything… Oh wait - they did.

Also, my doctor was kind enough to lend me her copy of “Medical Complications During Pregnancy,” wherein I’ve discovered the following conditions which have required an abortion to save a woman’s life:

  • Asthma
  • Cancers: brain, breast, cervical, leukemia, melanoma, thyroid, etc.
  • Cyanotic congenital heart disease
  • Chorioamnionitis
  • Eisenmenger’s syndrome
  • Primary pulmonary hypertension
  • Domestic Violence
  • Marfan’s syndrome
  • Dilated Cardiomyopathay
  • Mitral stenosis
  • Kidney disease
  • Sepsis
  • Uterine rupture
  • Placental abruption
  • Paroxysmal noctural hemoglobinuria
  • Scleroderma
  • Systemic lupus erthematosus
  • Toxoplasmosis

(The list goes on, but I’ll stop there)

So, yeah. Sometimes abortions ARE necessary to save a woman’s life. So STFU.

Till next time,

- H

bebinn:

rhrealitycheck:

Scarlet Letters: Getting the History of Abortion and Contraception Right 

Abortion was not just legal—it was a safe, condoned, and practiced procedure in colonial America and common enough to appear in the legal and medical records of the period. Official abortion laws did not appear on the books in the United States until 1821, and abortion before quickening did not become illegal until the 1860s. If a woman living in New England in the 17th or 18th centuries wanted an abortion, no legal, social, or religious force would have stopped her.


Reminder that records of contraception and abortion exist all the way back to 1550 BCE in ancient Egypt!
This was a really fascinating read. Until the early 19th century, abortion was legal until “quickening,” or when the pregnant person first felt the baby kick - anywhere from 14 to 26 weeks into the pregnancy. Society only began to condemn it when people decided white, middle- to upperclass women weren’t having enough children soon enough in their lives, and when male doctors started taking over traditionally female health care fields, like midwifery.
Yep, shockingly enough, it’s never, ever been about the life of the fetus - only about misogyny, racism, and classism (ableism, too, though the article doesn’t discuss it).

bebinn:

rhrealitycheck:

Scarlet Letters: Getting the History of Abortion and Contraception Right

Abortion was not just legal—it was a safe, condoned, and practiced procedure in colonial America and common enough to appear in the legal and medical records of the period. Official abortion laws did not appear on the books in the United States until 1821, and abortion before quickening did not become illegal until the 1860s. If a woman living in New England in the 17th or 18th centuries wanted an abortion, no legal, social, or religious force would have stopped her.

Reminder that records of contraception and abortion exist all the way back to 1550 BCE in ancient Egypt!

This was a really fascinating read. Until the early 19th century, abortion was legal until “quickening,” or when the pregnant person first felt the baby kick - anywhere from 14 to 26 weeks into the pregnancy. Society only began to condemn it when people decided white, middle- to upperclass women weren’t having enough children soon enough in their lives, and when male doctors started taking over traditionally female health care fields, like midwifery.

Yep, shockingly enough, it’s never, ever been about the life of the fetus - only about misogyny, racism, and classism (ableism, too, though the article doesn’t discuss it).

territorialcreep:

watson-i-am-your-turtle:

aliencupcake:

azzandra:

fuckyeahsexpositivity:

sexartandpolitics:

Study: Free birth control leads to way fewer abortions - CBS News
Way fewer.

NO. WAY.

—BB

Weird. It’s almost like people who do not get pregnant don’t even need abortions.

IN OTHER NEWS WATER IS WET

IN RELATED NEWS: SCIENTISTS HAVE PROVEN THAT THE EARTH REVOLVES AROUND THE SUN.

NOW OVER TO JIM WITH THE SPORTS REPORT
“WELL BOB IT APPEARS BASKETBALL IS INDEED PLAYED WITH A BASKET. AND A BALL.”

territorialcreep:

watson-i-am-your-turtle:

aliencupcake:

azzandra:

fuckyeahsexpositivity:

sexartandpolitics:

Study: Free birth control leads to way fewer abortions - CBS News

Way fewer.

NO. WAY.

image

—BB

Weird. It’s almost like people who do not get pregnant don’t even need abortions.

