6.10.2009

more truth about the late dr tiller and the people he served

Check out Tom Tomorrow on abortion in the rightwingoverse.

Also in Salon, Kate Harding writes "Where will women go now?" and shines a light on the reality of third-trimester termination.

From that story, you can find the website A Heartbreaking Choice. Thankfully, this does not refer to all abortions, as for many women, first-trimester abortion is not at all heartbreaking. The Heartbreaking Choice is the decision faced by people who very much want a baby, but have discovered the fetus has a severe birth defect.
Pregnancy does not end happily for everyone. Sadly, some parents receive grim prenatal news that something is seriously or fatally wrong with their loved and wanted unborn baby. They have to make a decision about continuing or ending pregnancy. We realize that all parents make a loving choice, one they feel is better for their baby. Regardless of the fetal anomaly found, the decision to end a pregnancy is always a difficult one.

Although it is estimated that between 80 and 95 percent of parents receiving a severe prenatal diagnosis choose to end the pregnancy, those who face this nightmare often feel alone. There is very little in the way of support programs for them. With this site and the dedication of courageous parents willing to reach out, we hope to create a safe haven of encouragement, validation, hope and healing.

AHC has a section dedicated to "Kansas Stories". While O'Reilly talks about "killing babies for profit," this is the reality of third-trimester termination.

Thanks to James for sending the Salon links; great stuff.

2 comments:

John F said...

I heard something last week during the coverage of this story that stunned me. One commentator said that there are now two physicians left in the USA who are willing to perform third-trimester abortions.

I still have difficulty believing that. The USA has a population of 305 million. If the figure of two is accurate, it goes to show how effective the anti-choice campaign has been. I guess terrorism really does work.

L-girl said...

Well, first off, third-trimester abortions are illegal in most states. If doctors are performing them, they are doing it under the radar. Only the abortion underground railroad knows about them, for obvious reasons.

Next, because of this, fewer and fewer doctors have experience with the procedure. So many abortion providers may be willing to do them, but aren't completely comfortable with their competence level.

All that is definitely down to the effectiveness of the anti-choice movement. They've been fundraising and stacking state legislatures with their people since Reagan's first election in 1980.

And of course, terrorism is very effective.