Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Some days I can't bear to look

I know I haven't been around much. Frankly, keeping up with the insane and nonstop political assaults on abortion and related care has been nearly too much to bear. You'd think I'd be writing nonstop, because SO MANY FEELINGS, but at times the feelings kinda drain my emotional energy. I know some of my co-bloggers have been feeling that same drain, lately, in various ways -- and I bet fellow abortioneers in the field have, too.

So it seems almost futile to single out one law and one group of politicians. But if any law has earned that, I guess it'd be the latest restriction out of the magnolia state. Mississippi, come on down!

Maybe you've heard? The lawmakers who passed Mississippi's House Bill 1390, while claiming to be motivated by a desire to protect women from dangerous abortion providers, are also cheering the fact that the bill will have the effect of shutting down the only existing legal abortion provider in the state.
Sen. Kenny Wayne Jones (D-Canton) asked Sen. Dean Kirby (R-Pearl), who chairs the Senate Public Health Committee*, whether ending abortions in the state would force women to resort to dangerous, back-alley abortions.

"That's what we're trying to stop here, the coat-hanger abortions," Kirby replied, in reference to the abortions provided at the clinic in Jackson. "The purpose of this bill is to stop back-room abortions."
*I would also like to call your attention to the fact that Sen. Dean Kirby chairs the Senate Public Health Committee. Presumably, that is a Senate committee on public health. But maybe it's...a Senate committee against public health? I guess the title isn't super specific.

Oh, speaking of the Legislative Brotherhood Against Public Health, see also the breathtakingly cavalier Rep. Bubba Carpenter announcing afterward:
"We have literally stopped abortion in the state of Mississippi. Three blocks from the Capitol sits the only abortion clinic in the state of Mississippi. A bill was drafted. It said, if you would perform an abortion in the state of Mississippi, you must be a certified OB/GYN and you must have admitting privileges to a hospital. Anybody here in the medical field knows how hard it is to get admitting privileges to a hospital.

"It's going to be challenged, of course, in the Supreme Court and all -- but literally, we stopped abortion in the state of Mississippi, legally, without having to-- Roe vs. Wade. So we've done that. I was proud of it. The governor signed it into law. And of course, there you have the other side. They're like, 'Well, the poor pitiful women that can't afford to go out of state are just going to start doing them at home with a coat hanger.' That's what we've heard over and over and over.

But hey, you have to have moral values."
Wow. Was that a sneer I just heard? And then...a shrug?

He has a point, right? Sure there might be some poor pitiful women who can't afford to go out of state for their medical care and end up injured or dead using coat hangers and home remedies -- but aren't we pro-choice people (the other side) just talking about those women to score political points? I mean, why else would you bother talking about them? We say it over and over and over because we don't have better talking points, I guess. But hey! Those deaths are so trivial we can mock them and the people who talk about them.

(Later, Rep. Carpenter also shrugged off his coat hanger 'quote' as "just some language that some of the African-Americans used.")

(You thought I made up that last bit, didn't you? But no. He really did. I mean, it sounds like he's saying that therefore those accounts amount to nothing worth examining? But hey! That's okay, because African-American women (and other black women, and other women of color) definitely don't have even more experience with unsafe abortion than white women.)

Gosh, wonder why I feel so tired?

1 comment:

  1. We managed an injunction for the moment.
    This was all done after we worked our asses off derailing the personhood crap. We all voted against that so they did this in house- no voter approval required.

    What that quote doesn't tell you is there is absolutely no reason why these doctors need admission privileges. Our one clinic sits on a hill surrounded by the three main hospitals in the area. The best teaching hospital in the state is a minute away by ambulance. And I mean that quite literally. If you are sitting in the ambulance bay at UMC you can crank that puppy up, throw on that siren, and make that right turn and drive up that hill to that clinic in a minute. It could not possibly be safer if they were doing them on the hospital lawn.

    Also, due to the shitstorm doctors would face here these are out of state doctors that come do our stuff. (This is the real cause of the bill by the way is this set of facts I'm explaining.)Because they are out of state it will take a while to get those admitting privileges that everyone knows they don't need. Longer than July 1st. Which is why that date was set. The obviousness of the whole thing is probably why the judge granted the injunction, but that parts only my opinion.

    And let me add this. I find it highly insulting to the doctors at these hospitals to suggest that they would not be 100% capable of seeing to a patient suffering complications from an abortion. Why would the OB/GYN performing the procedure need to be able to continue at the hospital? I mean they could if they wanted but it's not a requirement. We have good doctors in those hospitals, so am I to believe they got together and asked the house to keep them from having to operate on women with abortion complication? I think not. I think this is the exact type of lawmakers sticking their noses in between patients and doctors that the right calls itself against.


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