Saturday, June 23, 2012

"The only good abortion is my abortion"

I may not be writing much, but I can link! And I really wanted to share a post from BoingBoing. The posts there range from technology, science, art, and culture to unicorns and funny cats, and occasionally more personal posts from the group of authors who contribute.

This post is very personal, and that's why I think we should be grateful that it's being made very public: "The only good abortion is my abortion":

The heart hasn’t sped up. The fetus hasn’t grown. The egg yolk is now bigger than the fetus, which usually indicates a chromosomal abnormality. Basically, this fetus is going to die. I am going to have a miscarriage. It’s just a matter of when.

Because of these facts—all these facts—I get special privileges, compared to other women seeking abortion in the state of Minnesota.

Nobody has to tell my parents. I am not subject to a 24-hour waiting period. I do not have to sit passively while someone describes the gestational stage that my fetus is at, presents me with a laundry list of possible side-effects (some medically legit, some not), lectures me on all the other options that must have just slipped my mind, or forces me to look at enlarged, color photographs of healthy fetuses.

Because I have health insurance, I can afford a very nice OB/GYN whom I chose and who does not exercise her right to deny me this option. Thankfully, I don't live in a state where she can legally lie to me about the status of my fetus, to dissuade me from having an abortion.

Most importantly, from my perspective, I have the privilege of a private abortion in a nondescript medical office. I will not have to go to an abortion clinic. I will not have to walk by any protesters—not even Charlie, the one guy who is paid to protest every day outside Minneapolis’ abortion clinic, where I have volunteered as an escort in the past.

Most of these privileges boil down to the fact that, as far as my doctor and my medical billing are concerned, this is not an elective procedure.

But here’s the thing. It is elective.


The comments, from both men and women who have experienced a pregnancy loss of their own or of their partners, are almost universally compassionate and often share very difficult stories of their own. I think it's important reading.

1 comment:

Lisa said...

I think this is HUGE. Abortions are performed at hospitals EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. But you don't see protesters camped outside Mayo Clinic or the U. You don't see people refusing to be treated at hospitals that perform abortions. Planned Parenthood has become a scapegoat for the anti-choice agenda and it pisses me off to no end. If you're that confident with your stand, put your money where your mouth is.