This video has been on the YouTubes for awhile, but it just crossed Amelia’s and my path today. If this guy who calls himself Jerry Crew on YouTube is legit, he and his wife were trying for another child, but at 16 weeks, they were told the fetus was basically dead and went in to have an abortion. (In the comments section on YouTube, he says the fetus had sirenomelia, or “mermaid syndrome,” a rare deformity in which the lower half of the body is fused together and missing several internal organs.) Naturally, the anti-abortion protesters standing outside the clinic screaming at his wife as she went inside didn’t think of that. Watch as this “angry dad” confronts two protesters on the street who seem rather sure of themselves that it’s their business to butt into other people’s medical decisions. [YouTube] Keep reading »
I prefer scary movies that involve poltergeists, so this scary flick will be a shock to my system. On Monday night at 9 p.m. (EST), MSNBC will air “The Assassination of Dr. Tiller,” a documentary film narrated by Rachel Maddow about the murder of a Wichita, Kansas, abortion provider by an anti-choice extremist. Dr. George Tiller was gunned down inside his church in May 2009 by Scott Roeder, who is now serving life in prison. Keep reading »
At some point in your life, you’ve probably seen a billboard which said something like “Pregnant? Scared? Call us!” You may have thought nothing of it, because you weren’t pregnant or even sexually active yet. In New York City, home to over 8 million people, signs like these depict a young, concerned-looking women under the words “Free abortion alternatives.” They advertise the 12 various E.M.C. FrontLine Pregnancy Centers around the city which are “crisis pregnancy centers”; the city also has four other CPCs.
Indeed, they offer “abortion alternatives,” if you could even call them that. “Crisis pregnancy centers” are actually anti-abortion organizations, often run by pro-life groups, and do not actually provide a full range of reproductive health services for women. They sometimes offer sonograms for pregnant women. However, they are not necessarily staffed by licensed medical professionals and do not provide family planning (like birth control pills) or referrals for abortions. Keep reading »
Two senators are blocking the creation of a women’s history museum in our nation’s capital because they are afraid it will become a shrine to abortion. I wish I was kidding. Sens. Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Jim DeMint (R-SC) put a “hold” on a bill that would sell land near the National Mall to build the museum, which would be funded through private donations (including from Meryl Streep, who has pledged $1 million towards it). The senators are claiming that the land isn’t being sold at fair market value (who needs women’s history? Let’s put a Target there!) and that there are already many museums dedicated to the ladies. The Women’s Museum, which is associated with the Smithsonian, is located all the way in Dallas however, and the existing museums in Washington, D.C., focus on niche interests, such as the arts. Keep reading »
It’s time again for “Dear Wendy Updates,” a feature where people I’ve given advice to in the past let us know whether they followed the advice and how they’re doing today. After the jump, we hear from “Keeping a Secret,” who got pregnant by her boyfriend of four months while practicing the rhythm method as their only birth control. “I don’t want to burden him with this pain,” she wrote, “and I feel that I’m responsible for the mess I’m in right now since everything leading to it was my decision. I want to act as if this never happened but I’m afraid if this man does end up being the person I marry, I may regret keeping it from him for the rest of my life.” I/we tried to tell her that her boyfriend was as responsible for the pregnancy as she was, and it wasn’t her job to protect him from the “burden.” After the jump, find out whether she decided to tell him or not. Keep reading »