Lies the anti’s tell… The past few days I’ve been reflecting a lot after reading how corrupt and money hungry these religious zealots in office are. What if last year had happened this year; how would I have saved my life? I couldn’t have. I’d be dead. It’s not me I worry about now so much though… It’s the women who feel like I did, what is to happen to them and their lives? How many deaths are we going to see…?
Before I go on, again, I apologize that I still haven’t completed the abortion video much to my annoyance; I am trying to make it organized as possible, but with all the work, volunteer and other projects I do, editing this video has proven to be a mistake. If I can’t finish the final version soon I’ll just upload the original. Same with articles and emails/messages; I’ll be back on top of things shortly.
On to the post. Due to time related issues I’ve had to wait longer than I anticipated in posting the abortion question video as well as articles on abortion and other problems in society.
Hearing from and speaking to so many women has inspired me to fight even more for the rights of women and for the right to abort. However, knowing my story; and hearing theirs has also brought me great rage.
Anti’s want to close clinics claiming they aren’t safe for women to have surgical abortions in them because one woman was taken in a car as opposed to an ambulance during a complication, and other stupid claims made up by the anti-choice government and religious zealots.
However, as the article and research below will show they are very wrong and it is not care of women they are after. This is clear simply by them wanting to deny women access to abortion clinics, knowing it will simply become a back-alley, dangerous self-induced procedure.
They want you to fear abortion because of their narrow minded and usually religious views. They ignore science and medical boards. And facts. Let’s look at some FACTS regarding abortion and child-birth/pregnancy related deaths.
PREGNANCY: Every MINUTE! at least 1 woman (that is 287,000 women a year) dies during pregnancy OR childbirth. Additionally, for each woman who dies giving birth, there are approximately 20 more women who suffer from some form of injury, infection, disease; this is close to 10 million women annually. And I don’t believe that is including postpartum depression and other related mental illnesses.
“Between 2000 and 2010, five women died in Texas from abortion-related complications; the most recent death occurred in 2008. More than 865,300 abortions were performed during that period, making Texas’ abortion-related death rate, 0.58 deaths per 100,000 abortions, slightly lower than the national abortion death rate of 0.7 per 100,000.
Abortion rights advocates say that is 14 times lower than the risk of carrying a pregnancy to term; opponents argue that every abortion comes with a terrible cost, the death of a fetus.” (see below article)
So the claim these anti life people make of abortion being dangerous is just like when they say if you don’t believe in Jesus as your savior, you are going to burn; FOREVER!… It’s nothing but FEAR TACTICS in a vain attempt to scare women into submission; and/or into their religion. FEAR IS NOT LOVE; FEAR IS NOT TRUTH!
Back to the abortion questions and stories… and yes, it is related to the closing of clinics. I am so thankful to see women standing up for themselves and hearing their stories and questions led me to start reflecting on my own abortion.
This morning I woke up in a panicked state. I woke up in sheer terror thinking, what if despite birth control I still get pregnant? I can’t afford anything more “safe” than that- and yes, you CAN get pregnant on the pill; it’s just very unlikely.
Anyhow; I can’t describe the terror the thought of being pregnant again at this point in my life gives me. In the future I may very well want children with my husband; but for now, it would be a crime to bring an innocent life into this world where it would have nothing positive or good; infants and children deserve better than how things are.
It isn’t the abortion that brings the terror, to be clear. It is by no means the most fun experience one will ever have, but it is a responsible medical procedure for those in need or want of one. Very few medical experiences are fun.
What is it, then, that brings me terror if not the abortion procedure? Getting to a clinic, for one. And then, money. How could I afford an abortion right now? Could I even get to an abortion clinic with all the defunding of reproductive services as well as defunding of abortion services; while the over funding of ANTI LIFERS. (See the article below, for PROOF.)
I couldn’t afford it because I’d have to travel hundreds upon hundreds of miles. There are so many people whom help with funding and my heart goes out to them; but what if I couldn’t raise enough and ultimately, I couldn’t pay? Thankfully I am not faced with that worry right now. But other women are; and that tears at my heart and soul.
Despite this not being the case for me right now, it no doubt is what too many women are facing right now. I can’t comprehend it… I would have taken my own life last winter had it not been for my abortion.
What will women do who feel like I do/did yet no longer have access to abortion care? Or those who simply can’t afford it due to traveling, the procedure, hotels, etc…?
As you will see in the article(s) below, over 8 million dollars were given to anti-choice organizations. It’s all about money, they don’t care about our health; if they did, that 8 million would have gone to hungry children, women in need of birth control, abortion, etc. (see below for FACTS on this)
It makes me feel sick. Less than a year ago I had my late-term abortion in Texas- they saved my life. Now women in Texas are in a horrible situation; what will happen and why don’t more people care? How can you say you are pro-life when you don’t care for the quality of life not only for the woman but for the kid she gives birth to?
There is no doubt. If I were to somehow get pregnant again -especially through all the protection- I would not be able to handle it. So does that mean me and those like me are sentenced to death? Does all of this mean those of us who want or need an abortion will have to go to at home or back alley abortion methods, risking our lives needlessly when we could have proper care?
