Friday, June 09, 2006

"George Bush forced me to have an abortion"

No, he didn’t get her pregnant. But, well, read it for yourself-

What happens if there’s no Plan B?

See, she can’t be expected to be responsible for controlling her own fertility, it has to be Bush’s fault that she couldn’t get her Plan B pill. Heaven forbid that a married Virginia lawyer take responsibility for her OWN body and her own actions.

There’s some good reading on this here, here, and here.

One has to wonder, if the Plan B pill weren’t available AT ALL, would she have ‘remembered’ her diaphragm? Or would she have just gone on and had the abortion? Would it still have been George Bush's fault?



At June 11, 2006 1:14 AM, Blogger HonestAbe said...

Your link folded. I was interested in it. Too Bad.

At June 11, 2006 4:35 PM, Blogger Alicia said...

??? The links all worked fine for me. Hi, by the way ... =) it's really cool to start seeing blogger names I don't recognize commenting on here.

There's been a question running through my head since we started the Plan B discussions on here. How does the Plan B pill work? Not necessarily the full gamut of the science behind it, but is it morally equivalent to abortion (does it prevent an already-conceived child from being able to lodge in the placenta), or does it somehow prevent the child from being able to be conceived?

Dana is an excellent rhetorician. I've been thinking about that, with blogging and such, that sometimes it's just that people need to write where someone else can see--and I know she wasn't doing that, she was using her story to make a point (and blame the "religious" politics of this country for her predicament), but it just struck me how logical it seemed the whole way through reading it. Of course, the first one of those extra links you had pointed out the simple fact that she could have called Planned Parenthood to obtain the Plan B pill, rather than letting it slide. (That's a very human growing-up thing, I'm discovering. I've found lots of times in my life when I've thought, in retrospect: I did make an effort but not enough of an effort to solve a problem in the past, so now I have a harder job to fix things *now*. Of course, it wouldn't occur to me to blame the country for that--but I've read lots of articles lamenting that popular state of thought in this country.)

I was disturbed by the bleak picture that Dana painted of the pro-life efforts around her, and then moved again by the way your third? link pointed out that she could have asked her friend to adopt the child. There's so much here.

Anyway, thanks for posting all of this.

At June 11, 2006 4:53 PM, Blogger Kyrie said...

I had to go in and fix the links. I'd written it in Word when Blogger was down, and forgot that sometimes the " does'nt come through right.

Plan B (as I understand it) works first to prevent an egg from being released, much like regular birth control pills. It also though does prevent an alreaby fertized egg from implanting if the pregnancy has gotten that far.

Her's would have been a risky pregnancy in any case, because of her medical conditions/medications. One would think that a non-Catholic married couple in her position would taek permanent steps to avoid pregnancy.

I just realized something. At no point prior to the abortion itself does Dana bring her husband into the issue. Did he even KNOW she had tried to get a hold of the Plan B pill? Did she ask for his hlep?

It always befuddles me why non-Catholic families in their position dont' take PERMANENT steps to avoid pregnancy. Surely, they could go to DC for the day again and she take the kids while he gets a vasectomy.

But maybe George Bush is using his 'mind-control lasers' to keep them from thinking about that option! ;)

At June 12, 2006 8:34 AM, Anonymous Basajaun said...

It is a real situation?? In fact I can believe it?! How can a lawer take the decition in that kind of matters¿!
Well, Bush and his freedom...


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