Life Links 3/6/14
A woman seeking to replace racist Alabama State Rep. Alvin Holmes responded to his comments in which he said white would encourage abortion if their daughters were impregnated by a black man.
"He said that being pro life was for white people, that's not true. Pro life is loving babies whether they're inside the womb or outside of the womb. Whether you're black or white - it doesn't have a color," said Tijuanna Adetunji.
An accidental break room fire at Martin Haskell?s Indianapolis abortion clinic caused $30,000 worth of damage. While all patients had left, five clinics staffers were there at the time.
The University of Georgia paper, the Red and the Black, has a number of pictures showing pro-choice students attempting to cover up a recent prolife display which includes images of abortion victims. One pro-choice student?s sign indicates she thinks legal abortion ended women dying from unsafe abortions.
Whole Woman?s Health is closing 2 clinics in Texas.
Whole Woman?s Health in Beaumont and McAllen will close after providing abortions in the areas for a decade. Amy Hagstrom Miller, president of Whole Woman?s Health, which operated five abortion clinics before the law went into effect, said the provision requiring physicians to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic was proving the most problematic.
Miller said hospitals near her McAllen clinic refused to grant her physicians? applications for privileges. Some hospitals in the area require their privileged physicians to live nearby. Others require a current physician to co-sign applications for privileges, which many are unwilling to do for fear of being targeted or stigmatized.
In Beaumont, one 75-year-old physician secured privileges, but a second one could not, Miller said.
Life Links 3/5/14
A pro-choice legislator in Alabama is claiming prolife legislators wouldn?t be prolife if their daughters were impregnated by a black man.
But during the debate, Rep. Alvin Holmes, D-Montgomery, said that his Republican colleagues would support abortion if their daughters were impregnated by black men.
"Ninety-nine percent of the all of the white people in here are going to raise their hand that they are against abortion," he said. "On the other hand, 99 percent of the whites who are sitting in here now, if their daughter got pregnant by a black man, they are going to make their daughter have an abortion."
As horrible as these comments are, I?m guessing the national media will look the other way. Listen to the audio which makes Alvin Holmes sound even more awlful as assumes nearly every white person would be ashamed to have a bi-racial grandchild.
At the Huffington Post, a University of Michigan student (who is a former Planned Parenthood intern) has a rambling, poorly edited piece regarding access to abortion which has a number of gems.
In fact, I did not know anyone who was pro-life growing up except for the one house in my town that posted pro-life lawn signs....
Other laws were put in place to incite guilt and trickery like prohibiting doctors who work for a state-funded women's health service from referring patients elsewhere for an abortion.....
All of these circular mechanisms entrap women with financial and emotional burdens that actualize into limited freedom....
Planned Parenthood of Arizona is suing to prevent a state law regarding abortion drugs from taking effect.
The 2012 law now being implemented says any medication used to induce an abortion must be administered "in compliance with the protocol authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration,'' as outlined in the final labeling instructions for that drug.
In the case of RU-486, that means only through the seventh week of pregnancy. But Planned Parenthood advertises that it uses it into the ninth week.
More emphatically prolife with every pro-choice rhetorical ploy
Feministe has a truly remarkable post by Molly Westerman in which she argues her pro-choice position was solidified by her pregnancies with her born children. It?s remarkable not for it?s argument but for the lengths Westerman takes her rhetoric.
I have been so lucky to avoid unwanted pregnancies and to have unambiguously healthy planned ones. I have felt two beloved fetuses moving inside my body.Who would describe their own children growing inside them as fetuses? Apparently they're so beloved they can?t be called ?babies? or ?children? until they?ve emerged from the womb?
My only thought is someone who is either very creepy or someone has seen prolife people point out the absurdity of how the rhetoric of abortion advocates changes when discussing wanted pregnancies and is trying to avoid using terms she likely used while she was pregnant.
I had no idea, before experiencing it myself, how whole-body and huge and permanently-changing pregnancy and birth are. I also had a less-direct understanding of the process of fetal development and what all that means as a physical and emotional reality for the person whose body creates and sustains that other/same body. So were your unborn children part of your body or another body? She?s trying to make a point about how a pregnant woman body sustains the unborn?s body and the toll that can take but then realizes that in order to make her point, she would have to honestly describe how the unborn have separate bodies and then for some reason calls attention to her troubles by writing ?other/same.?
