It’s just a few more days before the city of Albuquerque, N.M., will vote on an amendment to ban late-term abortions (i.e., after 20 weeks). Early voting on the subject ends today, with the rest of the city able to vote on November 19. Turnout for early voting has been massive, including a number of voters who used Veterans Day on Monday to exercise their constitutional right.
Also using the holiday to express his constitutional rights was anti-choice activist Rives Grogan. Grogan disrupted a Veterans Day memorial ceremony in New Mexico, where he was promptly overwhelmed by the very veterans he was disrespecting.
Depending on which way the vote goes on election day, there may no longer be any post 20 week abortions in Albuquerque, the home of one of the few later abortion providers in the country. Just in case that does happen, Valencia County, N.M., which lies directly to the south, has had its own abortion opponents begin efforts to put a county-wide ban into place there, as well. The county ordinance would be able to be voted into effect just with a majority of commissioners’ approval, unlike the public voting process occurring in its neighbor to the north.
In international news, a woman who was miscarrying in Buenos Aires is fighting back against police who arrested her on suspicion of inducing an abortion, as well as the obstetrician who not only informed the cops in violation of her medical privacy, but allegedly withheld care and pain killers as a means of punishing her for her “crime.” Although the doctor in question appears to have not only violated medical ethics as well as acted maliciously, that is what happens in a world where abortion is criminalized and every miscarriage then becomes suspect and can potentially be investigated at the whim of a physician.
Meanwhile, in Australia, a doctor who wants to limit the right to an abortion in that country said that a pregnant person dying of an infection from an illegal abortion would mean that she got “exactly what she deserved for trying to kill her own child.” However, at least he isn’t sexist — he also said, ”It disappoints me that men can sire children, decide to kill them, and that they do not need to risk their neck in the process.”
Michigan is another step closer to banning insurance coverage of abortion, with anti-choice activists beginning a public relations campaign to convince voters to ask for a separate charge for any person who wants their insurance policy to cover abortion. In Ohio, a bill is being introduced that would do the same, as well as stop some insurance plans from covering birth control. Even more devastating, it could forbid public hospitals from allowing any abortion to be performed for any reason except to treat an ectopic pregnancy. A Colorado hospital is in the midst of a dispute over a gag order because doctors are being told that they cannot even mention abortion, even if the patient’s health is at risk.
It all makes sense when you think about it, though. After all, denying access to birth control was the real reason the Pilgrims came to America, according to the Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins.
Another teen is in danger of spending massive time in jail for giving birth to a stillborn baby, this time because she admitted using cocaine a few days earlier in her pregnancy. This is just the latest case in a disturbing trend to punish teens for not giving birth to healthy babies when they get pregnant. At the same time, abortion opponents who claim to care about the health of teen girls are up in arms that they have access to contraception, especially emergency contraception, yet have little concern for the health effects of them being pregnant and giving birth. A new move to restrict access to Plan B for everyone is using that “available to teens” scare tactic to try to get the product removed from the shelves all together.
On a brighter note, Congressional Democrats have gone on the offense and introduced a Woman’s Health and Safety Act, the first piece of national proactive, pro-reproductive rights legislation since the ill-fated Freedom of Choice Act petered out in the late 2000′s.
Thank goodness, since obviously, we’re going to need it.
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