The Stigma of Abortion Almost Kills a Woman

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A 4th year university student from Montreal, Quebec wrote a guest blog in which she denounced the “ever-limiting title of ‘feminist’.” Here’s why: over the the Christmas holidays, there was a news story that two abortionists in New Jersey and Maryland would be charged with multiple counts of murder for committing illegal late-term abortions. Authorities reported that, in addition to having broken the law regarding abortion post-viability both within New Jersey and Maryland, Steven Brigham and Nicola Riley allegedly also kept the corpses of the children they had murdered at their abortion facility in freezers. The guest blogger that brought this story to my attention, said only one site, Jezebel, covered the story and that’s why she’s done with being a “feminist.” Well, now she has two sites covering it.

This is a disturbing story, and it gets worse – the reason these two doctors are getting attention is one particular case – the case of an 18-year-old woman, identified only as “D.B.” D.B sought an abortion at 21 weeks gestation, which is three weeks later than the upper gestational limit in New Jersey. D.B went to the New Jersey facility where the procedure was to be completed. The procedure outlined that it would induce immediate fetal death via injection of digoxin into the baby’s heart, and it was to be completed the following day at the facility in Maryland. D.B., who was accompanied by her mother “C.B.,” was then “operated on” by Riley.

Like someone out of a movie, D.B.’s mother reported that she heard her daughter “screaming and hollering” for two hours. As reported by Live Action, while Riley was trying to find fetal cranial tissue from what she had removed from D.B., she discovered that she had “perforated D.B.’s uterus, shoved the remains of [her] baby into her abdominal cavity, and pulled out part of her bowel.”

D.B.’s mother, requested that …

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Crisis Pregnancy Centers On the Radar in San Francisco

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It’s always sunny in San Francisco!

Now, I’m not being as flip about the significance of the abortion debate, I’m really not.  If you’re anti-choice, that’s your prerogative, and I totally respect that.  To you, in fact, the news out of Frisco is probably not something to be happy about.

Still, in times of such bizarre political upheaval, it’s kind of refreshing to see a law … well, you know, upheld.  The city’s Board of Supervisors passed a 10-1 reaffirmation last week on a proposal that “would bar pregnancy crisis centers from engaging in false or misleading advertising practices.”

In other words, crisis pregnancy centers will be legally required to put their cards on the table in terms of the degree of services they provide.

From SF Gate:

The legislation targets centers that oppose abortion, and the idea is to assure that women with unplanned pregnancies don’t seek counseling there with the expectation that they’ll be provided a …

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So What’s the Dealio With This Herman Cain Guy?

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I was having a conversation with a friend a couple of weeks ago when he asked my thoughts on Herman Cain.  I’m embarrassed to admit it, but my initial reaction was, “Who the hell is Herman Cain?”

His response?  “The Godfather’s Pizza guy.”

Which made me feel marginally better, considering the guy’s all over the news and I’d barely noticed his existence.

It did get me thinking, though, about how bizarre it is that a presidential candidate can pretty much rise out of the middle of nowhere and somehow become fairly popular.  It also  made me realize that I knew virtually nothing about Cain’s positions, and I have to tell you, the research has been pretty interesting on that one.

Cain on a woman’s right to choose, courtesy of Wonkette:

We are beginning to wonder if Herman Cain actually understands …

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Stephen Harper Won’t Discuss Abortion

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Earlier this week, Canadians re-elected Prime Minister Stephen Harper. This is a big deal, because a few months back Harper was found in contempt of parliament (which is the legal charge for obstructing government- he refused to release portions of his budget the parliament, which as you might guess, would be pretty problematic to the members of parliament who had to vote on said budget). After being held in contempt, the other party leaders carried through a vote of no confidence, which threw us all into an election. And somehow this embarrassing  and disgustingly illegal act flew over the tops of the heads of Canadians, and we re-elected the liar.
But enough about our disastrous apathy towards democracy- for more on the entire shameful mess, you can go here.
What will Harper’s Conservative government mean for women?
Abortion has been without legal restriction since 1988. However, in the election race, one of the conservative candidates, Brad Trost, mentioned …

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