*Shakes head. See articles below. It’s about religious zealots and/or greedy “people” who care more about money than women’s health. Koch brothers give millions to group that lobbied for Texas’ draconian abortion restrictions
Article 1-> The Koch brothers’ “secret bank” gave $8.2 million in 2012 to a virulently anti-choice and anti-LGBT rights group
David Koch has said in the past that he doesn’t agree with the Republican Party on a number of social issues, like gay marriage, and has remained mum about his personal views on abortion. Instead, Koch tends to focus his public comments justifying his massive political expenditures on things like “free enterprise.”
But, as Politico revealed in a Thursday report and as RH Reality Check notes, the Koch brothers’ “secret bank” spent $8.2 million in 2012 funding a virulently anti-choice and anti-LGBT rights group, the Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC).
CWALAC was a strong supporter of Texas’ draconian antiabortion omnibus bill, calling the pre-viability abortion ban and regulations designed to shutter reproductive health clinics and deny thousands of women basic healthcare “the human rights issue of our time.”
On gay marriage, the group states that it “believes that marriage consists of one man and one woman. We seek to protect and support the Biblical design of marriage and the gift of children.”
And then, regarding EVIDENCE that there is no need for these attacks… (As a side note, TAKING CARE AWAY DOES NOT MAKE THE PROCEDURE SAFE! NOT TO MENTION… AS PROVEN IN DOCUMENTS AND SUCH BELOW, NO ABORTION CLINIC WAS PRACTICING UNDER ANY FORM OF DANGEROUS CIRCUMSTANCE! I had my abortion with Whole Woman’s Health- it was NOTHING but kindness, care and I’ve had NO problems!) These Texas Rights to Life people have no regard for science, medicine nor women’s health. They also, like most anti’s, seem to think they have the right to shove their religion into everyone else.
Article 2 In State Records, Little Evidence to Back Stricter Abortion Law
In their successful push this summer for strict new regulations on abortion facilities and the doctors performing them, proponents said the legislation was needed because conditions at existing facilities made it unsafe for women seeking to terminate pregnancies.
But a Texas Tribune review of state inspection records for 36 abortion clinics from the year preceding the lawmakers’ vote turned up little evidence to suggest that the facilities were putting patients in imminent danger. State auditors identified 19 regulatory violations that they said presented a risk to patient safety at six licensed abortion clinics that are not ambulatory surgical centers in Texas.
None of the violations was severe enough to warrant financial penalties, according to the Department of State Health Services, which deemed the facilities’ corrective action plans sufficient to protect patients.
And between 2008 and 2013, the Texas Medical Board, which regulates the state’s physicians, took action against just three who performed abortions — all for administrative infractions that did not involve criminal practices or late-term abortions.
“The point of this legislation was to make abortion inaccessible,” said Amy Hagstrom Miller, chief executive officer of Whole Woman’s Health, which operates five abortion facilities in Texas.
“It wasn’t about safety, because there is no safety problem around abortion in Texas.”
Although most of the state’s recent inspection findings point to administrative errors as opposed to medical ones, abortion opponents have not been deterred.
Beginning Oct. 29, Texas will ban all abortions after 20 weeks of gestation and require abortion facilities to have a physician with admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles. In a year, additional rules will require abortion facilities to meet the structural guidelines for ambulatory surgical centers, which include wider hallways and preoperative and postoperative waiting rooms.
Emily Horne, a lobbyist for the anti-abortion group Texas Right to Life, said the conditions auditors found in the last year could have easily led to women getting sick or injured, and a “lower standard of care” could result if inspectors “find these problems and do nothing about them.”
“The clinics need to be safer,” she said. “You can’t advocate for more abortion that is unsafe.”
Among the violations auditors found at the facilities, which get surprise inspections annually, were expired or unlabeled medicine, and instances in which medical staff failed to follow proper infection control procedures. In one case, auditors found that a sterilization machine was not working properly and that nurses were not trained to recognize the problem. On another occasion, a bleeding patient was transferred to a hospital in a private car instead of by ambulance.
[I JUST HAVE TO ADD HERE* YEAH,… A KIND, CARING PERSON USED A CAR TO HELP ONE WOMAN GO TO THE HOSPITAL. HOW DARE THEY NOT CALL AN AMBULANCE AND LET HER BLEED TO DEATH! GIVE ME A BREAK! THESE ANTI’S ARE INSANE- ABORTION IS NO MORE DANGEROUS THAN GIVING BIRTH; IN FACT IT’S SAFER. AND! NOTHING IS PERFECT; NOT EVERY ONE IS THE SAME; BUT OVERALL, AS A WHOLE; WOMEN ARE NOT ONLY SAFE IN THESE CLINICS, BUT DEATH AND MISHAPS ARE *NOT* THE NORMAL SIMPLY BECAUSE A COUPLE OF PEOPLE HAVE SADLY HAD IT HAPPEN! GOOD GOD USE YOUR BRAIN!…. Okay, back to the article now.]
