Tuesday, June 30, 2009
EC in the ER - The Petition Site
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Okay, I'm just throwing this out there.
Has it occurred to anyone that maybe, just maybe Fred Phelps might just be a gay performance artist?
Like an Andy Kaufman type of performer trying to make a statement?
It's a possibility.
Friday, June 26, 2009
"Some had tears along the vaginal tract where they had used coat hangers to get up into the uterus and break things up -- like rupture the amniotic sac . . .
"Most of the dead women I saw were in their teens or twenties . . .
"The deaths stopped overnight in 1973, and I never saw another abortion death in all the eighteen years after that until I retired."
- Pennsylvanian coroner The Worst of Times by P. Miller, p.12,13,327 (1993, HarperCollins, New York NY)
"She wouldn't, couldn't answer with what instrument she had inserted, mutilated. Perhaps the proverbial coat hanger?
"The only history obtainable was that she had been 'dumped' just outside the ER at the Los Angeles County Hospital, much too late for any medical help.
"Chunks of paper-thin bone, macerated tissue protruded from her vagina amidst profuse hemorrhage.
"Barely audible, her last words were, 'Someone's gotta pick up my little girl at school...'
"The racing pulse became slower...and stopped."
From "Roe v. Wade," Journal of the American Medical Association, September 15, 1989 (vol. 262, no. 11), page 1519
Thursday, June 25, 2009
"I borrowed about $300 from my roommate and went alone to a dirty, run‐down bungalow in a dangerous neighborhood in east Los Angeles.
"A greasy looking man came to the door and asked for the money as soon as I walked in.
"He told me to take off all my clothes except my blouse; there was a towel to wrap around myself.
"I got up on a cold metal kitchen table. He performed a procedure, using something sharp.
"He didn’t give me anything for the pain — he just did it. He said that he had packed me with some gauze, that I should expect some cramping, and that I would be fine.
‐ Polly Bergen, discussing the illegal abortion in the 1940s that rendered her infertile and nearly proved fatal.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
The following is an argument about the sanctity of life.
One one side, some say that terminating a pregnancy shows an unconscionable lack of respect for life.
On the other, is the notion that refusing to treat women whose pregnancies put their lives in danger or dismissing the fact that when abortion is not available in a safe way, women end up bleeding to death shows a casual indifference to life.
By all means, someone join in.
Friend me on FaceBook and join the argument.
Apart from the initial 'fuck you' that shot through my head, I had a couple of other thoughts as well.
I'll be brief.
"The least of these," I would say includes women who might bleed to death if they don't have access to a safe and legal abortion.
This casual indifference to a woman's health is troubling from people who claim to respect the sanctity of life.
Pro-choice is pro-life.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
This brings us to the points I disagree with a friend of mine. The notion that the child is ‘unwanted’ is in more cases than any of us realize, simply not true. This is doubly so in reference to Dr. Tiller’s practice.
There’s a whole conversation to be had about reproductive rights in general, but first, I want to address Dr. Tiller’s practice specifically. Dr. Tiller was one of three (now two) doctors in America who specialized in third trimester abortions for women whose lives were in danger.
I think it’s a widespread misconception on the issue as a whole, that women who get an abortion and doctors who provide them do so casually.
So before we talk about the value that our society puts on life, we have to understand that we’re not talking about elective abortions. For these women, ‘choice’ is not really a factor. Dr. Tiller cared for women who were forced to make the agonizing choice between their health and sometimes even their own lives and the child that they truly and desperately want.
It’s a foregone conclusion that Scott Roeder is a murderer and his actions fall into the category of terrorism, so I’m not going to waste space on him here. Of course his actions can’t be defended and I don’t think anybody wanting to have an intelligent debate on this subject would try to justify what he did.
The sad thing is that there are only two doctors left in this country who will perform a late-term abortion to save the life of a woman.
To put it simply, women are going to die because Dr. Tiller is gone. And that can’t be good news to anyone who respects the sanctity of life.
This is pretty much my mind’s piece specifically on the type of abortions that Dr. Tiller provided, which was to save the life of the mother. Expect another piece on the broader abortion argument soon.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
This article was very troubling even before I verified it. I cut and pasted NationalOrganizationForMarriage.com and sure enough, I was rerouted to the Klan's homepage.