IN OTHER NEWS WATER IS WET

IN RELATED NEWS: SCIENTISTS HAVE PROVEN THAT THE EARTH REVOLVES AROUND THE SUN.

NOW OVER TO JIM WITH THE SPORTS REPORT

“WELL BOB IT APPEARS BASKETBALL IS INDEED PLAYED WITH A BASKET. AND A BALL.”

Too Many Restrictions Doesn’t Mean Less or Safer Abortion — It Means More Unsafe Abortions

bedlamity:

Overtly restrictive legislation for clinics means:

  • less clinics able to give abortions.  When multiple clinics shut down, the people in the area don’t stop having abortions.  They go to other clinics, and sometimes they only have one other clinic as an option.  And that clinic could be a good two hour drive away.
  • Less clinics means you have to drive further, in some cases.  Not everyone has a car; not every can take a jaunt across state with their job, bills, or other responsibilities.  Gas is also expensive, in case you haven’t noticed.  .
  • delays in getting an abortion in a timely manner.  Top that off with the fact some people don’t realize they’re pregnant right away and they take time to make a proper decision.  Any delay means a greater risk of getting too close to the unjustified “deadline.” 
  • a pregnant person having to go to people who will give unsafe, illegal abortions, because of the runaround and waiting period for a legal one.  (Congrats, you’re supporting men like Gosnell!)

LESS CLINICS DOES NOT MEAN YOU’RE “WINNING”; IT MEANS YOU’RE FORCING PEOPLE INTO DESPERATE SITUATIONS.

YOU’RE NOT A SAVIOR; YOU’RE A TORMENTOR.

unstoppablyplushjuggernaut:

sanity-regurgitated:

I was one of the ppl who supported Wendy Davis’s fillabuster to stop that Abortion Bill from passing. I thought she was a total badass, and I think she still is.

But I followed her b/c everyone else was. I had no idea what the Bill was specifically about, neither did the issue directly effect me, as I live in Canada. Now, I’m not so sure. I’m still educating myself on abortion and women’s right. I do think women should be in complete control of their bodies, and that she is her own keeper. Yet, I do not think I can support or even be okay with allowing abortions to be performed on a fetus over 20weeks old. 21 weeks is the youngest premature baby delivered, with zero health complications. How can 7days be the window between an abortion and a deliverable baby?

That’s 5mths, almost full term. That’s crazy, like I can’t even fathom a scenario, other than purely medically, when that is an option. The woman would have had months to come to terms with the pregnancy and either terminate the pregnancy weeks in advance or raise it for adoption. 

I don’t know, it doesn’t sit right for me. What about you? What do you think about late term abortion and/or Wendy Davis’s filibuster?

I think you need to educate yourself on a few things, including, but not limited to:

Preterm birth ages and rate.  Yes, the earliest known surviving preterm birth was 21 weeks…as counted from the known fertilization date (it was IVF) instead of from the last menstrual period, which would have put the gestational age as generally counted at 23 weeks.  

Saying that there were “zero medical complciations” is bullshit, it’s ignorant, and you don’t realize the amount of medical support required to keep a baby born that early alive.  A friend of mine had her baby at 28 weeks, and her baby spent 6 months in the NICU, her medical costs were over 2 million dollars.  Saying “no medical problems” when a baby doesn’t have the ability to suckle, or have lung development, or any number of things is wrong.  

Second: in general, if a woman has chosen to have an abortion beyond 20 weeks, it is usually because something has gone horribly, horribly wrong.  Either the fetus isn’t developing and will die soon after birth if not before, or have a short, painful, expensive life while it’s parents’ watch it die in agony.  Or the life and health of the mother is at risk if the pregnancy continues.  Are you saying, if a woman discovers at 21 weeks, that keeping the pregnancy will result in her death, that she’s shit out of luck?

Because that is what you’re actually saying.  

I suggest you read “A Heartbreaking Choice,” which are stories of women who have made the decision to abort in the 3rd trimester.  And if you still think that abortion after 21 weeks (because you once heard of baby that had no medical problems, seriously what) is immoral, I don’t even know what to say to you.

http://www.aheartbreakingchoice.com/Default.aspx

Not to mention that “crisis pregnancy centers” have been known to give women* the run-around until it’s too late to have an abortion. And abortions cost money, too, money that may take a while to acquire. And all the stupid laws on the books that require people to do this and that and inform their parents and get an ultrasound and wait X number of days can really slow down your timeline for aborting.

