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From July through December, I’ll be working at a demanding music therapy internship, with no time to blog about reproductive justice. I fully intend to return in January, but until then, this how you can use what’s already here:
A huge thank you to all my followers who stick with me until the winter, and thanks to everyone else who reads and shares. See you next year!
Anti-abortion terrorism is not an anomaly. Fill people with talk of “baby killers,” “whores,” and “enemies of God” from the time they are born, teach them to mercilessly terrorize patients and staff, and murder is nothing more than the inevitable endgame.
To make this absolutely clear: Operation Rescue has been connected with multiple acts of anti-abortion violence and terrorism. A member of the group was the plaintiff in the recent Supreme Court buffer zone case (McCullen v. Coakley). And they won.
My mother views pregnancy as beautiful since she loved her own experience. She also worked as a pre-natal nurse and witnessed all the uglyness of pregnancy. She still thinks it's a beautiful thing, but she knows it can get ugly on a whim. She never knew about pro-life and pro-choice before I told her. She's horrified at the thought of banning abortion. My mother, who saved babies for over 25 years, is pro-choice.
It’s amazing how many people in the medical profession are pro-choice.
I love the little lists these pro-lifers make, compiling pro-life doctors. There’s like…what, four or five hundred on there? Not sure. Out of how many doctors in the country? Hah.
I have spoken to a family friend who happens to be a doctor. He told me that he believes many medical professionals to be pro-choice because they have seen what can go wrong, and believe the choice is up to the person dealing with the situation. He obviously cannot speak for everyone. But I still thought it was a valid opinion.
I see a lot of pro-lifers talking about how you should never go to an OB/GYN who is not pro-life. Which is just nuts to me. Like somehow a pro-choice doctor will value a patient less than a pro-life one. I actually believe the reverse - I think the pro-life doctor will care more about the fetus, no matter what state its in, than the patient.
Pregnancy is what YOU make it. If it’s beautiful to you, fantastic. If it’s scary, that’s just as valid. No telling people how to feel just because you feel that way.
Your mom sounds awesome.
I hope to eventually become a doctor, and I am leaning towards OBGYN or neonatologist. If I am an OBGYN, I am well within my rights to refuse to perform an abortion. (Abortion and miscarriage are NOT the same thing). However, it is not my place as a professional to act with my personal beliefs in mind. If a patient wants an abortion, they will have to go somewhere else to get one but I will not go by the term “pro-life doctor”. I am pro-life, but as a doctor, my beliefs are not an aspect of patient care.
But hopefully by that time, abortion will be much more rare than it is now:)
Here’s the thing.
If an OB/GYN does not wish to perform an abortion, I am not about to try and force them. I think it is terrible decision making to go into a field knowing full-well that you’ll be put in that situation, but that is, of course, your call.
The problem I have is not necessarily that an OB/GYN would refuse to perform an abortion; the problem I have is the methods by which a pro-life OB/GYN may convince a woman to carry out a dangerous pregnancy because they do not approve of an abortion.
I think as a professional, it is the OBGYN’s job to offer the woman all of her legal options and let her take it from there.
It is terribly refreshing to see a pro-lifer acknowledge the importance of unbiased medical counseling. However, please understand that you are representing the VERY FEW AND FAR BETWEEN.
There are many, many pro-life individuals who would do anything to prevent a woman from terminating her pregnancy. This gets particularly dangerous in the medical field, as many pregnant people do not have the medical expertise to know whether their pro-life doctor is being fully honest with their possibly dangerous pregnancy. There have been situations like this, and people have died as a result.
If every pro-life OB/GYN were open to unbiased medical counseling, and able to provide a referral should the pregnant person in question want an abortion, I’d be just dandy. Unfortunately, I do not think this is a reality; nor do I think it ever will be.
Could you direct me to the sources of when women died or almost died from biased medical care? Thank you!
The most obvious one was the case of Savita Halappanavar. She died due to the pro-life views of both the country and her medical professionals.
I would also like to highlight another reblog that I’m confident you saw already:
Bear in mind that Oklahoma, (and possibly other states) has passed laws that make it legal for a doctor or other health professional to LIE to a woman if they fear she will have an abortion. For example, a doctor can say the fetus is perfectly normal when he knows it will be born with defects, or lie and say the defect is easily treatable when they know it is profoundly life-changing or lethal. They can lie to a woman about the effects to her body and her life if the pregnancy is continued. This law was REQUESTED by pro-life doctor, who wanted to avoid the professional and legal consequences of putting their own ideology above the health, life, and interests of their patient.
I should have brought this up myself but it slipped my mind. This is very true and very scary - medical professionals are now legally permitted to lie to their patients if they so choose. This is a scary advantage for pro-life OB/GYNs.
Angela Carder, Kathleen Prieskorn, “Janet,” Tumblr user kerbiemarie, Beatriz in El Salvador, Mikki Kendall, Tamesha Means, this Catholic hospital’s employee…which means there are countless others whose stories have never been publicized.
Hey I'm looking for a clinic to get an abortion. The ones nearest to me aren't planned parenthoods- is there a way to be 100% certain they aren't fake clinics? Also does anyone know how long you usually have to wait for an appointment? Thank you so much for this blog. It's really comforting to read through it.
I’m glad this blog has been comforting for you, that is our number one goal here (that and spreading correct information!) ♥
It can be tough identifying a CPC, but here’s some things to look out for. And usually for an appointment, unfortunately, you’re looking at waiting about 1-2 weeks (or even more) depending on the clinic. Your best bet is to call the clinic you’re looking at and ask!
I hope you’re doing okay love and if you need anything else, we’ll be here for you. Stay strong! - Paige
Bebinn has a post on clinics in the States, so that might be a good place to start!
Thanks, you two! <3
You can always find clinics through the National Abortion Federation, too.
The judge will ask you and your attorney questions. You will be asked questions under oath (this means you have to tell the truth). The hearing is usually informal and is kind of like a meeting. The only people in the room will be you and anyone you decide to bring with you, the lawyer, the judge, and possibly a secretary. This is not a trial.
All of this is confidential.
The judge may want to know that you understand the abortion procedure, that you have thought carefully about your decision, and that no one is forcing you to do this. The judge might also want to know about your other responsibilities at home, school, or work, or plans for the future that show your maturity.
The judge will often give their decision right after the hearing, but if they don’t, they still must decide very quickly. The time slot for the decision might vary from state to state, but it’s usually no longer than three business days.
If the judge grants you permission, you will be given something called an “order,” which says you can have the abortion. You must take this with you when you go to the clinic to have your abortion, along with any other forms and identification required by the clinic.
You are always free to change your mind if you decide to not have an abortion. The Order is only there to say that you can have an abortion if you want it.
ProVoice blogged about judicial bypass yesterday, so if you missed it, check out her #judicial bypass tag!
"The man who allegedly severely vandalized a reproductive health-care facility in Kalispell, Montana, requested that his $100,000 bail be reduced to zero on Thursday.”
There is no such thing as “post-abortion syndrome” or “post-abortion stress syndrome.”
Saying “Abortion Hurts Women” ignores the millions of people it doesn’t hurt. It decontextualizes and weaponizes the pain of those who are hurting.
If you’ve ever had an abortion, I want you to look at yourself in the mirror and remind yourself that you are a good person. You are an amazing person.
You made the right decision for you.
It’s okay to feel happy. It’s okay to have no regrets.
It’s okay to be sad. It’s okay to struggle sometimes.
Your decision was valid.
You made a responsible decision based on your own capabilities. Life handed you an unexpected situation and you made it through. You are, and always will be, an amazing person.
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