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(TRIGGER WARNING: Rape, Suicide, Violence) Suicidal Rape Victim Denied Abortion at 8 Weeks, Forced to Have Caesarian Birth at 25 Weeks

A young woman forced to give birth by caesarean section after being denied an abortion in Ireland became pregnant after she was raped, a friend has said.

The woman, who cannot be named, was refused an abortion when she demanded a termination at eight weeks, saying she was suicidal.

The case is the first proper test of Ireland’s 2013 Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act, which allows for abortions in Irish hospitals in limited circumstances.

Those include the woman’s life being in danger if the pregnancy went to full term and where she is suicidal in such instances as rape and incest…

A friend of the woman told the Irish Times the woman, an immigrant, became pregnant after being raped in her own country. She discovered she was pregnant a few weeks after arriving in Ireland this year and told her friends: “I do not want this. I am too young to be a mother. I am not ready.”

Her friend said the woman was not given information on how to obtain an abortion, and as the pregnancy continued she became increasingly distressed.

The friend said the woman was advised to go to a local doctor, which she did in mid-July. The GP gave her a letter for a hospital, the friend said, and she was admitted. She was told in hospital on 22 July that an abortion was not possible as the pregnancy was too far advanced.

Her friend confirmed that the woman had first asked for a termination when she was eight weeks pregnant.

After the woman threatened to go on hunger strike to protest against the decision, local health authorities obtained a court order to deliver the baby prematurely – at about 25 weeks, according to some reports – to ensure its safety. The infant has been placed in care.

"After the woman threatened to go on hunger strike to protest against the decision, local health authorities obtained a court order to deliver the baby prematurely – at about 25 weeks, according to some reports – to ensure its safety. The infant has been placed in care.”

"deliver the baby prematurely – at about 25 weeks, according to some reports – to ensure its safety.”

to ensure its safety

and nobody considers the safety of the woman, the one who was actually conscious and hurt and in danger

(ignoring the fact ripping a fetus from the womb this prematurely is far from ensuring its fucking safety)

ppaction:

1. Restricting access to safe and legal abortion doesn’t make abortion go away, or make women safer. It puts women in danger.
2. We’re not done fighting for Iowa women.

ppaction:

1. Restricting access to safe and legal abortion doesn’t make abortion go away, or make women safer. It puts women in danger.

2. We’re not done fighting for Iowa women.

sorayachemaly:

NOT A JOKE: Photos from Personhood for Women

Also, check out National Advocates for Pregnant Women, org that stands up for the rights of women (often the ones with the least means) who have no way of  debunks bad science and challenges religious lunatics in courts. 

ppaction:

A federal judge just blocked a medically unnecessary “Texas-style” law in Alabama that would have severely restricted access to safe, legal abortion by forcing all but 2 health centers to stop providing abortions. 

Laws like these place onerous restrictions on doctors and health centers, are politically motivated, and do nothing to advance patients’ health — instead, they put women in danger.

Remember, a lot of these health centers do more than provide abortions - they provide reproductive and sexual healthcare, including pregnancy and childbirth care, to people in areas that would otherwise have no access to affordable care. These laws that shut down these small time clinics put people in danger because it forces them not just to go to extreme lengths to get an abortion but also to go to extreme lengths to get healthcare in general.

Massachusetts To SCOTUS - In Your Face

stfuprolifers:

FUCK YES, MASSACHUSETTS.

With all due respect to the Justices, they have erred in invalidating the buffer zone as an impermissible regulation of speech. Protesters always have had ample opportunities to express their opinions directly to patients and staff. And the Court also distorted reality when it focused on supposed “caring” conversations from protesters.

In Massachusetts, before the buffer zone law was enacted, patients and staff were often subjected to intense and aggressive harassment. Planned Parenthood in particular was routinely singled out by protesters who went beyond expressing themselves through conversation. They disrupted the operation of health centers by chaining themselves to medical equipment. They stood shoulder-to-shoulder in the doorway of our healthcare centers, blocking access for our patients and staff. They screamed directly into the ears of patients, jarring them at a sensitive moment — when they were en route to a private medical appointment.

