Mid-Life Ramblings; Sanity Optional

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Women attacked by the Supreme Court today

In a ruling on what is referred to as the "partial birth abortion ban", the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the ridiculous law today.

Let's talk about what this law is all about...

First, there is NO SUCH THING AS A "PARTIAL BIRTH ABORTION". The procedure is called D&E and is simply a vaginal abortion. It has nothing to do with "late term abortions" as well. This is actually the safest abortion procedure available and therefore is the procedure most used. This now means that women choosing abortions will either have to have abdominal surgery or medically induced abortions; both of which are extremely dangerous to many women. BTW, there is NO provision for the health of the woman. The penalty for performing a D&E is a huge fine and/or jail time for the physician.

This law also allows the father of a fetus to civily sue the woman who chooses an abortion. And in the case of women under 17, the maternal grandparents of the fetus can also choose to sue. That's because we women are just property of our husbands and, if we're younger, our parents, right?

The vote was 5 - 4 in favor of upholding the law. The five justices who voted in favor are the five Catholics on the court - four of which belong to fundamentalist Catholic groups. Both Scallia and Thomas wrote in their decisions that abortion "has no place in the Constitution". Kennedy encouraged the states to further chip away at Roe v. Wade by looking for other "partial birth abortion" procedures to outlaw.

Here's what we can do...

This is a federal law that was passed in 2003 by the Bu$h-held Republican Congress. They CAN undo this law by rescinding it.

Call your Senators and Congresspersons today at 202-225-3121. Let them know you want them to rescind this law immediately. This is the only way to overturn the Supreme Court's bad decision.

Women, fight for your rights and the rights of your daughters and their daughters. Do not let Congress and the Supreme Court dictate to us about our bodies. Act now!


  • At 9:43 PM, Blogger Socon2 said…

    I don't get it. What about the baby's body? It exists, you know? You say you are so concerned about your daughters but you support a procedure that pulls them from your very wombs and crushes their skulls? Sorry, I just don't understand you.

  • At 4:04 AM, Blogger Tito said…

    So crushing the skull of a 'fetus' is called what again?

    Peope raised with morals call it murder.

    What do you call it again?

    Ahhh, 'choice'.

    Moral Relativism revealed for its hypocrisy.

  • At 8:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I try to be charitable, but your post is so full of errors that you make it difficult. First, it is NOT the most common type of abortion, there are around 4,000 per year out of 1.2 million abortions. Second, did you even read a description of the abortion in the court's decision? The baby is completely delivered, except for the head, which remains in the vagina. A sharp object is then inserted into the back of the head and the brains sucked out. That is the reality of the "procedure." Third, this has nothing to do with a woman's body and everything to do with the baby's body. Fourth, please don't presume to speak for "women." I'm a 35 year-old OB-GYN, who is also the mother of four children. You certainly don't speak for me.

  • At 12:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    There are, to be sure, Catholic conservative groups. There are even Catholic reactionary groups. But you show your ignorance by saying that four Supreme Court justices are members of a Catholic "fundamentalist" group. Fundamentalism is a particular movement within American Protestantism. The "five fundamentals" of Fundamentalism are antithetical to Catholicism. At least get the details right.....

  • At 5:57 PM, Anonymous A Passerby Who's Noticed the Problem said…

    I think I get it. It took me a while to figure out why you'd believe this was the most common type of abortion and had nothing to do with late-term abortions. Then I realized you've confused "D&E" with "D&X Intact". They're not the same thing at all.

    "D&E" is an abbreviation of "Dilation and Evacuation", and you're right that it's a common method of abortion, but not the most common. That'd probably be Suction Aspiration, which is commonly used in the first twelve weeks. "D&E" is used when the fetus is larger and can't be suctioned out.

    The Supreme Court, on the other hand, ruled on a procedure called "Dilation and Extraction Intact" which is not the same thing, and is a rare late-term procedure. I'd suggest that you research the subject, otherwise you'll get really weird reactions. It took me a while myself to figure out what you were talking about, after I followed a link to this blog.

    You can read the decision, and the Court's definition of the method here.


    Hope this helps clear things up

  • At 3:17 PM, Blogger Thomas Shawn said…

    Yes! Operation Tunnel to the Vatican is in full swing!

    Next step: the Presidency itself. Pelosi is already in position, having fooled everyone into thinking she is a secular socialist.

  • At 7:12 PM, Blogger ed waldo said…

    This yahoo "Thomas Shawn" posted nearly identical comments on my blog. Probably because your blog was featured on a blog by one of Bush's "Catholic" advisors.

    My complete response to his column is at this LINK.

    Catholic Bashing

    As the author of the "chill wind blows from Rome" comment, I've addressed the implication that my blog was "anti-Catholic." It wasn't. Good posting.

  • At 5:42 AM, Blogger Twango said…

    Barefooted one, I gotta agree, the government needs to stay the hell outta my uterus and my daughters too. It's not an option most of us would ever choose, but but that option needs to be there.

  • At 12:49 PM, Blogger Hilda said…

    My understanding of "partial birth abortion" is that it is rarey used and if it is used it is in extreme circumstances.

    This is not an easy procedure, and although it's usually a last resort to save the woman, it is still dangerous for the woman.

    I'm very uncomfortable with the SC's decision, as I do believe it is embarking on the omnipresent "slippery slope".

    Would I get an abortion? Based on my reality today probably not. Do I think I have the right to impose my opinion on other women? Absolutely not.


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