Friday, 1 April 2011

What a terrible time to be a USian woman

Mother Jones:
The Indiana House yesterday passed a bill, HB 1210, that would force women to carry pregnancies past 22 weeks to term, even if the father of the fetus is their rapist or family member. The only reason a woman could get an abortion after 22 weeks (and most medical experts don't consider a fetus viable until around 27 weeks) is if carrying the fetus to term would result in the woman's death or "substantial physical impairment." Even then, her doctor would be required by law to perform the abortion in a hospital with a prenatal unit, and in the way that "would result in the best opportunity for the fetus to survive."

Wait. There's more:
--Women seeking a first-trimester abortion must be advised that they may face increased risk of breast cancer after the abortion, and that giving birth protects women from breast cancer.

--Women seeking abortions must be advised that "physical life begins when a human ovum is fertilized by a human sperm."

--Abortion patients are advised that "medical evidence shows that a fetus can feel pain at or before 20 weeks".

--Before an abortion, the woman must view an ultrasound unless she certifies, in writing, in advance, that she does not wish to do so.

I can't work up any anger anymore. I just want to cry.

ADDED: And now I am crying. Because I watched this.


900ft Jesus said...

that, I have no words. None. Just a lot of grief and anger. Needs to be written about, though, maybe tomorrow. Thanks.

Orwell's Bastard said...

Oh, great – another heaping helping of patriarchal god-bothering hateful crazy. Like Terry Jones' work today wasn't enough. Yet another reason to disentangle ourselves from the brain-dead, still-twitching lump of putrefying protoplasm to the south.

Perhaps it's time to borrow an idea from PMSH and build Firewall Canada.

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