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Dispatches From The War On Women: Lying About Suicide And Abortion

Dispatches From The War On Women: Lying About Suicide And Abortion

Welcome to Dispatches, your round-up of the latest news from the frontlines of the War on Women. Have a story from your state or an idea on how to push back? Share them here and fight back against the War on Women.

The entire purpose of “informed consent” laws is to make sure that a medical patient has the information necessary to make an educated decision about the relative risks and benefits of a given procedure before agreeing to it. In the case of abortion though, informed consent has come to mean flooding women with misleading medical information and requiring they undergo unnecessary and invasive procedures before granting their request to terminate a pregnancy. Yesterday’s decision upholding a South Dakota law that mandates doctors tell women that suicide is linked to abortion when none exists is a perfect example.

Senate Republicans voted against tax cuts for the middle class so they could preserve the Bush tax cuts for the 1%, but you probably could have guessed that, couldn’t you?

I suppose this is a good time to remind folks that one in four private sector workers earn less than $10 an hour.

“Welfare queen” is racial dog-whistle for a single mother of color, so of course the Tea Party resurrects it in time for the presidential election.

Yesterday marked the start of a state court challenge to Pennsylvania’s voter ID law. The law, if enforced, would disenfranchise over 750,000 registered voters, many of whom are urban Africa-American voters in the Philadelphia area. The state admitted there was no evidence of voter fraud to justify the requirement, they just wanted to try and swing the election in Mitt Romney’s favor. So there you go.

Republicans want to “help” with labor laws the same way they “helped” with election laws.

This is why we can’t have nice things: gun sales are UP after the Aurora massacre.

Related: Melissa McEwan offers this tough look on how rape culture finds its way into literally everything, including the Aurora massacre.

Anti-marriage equality groups fighting a challenge to the state’s ban on same-sex marriage are trying to get presiding judge Sophia Hall kicked off the case because she’s a lesbian.

We’ll know we’re getting truly serious in the battle against HIV when we stop discriminating against sex workers in the administration of aid and support services.

It’s finally come to this. In Arizona Bill Montgomery, the Maricopa County Attorney, is asking that his colleague Pima County attorney Barbara LaWall be removed from the defense of the 20-week abortion ban since LaWall has said she doesn’t believe the law is constitutional. Meanwhile, Montgomery is considering allowing a minister to file court briefs on behalf of those yet-to-be-conceived. That’s right–an actual women attorney involved in the case should be removed while a priest to represent the interests of the yet-to-be-conceived should be let into the case.

Thanks for checking back and don’t forget to send in your stories, suggestions and comments. We’ll be back each weekday with the latest in the best and the worst from the War on Women. So long as the battle rages, we’ll cover the latest, so please check back!

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12:39AM PDT on Aug 1, 2012

Since my last comment, I read some of the others and first I have to say on a more personal level I had 4 children. Once I was told I had an ectopic preagnancy and could bleed to death if I did not get a D & C now! It's just another term for abortion. I decided to put my life in God's hands and if I live I live and if not it was nice knowing all I knew!. It died on it's own labor day ( of all days 1985!) After that I had another baby to term this time, I was 23 and she had Down's Syndrome. I kept her till she was 8 months old and 3 weeks. WHen she underwent Open Heart surgery and died.,I had 2 more children after that. The ones who abort are not misled all that much. COuld be they lean more toiward the selfish personality type. Ahren whoever you are you do tend to blame a awful lot on the women. Not just since it takes 2 but beings that it is only fair to half the blame, each party takes half of the blame for causing the start of a new life. So how can you keep telling all the anti women stuff you do-did-what the heck ever!!??? Oh my kids are grown now I am a Grandma.I don't regret anything. I just still miss my dead baby. ANyone surviving the death of their child will do this. More like those who choose abortion have a diminished capacity to love. Now that's sad!

