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Old June 22nd, 2015, 01:52 AM   #1
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10-Year-Old Rape Victim Denied Abortion: The Horrific Realities of Abortion Bans

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The number of unsafe abortions in the United States is miniscule, for now. But as conservative lawmakers find creative ways to undermine Roe v. Wade, such as waiting periods, mandatory ultrasounds and Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers (TRAP) bills that single out abortion clinics and subject them to stricter laws than other medical facilitiesómore and more women will be left with few legal methods to end their pregnancies.

Kenlissia Jones from Albany, Georgia, ordered pills online to end her pregnancy. After ingesting them, she gave birth to the fetus in a car on her way to the hospital. She was arrested on charges of murder and illegal drug possession and taken to county jail. The prosecutor dismissed the murder charges, but Jones still faces charges of drug possession. In Georgia 58 percent of women live in a county with no abortion provider.

In Indiana Purvi Patel suffered a miscarriage and put the fetus in a bag in a dumpster. At the hospital, while suffering from heavy bleeding, law enforcement arrived to question her. During the investigation, local police found text messages that indicated Patel had ordered drugs online to end her pregnancy, but a toxicologist testified at her trial that no drugs were found in her blood sample. In March, Patel was sentenced to 30 years in prison for neglecting a dependent as well as six years for feticide.

When abortion is illegal, even miscarriages can end in prison sentences. Purvi Patelís story mirror the stories of the 17 women jailed in El Salvador whose pregnancies ended in miscarriage or complications during birth. Many of them were charged with murder and sentenced to decades in prison. A woman who goes to the hospital seeking medical care can be reported to authorities if medical professionals suspect that the woman induced an abortion.

These horrifying situations are realities for many women across the globe, and as reproductive rights get slowly chipped away by anti-choice legislators the United States may revert back to pre-Roe v. Wade days when 1.2 million women had illegal abortions every year and unsafe illegal abortions accounted for 5,000 deaths annually.

But these tragic stats donít seem to faze conservative lawmakers.

Mandatory waiting periods in states like Missouri and Louisiana make it harder for low-income women to obtain a safe and legal abortion. Laws that cause the shuttering of clinics in Texas mean that many women seeking an abortion will have to travel extensively, and for women with few resources, no paid sick leave, or options for child care, travel may be out of the question. All of these restrictive laws make abortion access virtually impossible, meaning it might as well be illegal.

If the GOP continues to chip away at our reproductive choices, Patelís and Jonesí stories will become more common. ďIt is shocking each and every time we see an attempt to deny pregnant women their human rights and to treat them and the fact that they are pregnant as a crime rather than a public health issue,Ē Lynn Paltrow, an attorney and the executive director of the National Advocates for Pregnant Women, told The Guardian.


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Of course, the republican/teabagging party is the party of anti-women. They want all rights removed from women ESPECIALLY the ones governing their right to choose WHEN to have children, HOW many children to have and by WHOM. This makes the republican party one of the biggest pro- big government parties of our times.
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I suppose one could argue on one hand that a fetus isn't a life, but on the other, for a party that cares so much about fetuses, I doubt they'd care about them once they'd been born. Probably start calling them welfare queens and moochers off the government teat.
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I suppose one could argue on one hand that a fetus isn't a life, but on the other, for a party that cares so much about fetuses, I doubt they'd care about them once they'd been born. Probably start calling them welfare queens and moochers off the government teat.
It's true. They don't care about children once they are born. Then, once they are human beings, right wingers want all food stamps cut, medical care cut back and they refuse to allow affordable housing to exist. So much for the "family value", huh?
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It's true. They don't care about children once they are born. Then, once they are human beings, right wingers want all food stamps cut, medical care cut back and they refuse to allow affordable housing to exist. So much for the "family value", huh?
Most pro-life organizations also support private charities including food banks that can be of assistance in these cases without greedy government fingers getting more than their share.
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Most pro-life organizations also support private charities including food banks that can be of assistance in these cases without greedy government fingers getting more than their share.
So that is the future you desire for the person this fetus might develop into, a life of trying to find a food bank not emptied out and some temporary warm place to eat their slim pickings, is it?
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So that is the future you desire for the person this fetus might develop into, a life of trying to find a food bank not emptied out and some temporary warm place to eat their slim pickings, is it?
And you think death is a better option?
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And you think death is a better option?
Excising a clump of cells before it has a chance to become a person who has a very great probability of an abysmal life, yes.
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Most pro-life organizations also support private charities including food banks that can be of assistance in these cases without greedy government fingers getting more than their share.
Do the unborn fetuses have souls?
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Excising a clump of cells before it has a chance to become a person who has a very great probability of an abysmal life, yes.
That's quite a slippery slope when you start examining the "probability of an abysmal life" when determining who lives and who dies.
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That's quite a slippery slope when you start examining the "probability of an abysmal life" when determining who lives and who dies.
No, the slippery slope is you arbitrarily deciding that a fetus is a person.

This has been argued in countless threads on this forum and probably an semi-infinite number of times in the history of the world, or at least since mankind stopped being terrified of the loving god and his frocked henchmen. I accept I won't convince you and I have no idea why you don't just admit that you won't convince me.

But I will not let assertions like yours go unchallenged.
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