(re-reblogging this in order to make it a full text post instead of a link. Can’t do that with the Android app on my phone @ work. #firstworldproblems)

nothingsacred-nothingnew:

In case you want another reason to hate Fox News, just look at what Erick Erickson tweeted after the passing of the Texas abortion bill.

Let him know that this behavior is not welcome, nor will it be tolerated.

wow, that’s one of the most appalling things I’ve seen in a while.

elizabitchez:

leupagus:

theanishimori:

A woman has the right to use contraceptives. There are condoms, spermicides, the Pill, diaphragms, tubal ligation… any number of methods of contraception. If a woman is raped, there is even the Morning After Pill. 
I’m begging all women to choose to use contraceptive measures and to have sex responsibly, rather than allow themselves to become pregnant and then killing that new life-form. That is all.
From a former fetus who all the doctors said should have been aborted for my mother’s health and safety, and who they also predicted would not have survived anyway or would have debilitating birth defects and certainly would not be able to function normally in society.  (I have an IQ of 140 and work as a Japanese translator and English editor.)
Sincerely,Thea

I’m going to reblog this keeping your comment - even though you made sure to erase all the comments before yours - because I’d like to respond with this:
My mother also had a dangerous pregnancy, and for a long time my parents debated having kids at all. That they chose to have me - chose - despite the risks, means that the pro-choice movement has done its job, because they had that choice to make. Remember, being pro-life isn’t about wanting to choose life; it’s about wanting to force every pregnant person to give birth, against their will or not.
But here’s the thing about your ridiculously offensive argument that just because your mother carried a dangerous pregnancy to term and you came out all right, and are able to score an arbitrary number on an arbitrary test, and therefore every woman should carry their pregnancy to term no matter what the circumstances: it’s only from your perspective. You don’t make any effort to think about what your mother went through, the terror she may have felt, the courage it took for her to risk her own life in order to bring you into this world. She didn’t just “choose not to kill” you - she actively chose to keep you, every day, knowing you could kill her and knowing you might have a short, painful, horrific life even if you survived, even if she survived. How can you make all these claims about the danger your mother was in while pregnant and not think for a moment about her agency? How can you make this argument and not sit back for a moment and think, “what if someone had said this to my mother while she was pregnant with me?”
Because let me tell you, if my mom had decided after becoming pregnant that the risks were too great, that she didn’t want this, and had aborted me? I would not exist - and that would be okay. And no amount of telling her she was a killer would have made her into one, because abortion is not murder.
No really, it isn’t. My mother was a wonderful woman, full of energy and love and intelligence and compassion. If she had made a different decision and not had a child, or had adopted a child instead, or later on had a different child after re-thinking the risks and going ahead anyway, she still would have been a wonderful woman. No, I would not have existed, but that would not have made my mother a killer; it would have made her a person who didn’t have a baby. How dare you reduce her - reduce anyone - into a simple binary of killer/not-killer by the decision she made about her pregnancy? For that matter, how dare you look at this argument and think, “the important thing here is for anyone who might become pregnant to know that their kid might score 140 on an IQ test, therefore abortion is wrong”?
And how fucking dare you dismiss the realities of rape and incest by saying that “there is even the Morning After Pill” without addressing the fact - fact, not feeling or opinion - that contraceptives and morning-after pills are difficult if not impossible for many women to obtain, especially women who have been raped or victimized? Are you really that ignorant? Do you honestly think that every woman lives near a pharmacy that will give them the medication (yes, it’s medication) that they need without invoking religious or moral objections? Do you really not understand that forcible pregnancy is a thing that men do to women all the fucking time? You beg women not to become killers but you don’t say a fucking word about the men who impregnate women against their will, who trick them or rape them or lie about their contraceptive use. You dismiss all of what happened before and you insist that the entire moral onus is on this pregnant person, who does not want to be pregnant. She can be a killer or she can be a not-killer, and that’s all you give her.
Fuck that.
To my followers and anyone else who reads this: as one of those oh-so-underrepresented former fetuses, I am begging you to make the best decision for yourselves. I am begging you to block out the noises people like this make when they try to tell you what to do with your body, your life, your self. I am begging you to take as much information - information, not manipulative horseshit and propaganda - into account when deciding whether or not to remain pregnant. And I am begging you to tell anyone who has an opinion about you to go fuck themselves.
Sincerely,Gus

