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Repro Roundup: ’40 Days of Life’ Ends, But Crazy Anti-Choice Antics Continue

Repro Roundup: ’40 Days of Life’ Ends, But Crazy Anti-Choice Antics Continue

November 3 marked the end of 40 Days for Life, the twice yearly prayer and protest outside many of the abortion (and birth control) providers in the country. Galvanized by the recent end of abortion services in at least a dozen of the clinics in Texas, many abortion opponents celebrated at the very clinics that no longer were offering abortion care.

The San Antonio Express tells about one such clinic, where inside one doctor fumed that he couldn’t help a woman in the midst of a failed self-abortion because he was afraid the protesters on the street would have him arrested. “If it weren’t for those (protesters) out there, I’d help her in a heartbeat,” he told the paper.

While some Texas anti-choicers are protesting clinics, others are taking graphic, gruesome fetal remains posters and planting themselves outside of high schools, saying that is a better way to stop abortion from occurring. Meet Jered Ragon of Abolish Human Abortion (warning, graphic images at link), who, according to the Dallas Observer, says, “The abortion ‘clinic’ is the Final Line in the day to day battle but there are many other places where young souls can be reached with the truth, justice, and mercy of God long before they find themselves stumbling to the slaughter. Chief among these is the public High School.”

Ragon is now “right with God,” as opposed to a few years earlier, when he was in jail for attempting to firebomb a church, according to the Observers blog.

AHA isn’t the only one forcing graphic images on the general public to make them repent for abortion being legal. Center for Bioethical Reform was doing the same at a university in Kentucky, and Created Equal is bringing its “mobile billboard” back to Albuquerque, N.M., to ride the streets between now and November 19, when the voters will decide if they want to have a 20 week ban on abortions in the city. Luckily, the fetus images inserted in trick or treat bags on Halloween weren’t so graphic.

South Carolina Senator Lindsay Graham and 33 senators have sponsored a 22 week “fetal pain” abortion ban…again. I wonder how many of the sponsors are getting Koch money.

Rush Limbaugh has declared that Democrats are turning women into “abortion machines.” Also, presidential wannabe and former senator Rick Santorum is once again blaming legal abortion for all of society’s evils.

Philadelphia may have another rogue clinic on their hands, as an abortion provider long accused by colleagues of having unsafe practices appears to have tried to open a new clinic under a different name, after an old clinic was shuttered. Ohio is seeing yet another clinic shut down for lack of transfer agreements with a local hospital, and soon Cincinatti could be the largest metro area in the United States with no clinic. Kansas is still appealing their own transfer agreements dispute. The Supreme Court may end up hearing Texas’ case regarding agreements, but in the mean time they have no interest in allowing the clinics to operate without them.

An Iowa judge rightfully blocked the state board of medicines ban on the telemed abortion program. Now an anti-choice group is threatening to have the judge kicked out of her seat.

Wisconsin will review two new reproductive health restrictions: one that bans so called “sex-selection” abortions and one that allows employers to veto contraception and abortion coverage in insurance if they have a “moral” objection to it. Meanwhile, the state refused to expand Medicaid and has been decimating health care. A women was arrested after an alleged stillbirth and argued that she didn’t go to the hospital because she couldn’t afford the medical bills, which shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone.

One Minnesota GOP chapter posted a picture comparing abortion to slavery, then took it down and apologized after receiving complaints. Now anti-choice activists are calling them “cowards” for removing the image.

Arizona is trying to take its “sex and race” abortion ban back to the courts,

And finally, here’s the two best articles ever written about medication abortion.

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12:33PM PST on Nov 15, 2013

Mary B.: Understood about duplicate posts.

12:29PM PST on Nov 15, 2013

Suba G.: As this is such a common sense idea, it WILL NOT FLY. Politicians (and the anti-abortionists in general) are absolutely, positively AGAINST anything that REEKS of common sense...regardless of party.

8:48AM PST on Nov 15, 2013

Paul B......Not one word from you about the "sperm" side of this "abortion" issue......Maybe you're saying all these women went out and payed thousands of dollars to have IVF or went to a spem bank to get pregnant but then decided in the 20+ week that maybe this isn't such a great idea?......Do the men offer to take these babies and raise them as single fathers if an abortion is not available?.....Please address the male side of this issue other than "can't have one or late term abortions are wrong"

8:35AM PST on Nov 15, 2013

The simplest solution is to provide financial incentives for NOT breeding, and financial penalties for breeding. i.e. A complete reversal of the current system. That way only those who really want children will go to the trouble.

BTW men who received the incentives for being child-free, should have to repay them with interest if it's proven that they had fathered children.

7:45AM PST on Nov 15, 2013

Add comment, refresh browser, hit back arrow, refresh browser again, comment shows up, fabulous!

Paul B busily polishes tawdry 'gems' such as:

"We make it too easy for unwed mothers to receive benefits, so the consequences are not all bad. We have conditioned them that "someone" will take care of their baby and in turn for them as well."

7:44AM PST on Nov 15, 2013

We make it too easy for men who still live in the 1950's to believe that he can't take any real responsibility for birth control. Perhaps the 'little wimmin' should be celibate and wear chastity belts until marriage or do a role reversal and impose those conditions on men.

That's right Paul B, don the chapeau of the tea bagger (hat for unilinguals) and make sure that unwed mothers live in grinding poverty and 'punish' them for becoming pregnant as it is only the responsibility of the female to not get pregnant. The male had nothing to do with it at all. He is of course, celibate until marriage like all well behaved men. Rofl.

7:19AM PST on Nov 15, 2013

FYI, Mary... site is STILL acting up with "error" message. I noticed that yesterday as well.

7:18AM PST on Nov 15, 2013

Mary B. NO!!! That is NOT my answer to anything. Stricter controls from DC are typically bad as evidenced by the many rules and regulations that are strangling our freedoms. I was simply trying to make an argument as to WHY people want tighter controls. I believe the current level of restrictions are sufficient, maybe even too strict in some areas like some states that make the lady go through too many hoops, like ultrasounds, exams, etc. that is going too far.

I would try to reform the incentives that cause women to have unwanted pregnancies that society must deal with, including the "unwanted child". Abortion is like treating the symptom, not the illness we suffer from in our society.

I believe though that on the other end, it shouldn't be open season on late-term abortion. I have stated my opinion on that clearly. It IS a woman's choice, hopefully with the consent of the father, but NOT required, the decision to abort, and that should be done earlier rather than later, not withstanding any complications or threat to Mother's life. There are always exceptions, but unrestricted rights to late term abortions should NOT be the law either.

Balance and moderation are the keys to everything in life. Extremism of any kind in our life is what creates problems.

12:14PM PST on Nov 14, 2013

C2 is really messed up today.... sorry for the duplicate posts but you get an error report on my end thinking it hasn't gone through...

12:10PM PST on Nov 14, 2013

Paul B.......Your answer is stricter abortion controls??... Maybe your answer could be " I;m a man and I'm not going near any woman for sex until I KNOW I HAVE A CONDOM ON".....I don't see ANY shared respnsibility here.

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