A law that would have shut down three out of five abortion clinics in the state of Alabama has just been temporarily struck down by a judge using the most immaculate analogy of all reproductive time. U.S. District Judge Myron Thomson ruled that the Alabama legislation, passed in 2013, imposed the unnecessary restriction of having admission privileges to hospitals and therefore posed an “undue burden” on women to get the, let us reiterate, legal, procedure in the state.
Since the proposed law threatens to close down all clinics except for those in Huntsville and Tuscaloosa, the judge suggested that the same law applied to guns would face gross opposition.
According to Al.com, he proposed a scenario in which gun regulations would force the state to close down all but two stores who sell guns, forcing residents of the state to only buy guns at these two stores.
that’s it that’s the whole argument.
That’s literally the best way i’ve ever seen to describe it.
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.
GOP rape crisis hotline.
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.
“The Way It Was”: Abortion in the US before Roe v. Wade.