Who Has Abortions?

A safe, sane advertisement from the Guttmacher Institute that tells you the straight facts.



…and I feel like cursing up a storm! But I won’t (on here).

This anti-choice business has gone too far and it is time to gather in the masses to show that we’re not taking it. In addition to being a bad ass and attending the rally this upcoming Saturday, be sure to sign the petition against the plan to defund Planned Parenthood (posted below by the lovely Jordan)!

Stand Up For Women’s Health!
Saturday, February 26th
Foley Square, Across from the Court House in Lower Manhattan
New York City 1-3pm

“Tackling” the focus on the family ad (hahahaha)

(Sorry about the title of this post).

I’ve made my opinion of this recent Superbowl’s commercials known, but I was initially pleasantly surprised by the anti-abortion ad aired by Focus on the Family campaign. I mean, not pleasant like a bubble bath, pleasant like when you think someone is going to run you over with a car but then all they actually do is honk at you. What? Anyway. As some of my Well Women colleagues pointed out, there’s a more insidious element to its rational and nonaggressive message, because it might make pro-choice media look rabid or radical in comparison. But either way, I like a lil moderation with my political messages and I was impressed. But this article from Slate magazine changed my mind. It’s worth a read, but in summary: they make a big deal out of how brave Pam Tebow was to not get an abortion and then aw wow she carried such a successful little football baby to term. What isn’t addressed in the ad was that any doctor would have rightfully recommended an abortion in her case: not only is the chance of fetal death around fifty percent in cases of placental abruption, but the death of the mother is possible as well (about 6% of maternal deaths result from placental abruption). Anyway, give it a read! Makes a good point.

My uterus is impeding universal healthcare.

A few weeks ago our president, formerly the darling of liberals everywhere, triumphantly announced to Congress that his healthcare plan would in no way allow for federal funding to go toward abortions. Much to my feminist dismay, his words were met by raucous applause by our elected officials. Well that’s just GREAT, I thought. Let’s deny funds for something people (yes women are people, hard to believe, I know) actually need money for. I was annoyed, to say the least, but small teeny part of me was like, Hey Barack doesn’t wanna rock the boat, that’s cool. Stupid, think I because abortion is healthcare, but I guess compromise is trendy these days. But this morning, I read this crap in the New York Times. Continue Reading

Stand Up! Fight Back!

The New York Coalition for Abortion Clinic Defense (NYCACD) will be standing up for women’s rights at Dr. Emily’s Women’s Health Center on Saturday, September 26th, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm in the Bronx.  Anti-choice demonstrators are planning a huge 40 day vigil outside Dr. Emily’s clinic, so please lend your support to the women who will be confronted with these ass-backward bigots.  Help escort women safely to and from the clinic and/or participate in a pro-choice rally. The abortion war is far from over, and we must continue to fight against those who seek to eliminate women’s fundamental right to control their own bodies. Dr. Emily’s clinic is located at 560 Southern Blvd in the Bronx. Take the 6 train to 149th Street. For more information and to RSVP email nycacd@gmail.com.

13 and 15 year old couple have a baby

The Sun broke the news today that Alfie Patten, 13, and Chantelle Steadman, 15, gave birth to a baby girl:

Baby-faced Alfie, who is 13 but looks more like eight, became a father four days ago when his girlfriend Chantelle Steadman gave birth to 7lb 3oz Maisie Roxanne.

He told how he and Chantelle, 15, decided against an abortion after discovering she was pregnant.

The shy lad, whose voice has not yet broken, said: “I thought it would be good to have a baby.

“I didn’t think about how we would afford it. I don’t really get pocket money. My dad sometimes gives me £10.”

I don’t even know where to begin with this. On one level, this is clearly about choice (to not have an abortion); but on another, it’s also about teen pregnancy education. Patten and Steadman are currently taking steps to becoming responsible parents, but what could the UK have done to improve safer sex education? Also, is it just me, or is the fact that a boy who just hit puberty is having a child extremely disconcerting? Read more (look at the picture of Patten, who looks like a child himself) and discuss!

Risky Abortion Alternatives

Surgical abortions are not an option for all women. 
Fear of deportation, mistrust of the health care system, shame, lack of health insurance, cost of abortion, fear of surgery, not knowing about free clinics, and protesters at abortion clinics are driving Latina women, especially Dominican women, to use risky alternatives to induce abortions. In a traditional community that shuns abortions and the women that go through them, Dominican women are finding a solution in misoprostol, a medication used to prevent gastric ulcers. Other ways in which women are inducing their own abortions are: “mixing malted beverages with aspirin, salt or nutmeg; throwing themselves down stairs or having people punch them in the stomach; and drinking teas of avocado leaf, pine wood, oak bark and mamon fruit peel.”
Many women feel that these “natural remedies” for unwanted pregnancies give them privacy and relieve guilt and shame because the self-induced abortion seems more natural, more like a miscarriage. 
Read the NYT article: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/05/nyregion/05abortion.html?ref=nyregion