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Pro-Choice and Pro-Voice

Posts tagged roe v. wade

Mar 1 '14
Feb 27 '14
My Philomena

I accepted the doctrine of the era: I was adopted, I had only one family—my adopted family—and had no need to know anything more about anything, or anyone, else. My birth mother was an unmarried teenager from the Cincinnati area who “got in trouble” and gave me up for adoption. I never thought about the man. But then at 13, I started to wonder. An unknown man and woman had had sexual intercourse. I was the result. Who were they? What was their story?

In the decades before the 1974 Roe v. Wade ruling, young girls who “got in trouble” were often sent to maternity homes and forced to give up their babies. Most never saw their children again.
The movie Philomena chronicles the story of one such woman who tried desperately to find her son. You can also read Ann Fessler’s The Girls Who Went Away for a better understanding of what happened in a time when abortion was illegal and “unwed mothers” faced even more stigma than today.

My Philomena

I accepted the doctrine of the era: I was adopted, I had only one family—my adopted family—and had no need to know anything more about anything, or anyone, else. My birth mother was an unmarried teenager from the Cincinnati area who “got in trouble” and gave me up for adoption. I never thought about the man. But then at 13, I started to wonder. An unknown man and woman had had sexual intercourse. I was the result. Who were they? What was their story?

In the decades before the 1974 Roe v. Wade ruling, young girls who “got in trouble” were often sent to maternity homes and forced to give up their babies. Most never saw their children again.

The movie Philomena chronicles the story of one such woman who tried desperately to find her son. You can also read Ann Fessler’s The Girls Who Went Away for a better understanding of what happened in a time when abortion was illegal and “unwed mothers” faced even more stigma than today.

Dec 19 '13
Oct 16 '13
Sep 1 '13

Motherhood by Choice, Not Chance

Through first person stories, this documentary brings alive the history of the struggle for women’s reproductive rights in the United States. Intimate interviews reveal the passion of those who moved abortion from the danger of the back alleys to a safe, legal choice. This film also includes information about current threats to those rights.

A full transcription can be found on Concentric Media.

Aug 31 '13

From Danger to Dignity: The Fight For Safe Abortion

Even though most abortions were illegal in the United States before 1973, they were still available. The outcome, however, often depended on a woman’s financial situation. Most women who sought abortions risked their lives by going to practitioners who had little or no medical training. Hospital wards were filled with victims of unsafe procedures. There were some skilled physicians who agreed to terminate pregnancies for their wealthy private patients, charging thousands of dollars. And a small number courageous individuals - doctors, midwives, nurses and others – provided relatively safe, low-cost, humane but still illegal care.

From Danger to Dignity details the efforts to provide safe abortions before Roe v. Wade, as well as the fight to decriminalize abortion.

Find the full transcription on Concentric Media.

Aug 30 '13

When Abortion Was Illegal: Untold Stories

This Academy Award-nominated film features compelling first person accounts which reveal the physical, legal, and emotional consequences during the era when abortion was a criminal act. Remembrances include those of women who experienced illegal abortions, doctors who risked imprisonment and loss of their licenses for providing illegal abortions, and individuals who broke the law by helping women find safe abortions.

I highly recommend you watch this film this weekend. Criminalizing abortion does not decrease abortions. It only jeopardizes the lives of everyone who participates in them.

Find the full transcription on Concentric Media.

Aug 30 '13

Bill Would Let Non-Physicians Perform Abortions

masakhane:

From the Associated Press

Nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives and physician assistants could perform a type of early abortion under a bill approved Monday by the state Senate, leaving the measure one step from the governor.

The measure by Assemblywoman Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, would let those medical professionals perform what are known as aspiration abortions during the first trimester. The method involves inserting a tube and using suction to terminate a pregnancy.

The Senate approved AB154 on a mostly party-line, 25-11 vote, sending it back to the Assembly for a final vote on amendments.

Expanding the list of professionals who can perform those types of abortions would help make them available in areas that have few doctors, said Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, who carried the measure in the Senate. She said about half of California counties lack abortion providers.

“All women deserve access to care in their local communities,” she said.

The procedure is safest when performed early, yet women in rural areas often have difficulty arranging for and traveling to a provider, she said.

Several Republicans objected to the expansion, saying it would increase medical risks for patients.

“Abortion is a serious medical procedure with vast complications, and I would argue that only the best-trained should conduct such an operation,” said Sen. Jim Nielsen, R-Gerber. “It has direct and profound impact on lives: the mother and the baby — and there is a baby.”

Sen. Joel Anderson, R-Alpine, said legalized abortion was supposed to end the days when women’s lives were put at risk. Yet he said Atkins’ bill would allow the procedures by providers who have less training and in clinics without sufficient backup if there are complications.

Jackson responded that the medical professionals covered by the bill have been performing the procedure for six years without significant problems. The bill requires them to get specialized training and follow standard procedures.

Under a state pilot program created in 2007, 8,000 aspiration abortions have been provided by non-doctors. Data from the program showed both doctors and non-doctors performing the procedures with error rates below 2 percent, Jackson said.

Oregon, Montana, Vermont and New Hampshire already allow nurse practitioners to perform these abortions. Under California law, nurse practitioners can administer medicine to induce an abortion.

Sen. Lou Correa, D-Anaheim, joined Republicans in voting against the bill, while three senators did not vote: Republicans Bill Emmerson of Redlands and Mark Wyland of Escondido; and Democrat Ben Hueso of San Diego.

