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Unformatted text preview: Abortion on Demand and without Apology without When it comes to abortion, there is ONLY ONE moral question: ONLY Will women be fully emancipated human Will beings in control of their lives and reproduction? reproduction? OR Will we be forced to submit to patriarchal Will male authority and to breed against our will? will? An embryo is a fetus from fertilization until 8 weeks gestation fertilization First Week – blastocyst implants about day 7 Embryonic development Embryonic 5 weeks 7 weeks 61.3% of abortions before 9 weeks Fetal development Fetal 10 week 12 week 88.7% of abortions are within the first trimester A fetus is not a baby fetus It is a clump of cells with the potential to It become a human being. It is not yet a separate life from the life of the woman in whose uterus it is. whose It cannot survive on its own. It gets oxygen It and nutrients from the woman’s blood and excretes waste through the woman. And this is true until it is born and becomes a baby. It is no more an independent human being than any other organ or part of a woman’s body. woman’s Second Trimester Second 14 week fetus 20 week fetus A fetus cannot survive outside of the uterus until 21 weeks – and then only with a great deal of technological support Life Magazine pictures by Swedish photographer Lennart Nilsson Every picture you see of a fetus leaves out the woman who is carrying it carrying The changes that are taking place are only taking place because the woman’s physiology is making these changes happen. 2004 from www.guttmacher.com 2004 Why do women get late term abortions? abortions? Difficulty getting an abortion Difficulty 87% of all U.S. Counties do not have any abortion providers. Most of the women needing 2nd and 3rd trimester abortions live in these rural areas. live 100% 80% 60% 40% 20% 0% 82 84 88 92 78 80 86 90 94 96 98 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 20 00 Unserved counties Women in unserved counties The number of hospitals providing abortion services has greatly diminished since 1980 diminished Number of Providers 1600 1400 1200 1000 800 600 400 200 0 1980 1984 1988 1992 1996 2000 Abor t i on cl i n i c Ot h e r cl i n i c H ospi t a l Ph ysi ci a n s' of f i ce Source: Finer and Henshaw, 2003 Number of trained Doctors has decreased: decreased: Nationally: 1982 2,908 doctors 1982 2005 1,787 doctors State examples: Mississippi 1 clinic Kansas 2 clinics 57% of all ob/gyns who perform abortion are 50 57% years of age or older. years Another reason women have difficulty getting abortions are restrictive laws. getting Example: Mississippi has one abortion clinic in Mississippi Jackson, Mississippi, which passed a law in 1992 requiring a woman to receive in person information about the fetus and “alternatives” to abortion and then wait at least 24 hours before getting an abortion. before When this law was passed late term When abortions increased by 53% abortions Fake clinics Fake In any event, a fetus is not a baby until it is born and becomes a living, viable human being. living, Women who do not have the Women right to choose whether or not to take their pregnancy to term at any stage, for any reason, have been reduced to a position of a slave. slave. “THE PILL” first THE became available in 1960 1960 Roe vs Wade passed Roe in 1973 in The pill + legal abortion = Reproductive Freedom Freedom Reproductive freedom Reproductive for women came in response to the movements of the 60’s. It is long past due that we re-seize the moral high ground and the initiative on this issue on Being pregnant is not a reason to have a baby! have What is the so-called moral high ground of the anti-abortionists ground They say they are saving They babies… babies… But what is this really about? American Life League American Mission Statement: “A.L.L. denies Mission the moral acceptability of artificial birth control and encourages each individual to trust in God, to surrender to His will, and be presurrender disposed to welcoming children.” Pro-life Encyclopedia Pro-life “Contraception cannot be separated from abortion. In Contraception fact, anyone who debates on the topic of abortion will inevitably be drawn to the topic of artificial contraception over and over again, especially in the post-Roe era of pro-life activism…How does contraception lead to abortion? Quite simply, they are virtually indistinguishable in the psychological, virtually physical and legal sense…those individuals who use artificial contraception take the critical step of separating sex from procreation. Contraception not abortion was the first step down the slippery slope” abortion Randall Terry best known anti-abortion activists. OPERATION RESCUE Clinic Blockade Los Angeles Fall 2009 Los Clinic Escorts LA Fall 2009 Clinic Clinic Bombings Dr. Tiller was murdered on May 31, 2009 by Scott Roeder A thousand people attended Dr. Tiller’s funeral Tiller’s Dr. Carhart – “Target #1” Operation Rescue Rescue Murder Murder At least 7 people have At been murdered by “probeen llife” activists. Many ife” others were injured with bombs and guns. bombs The Army of God (AOG) The Advocates the murder Advocates of abortion providers as the only way to really stop abortion. stop The manual contains The not only strong antinot abortion sentiments but abortion also anti-government and anti-gay/lesbian language. language. THE NUREMBERG FILES THE Mary E Smith, MD Family Practitioner, (maiden name: Mary MD Wilcox)TX DL#: 004233496 Gender: Female Race: White Gender: Height : 5’ 9“ Weight: 160 pounds Eye color: Green Hair: Gray DOB: 12/16/44 