This volatile, unsafe environment in Massachusetts paved the way for tragedy. In 1994, a man barged into the Planned Parenthood health center in Brookline and opened fire, murdering one staff member and injuring three others. He then went to another nearby health center, murdering another staff member and wounding two others.

When the law was enacted, it was instantly clear that it worked. The atmosphere outside Planned Parenthood health centers became transformed to one of peaceful coexistence. Speech was never prevented outside healthcare centers. The only restriction protesters faced was to stand 35 feet away from the entrance of a healthcare center. Thirty-five feet is roughly the length of a school bus. When someone screams “Murderer!” from a distance of 35 feet, you hear the message loud and clear.

Cecile Richards, Supreme Court Doesn’t Understand What It’s Like to Be a Woman in This Country

rcsolstice:

choctawaukerman:

Today the US Supreme Court struck down a Massachusetts bill that gave abortion/family planning clinics as 35 foot protection zone in which protestors could not harass clinic patients, opening patients to the possibility of harassment, verbal and physical attacks, and even death threats as they attempt to enter a clinic.

This is ridiculous. 

It is absolutely unconscionable that female Peace Corps volunteers who are victims of sexual assault, or whose pregnancies endanger their lives, are not afforded the same health care access as virtually all other women with federal health coverage.

Representative Nita Lowey (D-NY)

The New York Times agrees: Women in the Peace Corps shouldn’t be treated worse than other federal employees when it comes to health coverage.

(via ppaction)

thebicker:

rhrealitycheck:

"It seems grotesque that a woman’s lifeless body can be commandeered by a state and used as a petri dish in which to grow a baby. But that’s exactly what happened to Munoz, and that is what is going to happen to women in Louisiana should Gov. Bobby Jindal sign HB 1274 into law." 
Read more of Vague Louisiana Bill Would Force Brain-Dead Pregnant Women to Serve as Incubators.  

Sometimes I get the really dark feeling that if the pro-life movement could find a way to forcibly impregnate women in comas and have them carry to term so they could ~adopt the precious baby~ they would.

Jesus christ I almost fucking fainted (no seriously my chest got hot and I went blind for a second) this is how fucking horrific this is THIS IS WHAT THE PRO-LIFE MOVEMENT IS ALL ABOUT IT IS NOT ABOUT ~SAVING BABIES~ IT’S ABOUT REDUCING WOMEN TO THEIR “PROPER ROLES”

thebicker:

rhrealitycheck:

"It seems grotesque that a woman’s lifeless body can be commandeered by a state and used as a petri dish in which to grow a baby. But that’s exactly what happened to Munoz, and that is what is going to happen to women in Louisiana should Gov. Bobby Jindal sign HB 1274 into law." 

Read more of Vague Louisiana Bill Would Force Brain-Dead Pregnant Women to Serve as Incubators 

Sometimes I get the really dark feeling that if the pro-life movement could find a way to forcibly impregnate women in comas and have them carry to term so they could ~adopt the precious baby~ they would.

Jesus christ I almost fucking fainted (no seriously my chest got hot and I went blind for a second) this is how fucking horrific this is THIS IS WHAT THE PRO-LIFE MOVEMENT IS ALL ABOUT IT IS NOT ABOUT ~SAVING BABIES~ IT’S ABOUT REDUCING WOMEN TO THEIR “PROPER ROLES”

Republican legislators and Gov. John Kasich added language to the state budget last year requiring ambulatory surgical centers, such as abortion clinics, to have emergency-care agreements in place with local hospitals if problems arise that the clinic isn’t equipped to handle. The law also prohibits public hospitals from entering into such an agreement.

Ohio passed a law that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at local hospitals, AND requires local public hospitals to not give them admitting privileges.