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Posts tagged abortion
Check in at TheMidwifeIsIn.tumblr.com if you have any other questions.
There is also the Abortion Pill (Mifepristone). It can be taken up to 9 weeks (but is most effective up to 7 weeks and check the laws in your state). It is comparable to a miscarriage and after getting the intial dosage from your medical service provider, you take the rest at home and go through the process at home.
This is super important, valuable information that I think many people don’t know. Also, when you go to an abortion clinic (I at least know this is true for Planned Parenthood) there’s a counseling meeting where you discuss the alternatives with a doctor and sign a consent form saying that abortion is what you really want. A lot of people who oppose abortion will want to tell you that abortion clinics and reproductive health centers will try to convince you to have the abortion, but that’s just not true. (I mean, only 3% of Planned Parenthood’s services are abortions. Family planning and community health centers like Planned Parenthood are often more concerned with prevention and awareness and other aspects of health. They’re more interested in helping you have options than they are in only giving you the one.)
Nor is it true that any medical center will throw the embryo away in a dumpster after the procedure. I’m sure none of you really thought that, but slander is a vicious thing that spreads and becomes true in the eyes of those who want to believe it because it fits into their agenda.
Additionally: know your rights. When I worked at Planned Parenthood, I learned that protesters are not allowed to be in front of the building or in the parking lot. They have to stay on the sidewalk, further away from the building. They are not supposed to try to convince you not to go into the building, nor can they physically block you from going in or follow you inside. You have to be let in by someone already in the building, which means that any appointment you have there - counseling, a check-up, a mammogram, an abortion, a testing - will be confidential and safe.
Most abortion facts and statistics tend to be US and Canada centric, so I thought it would be nice to put this together and help educate people a bit more on the rest of the world with other countries’ and regions’ statistics and policies. (Also please excuse the casual cissexism, I’m just quoting the statistics as I found them.)
Developing countries statistics:
- “Nearly half of all abortions worldwide are unsafe, and nearly all unsafe abortions (98%) occur in developing countries. In the developing world, 56% of all abortions are unsafe, compared with just 6% in the developed world.” [x]
- “A woman’s likelihood of having an abortion is slightly elevated if she lives in a developing region. In 2008, there were 29 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15–44 years in developing countries, compared with 24 in the developed world.” [x]
European abortion statistics [x]:
- “In Europe, 30% of pregnancies end in abortion. A higher proportion of pregnancies end in abortion in Eastern Europe than in the rest of the region.”
- "Western Europe, Southern Africa and Northern Europe have the lowest abortion rates in the world.”
- Russia has one of the highest rates of abortion, at “53.7 per thousand women aged 15-44”. [x]
- In 2011, 21.9% of pregnancies in Armenia ended in abortion. [x]
Caribbean and Latin American abortion statistics [x]:
- "Of the 4.4 million abortions performed in the region in 2008, 95% were unsafe.* In the Caribbean, 46% of abortions were unsafe, as were virtually all abortions in Central and South America.”
- "The abortion rate for 2008 varied by subregion, from 29 per 1,000 women in Central America (which includes Mexico) to 32 per 1,000 in South America and 39 per 1,000 in the Caribbean.”
Asian abortion statistics [x]:
- "In Eastern Asia, the estimated overall abortion rate in 2008 was 28 per 1,000 women of childbearing age; almost all of the procedures in this subregion were safe.”
- "In some Asian countries—notably Cambodia, India and Nepal—abortion laws are liberal, but many procedures are nonetheless performed in substandard conditions.”
- "The World Health Organization estimates that in Asia in 2008, 12% of all maternal deaths (17,000) were due to unsafe abortion.”
African abortion statistics [x]:
- "Of the 6.4 million abortions carried out in 2008 [in Africa], only 3% were performed under safe conditions.”
- "The estimated abortion rate in 2008 was 38 per 1,000 women aged 15–44 in Eastern Africa, 36 in Middle Africa and 28 per 1,000 in Western Africa; virtually all of the procedures in these subregions were unsafe. The rate was 18 per 1,000 in Northern Africa, all of which were unsafe, except for a small number in Tunisia.”
