The number of pregnancies that result from rape every year in the United States
Relevant to both Todd Akin and every pro-lifer who says pregnancies from rape “aren’t that common” or “don’t happen enough to matter.”
Hey, Tumblr, can we get this post liked and/or reblogged at least 32,101 times?
Dr. Willie Parker explains why he is going to Mississippi to provide abortions to the people who needs them badly in the state. He writes (emphasis his)
In response to a query of why I choose to help women in Mississippi, the fact is that the women most at risk to be harmed by the loss of abortion services there are Black and poor. Twenty percent of all Mississippians live below the Federal poverty line, but 48% of Blacks there do, making it the poorest state in the country, a fact that exacerbates if not causes the life circumstances that lead to abortion. This observation is not to racialize the impending loss of abortion access for all women in the state, but rather indicates that my personal commitment to address the provider shortage there stems in part from my lived experience of growing up as a poor Black child in the south (Alabama) and knowing first-hand the dire circumstances that converge to create desperation for women with unintended or fatally flawed pregnancies. During my clinic days there recently, I counseled a pregnant woman with 5 kids, the youngest who had just died a year ago from cancer, who indicated that she could not care for another child financially or emotionally. She, along with others had traveled from various distances in the state for their first state-mandated counseling visit ,or were returning for their procedure following a second trip from hours away, often complicated by childcare/work considerations and doubled travel costs. They typify the hardships that Mississippi women endure due to the present laws.
Thank you, Dr. Parker for understanding our needs and for going to Mississippi!
My latest on the sometimes painful intersection of family and politics.
Last night, I read a facebook status of one of my friends espousing his political views that can only be described as the complete opposite of my own.
His claim that anything contrary to the true “purpose of sexuality” (that is, to have babies) should be illegal. This included all forms of contraception (condoms, birth control, etc.) and abortion. I was greatly angered that he would reduce my sexuality and my identity as a woman to that of a baby-making machine. But to him, anyone who disagreed with him was a child murderer. How can I look a friend in the eyes and know he values a fetus over my life and believes that I should stay off birth control that I use for debilitating cramps and instead seek “therapy?”
To simply stop talking to him cannot and will not be an option to me. He has every right to express his opinion, even if I loathe every word he says. To cease communication with him would be just as bad as if he did the same to me. I cannot close off the people I disagree with. I cannot be close-minded. I will listen. And I will always know what I stand for.
The Kansas State Board of Healing Arts, the governing body that regulates the practice of medicine in the state, stripped the medical license of a woman who refused to force a mentally-ill 10 year old to give birth.
As Robin Marty reports, Dr. Ann Neuhaus became the target of domestic terror group Operation Rescue after her colleague, Dr. George Tiller, was murdered. Neuhaus assisted Tiller by providing second opinions for mental health exceptions for late-term abortions.
Operation Rescue filed a negligence complaint against Neuhaus alleging that her exams were not thorough enough to support her medical conclusions and her follow-up care was inadequate because she did not recommend counseling or hospitalization after each procedure.
Neuhaus offered a rebuttal of her own. “To even claim that isn’t medically necessary qualifies as gross incompetence,” said Neuhaus. “Someone’s 10 years old, and they were raped by their uncle and they understand that they’ve got a baby growing in their stomach and they don’t want that. You’re going to send this girl for a brain scan and some blood work and put her in a hospital?”
Like other states Kansas has made recent attempts to stack their medical review board with anti-choice advocates like former Operation Rescue attorney Richard Macias. When hearing the case against Dr. Neuhaus, the board offered up their own expert to determine if any breach of the standard of care occurred. Not surprisingly, the witness insisted that in no cases is abortion a treatment that could be seen as beneficial to a patient’s mental health, further clouding the waters as to the kind of care girls and women can expect in the state of Kansas.
Nuehaus will appeal the ruling. If she loses she will have her license permanently revoked.
Operation Rescue is a domestic terrorist organization that we allow to operate all over the USA. This part: “the witness insisted that in no cases is abortion a treatment that could be seen as beneficial to a patient’s mental health.” Scary ass shit. Fuck every single pro-lifer out there for upholding a mindset that would force a mentally ill 10-year-old incest and rape victim to have a baby against her will.
“Thanks to anti-abortion lawmakers’ efforts, starting Thursday, mothers of babies with fatal fetal birth defects will be forced to carry their pregnancies to term, give birth, and then watch their babies die. See? Republicans are job creators, after all.
Earlier this year, Arizona governor/ terrible person Jan Brewer signed into law a measure that would ban abortions in the state after 20 weeks’ gestation with no exception for fetal abnormality — but unlike other 20 week bans, Arizona’s law counts gestation from the first day of a woman’s last missed period. It’s the most extreme abortion ban in the nation, and it’s especially heartless when you consider that many fatal fetal abnormalities can’t be detected until after that point in a pregnancy, which means that if you’re pregnant in Arizona, you’re placing a pretty bold bet that your fetus won’t have any defects it can’t survive. And if it does end up completely non-viable? Tough fetus, ladies. You should have thought of that before you had sex!
In anticipation of the disastrous effects House Bill 2036 will have on Arizona families, groups like the MISS Foundation and Embrace are directing their already-stretched-thin resources toward Arizona, where they anticipate having to help families to prepare for what’s known as a “fatal birth,” or the birth of a stillborn child, or a child who cannot survive for long outside of the womb. In addition to preparing families for “fatal births,” they work to plan funeral services for children who are often wanted and mourned, and provide counseling to the families left behind, including women who were forced by the state of Arizona to carry a nonviable pregnancy to term…
Almost all abortions performed in the US occur before 12 weeks’ gestation, and, according to Think Progress, only about 100 post-20-week abortions take place in Arizona per year, so if lawmakers want to reduce the number of abortions occurring annually in the US, banning late term procedures isn’t the way to do it. Although the procedure is far from common, for the 100 or so Arizona women that need it annually, a late term ban could be disastrous, forcing them to either give birth and watch their babies die or spend considerable time and money traveling out of state for the medical care they’ve decided is best for their families.” - Erin Gloria Ryan
There is not just an emotional cost, but also a financial cost to carrying the “fatal birth” to term:
“The biggest factors affecting the cost of a birth are: whether it is vaginal or Cesarean; whether there are complications; and the length of the hospital stay. Geographical location also plays a part; baby delivery is most expensive in the Northeast and on the West coast and least expensive in the south. For patients not covered by health insurance, the typical cost of a vaginal delivery without complications ranges from about $9,000 to $17,000 or more, depending on geographic location and whether there is a discount for uninsured patients. The typical cost for a C-section without complications or a vaginal delivery with complications ranges from about $14,000 to $25,000 or more….
Usually, the baby receives a separate bill, which typically ranges from $1,500 to $4,000 for a healthy baby delivered at term. For a premature baby with complications who has to spend weeks in a neonatal intensive care unit, this bill can reach tens of thousands of dollars.
And here are the funeral costs:
Low estimate for the cost of birth: $11,000
Funeral cost: $9,000
Total cost: $20,000
If it were legal, a third-trimester abortion in Arizona would cost: $1,100
demonize poor people for wanting to terminate pregnancy they can’t afford
demonize poor mothers for applying for government assistance to raise the child they didn’t want because they couldn’t afford it by referring to them as “welfare queens”
I like this meme.