So, I guess this comes as a surprise, but women who have abortions think about the kind of life they could provide for a child, and the lives they want to provide for their existing children. I'm not sure how I feel about this report. I think it's still in that vein of "abortion is a hard decision" and tries to un-demonize women who have abortions.
I can't find the original article, but a letter to the editor in a Massachusetts newspaper criticizes a man whose girlfriends had four abortion for his "conversion" to anti-choice advocacy. The author writes that the man should have been responsible then, not now, and includes being responsible to mean sticking around. The author seems to imply that if men would stay with women more, they would continue their pregnancies, which I'm not so sure about. I do, however, agree that anti-choice advocates could emphasize the role of men in unplanned pregnancy as much as the abortion itself.
Kentucky is considering a bill that would require women seeking abortions to have an ultrasound. At my old clinic, every woman had an ultrasound, at the least, to measure fetal size/age. I would think that's important for knowledge of the type of abortion needed, the amount of drugs, etc. But I also am not a doctor, so I don't know. Nor is Senator Jack Westwood, so I don't know why he's bringing this up.
In other state news, Tennessee is thinking about amending its Constitution to shrink abortion rights. The Constitution has been interpreted to provide greater abortion rights than the U.S. Constitution, and therefore invalidated a law requiring a waiting period. The amendment would read that nothing in the Tennessee Constitution protects a right to abortion.
Of course, reproductive rights are about more than just abortion - parenting, birth control & etc. In that vein, the Alaska Pro-Choice Alliance has renamed itself the Alliance for Reproductive Justice.
The American College of Ob-Gyns has released a new ethics opinion on doctor refusals, calling for limits on conscientious refusals, especially those that impose religious or moral beliefs, or are not scientifically based.
Science & Health:
Following a Mediterranean diet when pregnant lowers the risk for the babies to have asthma. That could be better worded, but it's not.
I'm reading this book called The Humble Little Condom, and I'm learning a little more about syphilis, which, apparently, Christopher Columbus brought back to Europe with him. The New World syphilis wasn't fatal, I guess, but it mutated somewhere along the way to a potentially deadly disease.
Illegal abortion "clinic" found in South Africa.
A state representative in Wisconsin would like to end Wisconsin's family planning waiver to 15, 16 & 17 year old girls, which pays for their birth control.
Generally, we know that young college-educated women are waiting to have children, and, often putting less emphasis on romantic relationships. Additionally, the idea that couples in love must get married is no longer a given, as almost half of Americans say they don't need a marriage certificate to prove their love. The Post writes about those who aren't waiting to have kids - but these are still women in their late 20s. My friend RJ & I wonder if the model of college/graduate school/marriage/family really works for women. We're in our 30s by the time we're having kids, with fertility issues, less energy, and a body that doesn't bounce back as easily. I wonder if the college/marriage/family/graduate school model wouldn't be better?
After all, teens start having sex at 15 nowadays (wow, I sound old) and reaching sexual maturity earlier. So we have an increase in the time between sexual maturity and marriage, making the idea of abstinence, frankly, near to impossible. What's also interesting in the cyclic nature of abortion for teens, showing that opportunity, especially in the form of school vacations, not much to do, and no parental supervision.
And, lastly: elks on birth control.