Sunday, August 21, 2011

Pro-Life Politicians More Concerned With Controlling Women's Health and Forcing Their Own Morality Than Anything Else.

Yup, that's right. And I'm hopping mad. This past week, all but two of the Planned Parenthood offices in Arizona were forced to stop providing abortion services. The two that remain are in the biggest urban areas in the state, leaving the majority of women in Arizona out of possibilities that are safe and convenient.

The Arizona Court of Appeals has upheld a 2009 pro-life state law that, in part, requires the mother to be informed of abortion risks and alternatives at an in-person doctor visit the day before getting an abortion, requires notarized parental consent for abortion on a minor child, and includes right of conscience religious provisions.
You can bet that this sort of law would never apply to, say, vasectomies, or a prescription for Viagra. No flipping way. The reason that the rural PP offices were forced to stop offering abortion was because their services were provided by nurse practitioners and, thus, don't fulfill the "in-person doctor visit" portion of the law. I call bullsh*t.
The reason this law was enacted was to force women into other alternatives besides abortion. There has been much debate, and I think we can all agree that abortion is not a desired outcome for anyone, pro-life or pro-choice. But if our true intention is to decrease the number of abortions, than we ought to be aiming our arrows at preventing unwanted pregnancies and offering early prenatal care to avoid life-threatening conditions that could prompt abortions in desired pregnancies. Instead, lawmakers are defunding one of the best-known agencies that provides both of those services - Planned Parenthood. This law was aimed directly and unyeildingly at abortion service providers and the women who access them.
Some politicians say they are simply trying to make abortions safer. Bullsh*t again. Abortions are as safe as any other in-office surgical procedure. Most of them occur without any sort of intravenous or general anesthesia, which cannot be said for other surgeries such as many plastic surgeries, tubal ligations, and trauma repair that occur in-office these days. As with any other procedure, getting an abortion requires informed consent. Clearly, the woman seeking those services has to speak with her provider and get the information necessary to agree to this procedure. So what's the deal?
Here is where abortion is different. It is a decision that must be made within a certain, specific time period or the decision is effectively made for you. A man seeking a vasectomy can wait a few weeks after seeing a physician to make his decision. He can either abstain from sexual activity or use some form of birth control in the meantime. A woman seeking an abortion is already pregnant. She doesn't have much time to consider her options.
The man is also not subjected to picketers judging him and showing him graphic photos of his surgery. I'm willing to bet that most men, should they see 11x14 full-color posters of their testicles exposed, painted with Betadine, and a surgeon's hand with the scalpel at the ready, would run for the nearest bush, vomit violently, and pass out.
These laws are not aimed at preventing unwanted or risky pregnancies. They are not aimed at protecting women. They are not aimed at improving the quality of the healthcare that women receive. They are designed to limit access to a safe, viable, legal surgical procedure that some lawmakers disagree with morally. The fact that they feel the need to lie about their intentions is a warning bell. Like I tell my kids, "If you feel like you need to hide what you're doing, it's probably not the right thing to do."

6 comments:

Dee Ready said...

This line you wrote and angrily felt said it all:" if our true intention is to decrease the number of abortions, than we ought to be aiming our arrows at preventing unwanted pregnancies and offering early prenatal care to avoid life-threatening conditions that could prompt abortions in desired pregnancies."

I applaud you, Kario, for your courage in stepping forth and putting your words out there for all of us to read.
Your anger is morally justifiable.

leahsthoughts.com said...

Amen sister! This really angers me too. I feel as though we - as a nation - are going backwards with some of these issues (including abortion). It really makes me worried about the future.

leahsthoughts.com said...

And this is totally unrelated to the topic at hand, but is Brene Brown's book good (the one you reading)? I heard her speak a few weeks ago and she was so inspiring. I was thinking of getting her book as well.

Jennifer O. said...

The spped at which we're regressing is worrying me, as well. What kind of world are my daughters inheriting? Why does the government get to tell her she can't have control over her body, when the opposite message is promoted endlessly to men (Viagra).

fullsoulahead.com said...

"If you feel like you need to hide what you're doing, it's probably not the right thing to do."

Words to live by.

And this! So true.

"I'm willing to bet that most men, should they see 11x14 full-color posters of their testicles exposed, painted with Betadine, and a surgeon's hand with the scalpel at the ready, would run for the nearest bush, vomit violently, and pass out."

Love.

Laura@Catharsis said...

Bravo! You are absolutely right. This is one of those topics that gets me hot in the pants (and believe me, there are many). I am so damn sick of politicians passing legislation and propagating bullshit to serve their own morality or self-interests. There are women AND men who need services from institutions like PP. Hell, I might have had an unwanted pregnancy in my teens were in not for them. And here they are, thwarting this valid option. I could spit fire, it makes me so mad. Well said.

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