Dear Thea:
When I was pregnant with Jr. Dude, I had severe pre eclampsia with hellp syndrome. I was young and very poor. I was the only one working, as Jr. Dude’s dad is a waste of a human being, but the doctors wanted me on bed rest starting at 6 months. I couldn’t do it because then there would be no one to pay the rent or buy the groceries. So I kept working, 40 hours a week in retail. I had nice bosses who let take a stool behind the counter and sit down when I could. But the docs wanted me laying on my left side all the time except for getting up to pee. They were worried that I was going to die. That my liver would explode. That my blood pressure would sky rocket and I would start having seizures that would never stop. That both Jr. Dude and I would end up brain damaged due to lack of oxygen. I was worried to. But I wanted Jr. Dude and we needed to keep a roof over our heads. So I chose to do what I had to do. I kept working until I was 8 and a half months pregnant when Jr. Dude’s dad FINALLY  got a job. I was admitted to the hospital and spent about a week and a half or 2 weeks there. It was a very long time. Jr. Dude was eventually born healthy and now he’s all grown up. (And don’t go bragging about your IQ, honey. It makes you look small. Mine’s 158. IQ is a ridiculous measurement of intelligence that means fuck all in the real world.)
Jr. Dude was much wanted, much loved and I chose to continue a scary, difficult pregnancy in hard conditions. I chose. I took on the risk for the one and only child I wanted. I refused to take on the risk again. Birth control is not perfect. Even wanted pregnancies go bad sometimes, just google Savita Halappanavar to see what happens when people who claim to be pro-life value the life of a women less than the life of a non-viable fetus and refuse to give her proper medical care. No one lives. It’s not pro-life. It’s hypocritical bullshit. I trust people to make their own decisions about their own bodies and their own healthcare, because I want to be trusted to make my own decisions about my own body just like I did when I was pregnant with Jr. Dude and had to keep working when the doctors told me not to. I hope that you always get to chose to do what is best for your own body and life, just like your mother and just like me, even though you wish to take that choice away from everyone. 

elizabitchez:

leupagus:

theanishimori:

A woman has the right to use contraceptives. There are condoms, spermicides, the Pill, diaphragms, tubal ligation… any number of methods of contraception. If a woman is raped, there is even the Morning After Pill. 

I’m begging all women to choose to use contraceptive measures and to have sex responsibly, rather than allow themselves to become pregnant and then killing that new life-form. That is all.

From a former fetus who all the doctors said should have been aborted for my mother’s health and safety, and who they also predicted would not have survived anyway or would have debilitating birth defects and certainly would not be able to function normally in society.  (I have an IQ of 140 and work as a Japanese translator and English editor.)

Sincerely,
Thea

I’m going to reblog this keeping your comment - even though you made sure to erase all the comments before yours - because I’d like to respond with this:

My mother also had a dangerous pregnancy, and for a long time my parents debated having kids at all. That they chose to have me - chose - despite the risks, means that the pro-choice movement has done its job, because they had that choice to make. Remember, being pro-life isn’t about wanting to choose life; it’s about wanting to force every pregnant person to give birth, against their will or not.

But here’s the thing about your ridiculously offensive argument that just because your mother carried a dangerous pregnancy to term and you came out all right, and are able to score an arbitrary number on an arbitrary test, and therefore every woman should carry their pregnancy to term no matter what the circumstances: it’s only from your perspective. You don’t make any effort to think about what your mother went through, the terror she may have felt, the courage it took for her to risk her own life in order to bring you into this world. She didn’t just “choose not to kill” you - she actively chose to keep you, every day, knowing you could kill her and knowing you might have a short, painful, horrific life even if you survived, even if she survived. How can you make all these claims about the danger your mother was in while pregnant and not think for a moment about her agency? How can you make this argument and not sit back for a moment and think, “what if someone had said this to my mother while she was pregnant with me?”