12:39AM PDT on Aug 1, 2012

Since my last comment, I read some of the others and first I have to say on a more personal level I had 4 children. Once I was told I had an ectopic preagnancy and could bleed to death if I did not get a D & C now! It's just another term for abortion. I decided to put my life in God's hands and if I live I live and if not it was nice knowing all I knew!. It died on it's own labor day ( of all days 1985!) After that I had another baby to term this time, I was 23 and she had Down's Syndrome. I kept her till she was 8 months old and 3 weeks. WHen she underwent Open Heart surgery and died.,I had 2 more children after that. The ones who abort are not misled all that much. COuld be they lean more toiward the selfish personality type. Ahren whoever you are you do tend to blame a awful lot on the women. Not just since it takes 2 but beings that it is only fair to half the blame, each party takes half of the blame for causing the start of a new life. So how can you keep telling all the anti women stuff you do-did-what the heck ever!!??? Oh my kids are grown now I am a Grandma.I don't regret anything. I just still miss my dead baby. ANyone surviving the death of their child will do this. More like those who choose abortion have a diminished capacity to love. Now that's sad!

12:10AM PDT on Aug 1, 2012

I was about 5 years old when my Grandmother who almost raised me told me she'd had 3 abortions. I didn't know what it meant! ANd the next year I asked her "What are you guys having for dinner tonight"? ANd watched her loose her sanity. I also gave my credit card to my oldest daughter to terminate her second child (she still was raising the first) and she has taken to drinking more and more everysince. I do not believe in abortion. I think doctors if they are doing their job will be required to explain to anyone getting an abortion " Oh and another thing, this might cost you a lot more than the dollars you pay for it and your soul, it might even cost your sanity". Cause I really believe it's true, that's the true cost of abortion. I am not guessing, I have grown up a living example watching these FACTS unfold before my eyes. You can get mad scream and deny all you want, I have lived watching this all happen, scream at that!!!

8:25AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Ahren A states: "Learn self-defense, teach your daughters self-defense so you can kick the asses of rapists, incestuous pedophiles or whatever...."

Intriguing, self defence lessons at age 8 or even age two when incest happens or pedophiles attack. Some babies are even raped, let's try out self defence courses for infants.

You also mention that women should not allow themselves to become pregnant. Funny how the man has no responsibility in the sexual act, that it is always the woman's fault. It takes two to tango. Yes, women get pregnant but not by herself.

8:25AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Okay, Ahren, perhaps the solution is no sex with men ever unless a couple is only looking to have a baby. That should keep pregnancy rates down.

Women entirely responsible for their bodies because women get pregnant? What if the man on her first date turns out to be a rapist? Perhaps then she should have known by 'deep instinctual vibes' that the man was a rotter? Just has to be her fault!

Many men, especially the young (although one can never say all) refuse to take any form of responsibility for the sexual encounter. It is simply a hedonistic way of stating that if anything goes wrong it is all the woman's responsibility because it is only her body that gets pregnant. So very typical of many refusing to take a part in the total responsibility when two people are involved.

10:57PM PDT on Jul 29, 2012

The only problem is, I don't believe one word if her story. I don't believe she ever had a
abortion much less a botched one. It sounds too much like it came out of the anti- choicers handbook. I do agree about the Canadian healthcare system though, I understand Harper and his teabaggers are trying to dismantle it along with taking away a woman's right to choose.

8:13PM PDT on Jul 29, 2012

Charli, your story about that Dr is exactly why I am so grateful that abortion is legal and covered by health insurance here in Canada. No profiting, but part of our health care services. It is done compassionately and with each patient fully informed of the procedure, councelled on contraceptive options and given excellent care.

5:04PM PDT on Jul 29, 2012

Cheri C, I am so sorry to hear your story. Thanks for sharing!

Beth K why do you victimise Cherie even more after she shares her story? I can't belive you said that!

5:01PM PDT on Jul 29, 2012

Hi Charli S. thanks for your insight.

You must work at one of the better clinics because I know multiple girls who have been lied to by abortion clinics and later regret their decision. The aftermath is awful. The problem is that no-one sees this because too much shame is involved.

I think giving all the info is important even if the decision is harder. At least they had the real choice then. Same as any operation.

I think clinics who encourage other options (as well as abortion) actually aim to protect the women from what I've seen.

Also I think the economics actually works in favour of abortions, that is another factor that makes the industry scary to me.

4:32PM PDT on Jul 29, 2012

Cherie, the title is lying about abortion. So stop

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