- "In South Africa, where the abortion law was liberalized in 1997, the annual number of abortion-related deaths fell by 91% between 1994 and 1998–2001.”
To find policies on abortion for every country in the world, you can go here and here. Everything above is sourced, although some of these statistics may be a bit old (a lot are from 2008), I haven’t been able to find more current sources! - Paige
This is a great resource! Thanks for all the info, Paige!
Seriously, this isn’t hard.
You have to be autonomous to have bodily autonomy.
This is seriously the most basic possible concept in this debate. Stop saying fetuses have bodily autonomy. They are not autonomous. They don’t have bodily autonomy. That is all.
Why does bodily autonomy trump the right to live? Isn’t the right to life more important than the right to bodily autonomy?
Think about it this way.
If the right to life trumped the right to your bodily integrity, your blood, bone marrow, and organs would all be up for grabs.
If the right to life trumped the right to your bodily integrity, all those poor little kids dying from cancer would get your bone marrow, whether you consented to give it or not.
Have you ever heard of Savior Siblings? Savior Siblings are children who are conceived (sometimes through In Vitro Fertilization) and born solely for the purpose to be a donation machine for the older, sick sibling.
If you look up cases where savior sibling went to court to protect their bodily integrity, you will find that they have won their cases 100% of the time.
The cost of bodily autonomy is often someone else’s death. This is a dark fact, but the value of bodily integrity is immeasurable. With bodily autonomy, your body will never be violated for someone else, unless you allow it. Bodily autonomy allow you to keep both of your kidneys when someone else needs one.
If you take away bodily autonomy, you start a world where people can be violated for “the greater good.” This is not a world I want to live in.
How can someone stand behind abortion, when you have a life inside of you that God created for you? How can you say that this life isn’t worth it? If you can’t take care of the baby for whatever circumstances than there is always adoption available to couples who can’t conceive, but still want the joy of being parents. OPEN YOUR EYES! God has bigger plans for us all that we don’t even realize the picture.
Excuse me but it appears your baby is actually upside down
Did you take Sex Ed freshman year because babies come out headfirst
Hi, OP! As someone who was given up for adoption, allow me to call bullshit on your little post there! You see, when I was adopted, I was a white-skinned, healthy, neurotypical infant, which basically put me at the top of the list, right underneath white-skinned, healthy, neurotypical MALE infants! There’s only one kind of infant people wanted to adopt more than me! I was SOOO lucky! But if you actually bothered to look at the information readily available on the interwebs, you would be aware that the majority of people who are forced to rely on abortion for family planning are poor people and people of color. Of course, those two demographics intersect, thanks to the institutionalized racism of our society! Neat huh?!
Of course, even babies of color are not in high demand with couples looking to adopt. Many who do want to adopt outside their race choose to go outside the country, where laws are less strict and the process is often less expensive. Of course, most of the infants adopted this way are obtained in unscrupulous fashion, but who cares about that when you’re saving a little Korean or African baby from the horrible fate of growing up in Korea or Africa??? And all those children who have birth defects, are born with diseases or disabilities, or have other issues… WELL. Who wants to invest that kind of expense and time? Why would you adopt someone broken, LOLOL?!
Granted, there are some wonderful people who understand the system a little better, and make it a point to try and give POC and disabled children a good home. But they make up a very small fraction of potential adopters! This difference in supply and demand leaves a lot of children stuck in the foster system, where their chances of being adopted diminish with every passing year, and their chances of being physically or sexually abused INCREASE! Isn’t that wonderful?