Because let me tell you, if my mom had decided after becoming pregnant that the risks were too great, that she didn’t want this, and had aborted me? I would not exist - and that would be okay. And no amount of telling her she was a killer would have made her into one, because abortion is not murder.

No really, it isn’t. My mother was a wonderful woman, full of energy and love and intelligence and compassion. If she had made a different decision and not had a child, or had adopted a child instead, or later on had a different child after re-thinking the risks and going ahead anyway, she still would have been a wonderful woman. No, I would not have existed, but that would not have made my mother a killer; it would have made her a person who didn’t have a baby. How dare you reduce her - reduce anyone - into a simple binary of killer/not-killer by the decision she made about her pregnancy? For that matter, how dare you look at this argument and think, “the important thing here is for anyone who might become pregnant to know that their kid might score 140 on an IQ test, therefore abortion is wrong”?

And how fucking dare you dismiss the realities of rape and incest by saying that “there is even the Morning After Pill” without addressing the fact - fact, not feeling or opinion - that contraceptives and morning-after pills are difficult if not impossible for many women to obtain, especially women who have been raped or victimized? Are you really that ignorant? Do you honestly think that every woman lives near a pharmacy that will give them the medication (yes, it’s medication) that they need without invoking religious or moral objections? Do you really not understand that forcible pregnancy is a thing that men do to women all the fucking time? You beg women not to become killers but you don’t say a fucking word about the men who impregnate women against their will, who trick them or rape them or lie about their contraceptive use. You dismiss all of what happened before and you insist that the entire moral onus is on this pregnant person, who does not want to be pregnant. She can be a killer or she can be a not-killer, and that’s all you give her.

Fuck that.

To my followers and anyone else who reads this: as one of those oh-so-underrepresented former fetuses, I am begging you to make the best decision for yourselves. I am begging you to block out the noises people like this make when they try to tell you what to do with your body, your life, your self. I am begging you to take as much information - information, not manipulative horseshit and propaganda - into account when deciding whether or not to remain pregnant. And I am begging you to tell anyone who has an opinion about you to go fuck themselves.

Sincerely,
Gus

Dear Thea:

When I was pregnant with Jr. Dude, I had severe pre eclampsia with hellp syndrome. I was young and very poor. I was the only one working, as Jr. Dude’s dad is a waste of a human being, but the doctors wanted me on bed rest starting at 6 months. I couldn’t do it because then there would be no one to pay the rent or buy the groceries. So I kept working, 40 hours a week in retail. I had nice bosses who let take a stool behind the counter and sit down when I could. But the docs wanted me laying on my left side all the time except for getting up to pee. They were worried that I was going to die. That my liver would explode. That my blood pressure would sky rocket and I would start having seizures that would never stop. That both Jr. Dude and I would end up brain damaged due to lack of oxygen. I was worried to. But I wanted Jr. Dude and we needed to keep a roof over our heads. So I chose to do what I had to do. I kept working until I was 8 and a half months pregnant when Jr. Dude’s dad FINALLY  got a job. I was admitted to the hospital and spent about a week and a half or 2 weeks there. It was a very long time. Jr. Dude was eventually born healthy and now he’s all grown up. (And don’t go bragging about your IQ, honey. It makes you look small. Mine’s 158. IQ is a ridiculous measurement of intelligence that means fuck all in the real world.)

Jr. Dude was much wanted, much loved and I chose to continue a scary, difficult pregnancy in hard conditions. I chose. I took on the risk for the one and only child I wanted. I refused to take on the risk again. Birth control is not perfect. Even wanted pregnancies go bad sometimes, just google Savita Halappanavar to see what happens when people who claim to be pro-life value the life of a women less than the life of a non-viable fetus and refuse to give her proper medical care. No one lives. It’s not pro-life. It’s hypocritical bullshit. I trust people to make their own decisions about their own bodies and their own healthcare, because I want to be trusted to make my own decisions about my own body just like I did when I was pregnant with Jr. Dude and had to keep working when the doctors told me not to. I hope that you always get to chose to do what is best for your own body and life, just like your mother and just like me, even though you wish to take that choice away from everyone. 

thepoliticalfreakshow:

I don’t understand why Republicans continue to offer up headlines like “GOP congressman: Rate of pregnancies from rape is ‘very low.’ ” It is terrible politics for them to focus the public’s attention on their justification for the fact that they don’t support an exception to abortion bans for rape victims. The view doesn’t have anything like majority support, and they come off as heartless, ignorant scolds. If I were an anti-abortion activist, I’d want to muzzle these people. But they are irrepressible.

