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April Showers Bring Anti-Abortion Laws!

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April has been a busy month for some states who want to legislate from a woman’s uterus: No less than 33 laws restricting abortions have been passed by 9 states.

Kansas leads the pack, with several laws passed last month, and even more proposals under consideration. This is not surprising to me; Kansas seems to have the highest ratio of pro-life christian zealot nut jobs per square mile in the country. If you don’t believe me, ask abortion Dr. George Tiller. Oh yeah, you can’t; he was murdered by one of those wing nuts a few years ago.

At the rate our states are going, it won’t be long before coat hanger alleys are open for business again in every state of the union.

http://m.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2011/05/33-anti-abortion-laws-enacted-april

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  1. May 12, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    I guess when times are hard, it’s easier to distract people with these social issues than to actually address the systemic problems that are making everyone’s lives more difficult. It’s a political distraction; the right wing get and keep their constituency’s support at the expense of women’s freedom and women’s lives.

    • May 12, 2011 at 3:27 pm

      Excellent point! Bad economy? No more abortions! Huge deficit? No same sex marriage! No jobs? Abolish the unions!

      I can totally see your point :)

      Thanks for peeking beneath the hat!

      On Thu May 12th, 2011 3:14 PM EDT

  2. May 12, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    Great!

    I love hearing good news!

    Someone has to protect the un-born kiddo’s!

    Don’t want a kid? Be responsible with you sex life.

    Got a strong opinion on this? Thank your mom for not aborting you.

    • carvingoutavoice
      May 12, 2011 at 6:01 pm

      So Tom, you’d rather they be born and pushed into the system that usually does more harm than good, or better yet, abused by the parents that never wanted them in the first place? Nobody is pro-aborition, but I AM anti-child abuse and against women going to butchers or trying to perform self abortions with horrible results because they are THAT against having a child. Let’s talk about responsible. Isn’t it more responsible to take care of it BEFORE it becomes a child?

      We can argue all about fetuses and viability all you want, but consider the reality of unwanted children and their place in this world, and the reality that leaves women with. Especially rape victims, or are they just irresponsible, too??

      • May 12, 2011 at 6:21 pm

        Nice way to try to spin it, but it is just that “Spin”.

        1. Plenty of un-wanted children have grown up in the “system” and prospered. Several “wanted” children have grown up in the “System” and failed. The point is they got to grow up and partake in the lottery of life just like you and me.

        2. Child abuse happens to both wanted and un-wanted children, adults get abused too. It is a different matter not to be confused with the abortion matter.

        3. Rape is always a consideration and is covered in every law I can think of. If the women is claiming rape, then she must be forced to name the person and press charges against that person (If known)and not be used as an excuse for an abortion.

        As stated above (Be responsible with your sex life)

        • May 23, 2011 at 12:11 am

          If the women is claiming rape, then she must be forced to name the person and press charges against that person…

          So what happens if she names the person (as I did when I was raped), presses charges (as I did when I was raped), and numerous law enforcement and health care professionals question:

          — what she was wearing
          — what she was doing out that late
          — whether she was drinking
          — whether she was flirting
          — if she didn’t like him just a little bit
          — if it wasn’t true that she liked her sex rough
          — why she showered before reporting
          — what happened to the clothes she was wearing
          — why she didn’t tell her parents about the party
          — whether that dislocated knee was really nonconsensual
          — why I started to get frustrated (b/c real victims don’t get frustrated, apparently)

          In my case, the charges were dropped, and all the mutual friends of my rapist and me sided with him. That’s not something I’d ever be willing to “force” (your word) another person into doing. It’s inhumane.

          • May 23, 2011 at 2:19 am

            Thank you for speaking out on this. Never stop telling your story, as difficult and painful as that may be.

            Some people would like to silence the voices of women who have been victims of sexual violence (and let’s face it, to some degree or another, that’s most women!). That’s obviously and regrettably what you faced. Ugh. It’s like something out of Leviticus: If you didn’t cry out loud enough for the neighbors to hear, it wasn’t rape. FUCK THAT. Keep speaking out. No dude is going to dictate under what circumstances we’re entitled to control our own bodies. NOT GONNA HAPPEN.

          • May 23, 2011 at 9:11 am

            Tori, thank you for stopping by and sharing your experience with us. It takes a lot of courage for rape victims to go to the police, as well as sharing with others. I admire you for coming forward.

