Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Thoughts on Roe

If they have the balls to do it, it might go something like this:

1) The legality of abortion will get kicked back to the states, so blue states will have the procedure, some of the bigger red and mostly southern states won't, and I'll be smuggling in terrified pregnant teenagers from Indiana into Illinois and fending off further homegrown terrorists bombing health clinics. We'll have our own underground railroad. How charming.

2) Abortion is totally illegal, and we get 1.9 million more unwanted children every year. This will likely go the way of Prohibition, so we'll have ten years of women dying on tables and in back alleys and trying to self-perform abortions. Ten or twenty thousand dead women a year should do it; get a million real, live women who are now dead and talk about *their* deaths in front of a higher court, and we'll go back to allowing legal abortion. Of course, a lot of women, maybe you, your sister, your wife, your girlfriend, will have to die to get that to happen, but hey, that's politics.

It's not like politics are personal or anything. I mean, after all, this has nothing to do with me, or you, or anybody else.

Just politics.

In the meantime, there's a war on, the country's a bazillion dollars in debt, and most people don't have health care. I'm so glad we've picked something like this to spend all of our time and money on, instead of letting a quite good law continue to provide a quite good service that results in less death and complication than actual pregnancy.

When are we going to go after the real villains? Why am I the terrorist?

14 comments so far. What are your thoughts?

Anonymous said...

(Sarcasm alert).

It's because you just don't understand that life is only precious until it gets OUT of the womb. After that, it's fair game. So if the kids die from lack of health care or 'accidents' due to "I didn't want the damn kid anyway" parenting, that's just fine.

Or, you know, it's just possible that it's not life that's so precious to politicians. Maybe it's control over women. 

Posted by BetaCandy

Anonymous said...

Why am I the terrorist? 

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Posted by jam

Anonymous said...

Golly! Would Rev. George sign my bible? 

Posted by David

Anonymous said...

"...and I'll be smuggling in terrified pregnant teenagers from Indiana into Illinois and fending off further homegrown terrorists bombing health clinics. We'll have our own underground railroad. How charming. '

As a Hoosier woman (unfortunately) I can tell you that this could very well become a horrible reality should Roe go back to the states. No doubt my state would outlaw abortion (except maybe in rape/incest/medical issues), and the women of this state who have unintended pregnancies and desperately want to end them would have to either a.) travel to Illinois or another pro-choice state, b.) make a "visit" to Canada, or c.) turn to back alley abortions and other fatal measures just to end very much unwanted pregnancies. Hopefully, the pro-choice organizations such as NARAL Pro-Choice America and Planned Parenthood have a 'plan b' should Roe fall. More than likely it is some form of an underground system, consisting of physicians and secret clinics willing to perform safe but illegal abortions. Let us hope it will never have to come to that.

Posted by Pseudo-Adrienne

Anonymous said...

'cause your a feminazi - enemy of the constitution 

Posted by Anonymous

Anonymous said...

I should get a T-shirt, or a door prize.  

Posted by Kameron Hurley

Anonymous said...

For what it's worth, even if abortion is totally outlawed there won't be tens of thousands of women dying from botched illegal abortions. High numbers of women die from illegal abortions in countries where good medical care isn't available, and where antibiotics aren't available.

If what happened pre-Roe is any indication
 , if abortion is banned, then dozens of American women could die from botched illegal abortions every year. That would be horrible, of course, but it's not as bad as what you seem to be expecting. 

Posted by Ampersand

Anonymous said...

Yea, I keep wondering what the "magic" number of dead women is that might get people to reconsider. If I aim higher, maybe it'll mean more.

Sad, that one dead woman isn't enough. 

Posted by Kameron Hurley

Anonymous said...

You can still get an abortion here in Canada as far as I know..........maybe Canada will become the States abortion clinic, could mean big business for us(abortion tourism) and could easily happen, lol. How ridiculous to make women travel, beg or lie about circumstances to make a decision that is right for them..............only in the free world I guess....btw, is it just me or does it always seem to be a man making decisions about stuff like this?? 

Posted by katagirl

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Posted by buckfush

Anonymous said...

If any of the above scenarios becomes a reality, I will have my uterus removed, and Fedexed to its new rightful owner, George W. Bush. 

Posted by Cindy

Anonymous said...

Well, I'm glad I have my own copies of the play Jane , as well as zines describing the history of underground/back alley abortions, with info on herbal remedies, etc. Cause it looks like I'll have to set up a local branch.
If the worst should happen, I am going to be there with NARAL and PP working for the underground. 

Posted by Andygrrl

Anonymous said...

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Here's  a good place to start. 

Posted by Jillian

Anonymous said...

Due to parental consent laws, when I was in high school everyone came from IN to IL for abortions anyway...
of course, now they want to make it a crime to transport a minor over state lines for the purpose of obtaining abortion. And it has nothing to do with legislating morality or making girls the property of their parents, oh no, it's all about protecting girls from older predatory men.
Sometimes I think my head will just blow up from rage at this administration. 

Posted by Bkwyrm