Husband: Joseph A. DOB: 07/17/48 Son: Brian J. DOB: 12/29/77 Son: Mark D. DOB: 01/28/79 Residence: 1900 Hollyhill Denton, TX 76205-8256 940-387Residence 9173 Church: First United Methodist 201 S Locust, Denton, TX First 76201 940-382-5478 940-382-5478 Pastor: Gary Mueller Denton Health Services for Women - 1019 N Elm St, Denton Denton, TX 76201 940-383-2609 Denton, Dr. David Gunn Dr. David Gunn shot in front of abortion clinic Michael Griffin First to murder an abortion doctor on March 10, 1993 On July 29, 1994 On July 29, 1994 murdered Dr. Britton and Bodyguard Paul Hill “American Hero” Saved “innocent babies from being murdered by babykilling abortionist” John Salvi III John December 30, 1994 Followed in Paul Hill’s Followed foot steps by: foot Murdering Shannon Murdering Lowney and Lee Ann Nichols Nichols Killed Robert Sanderson and injuring and Emily Lyons Eric Rudolph Bombed abortion clinic on on January 29, 1998 January James Kopp James Kopp On October 23, 1998 Dr. Bernard Slepian shot in his home in shot New York New South Dakota Ban on abortion South March, 2006 They want to force the issue before the They Supreme Court Supreme Supreme Court Appointments Supreme Roberts' confirmation as chief justice 2005 Samuel Alito was confirmed to the Supreme confirmed Court Jan. 31, 2006 Court Both are Opposed to Roe vs Wade Opposed Bush signs the “Partial Birth Abortion” Act in 2003 Abortion” LEGAL MOVERS TO GIVE A FETUS ‘PERSONHOOD’ FETUS 30,000 30,000 signatures needed in Alaska to put it on the ballot ballot Legislation making a fetus and embryo a person embryo Fetal homocide law Fetal – 34 states 34 Scott Peterson was convicted was of Killing his wife Laci and the Fetus she was carrying Unborn Victims of Violence Act 2004 Laci Conner Law ”This new law acknowledges a commonsense proposition: When a crime of violence against a pregnant woman kills or injures her unborn child, there are two victims” George W. Bush Health Insurance for the Fetus – not the pregnant woman not 1-30-02 – State Children’s Health Insurance Program – SCHIP Insurance States can classify a fertilized egg as an States “unborn child” eligible for coverage under the SCHIP, rather than allowing coverage of pregnant women under the program the Woman charged with murder for refusing c-section refusing Melissa Rowland, aged 28, charged Melissa with murder in Salt Lake City, Utah, following a stillbirth. Prosecutors accused her of "depraved indifference to human life" after she allegedly failed to undergo a timely caesarean section when pregnant with twins. Wrongful death Wrongful Illinois Judge Rules That Couple Can Illinois File Wrongful Death Suit Over Accidentally Discarded Embryo Accidentally Feb 2005 Feb Todd Parrish and Alison Miller Laws on birth control Laws Laws have been passed in Laws South Dakota, Arkansas, and Mississippi that legally allow pharmacists to refuse to fill birth control prescriptions on moral and religious grounds. moral What does Obama say about abortion? abortion? Demonstrations at Notre Dame Demonstrations Obama has said: Obama - “Abortion is never good” - He made the point of distinguishing He himself from those “who suggest that this (abortion) is simply an issue about women’s freedom and that there’s no other considerations.” there’s The movement to forcibly deny women the right to abortion and birth control is a movement to enslave women. is With its aims, its methods, and its With morality, there can be no compromise. compromise. ‘Common ground’ can only exist if Common one side capitulates to the other. one Pro-Choice Movement Pro-Choice Will not stand with the abortion providers – Will NARAL, NOW, the Feminist Majority did not attend Dr. Tiller’s funeral. Dr. S. Dakota ban – they didn’t condemn it, but said it S. went too far by failing to make exception for rape, incest and life of woman. incest Stupak amendment NARAL, Planned Parenthood, Stupak NOW, Fem Maj cancelled a “Day of Action” they had called in favor of lobbying. had The current situation is NOT good. NOT Recent Gallop poll indicated 51% in US Recent identify as “pro-life vs 42% as pro-choice. identify 22% think abortion should be outlawed in 22% all cases all 23% think abortion should be allowed in all 23% cases. cases. The real problem is that for decades the lunatic Christian fascists have consistently mobilized while the pro-choice “movement” has remained largely passive and straitjacketed in the Democratic Party’s dynamic of capitulation. Party’s What ‘common ground’ can there be with a movement whose aim is to enslave women to our reproduction and force us to bear children against our will? children The morality we need The Break down all barriers to women being full Break participants in every sphere of society to the full liberation of women as a part of liberating all of humanity. liberating There is a need for voices of clarity and There conscience who make clear that women ae not incubators! ae It is time for women who have had abortions to speak out and defiantly about this – to lift the shame and to challenge the stigma. challenge We need to RE polarize It is time to go back into the streets. It We need to seize back the moral high-ground high-ground Abortion must be available on demand and without apology. apology. Women are human beings capable of participating fully and equally in every sphere of society together with men. sphere We must not be enslaved to our reproduction. reproduction Changing all this and fully liberating women as part of emancipating humanity as a whole will ultimately require revolution. revolution. ...
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