Friday, January 9, 2015

just barely remembered

another year, another anniversary.

I have to actually do the math to realize six years have passed since I started this blog.

I left it up as a resource for others and it continues to get many hits.

I hope it helps.

Six years later, I regret nothing. No trauma, no sadness, no thinking what if, absolutely not one look back to ever consider if I made the right decision.

If you have the funds, make a donation to a group protecting women's right to safe and legal abortion.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Again I've almost missed the anniversary of my abortion

until this article reminded me. 

Second-Trimester Tragedy

Thursday, January 3, 2013

coming up on anniversary

although I'm not even sure which one (just checked 3rd).

I come back every year to share that I still have no regrets.  No "traumatic stress" follow me.  Nothing.  I remain fine with the decision I made.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Abortion and Electoral Politics Blog For Choice Day 2012

The theme of this year's Blog For Choice day is "What will you do to help elect pro-choice candidates in 2012?"

Dear Voters,

Are you, along with 37% of Americans represented by the latest CBS/New York Times poll in support of abortion being generally available? Or even, along with another 37% concerned that abortion remain legal under stricter limits? Then you'd better start paying attention to the position on abortion of the candidates you elect this year! There are several bills about to enter the Senate, where if they pass, will become law.

May 4, 2011 58% of the House of Representatives voted (H.R.3) to restrict federal funding of abortion, an admittedly long standing restriction.

More worrisome however was The May 26, 2011 vote by 56% of the House that banned the use of federal funds to train physicians to perform abortion, the only legal medical procedure to be treated as such (consider for example the use of federal funds to train physicians on fertility treatments to which there are also moral obligations).

Not content to limit physicians with access to training to perform abortion, in Oct 2011 58% of the House voted to preclude individuals from using federally provided funds to purchase health insurance that included abortion coverage (The President has threatened to veto this Bill should it pass the Senate as well).

There were actually 8 votes in total affecting reproductive choice. See the voting record here (and at the bottom look at all the additional attempts to limit women's access to legal abortion!)

Want to see how your legislator is doing? Check out Naral website!

Write, call, petition, picket, do whatever it takes. if you are in the one out of three women who has had an abortion in her lifetime, please make sure that abortion remains legal for women in the future.

Very best regards, and with my fingers crossed for good luck,

Feminist Professor

BillStatusLast Action
H.R. 3: No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion ActPassed HouseMay 4, 2011 5:19 PM
S. 906: No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion ActIntroducedMay 5, 2011
S. 1241: Child Interstate Abortion Notification ActIntroducedJun 21, 2011
H.R. 2299: Child Interstate Abortion Notification ActIntroducedJun 22, 2011
S. 165: Abortion Non-Discrimination Act of 2011IntroducedJan 25, 2011
H.R. 361: Abortion Non-Discrimination Act of 2011IntroducedJan 20, 2011
H.R. 217: Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition ActIntroducedJan 7, 2011
H.Res. 430: Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 358) to amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to modify special rules relating to coverage of abortion services under such Act.Passed HouseOct 13, 2011 2:06 PM
H.R. 358: Protect Life ActPassed HouseOct 13, 2011 7:18 PM
S. 1374: Stop Deceptive Advertising for Women's Services ActIntroducedJul 14, 2011
H.R. 593: Taxpayer Conscience Protection Act of 2011IntroducedFeb 9, 2011
H.R. 2543: Stop Deceptive Advertising for Women's Services ActIntroducedJul 14, 2011
S. 167: Child Custody Protection ActIntroducedJan 25, 2011
S. 314: Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act of 2011IntroducedFeb 10, 2011
H.R. 1232: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to eliminate certain tax benefits relating to abortion.Reported by CommitteeMar 31, 2011
H.R. 3130: Heartbeat Informed Consent ActIntroducedOct 6, 2011
S. 1005: Parental Notification and Intervention Act of 2011IntroducedMay 16, 2011
S. 1488: Hyde Amendment Codification ActIntroducedAug 2, 2011
S. 121: Pregnant Women Health and Safety ActIntroducedJan 25, 2011
S. 877: Protect Life ActIntroducedMay 4, 2011
H.R. 165: To authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services to make grants to nonprofit tax-exempt organizations for the purchase of ultrasound equipment to provide free examinations to pregnant women needing such services, and for other purposes.IntroducedJan 5, 2011
H.R. 1319: Global Sexual and Reproductive Health Act of 2011IntroducedApr 1, 2011
S. 1904: Welfare Reform Act of 2011IntroducedNov 17, 2011
H.R. 1167: Welfare Reform Act of 2011IntroducedMar 17, 2011
H.R. 536: Indian Healthcare Improvement Act of 2011IntroducedFeb 8, 2011
H.R. 2085: MARCH for Military Women ActIntroducedJun 2, 2011
S. 1214: MARCH for Military Women ActIntroducedJun 16, 2011
H.R. 3541: Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act of 2011IntroducedDec 1, 2011
S. 1484: Hyde and Related Amendments Codification ActIntroducedAug 2, 2011
H.R. 364: Common Sense Health Reform Americans Actually Want ActIntroducedJan 20, 2011

