Thursday, March 4, 2010

Little Earthquakes

Did you know that:

A scientific study that came out this year is the first to offer firm evidence that human beings undergo a chemical reaction deep in their brains when they look at babies. It was conducted by biologist Melanie Glocker of the University of Muenster, while she was a visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, and it has resulted in two groundbreaking papers published in the journals Ethology Proceedings from the National Academy of Science. Specifically, Glocker’s series of experiments demonstrated that the act of looking at baby pictures stirs up an ancient part of the brain called the nucleus accumbens.

“It’s in the midbrain,” Glocker says, with a slight Teutonic accent, “which is an evolutionarily older part of the brain involved in reward processing. This region has also been shown to be activated by a variety of rewarding stimuli, including sexual stimuli, food stimuli, and drug stimuli.”

No wonder! They are miraculous human beings barely themselves without mother's milk, sleep, and skin. They are mushy, fragile promises of everything new.

One sweet and righteous day, the clinics will have the long-over-due capacity to provide a full range of health care and all the women's brain-enhancing children will come too.

Then what will the Antis do? They will know we serve them and their God. They will know the whole story. We will serve them as we already do.

A tender, lime-sized abortiony thank you to Angie Jackson who affirmatively and courageously shared her abortion story with the world. She shared her personal experience with medication abortion (subject to changes among variable women with variable history, blood, uteri, etc) via Twitter and You Tube and seemingly consequently has received a whirlwind of strong support and life-threatening backlash.

Most frightening to the fearful I'm sure - a woman who has the capacity to willingly miscarry in the privacy of her own home without anyone ever knowing.

Abortioneer question of the New Age:

Almost completely tangential but pertinent to my own abortioneering, I have been wondering if anyone else is experiencing an increase in patients and significant others trying to simultaneously use wireless devices for texting and surfing during counseling sessions? How do you address the distraction? Do you find it interesting in terms of human behavior and social culture?

The clinics where I've worked have always enforced a No Cell Phone policy, but now I find it nearly impossible to mind. Almost everyone is using a wireless device, and abortion is common, but so is life, so the waiting room is always full of wireless devices.


  1. I dunno! It could mean that a) abortions are NBD and about as mundane as checking Facebook on your droid phone, or b) a nice distraction from the goings-on.

  2. We're actually trying to embrace the wireless stuff. Like texting clients appointment reminders. Or even emailing them. All my co-workers are constantly on their phones. At the same time, I find that people who are in their earlier(ish) twenties are much better at not being distracted by multi-tasking in this way overall.

    btw - I love Tori Amos. And Little Earthquakes is one of my most favorite songs ever. <3

  3. Interesting, and I dig the embracing of wireless stuff, but I do disagree on the multi-tasking. The early(ish) twenties crowd are the ones who try to sneak texting into counseling sessions. That's not multi-tasking. That's dissociation.

  4. Cell phone culture is one of the most difficult things to deal with at our clinic (we don't have a no-cell policy). Someone mentioned texting appointment reminders and I think that's a really good idea. I just can't get comfy with trying to work with someone else when they're constantly trying to disengage.


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