It?s just that I can?t wrap my heart around forcing anyone to stay pregnant, and I can?t wrap my head around the idea that a potential future person?s right to join the human community trumps an existing person?s right to bodily autonomy and self-determination.Not content with one word to indicate the unborn aren?t really persons, Westerman feels compelled to use both potential and future to describe the personhood of the unborn.
Life Links 2/27/14
Prolifers are suing over Madison?s abortion clinic buffer zone law.
The City Council approved the ordinance Tuesday. It creates a protective zone within 160 feet of health care facilities to allow patients and others to enter and exit without obstruction.
Under the ordinance, people on public way or sidewalks within that 160-foot radius may not approach, without consent, another person within 8 feet for the purpose of oral protest, education, counseling, passing leaflets or handbills, or displaying signs. Violations of the ordinance are punishable by fines ranging from $300 to $750.
A Kansas man has been charged with first degree murder after he allegedly crushed up an abortion pill and put it in a woman?s pancake, causing the death of an unborn child.
Scott R. Bollig, 30, is accused of intentionally killing the 8- to 10-week-old fetus by putting a crushed form of the medication on a pancake eaten by the woman, according to a criminal complaint filed in Trego County District Court and posted on the attorney general?s website.
The Daily Beast has a puff piece on Medical Students for Choice which bemoans the limited number of abortion training programs and how hard it is for medical students who want to learn how to kill unborn to get learning experiences.
Are prolife laws the problem?
In a RHRealityCheck article Tara Murtha attempts to use the case of a Pennsylvania mother who endangered her teenage daughter?s life by giving her abortion pills which were purchased online to argue that prolife laws are the problem.
While the Gosnell grand jury report indicated that the rogue provider was able to operate undetected as a result of lawmakers treating abortion as a political issue rather than a public health one, the response of the state legislature was to further politicize abortion.What? No. Murtha intentionally equivocates between how pro-choice individuals in the administrations (Departments of Health and State) of pro-choice governors Tom Ridge and Ed Rendell didn?t enforce rules and how prolife legislators passed laws to further regulate abortion clinics to make sure something like Gosnell doesn?t happen again. For Murtha to act like the Grand Jury report would somehow be against these new regulations (the Grand Jury report specifically calls for abortion clinics to be treated like ambulatory surgical facilities) is intentionally deceptive.
The Whalen case reveals we?re at a tipping point in Pennsylvania: The politicization of abortion ultimately means the criminalization of pregnancy.Unable to defend a mother who endangered her daughter?s life by buying abortion pills online, Murtha claims pregnancy (!) is going to somehow be criminalized as opposed to illegally giving abortion pills to your daughter. Yes, prolife laws which regulate abortion clinics are going to be used to round up all pregnant women. That's makes sense in bizzaro land.
Study after study shows that restricting access to safe, legal abortions by outlawing the procedure or, as is the preferred method in the United States, implementing geographic, logistical and financial barriers, doesn?t result in fewer unplanned pregnancies or abortions.Murtha?s ?study after study? actual links to one Huffington Post article and one Guttmacher Institute web page where "the studies" in question are really pro-choice researchers guessing how many abortions are performed in countries where abortion is illegal.
Unfortunately for Murtha, that has nothing to do with how prolife laws in the U.S. which restrict abortion affect unplanned pregnancies and abortions in the U.S. I wonder why Murtha didn't provide a study showing that prolife laws in the U.S. don?t result in fewer abortions since that?s the issue she?s talking about?
Neither strategy reduces the need for safe abortion. They both result in women seeking abortion through other, unregulated and often unsafe means. That is one of the main reasons pre-Roe pro-choice advocates argued for regulations.I wonder why she doesn?t provide any evidence for these assertions either. In Michigan, abortions are down by more than 50% in the last 25 years in part because of prolife legislation yet Murtha would have us believe that somehow these ten of thousands of women in Michigan are seeking illegal abortions and yet the hospitals aren?t filled with women suffering from complications for these illegal procedures. Please.
Abortion advocates like Murtha can't have it both ways. If prolife laws don't do anything to reduce abortion and only lead women into taking dangerous means to end pregnancies then why aren't our hospitals filled with women who've been injured by these dangerous methods? Either prolife laws reduce abortion and illegal abortions are quite rare or prolife laws lead to lots of illegal abortions which are quite safe.