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Michigan lawmakers passed a controversial measure on Wednesday that will ban all insurance plans in the state from covering abortion unless the woman’s life is in danger. The law, which takes effect in March, will force women and employers to purchase a separate abortion rider if they would like the procedure covered, even in cases of rape and incest.
Good job, Michigan.
Ladies — be sure to add this to your checklist of things to do when preparing for your rape. Because everyone always gets to prepare for such things, right?
I can’t stop laughing at the comments on the satirical petition that photo links to (http://bit.ly/ban-floaties) — most get that this is tongue-in-cheek, but the rest… wow.
From The Last Word:
While states across America push to restrict women’s reproductive rights, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is trying to move his state the other direction. Cuomo is reportedly putting the finishing touches on a new Reproductive Health Act, which would ensure a woman’s right to a late-term abortion if her health is at risk or the fetus is non-viable.
(Photo credit: Hans Pennink/Reuters)
Considering how many stories we read daily about women’s medical treatment being restricted, or state governments forcing women into unnecessary and difficult procedures (not to mention treating them like children who can’t be trusted to make their own medical decisions) — this makes me breathe a little easier about living in NY.
TRIGGER WARNING: discussion of the termination of a wanted pregnancy
The doctor and nurse were professional and kind, and it was clear that they understood our sorrow. They too apologized for what they had to do next. For the third time that day, I exposed my stomach to an ultrasound machine, and we saw images of our sick child forming in blurred outlines on the screen.
“I’m so sorry that I have to do this,” the doctor told us, “but if I don’t, I can lose my license.” Before he could even start to describe our baby, I began to sob until I could barely breathe. Somewhere, a nurse cranked up the volume on a radio, allowing the inane pronouncements of a DJ to dull the doctor’s voice. Still, despite the noise, I heard him. His unwelcome words echoed off sterile walls while I, trapped on a bed, my feet in stirrups, twisted away from his voice.
“Here I see a well-developed diaphragm and here I see four healthy chambers of the heart…”
I closed my eyes and waited for it to end, as one waits for the car to stop rolling at the end of a terrible accident.
If you can read this entire post and still think that mandatory ultrasounds serve a purpose…you are an asshole.
This story is extremely difficult to read.
There is an argument in the comments about how informing women of their options is a good thing. But the problem is that the sonogram is not adding any extra information. The woman who wrote this clearly describes a pamphlet she was given detailing the same things about her fetus that the sonogram would if her fetus hadn’t been sick. The sonogram is an extraneous process that people are being forced to go through and it adds no benefit to anything for anyone. Forcing a doctor to give you an ultrasound and fully describe what they see adds no benefit.
For the people who want abortions, an unnecessary ultrasound and description, a mandatory wait period, or even the legality of abortion will not stop them from getting one.
This is just so frustrating because the overwhelming majority of people who are enacting these laws will never be subjected to having to insert a transvaginal ultrasound wand into their vagina while a tech watches, they will never have to listen to a doctor describe the condition of their dying fetus, and they will never have to make this decision yet they have absolutely NO fucking problem forcing other people to go through this; they have absolutely NO idea what they are requiring people to go through and trauma it IS causing.
"He [Rick Santorum] is a staunch opponent of abortion, even in the case of rape. Even in the case of rape, telling CNN recently that a woman, in that case, should, and I quote, ‘make the best out of a bad situation, and accept the gift from God.’ Wow. I think women should say the same thing to Santorum, Andy, after from now until the end of his weaselly life, they see him in the street and kick him in the fucking balls. ‘Please accept this gift from God, Rick, this pointed-shoed gift to your plums. Why are you rolling around on the ground crying, Rick? Please make the best out of this bad situation. In fact, rejoice, because I believe another lady is coming over to gift you with another high-velocity nut shot. Praise be, Rick! God is graciously raining gifts into your groinal area, you fucking douche.’"
After a date rape (by a "poet") during a trip to Paris in 1967 when she was 23, she found herself pregnant. She tried the usual "remedies" -- scalding hot baths, violent jumping, having someone walk on her belly. When she got home to Minnesota, she was two months along. A doctor friend there said he couldn't help her himself, but sent her to a local prostitute who did abortions.
[An image shows a message from Facebook letting a user know that they removed the content shown below. The content is a list of instructions on how to induce an abortion before 9 weeks of pregnancy.
“Do you need a safe abortion? (till 9 weeks of pregnancy)
Go to the pharmacy, buy 12 tablets of Misoprostol.
(say its for your grandmother with arthritis)
(or go to www.womenonweb.org)
1 - Put 4 tablets under your tongue
2 - After 3 hours put another 4 tablets under your tongue
3 - After 3 more hours, put another 4 tablets under your tongue for a third time.
Within 4 hours you can get cramps, nausea, chills, diarrhea, bleeding. If you soak more than 2 maxi sanitary pads per hour for more than 2 hours; if you have a fever or severe pain you have to go to the doctor (you can say you had a miscarriage). After 3 weeks do a pregnancy test.
More info: www.womenonwaves.org”]
via Jessica Valenti’s Facebook page (
I asked for permission to post this to Tumblr and have yet to see a response, so well, I think it’s important so I’m just gonna do it anywayEdit: got the ok to post it today!).
These instructions (from Women on Waves, a fantastic organization that helps people capable of becoming pregnant in countries in which abortion is illegal) on how to induce an abortion at home before 9 weeks of pregnancy were removed from Facebook. Apparently, rape is totally cool with Facebook, but helping people makes choices about their bodies? Nope. Not ok.
Anyway, the instructions are great, although a friend of mine added that you might want to wait 4 weeks to take a pregnancy test, otherwise you might get a false positive. Please spread this around so that people in countries in which abortion is illegal can access this information!