When I had a miscarriage in October of 2009, I had no idea that I had lost a wanted, beloved baby. I simply went into the doctor for a checkup only to find there was no heartbeat and I had lost our child a few weeks earlier. My body had refused to let go, showed no signs of passing anything on its own, and we were just days from making it into the second trimester.
My doctor scheduled a D&C, I went to the hospital, the procedure was completed, and I went home to begin my healing.
Now, a North Carolina Republican wants to stop that from happening. He has proposed legislation that assures that the next time a woman has a missed miscarriage, she would be forced to carry that dead fetus inside of her until it expelled on its own, even if that meant she could develop an infection and die.
Via The Hill:
House members on Tuesday night are expected to hold a controversial vote on language that would prevent federal funds for medical resident training from being used to train residents on abortion procedures.
The language in question comes from Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), who is seeking to amend a bill that would scale back the federal funding and make it subject to annual appropriations. The program, established in last year’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), was automatically funded by Democrats last year.
“This amendment ensures that the grants being provided to teaching health centers are not being used to perform elective abortion, makes it crystal clear that taxpayer money is not being used to train healthcare providers to perform abortion procedures,” Foxx said. “When the liberal Democrats rammed through their government takeover of healthcare, in an unprecedented fashion, they refused to include longstanding pro-life provisions.”
There’s only one problem with refusing to train residents on “abortion procedures.” Those medical procedures aren’t simply used for terminating unwanted live pregnancies — they are used for terminating wanted live pregnacies that are putting a woman’s health in jeopardy. Or used for removing the products of conception for women who have had missed or incomplete miscarriages, who need a doctor to help them pass the rest of their tissue in order to stop bleeding or stave off infection.
Abortion procedures can be needed for a myriad of reasons, but as time is progressing, less and less residents are actually learning how to perform them. The ACLU reports that as far back as 1992 less than half of chief residents reported knowing how to perform a first trimester abortions, and teaching the procedures in residency programs has decreased year after year since. Currently, it is believed that 97 percent of all family practice residents and 37 percent of all OB/GYN residents have never performed a first trimester abortion.
What happens when most doctors don’t know how to perform life saving abortions? This:
We all knew the pregnancy wasn’t viable, couldn’t be viable with the amount of blood I was losing, but it still took them hours to do anything, because the doctor on call didn’t do abortions. At all. Ever. No one on call that night did them in fact. A very kind nurse risked her job to call a doctor from the Reproductive Health Clinic who was not on call, and asked her to come in to save my life. Fortunately she was home, and even more fortunately she was able to get there relatively quickly. But by the time she got there I was in bad shape. Blood loss had rendered me borderline incoherent…
The combination of ignorance as to what “abortion procedures” really are, and a zealots’ glee for pushing an anti-choice agenda, is simply another shot fired in this continuing the Republican war on women
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(Edited to correct the Representative who proposed the bill)