April 18, 2007

I Guess the Supreme Court

. . . has now taken possession of my uterus.

I'll send them codeine to go along with it for the cramps that used to occur monthly, and now take place whenever my body decides on them . . .

I would have been down with those who insisted that there be an exception for the preservation of a woman's health, if I didn't know from first-hand experience that "health" is interpreted to mean "mental health," and "mental health" is generally regarded—within certain segments of the health-care community—as "not having given birth to a child one didn't plan to conceive."

Had the phrase been "physical health," I would have felt better about the insistence on including that language. As it is, Kennedy essentially invited that modification:

Kennedy acknowledged continuing disagreement about the procedure within the medical community. In the past, courts have cited that uncertainty as a reason to allow the disputed procedure.

"The medical uncertainty over whether the Act's prohibition creates significant health risks provides a sufficient basis to conclude ... that the Act does not impose an undue burden," Kennedy said Wednesday.

While the court upheld the law against a broad attack on its constitutionality, Kennedy said the court could entertain a challenge in which a doctor found it necessary to perform the banned procedure on a patient suffering certain medical complications.

The law allows the procedure to be performed when a woman's life is in jeopardy.

This should be interesting to watch. I wonder whether it'll make a difference as a practical matter: there really are those to whom the "right" to terminate a pregnancy is as essential to human existence as oxygen and fresh water.

I do think abortion should remain nominally legal, but it's way too widespread and casually-undertaken right now. In fact, the major abuses all go the other way: young women get buffaloed into this major procedure, without any counseling about how it will affect them for the rest of their lives.

If I'd heard anyone say that when I was 20, I would have laughed and said they were merely being sentimental.

I know better now.

Posted by Attila Girl at April 18, 2007 12:52 PM | TrackBack

Anyone who is silly enough to think they "own" their body's
parts (uteri included) has never tried to publicly sell such parts.

I suppose it's only a matter of time until the Supreme Court orders
women to have babies so they can be adopted by gay couples.
(the second sentence was a joke)


Posted by: Bob at April 18, 2007 04:44 PM

Since I'm in a serious mood at the moment, I shall admit
that I'm in agreement with Gagdad Bob who put it this way:
"Make no mistake, either a human life is infinitely precious or it is worthless. You can pretend that there is some middle ground, but you are simply pretending and you know it, you rascal."

Last November my daughter-in-law had acute liver failure
when she was five months pregnant. Her baby (a 22 week
fetus) was delivered alive by C-section only to die while she was still getting her liver transplant.

I held the baby while she was alive. Although small, she appeared perfectly developed. Another two weeks of gestation and perhaps she would have survived.

So, what exactly is "late term abortion"?
I think you know.
Either a human life is infinitely precious or it is worthless.

Posted by: Bob at April 18, 2007 07:58 PM

SCOTUS upheld the 1993 Congresional ban on partial-birth abortions.

Intact dilation and extraction, or D&X or ID&X--AKA "Partial-birth abortions" From Wikipedia:

"Preliminary procedures are performed over a period of two to three days, to gradually dilate the cervix using laminaria tents (sticks of seaweed which absorb fluid and swell). Sometimes drugs such as synthetic pitocin are used to induce labor. Once the cervix is sufficiently dilated, the doctor uses an ultrasound and forceps to grasp the fetus' leg. The fetus is turned to a breech position, if necessary, and the doctor pulls one or both legs out of the birth canal, causing what is referred to by some people as the 'partial birth' of the fetus. The doctor subsequently extracts the rest of the fetus, usually without the aid of forceps, leaving only the head still inside the birth canal. An incision is made at the base of the skull and a suction catheter is inserted into the cut. The brain tissue is removed, which causes the skull to collapse and allows the fetus to pass more easily through the birth canal. The placenta is removed and the uterine wall is vacuum aspirated using a suction curette...Ron Fitzsimmons, executive director of the National Coalition of Abortion Providers (a trade association of abortion providers), told the New York Times (Feb. 26, 1997): "In the vast majority of cases, the procedure is performed on a healthy mother with a healthy fetus that is 20 weeks or more along." Some prominent pro-choice advocates quickly defended(er,refuted???) the accuracy of Fitzsimmons' statements. Pro-life organizations opposed to the method have asserted that in the vast majority of cases, neither the mother nor the fetus suffers from any substantial medical disorder."

Posted by: Darrell at April 18, 2007 08:52 PM

I for one am getting tired of hearing people say that the Supreme Court has banned the procedure. They did no such thing. It was illegal before they made their ruling, and it remains so.

Posted by: John at April 20, 2007 04:49 PM

Just for the record, how many people can have their hands on a woman's uterus at the same time? What if there's a concurring opinion?

Posted by: Attila (Pillage Idiot) at April 22, 2007 08:10 PM


It's the ENTIRE PATRIARCHY. Which Ginsberg is PART OF. Because she WEARS A ROBE. Don't you know ANYTHING?

Even the dissenters are GUILTY AS HELL. Because if they really cared about women's rights, they'd have SHOT THE OFFENDING JUSTICES.

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