Blogger Says Women Should be Forced to Cross State Lines for Abortions Because Decision “Should Be a Tough One”


As we get closer to the point where Mississippi may end up being the only state without public access to abortion, anti-choice advocates just can’t help but justify their excitement over seeing more roadblocks put in place. Abortion, they reason, is always wrong and a bad decision so, if you are going to go through with it, it needs to be as long, as expensive, as inconvenient, and as punishing as possible.

Via Jenny Erikson at the Stir:

Abortion is still perfectly legal in Mississippi, and of course doctors in hospitals will still perform them when medically necessary. When it’s save the life of the mother or they both die, I can’t imagine a single physician that wouldn’t do just that. Something about “first do no harm.”

Women will also be able to cross state lines to terminate their pregnancies. Yes, it makes it harder to get an abortion. Call me crazy, but I believe that making the decision to end the life of your unborn child should be a tough one. By having to make bigger plans than going down the street to the local clinic, maybe women will think more carefully about their choices. Maybe, just maybe, the absence of easy abortions will make a teenager think twice about having sex.

Are babies the rightful punishment for having sex? Apparently so, and if you have the audacity to try to shirk that punishment, she believes you should at least suffer as much as possible in the process.

As the only clinic within a 200 mile radius, Jackson Women’s Health Organization isn’t exactly a “down-the-street” option for many of the women in the state. But at least it is in the state. Yet even that is “too easy” for those who oppose a woman’s legal right to choose.

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  • starrsitter

    Jenny Erikson is the reason I stoped reading The Stir very soon after I started.  I wasn’t surprised at all to see this coming from her. 

     

    I love the “babies are a gift from God and you’d better have them even if it kills you because you had sex, you fornicating slut” argument.

  • pheasantweber

    Once again who cares about the person that impregnated her. So it should be a “hard decision” but the guy gets off easy. In Chicago in the year 2009 about 1900 births occurred in girls aged 15-17. Only 903 of those birth records had any information about the father. Of those 903 birth records, 62% of them had fathers that were 21 and over. Pretty gross. What about all the birth records with no father information? What about the teens who were pregnant but didn’t give birth? However we continue to attack young women for their “poor choices”. What about the adult males who impregnate these girls and then just get to walk away.

    Have your religious views thats fine. Be pro-life. But stop blaming the pregnant woman. Just STOP and look at everything going on here.

  • radicalhousewife

    Call ME crazy, but her language sounds deilberately inflammatory to me–the kind of stuff that should be on a personal blog, not one that claims to disseminate information.

  • songtothesirens

    I think it is already difficult enough to make the decision to have an abortion. It does not matter if the Doctor is down the street or in another state, most women do not just up and say “Crap, I am pregnant. I’ll just get an abortion.”

    No, they weigh their options inclding that of being a single, teen aged mother, or a single adult mother. They discuss their options with partners, parents, friends, and other members of their social network. It is never an easy decision to have an abortion, but there are many good reasons for doing so. If abortion were more widely available and affordable, do you honestly think we would have so many cases of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and babies born addicted to hard drugs?

     

    Have you ever seen a baby born addicted to cocaine or heroine or crack or methamphetamine? Or the mother drank so much during her pregnancy, she now has a baby with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome? If you haven’t, spend some time volunteering in the pediatric ICU. You’ll see it all from congenital birth defects to one’s that could have been preveted but weren’t due to a misguided law.

  • ljean8080

    I have a pretty good life.most people who are disabled do.

  • lady-lei

    More expensive for basic necessities, limited freedom, discrimination, etc. are not exactly things that are great.  Not everyone feels the same way about having a disability, especially when you don’t have the system of support nor money to provide those more expensive necesssities.  When a person’s disability makes for a long painful deterioration before dying, they may consider it a blessing to die quickly.

  • ljean8080

    should parents of children who are found to be disabled AFTTER they are born,have a right to then end their lives?

  • purplemistydez

    Did she make that argument?  Nope.  Stupid question. But it is the decision of the woman while she is pregnant to decide.

  • give-em-hell-mary

    My anti-abortion mom tried to murder me AFTER I was born with barbiturates and deliberate heat stroke!

  • give-em-hell-mary

    Well I’d never envy a 58-year-old virgin cult member of the pedophile priest mafia!

