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Tanya Gold: Everywhere in America, anti-abortionists imperil women's lives. We must stop it happening here too
When access to abortion is threatened, pregnant women die. This is hardly a surprise to those with the imagination to cast their minds back to the years when knitting needles, gin and hot baths and backstreet criminals were the only remedies for an unwanted pregnancy. Childbirth itself is life threatening, but who cares to dwell on that when monomaniacal joy is the only acceptable response to the promise of a child?
Last week two cases told us what happens when abortion is either criminalised, or subject to a growing taboo. The first was that of the 31-year-old dentist Savita Halappanavar, who died after being refused an abortion in a Galway hospital as she miscarried last year, and was told that "Ireland is a Catholic country". Halappanavar died of sepsis and E coli; Dr Peter Boylan, the obstetrician giving evidence to the inquest, believes that had Halappanavar received the abortion she requested, she would not have died. Last week the coroner ruled medical misadventure – how could he do anything else?
If doctors had realised Halappanavar was dying, they could legally have saved her. (This is too like the trials of the ancient witches: if they drowned, they were innocent). The barbarism is reflected in Halappanavar's husband's bewildered eyes: how could this happen in a civilised country? Ireland's abortion laws are a disgrace. No decent Irishman or woman should sleep until they are repealed; instead we have only a recommendation that the law on when exactly abortion is acceptable be clarified.
The second case is the trial of Kermit Gosnell. He is that creature of nightmare, a mad doctor who performed cheap, illegal, late term abortions in what the Daily Mail, inevitably, calls his "House of Horrors" clinic in Pennsylvania. There has been plenty of news coverage about the bits of broken babies in the House of Horrors; rather less on how fear of censure left patients reluctant to complain about Gosnell's behaviour. There is even less on how women went to Gosnell simply because other abortion clinics had protesters outside, or had closed down. And, I think, there is nothing at all on how legal restrictions on abortion in America lead directly to delays, and thus themselves create the necessity for the hated late-term procedure that we can unite in disgust around. The anti-abortion lobby did not create Gosnell, but they facilitated him. Now, of course, they will use him.
Gosnell apparently cut the spines of seven living babies' with scissors; one woman, Karnamaya Mongar, died after receiving an overdose of medication. Predictably, the anti-abortion lobby treat Gosnell as a cracked saviour who has come to reveal the true "reality" of abortion, a convenient devil who will prove the existence of God. It does not matter that what Gosnell did is illegal and he will go to jail. He is a gift to a campaign seeking to force all women, no matter what the circumstances or the results, to carry their babies to term.
Everywhere in America anti-abortion activists harass, imperil and impede safe abortion; they spread misinformation; they seek to close clinics and sometimes they commit murder. These tactics are spreading in Europe; last month the 40 Days for Life movement prayed outside abortion clinics in London for the whole of Lent, a grotesque imposition on vulnerable or sometimes traumatised women. Also last month Abort67, a group that likes to display huge photographs of dismembered foetuses outside abortion clinics on the grounds that women do not "understand" what abortion constitutes, hung one such image outside the Department of Health on Whitehall. (What do they think women seeking abortions think? That the stork giveth, and the stork taketh away?)
In Ireland similar images hang near airports, so women coming to England for abortion will see them and feel what? Self-hatred, of course. The plan is to create widespread public revulsion for abortion. Then they will attempt legislation, always pruning, pruning at that which is humane, and safe.
The anti-abortion lobby hate adult women, I think; give them their way, and they will have more dead women, more thwarted women in poverty and trapped. Forced motherhood is a kind of slavery, because motherhood and autonomy can never coexist. Restrictions on abortion killed Savita Halappanavar; they almost certainly killed Karnamaya Mongar too. We should remember it.
Twitter: @tanyagold1
guardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media 2013
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Great article. It describes poor women, who cannot afford to make an abortion in a good hospitals because obstetricians refuse to make them, and anti-abortion activists, who hate all reproductive women and consider them as slaves of maternity. 31-year-old woman died of sepsis after being refused an abortion in an Ireland hospital. It appears that it is a disgrace for women in Ireland, USA and some other countries to make an abortion. It's better to die of a shame or under a knife of illegal mad doctor, who kills living babies and their helpless miserable mothers in "House of Horrors" clinic in Pennsylvania.
Some deputies of Ukrainian Rada want to make me endless-bearing mother. I say them "No"! If they want me to give birth to a third Ukrainian citizen, they should kill me or pay into my account 1 million USD.

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Great article. It describes poor women, who cannot afford to make an abortion in a good hospitals because obstetricians refuse to make them, and anti-abortion activists, who hate all reproductive women and consider them as slaves of maternity. 31-year-old woman died of sepsis after being refused an abortion in an Ireland hospital. It appears that it is a disgrace for women in Ireland, USA and some other countries to make an abortion. It's better to die of a shame or under a knife of illegal mad doctor, who kills living babies and their helpless miserable mothers in "House of Horrors" clinic in Pennsylvania.
Some deputies of Ukrainian Rada want to make me endless-bearing mother. I say them "No"! If they want me to give birth to a third Ukrainian citizen, they should kill me or pay into my account 1 million USD.

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Great article. It describes poor women who cannot afford to have an abortion in a good hospital because obstetricians refuse them and anti-abortion activists who hate all reproductive women consider them as slaves of maternity. 31-year-old woman died of sepsis after being refused an abortion in an Ireland hospital. It appears that it is a disgrace for women in Ireland, USA and some other countries support abortion. It's better to die of shame or under the knife of an illegal mad doctor who kills living babies and their helpless miserable mothers in "House of Horrors" clinic in Pennsylvania. Some deputies of Ukrainian Rada want to make me an endless-child bearing mother. I say to them "No"! If they want me to give birth to a third Ukrainian citizen, they should kill me or pay into my account 1 million USD.

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Thank you, Patu!))

Если ты прочитала это большая статья (большая как "воина и мир"), ты заслуживаешь 10 ягоды!

Поздравляю! )))

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Hip Hip urra alles ist super!))) Danke schön, Pedro!
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Great article. It describes poor women, who cannot get an abortion in a good hospital because obstetricians refuse to do them.  It also elaborates on anti-abortion activists, describing them as women haters who consider women slaves to maternity.  A 31-year-old woman died of sepsis after being refused an abortion in an Irish hospital.  It appears that it is a disgrace for women in Ireland, the USA, and some other countries to have an abortion. It's better to die of shame or under the knife of an illegal mad doctor, who kills living babies and their helpless, miserable mothers in his "House of Horrors" clinic in Pennsylvania.  Some deputies of the Ukrainian Rada want me perpetually barefoot and pregnant. I tell them "No"!  If they want me to give birth to a third Ukrainian citizen, they should kill me or pay into my account 1 million USD.

Million dollar baby!

But you're right.  It's not funny.

 

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Спасибо, Иван!
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Иван - is it your real name? Just wonder...))

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My name is John.

Do you have a reall name?

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Sure. My name is Alla.
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Is this translation correct?.

he plan is to create widespread public revulsion for abortion. Then they will attempt legislation...

...План состоит в том, чтобы создать общественное Широкое отвращение к аборту. Тогда они будут пытаться законодательству...

 

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