Monday, April 23, 2007

Support Freedom of Choice!

I am, of course, incensed over last week's Supreme Court decision to uphold the federal abortion ban. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, one of the dissenters, wrote, "The Court's opinion tolerates, indeed applauds, federal intervention to ban nationwide a procedure found necessary and proper in certain cases by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. For the first time since Roe, the Court blesses a prohibition with no exception protecting a woman's health. ... and the Court's defense of it [the ban] cannot be understood as anything other than an effort to chip away at a right declared again and again by this Court -- and with increasing comprehension of its centrality to women's lives. A decision of the character the Court makes today should not have staying power."

If you don't understand what a so-called "partial-birth abortion" (the medical term is dilation and extraction) is, educate yourself. It's a rare type of abortion (less than 1% of all abortions), usually performed on wanted pregnancies because the fetus has abnormalities incompatible with life, is already dead or dying, or because the pregnancy is threatening the life of the woman. Thanks to the Supreme Court's ruling, the difficult decision that should be made only between the woman and her doctor is no longer even an option.

If you're as upset about this issue as I am, urge your members of Congress to support the Freedom of Choice Act, "To prohibit, consistent with Roe v. Wade, the interference by the government with a woman's right to choose to bear a child or terminate a pregnancy, and for other purposes." And if you're anti-choice, frankly, your opinion is not welcome here. You've got no right to impose yourself on a personal, private decision - no more than these jackasses
(architects of the federal abortion ban)

or these jackasses
(the 5 wealthy men who made a medical decision for 150 million women)


Caitlin said...

I am so angry I want to throw up. I've been signing petitions and donating money to NARAL and Planned Parenthood. This is some serious bullshit, and the implications are beyond scary.

Kathy said...

Tears of anger here. Furious. I'm sure the architects will still be able to find a safe way to abort their impregnated interns and admin assistants.

I am truly devastated by this and can not believe it will stand. I can't believe how far to the right the pendulum has swung with abstinence education masquerading as reproductive education, huge funding cuts for organizations that offer pre-pregnancy choices, and now this.