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Jan. 12-17, 2012. (N=1,154 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.

"Which of these comes closest to your view? Abortion should be generally available to those who want it. OR, Abortion should be available, but under stricter limits than it is now. OR, Abortion should not be permitted."

stricter limits



Wednesday, January 18, 2012

oopps I think I

missed my abortion anniversary

ok, just checked the dates on this blog and I didn't quite, but there we have anecdotal information about post abortion trauma. I've none, whatsoever. I don't think about my abortion really ever unless the topic comes up. I've become even more zen with the grey area in which abortion exists for me. As I wrote at the time, I know what fetal development looks like. I realize that with time and luck fetuses ex utero become people. And I'm still quite OK with having an abortion.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Blog for Choice Day 2011

Given the anti-choicegains in the states and Congress, are you concerned about choice in 2011?

Yes in particular as a woman who had a “later” abortion, and the moves by “moderate” abortion advocates to ‘compromise” I’m quite concerned about CHOICE in 2011.

The most likely outcome of the anti-CHOICE gains is not an outright repeal of Roe, which would no doubt galvanize pro-CHOICE people the way the Webster decision did in the late eighties, but rather a gradual restriction to the right to abortion. The most likely moves regard second trimester abortions. With the frontiers of medical intervention pushing viability ever earlier, although often without regard for consequence or quality of life, seemingly reasonable people find it difficult to argue to with parsing the semantics of abortion. i.e. abortion in the first trimester but not in the second. This criteria, is of course, imbedded in Roe’s vague language about viability. However, reasonable people may differ in their criteria of “viability,” i.e. breathing independently v ventilator, eating alone v nasal gastric tube. The logistics and logic are never as clear as “reasonable” people may believe. And until you face the CHOICE yourself, you have no idea what CHOICE you would make.

CHOICE is a relative term of course. One can only make a CHOICE for example, if aware that there is a CHOICE to be made. I made my CHOICE with all due speed, within a few weeks of becoming aware of my pregnancy, but given the present climate of “compromise” I am all too aware that a woman in a similar situation in the very near future may face NO CHOICE at all.

Or rather the only CHOICE many women may face is where to obtain their illegal abortion, because if the past is any guide to the future, we can be assured that women will still CHOOSE to pursue abortions. The CHOICE we face is whether we return to illegal abortion, killing women in the process.

Because ONE OUT OF THREE women of reproductive age in the United States has had an abortion, I encourage them all to raise their voices, and their vote, to ensure that their CHOICE is still available for women in the future.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

From Prochoice Thankyous

Just in time for Roe V Wade anniversary and blog for choice! What a wonderful thing! My abortion provider is my hero! My (no longer) OB/gyn is not.
I just stumbled onto your blog. I just spent some time combing through it and I think you're an incredible woman. I love that are so many of us that are strong, and brave and honest and can talk about our thoughts about experiences. The truth is, that's what we need. Honest perspectives, good, bad and ugly. as long as it's all true. That's why I'm inviting you to submit to my blog The goal of my project is to encourage pro-choicers to send their thanks to anyone that makes abortion possible in this world. Lord knows they have to deal with a tremendous amount of shit. It's nice to show them a little appreciation. You can go to my site for more info or examples and of course you're welcome to email me. Let me know what you think.