  • ljean8080

    nt.

  • jennifer-starr

    No, that would be infanticide–which is not what abortion is.  Why do you ask these ridiculous questions? 

  • bj-survivor

    I read that earlier today. Her post and the wankfest that followed made my blood boil. It was just dripping with condescension and privilege. Women of means in Mississippi will still be able to avail themselves of safe, legal, hassle-free abortions from their private ob/gyns. It is only the young and the poor who need the services offered by a clinic. One that is so often a target of unhinged, bible-babbling dipshits that the women must then walk through, as if through a gauntlet.

    And, FFS, how exactly does it make any sort of sense to force unwilling women to create unwanted children or children they may want but know that realistically they are unable to care for? Every day we hear of some horrid atrocity that some parent, usually a mother (because, let’s face it, women are still left to do the child-raising 95% of the time while the sperm donors go on to greener, carefree pastures) has committed on their own (or adopted) child. How depraved and misanthropic can you be to deliberately seek to increase the incidence of such horrors?

    I hate, hate, hate forced-gestation ideology with the fire of a trillion supernovae. Forced-gestation ideology is sick, hateful, and murderous.

  • bj-survivor

    Do you make a concerted effort to be a complete moron or does it just come naturally?

     

  • crowepps

    They already do have that right.  Parents of children who are found after birth to be *severely* disabled have the right to refuse surgery on their child’s behalf, to refuse medical treatments which will only prolong their child’s life temporarily while failing to *cure* the disability, and to choose to allow those lives to end quickly and peacefully without inflicting the full horrors of extraordinary medical care.

  • ljean8080

    nt.

  • jennifer-starr

    So you think that every child should be forced to undergo painful and invasive heroic measures, even if it will only prolong their lives for a short time?  What about extremely premature infants or infants born who are missing vital organs?  What about infants born with no brains? 

  • ljean8080

    you TAKE CARE of it.it’s your job as a parent.youe don’t treat a child like Robert Latimer did.Every one of his daughter’s doctors spoke out against him

  • jennifer-starr

    Now you know good and well that’s not what I’m talking about. CP is NOT a terminal illness and Mr. Latimer has nothing to do with this subject.  It is not the same thing as an infant born with no brain or with lungs that aren’t developed–or a child born with no kidneys and bladder  or with its organs outside of its body. So stop bringing up your pointless anecdotes and please answer my question. Do you think that parents should be forced to subject a TERMINALLY ill newborn infant  to painful and invasive procedures that will only prolong the inevitable or do you think they should be allowed to let the child pass peacefully away without pain–without being hooked up to machines? 

  • crowepps

    Sadly, her anecdotes aren’t pointless at all; they all sum up to ‘what if that was ME?  What if my parents didn’t want ME?  ME!  ME!  ME!’

    My sister has CP which affected one of her hands and one of her legs, but not her cognition.  She had several painful operations as a child.  The operations made her functioning BETTER and I think she would state they were absolutely worth it, but there’s a huge difference between that and things that are done merely to prolong life by a day, week or month without changing the end prognosis.

  • give-em-hell-mary

    If you mean that I have more common sense, and don’t enable human rights abusers like you sex-hating cultists, then yes, and thank you!

  • ljean8080

    get your point accross without the name calling?Others do

  • colleen

    she isn’t replying because she wants a conversation. She is trying to hurt and anger you. Because she’s an asshole.

  • ljean8080

    talking to me or Mary?

  • give-em-hell-mary

    You rely on name-calling, pedophile cult lies and your own sheltered life to make your straw points. 

    By the way, have you supported yourself most of these years by outside employment, or do you rely on government aid and your mother’s care?  I ask because finding and keeping living wage jobs can be nightmarish even for the non-disabled, and you seem oblivious to that gruelling routine.

    Also, you’ve never mentioned your dad since I’ve been visiting here.  Is he still around, or did he die or abandon your mother and you to fend for yourselves?

  • ljean8080

    They have both passed on now.I am very lucky.They left me the house I grew up in,my sister has moved back home.And I draw off my dad’s social security.

  • give-em-hell-mary

    Testing — hope my moderated comment makes it through the spam filters!

  • give-em-hell-mary

    testing censorship filters again