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Subject:Abortion in South Dakota
Time:10:42 am
Has anyone been following what's happening in South Dakota?

MOTHERFUCKER. There, now I feel better.

It's now illegal to get an abortion unless the pregnant woman's life is in danger. No exceptions made for rape or incest.

Oh, unless you count Bill Napoli's example:

"A real-life description to me would be a rape victim, brutally raped,
savaged. The girl was a virgin. She was religious. She planned on
saving her virginity until she was married. She was brutalized and
raped, sodomized as bad as you can possibly make it, and is
impregnated. I mean, that girl could be so messed up, physically and
psychologically, that carrying that child could very well threaten her
life."

What does the man think about in his free time? I find it scary he came up with ALL OF THAT.

And 'brutally raped'? What other sort of rape is there?

Planned Parenthood is planning to challenge the decision. So is the fantastic Cecilia Fire Thunder:

"The President of the Oglala Sioux Tribe on the Pine Ridge
Reservation, Cecilia Fire Thunder, was incensed. A former nurse and
healthcare giver she was very angry that a state body made up mostly
of white males, would make such a stupid law against women.

"To me, it is now a question of sovereignty," she said to me last
week. "I will personally establish a Planned Parenthood clinic on my
own land which is within the boundaries of the Pine Ridge Reservation
where the State of South Dakota has absolutely no jurisdiction.""

Apparently South Dakota has no say to what's done on the Pine Ridge area. Good.

Seriously, women HAVE to keep fighting - esp in places where men aren't brought up to respect the right of a woman to make decisions about their bodies.

Reminds me of the guy I dated who said that it's healthier for the mother and baby to go without drugs during childbirth. Helps the bonding. (What? 9 months and few hours of labour and rest of my life?) This coming from the guy who swears by ibuprofen to kill pain. Oh, he's studying medicine.

I was watching Grey's Anatomy on Monday - which I love - where a character wants to get rid of her ovaries, uterus, and breasts because there's an 85% chance she'll contract cancer. Her husband was all pissed that she 'betrayed' their plans to have kids, that she'll lose her sex drive.. WHAT? I think 85% is pretty close to being a death sentence, and all you can whine about is how she betrayed you and her sex drive? What do you want, a babymaker and a whore?

The show had the character insist that she wants to have a shot of growing old with the man she loves, but I don't think the dilemna was being pushed through strongly enough. I honestly wish that someone punched the guy for being a selfish prick.

I'm not saying that the issue of whether the foetus is a life isn't important. But this is your body. Women are more prone to osteoporosis after pregnancy. A lot of women suffer post-natal depression, but can't really talk about it because they're expected by society to come with fully-equipped with maternal instincts. (hence the justification for why women should stay at home) Well - they don't. They get terrified from the burden, and the stress, and have to to learn to cope anyway.

Don't get me started on what I think Bill Napoli deserves.
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pentothepage
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Time:2006-03-29 02:32 pm (UTC)
I certainly knew of the situation, but not of that quotation. RIDICULOUS.
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salimma
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Time:2006-04-12 08:24 pm (UTC)
It's actually even worse in parts of Latin America. In El Salvador the woman who went for an abortion is jailed a minimum of 2 years, and it goes up to 30-50 years if the foetus is "viable".

One of the bad legacies of Pope JP II and his batch of anti-liberation-theology conservative cardinals..
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kattiebiscuitte
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Time:2006-08-22 03:16 am (UTC)
On Bill Napoli's quote:
Where is the line between a rape that threatens someone's physical and psychological well-being enough to threaten her life and one that doesn't? Having your well-being threatened at all is threatening your life. It infringes on your right to live a normal, trauma-free life whether or not you become pregnant.

Who decides when a woman's life is threatened? Law-makers? Politicians? Laws by nature can't encompass every woman's situation. So who gets to draw that line? Shouldn't it be the woman herself?
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