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Finally, some good news on the reproductive rights front! If only this could expand to New Jersey (and throughout the US).

In the four years leading up to the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973, a group of women called the Jane Collective performed abortions on Chicago women who came for help. Originally, they only counseled and referred these women to licensed doctors, but were dismayed by the lack of control and knowledge these doctors allowed their patients. Patients were blindfolded, rarely spoken to, and charged outrageous fees for a simple procedure.

Over 12,000 abortions were performed by the Jane Collective for about $25 each, though no one who couldn’t afford it was turned away. Not a single patient of the Jane Collective died.

Abortion is a safe procedure in the hands of a trained professional in a sterile environment. Aspiration abortion is a straightforward, simple procedure that takes less than 15 minutes, and does not need to be restricted to physicians. Expand access to early abortion and you reduce the need for later abortions.

Jul 9 '13
"…[L]et me remind you that abortion didn’t start with Roe v. Wade; safe abortion started with Roe v. Wade. Women have always had abortions, and Texas women will still need access to abortion if you pass this bill. The issue at hand here is what kind of abortions are we willing to let Texas women have? This bill is specifically crafted to reduce women’s access to abortion in Texas, plain and simple. It does nothing to prevent abortions or prevent unplanned pregnancy. It does nothing to change the need for abortion among Texas women. If these restrictions pass, thousands of women will be without proper care.."

‘What Kind of Abortions Are We Willing to Let Texas Women Have?’: An Expert’s Testimony Against SB 1

(via rhrealitycheck)

Jul 3 '13
femocracy:

nohelp:

“It’s tempting for those of us on the coasts to write off the wildly restrictive laws proposed in Texas as a red state issue. But the sad truth is that laws chipping away at the right to safe legal abortion have passed in 49 states since Roe v. Wade. Oregon is now the sole state whose rules around abortion have remained intact over the past 40 years.”

And in New York this legislative session (you know, that state that’s second only to “Taxachusetts” on the liberal scale, allegedly), the Women Equality Act failed because some senators didn’t like strengthening abortion protections. Seriously. 

femocracy:

nohelp:

It’s tempting for those of us on the coasts to write off the wildly restrictive laws proposed in Texas as a red state issue. But the sad truth is that laws chipping away at the right to safe legal abortion have passed in 49 states since Roe v. Wade. Oregon is now the sole state whose rules around abortion have remained intact over the past 40 years.”

And in New York this legislative session (you know, that state that’s second only to “Taxachusetts” on the liberal scale, allegedly), the Women Equality Act failed because some senators didn’t like strengthening abortion protections. Seriously. 

Mar 22 '13
Mar 12 '13
Sep 9 '12
keepyourbsoutofmyuterus:

Seriously, people who live in US and can vote - WHO ARE YOU GOING TO VOTE FOR? 
If there is one thing that the president can really do to affect the nation in the future, it is appoint justices to the Supreme Court. In that regard, I cannot fault Obama in any way. He has been perfect when it comes to SCOTUS appointments. 
I shudder - SHUDDER - to think what Mitt Romney would do with that power. 

There are currently 5 justices appointed by conservative presidents, and 4 appointed by liberal presidents. Four justices are in their 70’s. Stephen Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, appointed by Bill Clinton, are 74 and 79, respectively. It’s entirely possible that both could retire within the next four years, leaving their seats open. Which president do you want making the nominations?

keepyourbsoutofmyuterus:

Seriously, people who live in US and can vote - WHO ARE YOU GOING TO VOTE FOR? 

If there is one thing that the president can really do to affect the nation in the future, it is appoint justices to the Supreme Court. In that regard, I cannot fault Obama in any way. He has been perfect when it comes to SCOTUS appointments. 

I shudder - SHUDDER - to think what Mitt Romney would do with that power. 

There are currently 5 justices appointed by conservative presidents, and 4 appointed by liberal presidents. Four justices are in their 70’s. Stephen Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, appointed by Bill Clinton, are 74 and 79, respectively. It’s entirely possible that both could retire within the next four years, leaving their seats open. Which president do you want making the nominations?

Jun 12 '12
Jun 5 '12

fuckyeahabortions:

militarymom:

[Picture is of a young woman, overlaid with text explaining that she died in 2007 due to complications for an abortion.]

I met Laura’s mom at a Stand for Life event at UCF. She gave me this pic, and asked me to show it to people and spread her story. Safe abortions are NOT safe!

I’m very sorry to hear of the loss of Laura’s life, and the loss that her mother is experiencing.

The existence of women who die from safe abortions is not evidence that abortions are unsafe, similar to how the existence of people who die in airplane accidents is not evidence that air travel is unsafe.

Safe abortions are safer than childbirth.

At roughly 1 death per 150,000 abortions, that’s less than your chances of dying in a car crash if you drive from New York to Chicago.  It’s close to your chance of being struck by lightning over the course of 5 years.

Remember, that’s the chance of death for abortion at all gestational ages… those deaths are mostly going to be later-term abortion, in patients with comorbidities like diabetes or clotting disorders.

We will see a lot more stories like this one if we ever outlaw abortion. Laura’s family could get justice because Laura didn’t have to keep her abortion and doctor secret for fear of legal repercussions. There are standards set in place by the state Boards of Medicine that doctors must adhere to - Osathanondh didn’t, and neither did the butchers who killed and maimed scores of people before Roe v. Wade. The majority of physicians who perform abortions, however, do. Fewer than 0.3% of patients experience complications leading to hospitalization, and the chance of death in the first 8 weeks is literally one in a million.