“That must be one powerful book. It sits on a shelf balefully, emanating damaging gay-rays that permeate the whole town, and disrupting the sexual health of its inhabitants. Perhaps the elderly are especially fragile and sensitive to its effects. Imagine some tired old codger, exhausted after a lifetime of aggressive heterosexuality, sitting in his easy chair before the TV, and suddenly he starts feeling frisky at the sight of Matlock reruns — it must be distressing. And the fault must lie in some kids’ book sitting in a library a few miles away, undermining their ancient manliness.”—the West Bend debacle made Science Blogs! (via notemily) (via frogcynic)
While I am pro-choice, I have always felt a little uncomfortable with the idea of late-term abortions. And all of the anecdotes that have cropped up in the wake of last week’s murder have done little to quell my misgivings. So I thought this bore re-blogging because it’s one of the most reasonable things I’ve read about the issue.
A collection of links to stories of women who have had to experience the heartwrenching experience that is a late-term abortion. I was saying to my husband yesterday how the outrage on the right over late-term abortion boggles me. Honestly — all the abortions performed after fetal viability are done because of the health of the mother (and not this “she feels depressed” bullshit that Bill O’Reilly tried to pull) or because the fetus has gross abnormalities (and we’re not talking Down Syndrome here, folks). Sure, the procedure is horrible, but these aren’t those dreaded welfare moms who couldn’t bother to get their shit together to have an abortion until a week before their due date or whatever strawman assholes like O’Reilly make up. These are women who had every intention of carrying these fetuses to term until something went horribly wrong. No one, no government entity and no raving lunatic with a shotgun, should be able to force a woman to spend 15 weeks carrying a baby that they know will be born without a face, or decide how eclampsic she needs to be before they’ll let her save her own life. The procedure may be horrific to contmplate, but it is almost certainly worse to endure. George Tiller helped these women through an absolutely mindblowingly horrible experience in their lives, and he did so with compassion and grace while knowing his life was perpetually in danger. George Tiller was not a “baby killer.” George Tiller was a hero.