Anti-Equality Domain Linked to KKK Ã‚Â Ã‚Â News Advocate.com
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Monday, June 8, 2009
Also, I make it a practice not to swear when I'm actually feeling anger. To me, profanity should be a fun thing.
So here are my angry, swear-free ravings.
Comparing Dr. Tiller to Goebbels or Mengele is more than offensive, it's uneducated.
Before I move on to Dr. Tiller's career and legacy, I want to take a moment to ask why comparing American financial corporations to Eichmann was bad enough to call for Ward Churchill's head on a plate and at the same time refuse to denounce statements comparing doctors to the likes of Goebbels and Mengele is at best hypocritical and at worst, delusional.
Seeing as how I'm not a big fan of letting women die, let me ask why you should lay claim to the label of 'pro-life' and not me.
These abortions were not elective. Under Kansas state law, third trimester abortions are only allowed when the life or health of the mother is in jeopardy.
Dr. Tiller was a man who cared for women for whom the word 'choice' was meaningless. The only choice these women had was whether to act to protect their own health and sometimes their very lives or go through with a dangerous, often deadly pregnancy.
Your position is not pro-life just as Dr. Tiller was not a murderer.
Candlelight vigils were held across the nation to remember the life of a man who saved the lives of God only knows how many women.
You really want to talk about the sanctity of life? Wrap your brains around this.
Not only are there women who would be dead were it not for Dr. Tiller, but there are women who will die because he's gone.
So explain to me very slowly how one who supports the rights of women to be cared for by their doctor values the sanctity of life less than you do.
Pro-choice is pro-life.
Dr. Tiller, thank you for the lives you have saved and sleep well.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
I was very surprised on Monday to learn that Dick Cheney (kinda) came out in favor of gay marriage.
It was not the full-throated support that one would hope for, but it was much more than I ever would have expected from a man like him.
In a speech at the National Press Club, he said, "I think, you know, freedom means freedom for everyone. I think people ought to be free to enter into any kind of union they wish, any kind of arrangement they wish.
"And I think that's the way it ought to be handled today, that is, on a state-by-state basis. Different states will make different decisions. But I don't have any problem with that. I think people ought to get a shot at that."
In fact, I don't think you could find a scarier fuck on the planet.
Actually, I think his balls are so big they fill up the area that most people’s sense of decency normally goes.
He doesn’t really seem very approachable.
I’m not saying he’s vindictive, but if he should happen to shoot you in the face, you’d better get the fuck on TV and apologize for getting in his shotgun’s way.
But despite all that darkness and emptiness where his soul should be, it’s hard to deny that having a gay child gives you a unique perspective on what exactly equal rights are.
Nobody wants to see their child be told to move to the back of the bus.
To be honest, for a second, I kinda felt for the guy.
Don’t worry, I came to my senses pretty quickly.
For years, Dick Cheney had to stay silent while his allies launched massive campaigns to strip his daughter of the same rights that straight couples take for granted.
And given the scope and budget of the anti-gay movement, biting his tongue must have been torture.
Again, ascribing actual human emotions to this fuck is surreal, but stick with me. I’m going somewhere with this, I promise.
I would imagine that seeing their kid discriminated against would be hell for any parent.
Then I thought about the timing and pretty much lost the small measure of sympathy that had surfaced.
Is taking a stand when you are no longer in a position to do any good really commendable?
Because at this point in his career, what does he have to lose?
With no real hope of moving up any further in the political arena and a heart that’s going to give out any second now, he really doesn’t stand to lose anything.
Maybe that's why at last he's standing up for the rights of his child.
By the way, Mr. Former Vice-President, (saying ‘former’ still gives me a thrill) just how big is your cock?
So much ball and so little cock.
Do you need a couple of helper monkeys to help you fuck?
One to pull back the excess ball sagging skin and another to pull your dick free of your own sack?
I suppose that if there were no monkeys available to pull the dick out of its hiding place, you could just go fisting instead.
I'm sure anyone who would ever find themselves attracted to Dick Cheney enough to fuck him would be the sort who likes it rough, so I'm sure it all works out.
Wow, this really went in a direction I wasn't really shooting for when I started this.
Note to self. Start a death metal band. Call it 'Fisty Dick.'