09 May 2007

breaking it down

this week at work we got a phone call from a woman who had just discovered that her wanted pregnancy is threatened by a severe fetal anomaly. she wanted to know whether an abortion could evacuate her baby intact so that they could see it, hold it, and have a service for it.

according to the supreme court's recent decision, the answer is now uniform nationwide, and it is "No." the answer is "Unfortunately by law our only option is to take apart your baby inside your uterus and remove it in pieces, because the law deems this process objectively less brutal than the alternative you are seeking. Short of international travel, your only other option is to let the baby die and decompose inside you until you have a miscarriage or go into stillbirth labor. We're so sorry for your loss, and for this added bad news."

the anti-choice movement would have you believe that this woman is the "extreme hypothetical," the "mythic sob story" of abortion politics, and yet here she is. these are real women people blather on about, as though their lives are simply theoretical. i'm so angry.

08 May 2007

meh, a bit of dumb stuff

[this was just something i needed to cross-post for completion's sake because i'm feeling anal. i don't know how to backdate though.]

okay, no cheating until you've used up your three guesses... which self-described feminist do you think said the following about the shooting deaths of 30-plus people at virginia tech last week?
The pervasive hook-up culture at college, where girls are prepared to sleep with boys they barely know or fancy, can be a source of seething resentment and alienation for those who are left out.

Young women now seem to want to behave like men and have sex without commitment. The signals they are giving are very confusing, and rage and humiliation build up in boys who are spurned again and again.

got that, girls? you -- and i mean all of you! -- are to blame for pretty much everything, including shooting rampages perpetrated against strangers. (there's more, but i lost the transcript of the whole thing and really it's not going to get any more decent from here, so i am not going to bother, maybe later though.) brilliant analysis here, and thank god, because i wasn't about to spend any more words on it.

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