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Informed Consent: Really?

(Please note sarcasm in last paragraph!)

H.B. 200 Informed Consent
, which requires ultrasound images to be taken and then displayed to women seeking abortions, if they so choose [to see the images], has generated much controversy, as anything having to do with a woman’s right to choose does.  This bill made it through the Utah House last week.

An article in the Deseret News has yielded some interesting comments from readers:

This law is a fairly transparent attempt to reduce the number of abortions by counting on pregnant women to change their minds after seeing an ultrasound of their living fetus. Naturally there are two ways to look at this: the pro-life view is that if a woman is confronted with graphic images of the fetus she can’t otherwise see, she will make an emotional decision against the abortion. The pro-choice view is that this is the equivalent of a protester standing outside the clinic with graphic photos of aborted fetuses — in other words, intimidation. Both views have some validity, which is why abortion is such a difficult debate in the first place. How many women will “choose” to see these images, is hard to say; whether any medical providers will somehow “show” the images to a woman without being asked is also hard to predict. And so the tug of war over a highly personal issue, between two equally passionate factions, with vulnerable, pregnant women in the middle, goes on and on.

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Legislature, please show some compassion to victims of sexual violence. Imagine if it was your daughter, wife or sister who was attacked. Would you still thrust this upon her?

These women CAN’T sleep at night. That is why they make the painful choice to have an abortion. This is a bill of re-victimization. Even in the cases where the pregnancy was just unplanned, it is not the government’s right to interfere with the woman or her doctor’s decision.

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What a complete WASTE of tax payers dollars and a HUGE WASTE of our State Legislatures time. We have so many other huge problems like our deficit and our unemployment crisis to fix. This bills only purpose is to try and make a woman change their mind as the congressman said in the article. To all Utah residents and to all the members of the Utah congress, abortion is LEGAL! Get used to it. I can’t wait to cast my vote this next election against any incumbent who voted in support of this. The abortion clinics should have the choice to support and install this in their facility, not be forced to. If this passes into law I hope the ACLU will fight this and get it overturned.

H.B. 200 does not provide complete disclosure to the woman seeking an abortion.  While this bill is aimed in reality at attempting to have women change their minds about abortion (even after long and often painful thought into the decision), there are no provisions whatsoever to provide financial support by the government if the woman changes her mind.  The “information” and “education” does not, for example, include the reality of the costs of raising a child; the emotional distress of giving the baby up for adoption and subsequently the legal rights of the birth mother to stay connected, or not, to the child; or parenting issues education.  [Tongue in cheek] If state legislators are intent on making it difficult for women to make their own choices through a bill that legislates moral values, they should include in such a bill the financial obligation and commitment to support  the woman and her child should she change her mind about having the abortion.  “Informed” consent?  Not really.

(cross-posted to Utah Legislature Watch)

Abortion, Life, the planet, and human existence

Yesterday I received and email from someone (whom I had never heard of or met, to the best of my knowledge) asking me my position on abortion.  Here is how I responded:

I support a woman’s right to choose safe, legal abortion and believe that reproductive  and health issues must remain a medical matter between individuals and their health care  providers.

The questioner responded back to me with something to this effect:
I’m sorry.  I pray that someday you will live up to  “I pledge allegiance to all life and its interpendent diversity.” (referring to my “Pledge to Life” in my left sidebar)

My response, via this blog only (I have invited the person who emailed me to continue the discussion on this blog so that others may also join in – the person responded to that email, after requesting no further email communication, with I understand. The truth is not always easy.):

This person obviously has an egocentric and narrow-minded view of life – “all life”.  While entire species and habitats, upon which humans rely for its very existence, are being destroyed and becoming extinct, this person is concerned with only one aspect of life – human life.  People like this expend energy on addressing only human life as if it were the end all and be all of life.  If humans died off, the world would not be in jeopardy. Life would continue to thrive ( dare say it would also not only thrive, but would be better off without the destructive impact of the human species….).   If the blue green algae dies off, as one example, humans are doomed.

“Life” began before humans.  “Life” is being destroyed by humans.  I suspect that the possibility exists that “Life” will likely re-generate itself after the human species dies off because of the destructiveness to “life” it in which it engages.

I encourage people to take some time and view the video clips on life at Global Mindshift.

The Salt Lake Tribune has posted a brief mention of yesterday’s rally that I attended.


PLANNED PARENTHOOD AND ABORTION-RIGHTS SUPPORTERS

(Al Hartmann/The Salt Lake Tribune )

Rally on H.B. 235: Abortion

Today a rally was held at the Utah State Capitol by Planned Parenthood and the ACLU to lobby for a “no” vote to H.B. 235, the bill that originally would have banned abortions in Utah, but has now been reverted back to being a “trigger” bill.

The prevailing message was that women must retain the right to do what they want with their own bodies and the way to avoid abortions is by providing sex education (and not just abstinence) as well as legal and safe abortions if needed.

Pom Poms Not Bomb Bombs, Utah’s Radical Cheerleaders, of which I am a member, participated. Here is the appropro cheer we did:

2-4-6-8!
Women’s care is second rate!
That’s not decent in our state!
We want access not debate!
Uh-uh, uh, uh Continue reading

Thoughts on Abortion

A Maine physician has had a post published on Common Dreams:What it Meant When Abortion Was Illegal.

He describes the anger and frustration on the part of his father, a physician who was also a Republican, family man, and well respected community member, when he couldn’t save a 16 year old from an abortion-gone-wrong by an unskilled abortionist in the early 1900’s.

The article speaks for itself.

Abortion Bill: Minors will continue to be at risk if this passes

The Utah Senate voted down a proposed amendment on abortion (proposed by Sen. Scott McCoy) that would have helped protect at risk minors. The senate gave preliminary approval to the original bill, required that physicians seek parental consent before performing abortions on minors. (The bill is on hold pending a funding measure.)

The current law in Utah, in place since 1974, requires parental notification prior to abortions being performed on minors. The proposed amendment would have waived that noficiation process to minors deemed at risk in the home by abuse.

Sen. Patrice Arent, D-South Cottonwood, proposed a similar amendment when HB85 was before the Senate Judiciary and Criminal Justice Committee. Monday, Arent said the change takes into account real-world situations.
“I think it makes sense for those narrow situations where you don’t want to have that girl harmed further,” she said.

Utah has an “abstinence only” curricula as part of the health classes that have sex ed as a unit in them. Only the issue of abstinence can be taught. Not even other birth control measures may be mentioned. This does not stop minors from having sex. This bill on abortion will not stop minors from seeking abortions. Just a few weeks ago Salt Lake City Weekly ran a feature on minors crossing borders to get abortions because of the laws in Utah. This bill, if passed, will only continue to exascerbate that issue and force minors in abusive situations to seek help out of state.