Monday, January 30, 2006

Terribly terribly tired of the abortion debate (part 2)

When Alito is confirmed over in the US, resulting in the overturning of Roe Vs Wade (the case precedent integral to allowing women access to safe and private choice), abortion won’t end. Rather you’ll see more incidence of this:

“Most commonly, they ingest a whole bottle of quinine pills, with castor oil…we try to get them to the ER before their cardiac rhythm is interrupted…Sometimes they douche with very caustic products like bleach. We had a patient, a teen, who burned herself so badly with bleach that we couldn’t even examine her, her vaginal tissue was so painful….”

“Our local hospital tells me they see 12-20 patients per year, who have already self-induced or had illegal abortions. Some make it, some don’t. They are underage or poor women mostly, and a few daughters of pro-life families…”

And, we all need to realize that at the heart of this debate is not a bunch of halo-sporting moral purists, but rather a radical group that fears sexual freedom in women. Just look at Ann Coulter’s vomit worthy take on the topic:

“According to Dianne Feinstein, Roe vs. Wade is critically important because "women all over America have come to depend on it." At its most majestic, this precious right that women "have come to depend on" is the right to have sex with men they don't want to have children with.”

Believe me, the US today – Australia, Canada and the UK tomorrow; we’re all in this fight together.

[Quotes from the article Reproductive Regression, by Carole Joffe, obtained via Amanda Marcotte at Pandagon]

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