And of course, we haven’t even talked about the person who is giving birth to the baby! I know you probably think pregnancy is a wonderful, happy time, and for some people it is, but it is also one of the greatest health risks a person can take. I love my son very much, and from the day I found out I was pregnant with him, I wanted him! But I also nearly died giving birth to him. You see, I had pre-eclampsia, the most commonly fatal birth complication in the world. My blood pressure was 180 over 130! At twenty-two years old, I was actually headed for a stroke, hah hah! How funny is that? And all it took was missing a single pre-natal appointment during which my blood pressure rose to dangerous levels and my body tried to kill both me and my son. Those seizures sure were fun, as was the emergency c-section performed without anesthetic! And being chained down while the operation was performed, because I was delirious and wouldn’t stop trying to fight off the doctors, that was a BLAST! It was great for my husband too, since he almost lost his wife and child in just forty-five minutes. You can imagine how thrilled he is at the prospect of me ever getting pregnant again. Babies are certainly cute, but pregnancy can have massive health complications, and I know it’s such a bummer, but they are PERMANENT. :( My abdominal muscles never recovered from being hacked through with a scalpel, and the flood of hormones caused by late pregnancy have changed things from heartburn (never used to have it, now, all the time!) to my emotional reactions (I cry when I see pictures of kittens now. I used to be tough). These are changes I did not ask for, cannot control, and cannot fix! And many people go through worse! I know, right? Unbelievable, but go look up the word ‘episiotomy’ and then look up ‘birth rape’ and I’m afraid you’ll find some stuff that just isn’t very shiny. Plus, the studies actually show that people who carry a baby to term, give birth, then give it up for adoption suffer HIGHER rates of post-pregnancy complications like post-partum depression and post-partum psychosis, general depression, and other mental health issues. Adoption actually isn’t good for the person giving birth at all!
I’m afraid the picture you chose to use there is also pretty disingenuous. I know, I know, it seems like nitpicking. I’m not trying to be mean! :( But that picture shows a fully developed, viable infant, and most abortions are performed when the fetus isn’t even a fetus - it’s a blastocyst. That’s just a clump of cells. Seriously! You can totally find pictures on the interwebs and they’re not even gross, LOLOL! Later-term abortions are usually performed because of health complications, though some of our intrepid state legislators are trying to change all that! They care so much about people who are pregnant, you see, that they want to force them to carry dead or dying fetuses inside them until their body either becomes infected while it rots in their tummies (this is called sepsis, and it makes people very sick, and can even kill them!), or forces it out naturally in a gush of blood and fluids! Isn’t that so caring of them? I’m so glad they’re around to make those decisions for me! And if a pregnant person is not allowed to terminate an unviable fetus, in some states, they have to carry the child to term, give birth to it, and then watch it die in their arms because its lungs weren’t developed, or its brain formed outside its skull, or any of a million possible birth defects that will kill you just as quick as lickity-split! Isn’t that wild?! Of course, these people go through terrible grief, and as I mentioned, some of them may get sick and die from not being able to abort dead or dying fetuses. But I guess that’s just A-okay with you, huh?
Basically, I think before you suggest adoption as a universal alternative, you should actually go do some research on adoption. And before you condemn abortion, you should do some research on abortions - not the stuff your church is giving you, the stuff the real doctors are saying. Go to Planned Parenthood (if they haven’t all been closed down, ROFLMAO!) and request whatever information they have on the process, the statistics of who has abortions and why… and actually, all of that is on the interwebs! Isn’t technology AMAZING?
And in closing, since I’ve been asked this question many times and I know it’s coming? Yes, I realize I am here talking to you because I was not aborted. But the thing is, if my mother had chosen abortion, I wouldn’t know the difference, so it wouldn’t matter to me. And if she decided that choice was best for her, then that choice would have been best for her, and I would never want to take that choice away from her. As it is, since I was given up for adoption, and since I have seen the statistics on how badly people who give their children up for adoption suffer, I have spent much of my adult life worrying about her, whether she’s healthy, whether she’s okay, and feeling that if she did suffer from any of the common post-birth symptoms, it is at least partially my fault, even though she made that decision on her own. Which is silly, I know, but at some point, all children have to stare down the consequences of their parents’ having them. For some, that’s poverty. For others, a life-time of their parents struggling to treat and care for a severe illness or disability. For others, it’s wondering if their mother ever got over giving them away, and wishing you could reach out and assure her that it’s okay, she doesn’t have to be haunted.
May your birth control never fail!
Sonneillonv deserves a mother fucking standing ovation here.
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I get really mad when cis men get upset because they don’t get a say in whether or not a women gets an abortion cause ~*~oh no i wanted that baby~*~
you dont fucking have to carry around for 9 months, have to deal with the pain of giving birth, possible die in the process or have the effects it…