Thursday, 14 February 2013

Get Used to It

This is what the aftermath of self-abortion looks like in Texas.
Authorities are awaiting the results of an autopsy before deciding whether to pursue criminal charges against a Houston woman who apparently induced an abortion and then discarded the 5-month-old fetus in a relative's trash can.

Bleeding heavily after delivery, the 29-year-old woman showed up at Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital on Wednesday and told an emergency-room nurse what had happened. The nurse called police, who dispatched officers to recover the fetus, which the woman said she had wrapped in a blanket.

The woman, whose name was not released, told police she had taken unidentified pills on Tuesday to prompt the abortion because she could not afford to care for a child.
They don't need an autopsy to determine gestational development. Texas has a fetal homicide law that applies to 'an unborn child at every stage of gestation from fertilization until birth'.

This is LifeShite NOT being ironic.
Legalizing abortion was supposed to rid the country of these kinds of self-abortion cases, but clearly that is not the case.
Accessible, affordable, legal abortion would, but the Fetus Lobby® has ringed the procedure with so many restrictions and barriers, including two mandatory visits, mandatory ultrasound, 24-hour waiting period, bullshit lecture, parental consent, yadayada, that 'accessible' isn't the word that springs to mind to describe abortion in Texas.

Plus, there's the small matter of paying for it.

Texas has banned using state money for abortion for a long time and is now cutting funding to Planned Parenthood for family planning.
Texas can cut off funding to Planned Parenthood's family planning programs for poor women, a state judge ruled Monday, requiring thousands to find new state-approved doctors for their annual exams, cancer screenings and birth control.
And how about this nifty bit of police-state thought-control?
Judge Gary Harger said that Texas may exclude otherwise qualified doctors and clinics from receiving state funding if they advocate for abortion rights.
Can't access affordable birth control, can't access abortion, can't pay for abortion?

You are on your fucking own in these Individual Responsibility States of America. But don't get caught taking care of business or they'll throw your ass in jail.


JeninCanada said...

So sad. That poor woman.

Constant vigilance, and no, we're not going to get used to it.

Sixth Estate said...

"Legalizing abortion was supposed to rid the country of these kinds of self-abortion cases, but clearly that is not the case."

Good grief.

Criminalizing murder was supposed to rid the country of wrongful killing, but clearly that is not the case. Therefore, let's repeal the Criminal Code!

fern hill said...

@JeninCanada No. In Canada, we don't have to get used to it. But sadly, in the US where the nutters have the upper hand, there are going to be more cases like this.

They can't criminalize abortion, so they criminalize pregnancy.

Fetal homicide laws are especially cruel on women with wanted but gone-wrong pregnancies. Well, poor or black or marginalized women.

fern hill said...

Sixth: logic is never their strong suit.

What I find breathtaking is that it is the Fetus Fetishists themselves who created most of the conditions that force desperate women to this kind of act.

Then they tsk-tsk when the inevitable occurs.

Purple library guy said...

It's perfectly logical, for the big daddies in charge. It wouldn't be effective social control if it actually resulted in there not being abortions. The point is to have excuses to run women's lives and accuse them of shit.

Beijing York said...

Easy and free/cost effective access to early termination of pregnancies is what drives many of these anti-women control freaks crazy. The pain and societal punishment is negligible given that it is a private matter between a medical practitioner and client. Under those circumstances, there is no opportunity to go tsk-tsk or dwell on lurid details of late term fetal death. This is why any talk about putting limits by gestational period is bullshit - a cheap ploy to make abortion access illegal.

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