At a congressional hearing Wednesday, Rep. Trent Franks, a Republican from Arizona, argued against an exception for rape and incest victims from a ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. He said, “Before, when my friends on the left side of the aisle here tried to make rape and incest the subject—because, you know, the incidence of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low.” He is of course following in the footsteps of former Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri, who said that women can stave off pregnancy after a “legitimate rape.” (He apologized but that didn’t save him from losing his next election.)

These claims are false, of course, or as the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists puts it, “medically inaccurate, offensive, and dangerous.” That is not all that’s wrong with the claims. They originate with Nazi experiments on women in concentration camps. Here’s what I wrote about this last November

“In the aftermath of Akin’s statement, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on a 1972 essay by an obstetrician named Fred Mecklenburg, who cited a Nazi experiment in which women were told they were on their way to die in the gas chambers—and then were allowed to live, so that doctors could check whether they would still ovulate. Since few did, Mecklenburg claimed that women exposed to the emotional trauma of rape wouldn’t be able to become pregnant, either. (He also argued that rapists are infertile because they masturbate a lot.) The essay was published in a book financed by A.U.L.”

A.U.L. is Americans United for Life, a pro-life advocacy group with increasing clout because of its success in drafting model state laws to restrict abortion. The line from the Nazis to Mecklenburg to Akin and Franks runs through Jack Wilke, a doctor who is the former head of the National Right to Life Committee.

He said, “What is certainly one of the most important reasons why a rape victim rarely gets pregnant, and that’s physical trauma.” And he stuck with this when the Los Angeles Timescalled to ask him about Akin last year. When I asked A.U.L. head Charmaine Yoest about the claim that rape rarely results in pregnancy, she was smarter and called it “a distraction.”

Abortion opponents sure do keep bringing it up, though.

Despite what Pro-Lifers say…

arguing-about-abortions:

jordanashtsmith:

arguing-about-abortions:

Abortion IS taking responsibility. It is a safe and legal way to deal with an unintended pregnancy. That is not irresponsible. 

abortion is NOT taking responsibility what-so-ever.  in the first place, getting pregnant by accident is an irresponsible, very stupid move.  maybe one should just wait to have sex after marriage, then no one would have this problem.  God put every.single.human on this earth for a PURPOSE. and trust me, being aborted was no one’s purpose.  the fact that you think abortion is OK and RESPONSIBLE makes me SICK. when a baby is aborted, you can literally see the little fingers, and arms, legs, head, lungs, and everything already taking form of a little person.  he or she already has a heart beat and a pulse and feelings.  abortion is murder, there is no way its not.  an unborn baby is STILL A BABY. STILL A PERSON. A HUMAN. what if you were aborted? hm. the only way i think abortion would ever be ok is if one was raped, or if a girl got pregnant from a family member, in which case the baby would be severely messed up.  every one deserves a chance, even a little fetus that people had plans to kill.  once a baby is aborted, the doctors literally tear it into small pieces and put it in a TRASH CAN, like its a worthless piece of crap.  it is not fair, and the poor baby has no say in it… it just happens.  maybe you should think more into this.  im sorry for sounding so rude but this just pissed me off to no end.     abortion is a very strong, intense subject for me.  hopefully God will speak to you. enjoy this picture of a baby that was aborted while youre at it. this couldve been you. 

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An excellent takedown. The whole “abortion is MURDER!! …but it’s okay if it’s rape or incest” thing always gets me. Why are those two instances suddenly not murder? In the case of incest, it’s because “the baby would be severely messed up,” according to this asshole. So… it’s suddenly okay to murder people (according to your logic) if they would have had a disability? Yeah, that’s some real respect for human life you got there. *eyeroll*

stoya:

Dear US Government: Once again, please kindly consider backing the fuck off of what goes in and comes out of my vaginal canal. Thank you, Stoya

antiprolife:

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antiprolife:

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