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Forgive me if this has been discussed before, but I am wondering if possibility of a Roe v Wade reversal within the next four years is getting some of you to consider getting into the pro-choice movement? I have always been pro-choice, but now that it is likely our abortion rights could crumble, I feel like I need to do something. I am the mother of a daughter. What if, god forbid, she ever needed to have an abortion for any reason and couldn't? I feel like I need to get involved somehow, but I am not sure how. I don't have money to give, and I hardly have time. I was thinking of writing an article, sort of like a call to action for moms.<br><br>
As mothers, I think we need to be more represented in the pro-choice movement. We are the ones who are raising our children. Not only do we want to teach them to make good choices, but we want to show them that both men and women have a right to make decisions about their own bodies.
 

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I agree with you. Even if you would not personally have an abortion there is no reason to take away another persons right to.
 

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No. I'm only pro-choice BEFORE the baby is conceived. BC, abstinence, whatever -- but I am 100% opposed to abortion except to save the physical life of the mother.
 

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If you'd like to take action personally, this site is a good starting point.<br><br><a href="http://www.naral.org/" target="_blank">http://www.naral.org/</a><br><br>
I'm going to look around and see what other sites I can find. I think no matter what your take is on this issue or any issue, getting out there and doing something is great!
 

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Yup. I've been looking at our budget and making some changes so that I can support NARAL and Planned Parenthood at higher levels than we currently do.
 

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I think that we need to stop focusing only on abortion and make it clear that we are talking about a complete package of reproductive rights including access to information about sex, contraception, abortion, and the right to choose how and with whom we give birth.<br><br>
The anti-abortion movement has produced a political climate where a fetus can be considered to have the same or stronger human rights than the mother. Once the fetus is the prime concern, women become second class citizens. I believe that this is linked to all kinds of problems such as hospitals that won't do VBAC, laws against homebirth, charges of murder against women who refuse medical advice, jail time for mothers who engage in risky behavior, pharmacies that refuse to carry contraceptives etc, etc...<br><br>
I think the best way to guard our reproductive rights is to make sure that these linkages are spoken of in the public debate. The the anti-abortion side seldom admits that what they are really talking about is crimalizing medical care for women and throwing legislation in the way of medical decisions. They speak as if pregnancy is a totally benign condition and don't admit that a pregant woman in the U.S. has about a 1/3 chance of being forced to undergo abdominal surgery not to mention a small but non-zero risk of death.<br><br>
Instead of debating unsolvable philosophical questions like "when does life begin" lets start asking "At what point do you want to crimalize miscarriage or stillbirth?", "Under what conditions are you suggesting that a mother whose fetus dies should serve jail time", "How many women do you think should be allowd to die if it means that a few more fetuses might survive?"<br><br>
--AmyB
 

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Well said AmyB.<br><br>
We DO need to change the "talking points", if you will.<br><br>
Add to all the points you mentioned the <span style="text-decoration:underline;">fact</span> that if Roe v Wade gets overturned IVF will become illegal also. Do they really want to tell all infertile ppl that they no longer can have a child?
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nod.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nod"> well said AmyB
 

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I plan on increasing my donation to Planned Parenthood. They do so much more than abortions. Abortions are really a tiny, tiny portion of what they do. Most of their activities involve preventing abortions.<br><br>
Also, as a side note, I have heard of several radical women's groups that involve nurses learning how to do safe abortions if Roe vs. Wade is overturned and abortions are made illegal.<br><br>
I got this from Women's enews the other day:<br><br>
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Jen Ross reports from Chile that 5,000 women die from clandestine abortions every year in Latin America. It has one of the highest abortion rates in the world, despite its near-universal illegality. Story begins after promos.<br><br><br>
Does someone send you Women's eNews? Please help us grow and get your own free subscription today at <a href="http://www.womensenews.org/join.cfm" target="_blank">www.womensenews.org/join.cfm</a>.<br><br>
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Here's today's update:<br><br><br>
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Illegal Abortions Rampant in Latin America<br><br>
By Jen Ross - WeNews correspondent<br><br>
SANTIAGO (WOMENSENEWS)--Monica Maureira remembers how--as the nurses interrogated her and the doctors lectured her--she watched her hands going transparent from the blood loss.<br><br>
She was 16 years old and was hemorrhaging after having had a clandestine abortion in Chile, a country where abortion is illegal and considered immoral.<br><br>
"I remember the nurses telling me that if I didn't give them the name of the doctor who gave me the abortion, they would let me bleed to death," Maureira says.<br><br>
She lived to tell her story, but many women don't.<br><br>
Across Latin America, an estimated 5,000 women die every year as a result of clandestine abortions, according International Planned Parenthood Federation. An estimated 800,000 are hospitalized due to complications, according to the Alan Guttmacher Institute, based in New York and Washington.<br><br>
Abortion is prohibited across most of Latin America. Cuba and Puerto Rico are the exceptions. While some countries allow abortion in cases of rape or danger to the mother's life, there are no exceptions in Chile, Colombia and El Salvador. These countries prosecute hundreds of women for having abortions.<br><br><br>
Snip: To read the rest you will ahve to go the website. I get their emails daily and it is always a fascinating report.
 

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I'm definately getting more involved in the movement. I've decided to become a regular volunteer for Planned Parenthood. I want to protect a woman's right to choose. I also want to work on expanding contraceptive insurance coverage in my state. 22 other states have laws about this, but Ohio doesn't. So, I'm ready to take action and get moving!<br>
Chrissy
 

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IF Roe V Wade is overturned.....<br><br>
Abortion up to the 24 week will not be a mandatory law for all states to follow. That is all Roe V Wade did. Until '73 abortion laws were left up to states and their populations to decide. Wisconsin allowed for abortion if you could find a doctor that would do it. All you had to say was that "your mental health was at stake." California had one of the loosest restrictions thanks to Ronald Reagan.<br><br>
I am not sure how IVF would be outlawed by overturning R V W. If anyone thinks I am wrong on this and would like to correct me please do so by showing me exact wording or interpation of the law.<br><br>
P.S. R V W used 24 weeks as the cut off date because in 73 that was considered the state a baby became viable outside of the uterus but not until then. Now a baby is viable as 21 1/2 weeks.
 

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Here's a great organization which is setting up a fund for those who have limited access to abortion. Abortions can cost a woman a lot and the price often includes much more than the actual proceedure: transportation to a city where a clinic is located (rural woman have very little access to abortions), hotel stay, childcare during the proceedure, etc etc.<br><br>
http:<a href="http://www.livejournal.com/community/countercrisis" target="_blank">www.livejournal.com/community/countercrisis</a><br><br>
It's in need of help in the form of donations as well as volunteers. Sometimes access to abortion isn't just about whether or not it's legal.<br><br>
Nicole.
 
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