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SCOTUS decision.

5-4 to confirm the constiutationality of the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act.

This ban includes no exception for life and health of the mother.

This is not an abortion someone gets because they wake up one day and decide they no longer want to be pregnant.  The majority of these cases happen when the life of the mother is in danger, or the fetus is nonviable, or has extreme birth defects. 

The ruling:

And this is the face of that procedure - this is the type of woman who had to make a decision with her doctor that that type of abortion was the best for her:



And Ruth Ginsberg from the dissent:

 “the Court’s opinion tolerates, indeed applauds, federal intervention to ban nationwide a procedure found necessary and proper in certain cases by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. For the first time since Roe, the Court blesses a prohibition with no exception protecting a woman’s health.”

And partial birth abortion is a politically charged made up term, it's a not an actual medical term.  Nor is it adequately described in the freakin' law.   Most assume that it is the Dilation & Extraction procedure - but hell, if the bill had described it well enough, it couldn't be a springboard for more bans.

40 states already have bans on third trimester abortions except where the life or health of the woman is at stake.  An abortion past viability is already illegal in all states.

This law just makes women who already facing difficult decisions go through a little more hell.  This is often the procedure used when a women who has a wanted pregnancy that goes wrong - it becomes life endangering, the fetus is found to have severe defects.   Those who currently get D&X procedure do so because their doctors have decided that that particular procedure is the safer and easier than the alternatives - it doesn't mean that there aren't alternatives.   The alternatives are just more risky to the women's health, to her life, to her chance to have a child later.

It's not a lot of women affected - it's estimated that only 2200 of these procedures are done a year.   But it adds an additional burden to the women it does affect.  And it paves the way for further restrictions, further bans.  Last year we were speculating that Roe vs. Wade isn't going to be overturned per se.  It's just going to be weakened to be worthless.   And this is the opening salvo.

From American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists' statement on the decision.

"According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists' (ACOG) amicus brief opposing the Ban, the Act will chill doctors from providing a wide range of procedures used to perform induced abortions or to treat cases of miscarriage and will gravely endanger the health of women in this country....This decision discounts and disregards the medical consensus that intact D&E is safest and offers significant benefits for women suffering from certain conditions that make the potential complications of non-intact D&E especially dangerous"

Between this and the article that blames the first women murder at Virginia tech for "sparking" the killing spree.  The one who didn't even know her killer. 

I am sick of women as the scapegoat.  I am sick of politicans deciding which medical procedures a women should get. 

Don't try to talk politics with me for a bit.   I am angry.  I am  not going to be reasonable.  This is not a reasonable world. 


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