            It’s unconscionable that some men would so easily inflict such violence against women, and it’s nearly as bad to witness men trying so hard to control a woman’s body and choice through legislation.

    • May 23, 2011 at 12:03 am

      Don’t want a kid? Be responsible with you sex life.

      So, as someone with a disability that would make carrying a pregnancy to term potentially life-threatening for me, are you suggesting that my partner and I should never have sex?

      I mean, I’m responsible with my sex life and always have been, but that hasn’t actually prevented me from experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. At this point, the only additional sexual restraint I could show would be to never have sex ever.

      Is that really a reasonable position to hold for every adult who does not want (a) child(ren) (right now)?

  3. May 12, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    hey, just to get it straight in my mind…wasn’t Dr. George Tiller’s death just another late term abortion?

    Why is it murder for one but not the other(s)? Just the weapon used?? The age??
    At what age should late term abortions stop??

    Not that I like that he was murdered. It was wrong.

    • carvingoutavoice
      May 12, 2011 at 6:43 pm

      You are one depraved fuck. What the hell is wrong with you? Let me guess, you live in Kansas and spend your days rooting for the death of people who are practicing their legal rights???? You’re disgusting and highly irrational if you think murder and abortion are the same thing.

      Well, glad we got that straight. I won’t be wasting my time on trying to convince you. You obvious lack any reason whatsoever.

    • May 12, 2011 at 7:01 pm

      So are you saying we should force every mother to have their children, no matter what the circumstance, and then murder them if we don’t like the way they turned out?

      • May 12, 2011 at 7:54 pm

        :) Some Species eat their young…maybe they are on to something!

        Well, I have done enough damage here I think. Don’t want to drive away your faithful readers. I’ll be back on some less emotional topics!

        cheers :p

  4. carvingoutavoice
    May 12, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    Hat, my love, I don’t think I’ll be spending much more time on your page if I have to put up with murderers and idiots. Is this guy some kind of freaking sociopath or just suffering from a really low IQ???

  5. Alan Scott
    May 12, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    Wow, such bad language and hot tempers. I cannot believe it . I thought Liberals were all about having civil discussions . Well here is my two cents . I’m not against abortions in cases of rape, incest, etc . I somehow doubt that the majority of abortions are from that , but if you have evidence I am in error give me your statistics . I will even let you throw in babies with birth defects , but I am not real happy with that concession .

    So if most aborted babies are not in the above categories then we rationalize the abortions with, that most are just unwanted . Perhaps the mother can’t raise the kid for whatever reasons . Well I hear they have this brand new thing out . I just heard about it . It is called adaption . I even hear that there is such a lack of babies in this country that many adaptive parents pick out foreign babies, from other countries, no less .

    So now we have solved all objections but one . Why must a woman carry an unwanted kid for nine months and go through child birth . Well now that is a small inconvenience next to getting a pair of scissors through your head and having your brains sucked out .

    • May 12, 2011 at 8:35 pm

      Damn it Alan, we were on such a roll of agreement and compromise! LOL.

      This is certainly an emotional roller coaster of an issue; one in which no side is willing to concede.

      For me it boils down to this: It’s a woman’s body, and it’s a woman’s choice, period, no exceptions. A woman who is going to have an abortion, either out of want or need, is going to do so no matter what. It’s better to have abortion legalized so that licensed doctors can perform them in a safe atmosphere, rather than have them done in a “back alley.” To a woman, it doesn’t matter or shouldn’t matter to me or any other man, what we think, because we’re not women, we have no idea what they’re dealing with.

      If I was so dead set against abortion, which I’m not in the least, then I would go out and get a vasectomy. End of problem.

      As for adoption, the process is so stringent, and so expensive that it is nearly impossible to adopt unless you’re under 40, in a heterosexual marriage, and reasonably well off. I should know, my partner and I wanted to adopt, and I was discounted for 2 of the 3 reasons stated. I’ll let you guess which 2.

      I’ll end with this: If we can’t trust women with choice, how can we trust them with children?

    • May 23, 2011 at 12:29 am

      Well I hear they have this brand new thing out . I just heard about it . It is called adaption .

      Awesometastic! Should I become pregnant again — I was careful last time, now I’m just anal-retentive (or oral retentive?) — I will for sure remember this new thing, which I’d never heard of before. But it’s surely a small and acceptable risk — never mind my personal health situation — and little things like sepsis and insufficient oxygen to my cells won’t stop me from using my uterus as an incubator.

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