Happy National Day of Appreciation for Abortion Providers!

10 03 2009

Today is National Day of Appreciation for Abortion Providers. Perfect timing for the Feminists for Life to come tonight and talk about the so-called feminist case against abortion, no?

Katha Pollitt at the Nation brings up several good points:

– Roe v Wade may  be protected in the Supreme Court but state legislatures don’t stop trying to increase obstacles for women trying to get abortions

– There are bills being considered in eleven states to require women seeking abortions to get ultrasounds (As Pollitt wittily notes this is “because apparently women are so stupid they might not realize they’re having an abortion because they’re pregnant”).

–  Women’s health activists at many abortion clinics are retiring and are not easy to replace especially in more conservative areas like places in the Midwest or the South.

– Doctors, nurses and technicians who perform abortions do not make a lot of money  so contrary to anti-choice rhetoric of how abortion is just a money-sucking business, these clinicians don’t profit a lot and can earn more money working elsewhere

– These medical professionals who work in abortion clinics in conservative, anti-choice regions walk through picketers (screaming “murder!!!!”) who potentially get violent on their way to work sometimes. This is not something to look forward to in the morning when you get up for work.

The ignorant comments that people left after the post are upsetting and not worth sharing. They just go to show that despite Roe v Wade being upheld, there are still many people who oppose a woman’s right to abortion and we still have a fight to continue.



One response

10 03 2009

Submitted for your appreciation — a list of abortion providers and some of their accomplishments!

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