Missouri lawmakers have decided that women are not capable of making their own medical decisions without politician’s interference, so they’re pushing legislation that would extend the state’s 24-hour waiting period before a woman can get a safe and legal abortion to 72 hours.
This bill is designed to demean and shame a woman in an effort to try to change her mind. And for some women, it could pose a senseless health risk by forcing abortions later in pregnancy. But the real kicker? That mandatory 72-hour period doesn’t count weekends, so some women will actually have to wait five (or more!) days before they can get the care they need. So here’s to Missouri—because the banks might be open on weekends, but according to politicians, women’s brains apparently aren’t.
In fact, the new DHH regulations could decrease patient safety, putting patients at a higher risk of complications. As pregnancy advances, procedures become more involved and more costly, said Ellie Schilling. And because Louisiana already bans abortion after 20 weeks, a patient who seeks a legal abortion at 16 weeks could be forced either to seek an illegal abortion or to forego the procedure altogether after waiting 30 days for a blood test.
Louisiana is attempting to shut down all abortion clinics in the state
No doctors were consulted about the new regulations, nor were abortion providers notified about the new rules. Even general hospitals don’t have regulations like this.
Folks in Louisiana, please get to Baton Rouge for a hearing on Wednesday morning, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your comments, or submit your opposition (must be received by Jan. 30) to:
J. Ruth Kennedy
Bureau of Health Services Financing
PO Box 91030
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-0930
I wasn’t considering abortion. I wasn’t considering adoption, or parenting, or childcare. I wasn’t even pregnant, and I definitely wasn’t scared — at least not at first.
The woman stopped between questions to comment on my answers and lie. “Oh, you’ve taken birth control. Let me tell you how that causes cancer and is the same a medication abortion.” I was told abortion would scar me for the rest of my life — would damage all of my future relationships and leave me “haunted.” I was told the pill could cause breast cancer, that condoms are “naturally porous” and don’t protect against STIs, and that IUDs could kill me. She lectured and lied to me for over an hour before I even received the results of my pregnancy test.
Also interspersed in the deception were subtle judgments of my life decisions. “So you do have some scruples about you,” she said at one point, referring to my low number of sexual partners. One of the most disturbing comments came when I was pressed about the sexual experience leading to my visit, the reason I supposedly needed a pregnancy test in the first place. I told her an all too common story of acquaintance rape. I had been at a party, I said, severely intoxicated and unable to consent, “I didn’t remember anything… I just wished it hadn’t happened.” Her response made it clear that the situation was my fault, “Oh so he took advantage of you. Well just don’t do it again sweetie; just don’t do it again.” It made me sick.
It only got worse after a positive pregnancy test.
Please read this. This is so important. Even though I know most of these facts, seeing it on paper being told by a pro-choice person, it’s a 100x more scary and real.
This is super, super important guys. Crisis pregnancy centers WILL NOT HELP YOU. They will give you poor information, harass you, and try to manipulate you out of making the choice to have an abortion if you wanted or needed one. They’ll trick you into thinking they aren’t one of these places, and by the time you figure it out you’ll be in the doctor’s office.
Please be careful and do not go to these places. Go somewhere unbiased, go to Planned Parenthood if one is near you. -C
Women who use birth control do not have an “overactive libido.” We are not looking for a handout from “Uncle Sugar” to score a contraceptive fix. We are not sluts. This is not the reality for women — it never has been and never will be.
Sandra Fluke has a memo for former Governor Mike Huckabee and the politicians trying to take away women’s access to affordable birth control: It’s not about libido. It’s basic preventive health care. (via ppaction)
That being said, even if a woman is taking birth control just because she’s sexually active, what fucking business is that of a politician or her boss? That’s her personal, private life. Conservatives are supposed to be against political intervention into those. I guess it doesn’t count if it’s women!
The money spent on the March for Life alone could pay for prenatal care for around 6,600 women, or prenatal vitamins for nearly 250,000.
» Since all the #MarchforLife stuff is going on, here’s a little dose of cited reality for you all
Here’s the link to my old abortion references mega-post.
Some more factoids:
Remember, abortion rates remain the same whether it’s legal or not.
Seriously though, banning it doesn’t stop it from happening.
Pro-lifers get abortions too, though they cleverly justify them.
Abortion existed before Roe v. Wade. In fact, it’s existed since the premodern world.
Mother Jones wrote a great piece about what life was like before Roe v. Wade. (Spoiler alert: Harrowing.)
When someone can’t access a legal abortion, they’ll find another way to have one.
The pro-life protesters who stand outside of clinics frighten women into finding a non-public alternative. Patients of Kermit Gosnell (who performed illegal abortions and killed several patients and infants) said they saw him because they were afraid of the protesters at Planned Parenthood.
The Bible actually goes back and forth a lot about the whole abortion thing.
Public funding for places like Planned Parenthood prevent about 800,000 abortions every year.
It’s no secret that the attacks on women’s health have dramatically increased over the past few years, but that doesn’t make seeing the lineup any less breathtaking.
But there’s a solution: The Women’s Health Protection Act will stop these outrageous laws that are undermining women’s health and rights in state after state. In today’s political climate, Roe isn’t enough—and we’re not done fighting for women’s health and rights. Tell Congress to support the Women’s Health Protection Act now.
ICYMI: A federal court last week struck down North Carolina’s invasive narrated ultrasound law, calling the law an “impermissible attempt” to coerce women against exercising their constitutional right to a safe and legal abortion.
This decision marks a major victory for women’s health, and sends a clear messages to lawmakers across the country: it is unconstitutional for politicians to interfere in a woman’s personal medical decisions.