Most of the violations auditors found were at the Whole Woman’s Health facility in Beaumont, which took immediate steps to fix the problems and had its correction plan accepted by the state.
A health department spokeswoman could not say whether those violations were linked to patient complications, citing confidentiality rules.
But state health officials have not shied away from making Texas abortion facilities pay for their shortcomings. In 2010, they levied a $119,000 fine against Planned Parenthood Trust of South Texas for failing to acquire licenses for three facilities that began prescribing abortion-inducing drugs in 2005.
Mara Posada, a Planned Parenthood spokeswoman, said the organization was under the impression that it did not have to obtain licenses for those facilities because surgical abortions were not performed there — and the organization did have a license for the facility that offered them.
The state also levied several smaller fines, ranging from $200 to $500, against clinics that failed to post their licensure numbers on their Web sites, misreported the age of gestation or failed to return a corrective action plan on time, among other violations.
[IS IT NOT CLEAR TO YOU YET THAT THEY ARE ATTACKING WOMEN AND ABORTION PROVIDERS???!?? IF NOT, RE-READ. Ok… back to the article…again.]
The fact that most of the state’s recent inspection findings point to administrative errors as opposed to medical ones has not deterred abortion opponents.
One group, Operation Rescue, has accused a Houston doctor of performing illegal, late-term abortions as recently as 2011. Harris County officials and the Department of State Health Services are investigating those allegations, but previous inspection reports have revealed no violations that presented a safety risk.
Abortion rights advocates say that even if the investigation uncovers wrongdoing, the doctor was operating an ambulatory surgical center that would have met the requirements of the new law. They and medical experts argue that the new regulations will lead to the closing of most of the state’s legal abortion providers, resulting in more women seeking dangerous, illegal options.
[And I can promise that, too. I’d be the first to do it if I didn’t have access. They don’t care, if they did they wouldn’t rip our rights away and insult our intelligence by saying it’s ‘for our own good’… SERIOUSLY? Don’t buy into that BS!…once more, back to the article.]
Since January, nine abortion clinics have closed, and another facility has stopped performing abortions. Two of those that closed were Planned Parenthood clinics that operated until this month; state auditors found no violations there in their last inspections. Only six of the state’s remaining 38 abortion facilities currently meet the structural requirements of ambulatory surgical centers, and it is unclear how many have a physician with hospital admitting privileges.
“The goal of the bill is to improve patient safety for the woman and the child,” Ms. Horne said.
[AKA, FORCING THE WOMAN TO HAVE A CHILD. HOW IS THAT NOT JUST AS BAD AS FORCING SOMEONE TO HAVE AN ABORTION? FORCED PREGNANCY AND FORCED PARENTHOOD IS WRONG- NO ONE SHOULD HAVE THAT POWER OVER OTHER LIVES! THE RIGHT TO CHOSE DOES NOT MEAN THEY HAVE TO HAVE AN ABORTION; IT SIMPLY MEANS TO LEAVE THOSE OF US WHO DO WANT IT TO OUR OWN FREEDOM OF CHOICE! Who do they think they are to impose upon other lives like this?! UGH!]
Between 2000 and 2010, five women died in Texas from abortion-related complications; the most recent death occurred in 2008. More than 865,300 abortions were performed during that period, making Texas’ abortion-related death rate, 0.58 deaths per 100,000 abortions, slightly lower than the national abortion death rate of 0.7 per 100,000.
Abortion rights advocates say that is 14 times lower than the risk of carrying a pregnancy to term; opponents argue that every abortion comes with a terrible cost, the death of a fetus. [A FETUS IS NOT A BABY, AN INFANT OR ANYTHING OF THE SORT. MANY WOMAN HAVE MISCARRIAGES AND DON’T EVEN KNOW ABOUT IT. I HAD A LATE-TERM ABORTION AND THE FETUS WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ABLE TO SURVIVE OUTSIDE OF THE WOMB. DURING LATER STAGES PERHAPS A FETUS CAN SURVIVE ON LIFE SUPPORT, BUT THAT’S NOT AN INFANT ON LIFE SUPPORT; THAT’S A FETUS. THERE IS A DIFFERENCE.
IT IS NOT MURDER; IT IS NOT WRONG! REMEMBER THAT! DON’T LET ANTI’S BRING YOU DOWN WITH THEIR LOW AND CRUEL (NOT TO MENTION UNTRUE) ATTACKS. Article continues -> ]
During his research on the impact of Texas’ 2011 family planning financing cuts, Dr. Daniel Grossman, a principal investigator on the University of Texas at Austin’s Texas Policy Evaluation Project, said he found no evidence that Texas’ licensed abortion facilities had unsafe conditions. The one safety issue he has identified is the practice of self-induced abortion — women without easy access to abortion clinics trying to terminate pregnancies themselves. (The university is a corporate sponsor of The Texas Tribune.)
“This additional burden is just going to be too much for some women,” Dr. Grossman said. “I think it’s very, very likely that abortion self-induction is going to go up, and that’s definitely going to be bad for women’s health.”