“Dr. Michele Heisler, medical director of Physicians for Human Rights and one of the study’s authors, told NPR that one hospital spokesperson said in cases of pregnancy-related emergencies, the hospital “would try to use the woman’s body as an incubator to just try to keep the pregnancy going as long as possible.” — from an article about Oklahoma’s abortion ban.
“Abortion has been the biggest tool in conservative garden sheds for so long that they cannot stop using it to dig, even if it means burying themselves in a hole with policies that are bad for them politically and bad for others on a much more profound level.” — Jennifer Rubin on the political impact. I suspect part of it is that the right-wing’s raving misogyny makes the thought of caving in to angry women utterly unpalatable.
Roy Edroso offers another thought: some conservatives think that just like opposition to Obamacare has faded, women will get over Dobbs and vote Republican again.
Birth control and abortion let you have sex without reproducing. Elon Musk thinks that’s bad — which is not a unique viewpoint.
Forced-birther Abby Johnson claims she quit Planned Parenthood after seeing how disgusting abortions really were. Looks like she’s lying. Johnson denies it but as I’ve mentioned before, right-to-lifers lie a lot.
“She said she had been anti-abortion her whole life, and that her whole family was like her—and yet she was so appreciative of the care she received from us. She literally was like, ‘I’m so grateful that I’m able to make this choice for myself.’” There are many stories like that.
“I don’t think that it was ever expected that I would want birth control,” Juliet explains. “I just didn’t want to have to be so worried about – if I ever did get raped, which I hope it doesn’t happen, but if it ever does happen and I wasn’t on birth control, there would be a chance that I would have to keep the baby.”
“The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights on Wednesday will issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to bar health care providers and insurers from turning over information to state officials for the purpose of investigating, suing or prosecuting someone for seeking or providing a legal abortion.”
“At the hospital in Coral Springs, Fla., Cook received antibiotics, records show. Then she was sent home to wait.” — another story about ob/gyns being unable to provide proper care because of abortion bans.
Here’s an argument against abortion I haven’t seen before: the pregnant woman is really enslaving her embryo.
The inevitable next step, restricting the right to travel if the out-of-state trip involves abortions. Only minors without parental permission in this case but I’m sure someone will pass a worse one before long.
Tennessee possibly putting $100 million into crisis pregnancy centers isn’t a good use of taxpayer dollars — they don’t provide good services — but I’m sure the religious conservatives who run them will be happy with a little welfare.
“Yet another hospital in Idaho has announced it will no longer provide labor and delivery services to expecting mothers, prompting further concerns about the condition of health care access in the state. Valor Health in Emmett, Idaho, which is estimated to deliver fewer than 50 babies a year, will stop providing these services beginning June 1. In a statement, Valor Health attributed the move to staffing shortages, inflation, and the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. Some observers connected the move to the state’s abortion ban.”
For more on the right wing’s opposition to birth control and abortion, check out my Undead Sexist Cliches, available as a Amazon paperback, an ebook and from several other retailers. Cover by Kemp Ward, all rights remain with current holders.