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The Missouri legislature is pushing through yet another extreme, dangerous, completely non-medical bill to cut off women’s access to safe and legal abortion—and shame and hurt women who seek it out. Let’s be clear: This is about politics, not about women’s health.
HB 1613 is an extreme bill that forces women to endure a mandatory ultrasound and receive inaccurate medical information, as well as triples the state’s mandatory waiting period, senselessly forcing abortions later in pregnancy and putting women’s health at risk. It’s political intusion at its worst—and in the courts, bills like this one are a losing game.
A 10-year-old Sengalese girl who was raped and is carrying twins has been denied an abortion. The young girl was raped by a neighbor, reports The Guardian. “She is going to have to go through with the pregnancy,” said Fatou Kine Camara, president of the Senegalese women lawyers’ association, which has been campaigning to the authorities for her to have a legal abortion.
This breaks my heart and makes me angrier than I knew I could get…
If you honestly believe that she should be forced to carry to term, please explain why. Message me, I’m serious. Explain to me how in the world you can justify a 5th grader being forced to carry a pregnancy (let alone a twin pregnancy!) to term and give birth, when she’s already gone through the horrific trauma of rape
Im curious, what does the little girl want?.
Does she want her babies or is she being coerced into thinking she wants an abortion?.
She’s 10. She can’t safely carry twins to term without major damage to her body and psyche.
Important sentences from the full article:
"In a previous case, a nine-year-old was forced to have a baby after being raped."
“Senegal, in west Africa, has one of the toughest abortion laws on the continent. Woman found guilty of having abortion face 10 years in jail, reports The Guardian.”
"Hundreds of Senegalese women die each year from botched terminations."
None of the articles on this subject mention what happened to the rapist. According to the only source I could find on rape laws on Senegal, a rape conviction “can result in 5-10 years in prison.” So most rapists serve less time than the victim who had an abortion.
"coerced into thinking she wants an abortion"
Fuck you. Fuck you so much. Fuck you straight to hell and back with a splintering broom stick. I fucking despise you. I fucking despise you so much I would set you on fire if I knew who you were. You are disgusting in so many fucking ways.
Misogynists don’t care. Misogynists really don’t fucking care at all, do they? No, all that matters is women must have babies. Even if they are fucking TEN YEARS OLD AND RAPED.
In the early 90s in Washington DC, Angela Carder became critically sick with cancer. She was also twenty-five weeks pregnant. The hospital sought a court order forcing 25-year-old Carder to undergo a C-section, in the hope the fetus could be saved; despite medical testimony that the surgery could kill her, the court privileged the fetus’ rights over Carder’s own life. Carder’s fetus, too underdeveloped to be viable, died within two hours. Carder died within two-days - the C-section was cited as a contributing factor in her death.
A friendly reminder that the War on Women is nothing new. It’s so cute how Republicans keep sputtering “b-b-but we fought for the Civil Rights Act! Democrats are the real bad guys!” and conveniently forget everything that has happened in their party since 1964.
Mississippi has one of the worst records for maternal and infant health in the U.S., as well as some of the highest rates of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease, and among some of the most restrictive policies on abortion…
"It is tremendously, tremendously frightening, this case…There’s real fear for young women whose babies are dying early who [lack the resources to] defend themselves and their actions."
Rennie Gibbs’ daughter was stillborn with the cord wrapped around her neck, but when autopsy results turned up traces of a cocaine byproduct in her baby’s blood, Gibbs was indicted for “depraved heart murder,” with a maximum sentence of life in prison.
It should come as no surprise that Gibbs is a young, low-income black woman, a member of a demographic disproportionately targeted by the legal system in cases like this and others, and more vulnerable to stillbirths.
A committee for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists determined that “pregnant women who fear the legal system avoid or emotionally disengage from prenatal care - the very thing that might help assure they give birth to health babies. Drug enforcement policies that deter women from seeking prenatal care are contrary to the welfare of the mother and fetus.”
Until we stop pretending punishment and stigma is an effective deterrent, and work to address the underlying issues in maternal health, women will continue to be targeted for addiction, mental illness, and self-determination.
This is disgusting. It’s part of a trend - the idea that once a person is pregnant, their body belongs to society, and thus they are answerable to society for the outcome of their pregnancy.
It’s disgusting. And sexist, and racist, and classist, and ableist, to name a few.
And hasn’t it been proven for many drugs that taking them has little to no effect on pregnancy outcome or the health of the eventual child? I recall studies about “crack babies” showing that they advanced in development just as well as regular babies. Psychiatric drugs are more dangerous for your pregnancy than many street drugs, so say studies (though this is mostly due to the fact we can’t really even fucking study the effect of street drugs on pregnancies because of the war on drugs). This is all based on ASSUMPTIONS because DRUGS R BAD. No, no, it couldn’t be because pregnancy complications are more common in teenagers. No, no, it couldn’t be because she was too poor for proper prenatal care. HAD to be drugs stopping its heart, despite the fucking evidence of a cord wrapped around its god damned neck.
Just be aware that Paul Ryan is trying to pass a bill that allows rapists to sue their rape victims if they get an abortion in a state that allows it. If this isn’t the most awful thing I’ll hear for the rest of the week, I don’t know what is.
TW: Rape and incest, forced pregnancy
This Tuesday, the Colorado House Judiciary Committee will hear a bill that will ban all abortion and emergency contraception in Colorado, and make it a felony for a physician to perform an abortion.
Representative Humphrey’s bill (House Bill 1133) will deny survivors of rape or incest access to emergency contraception, and force them to give birth to their attacker’s child should they become pregnant as a result of these violent acts.
Forcing people to bear children that result from rape and incest goes too far, but Representative Humphrey doesn’t think it goes far enough. He wants to make sure any physician in Colorado who performs an abortion can be sentenced to 12 years in prison and a $750,000 fine.
We’ve seen attacks on reproductive health become law in states across the country over the past year, but don’t want them here in Colorado. This bill is an attempt to insert politicians into Coloradans personal, private health care decisions.
TELL THE STATE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE TO VOTE NO ON HOUSE BILL 1133
On March 25, lawyers of for-profit corporations will argue at the Supreme Court that employers should be able to deny workers access to birth control. I just put my name on a giant banner that will be displayed at the Court to show the Justices where I stand. Add yours!