Tuesday News Roundup

mouse2Misconceptions #1: Only a “Certain Kind of Woman” Has an Abortion – Cherry Hill Women’s Center
When You Discover You’re Intersex – Womanist Musings
C-Sections: The New “Pre-Existing Condition” – RH Reality Check
Scott Roeder’s Trial to be Delayed Until January – Roeder Watch
South Dakota Appeals Abortion Ruling – Sioux Falls Argus Leader

Saturday News Roundup

weekendWe had some technical difficulties yesterday, and the click list didn’t run. So, here it is . . . the first Saturday click list (and hopefully the last). Have a great weekend!

First They Were Broke, Now Operation Rescue Says Everything’s A-OK – The Pitch
Health Insurance Companies Consider C-Sections a “Pre-Existing Condition” – Think Progress
Interview with Cecile Richards: “Women Shouldn’t Be Left Worse Off Under Health Care Reform Than They Are Now” – Jezebel
Randall Terry is Terrorizing Kids Now – Spare Candy
Anti-Abortion Group Targets 12 Democratic Seats in Next Election – RH Reality Check
Anti-Abortion Provocateur Takes Aim at Obama – Women’s e-News

Wednesday News Roundup

mouse_click_270x270Abortion Stories: Many Voices, Many Choices – Feminist Women’s Health Center
Women’s Health is Universal Health Care – Huffington Post
Complaint Filed Against Doctor for Unauthorized Sterilization During C-Section – The Unnecesarean
Family Guy Creator Outs Stewie – Womanist Musings
OK Judge Tosses Law Requiring an Ultrasound to Obtain an Abortion – AP
Detroit Anti-Choicer Hopes to Free Scott Roeder –

Forced C-Sections–Why Real Choice Matters

In a recent Huffington Post piece, Louise Marie Roth, PhD., tells the horrifying story of a mother who, during a normal, full-term birth, refused to have a c-section–against medical advice. The mother (V.M.), was accused by hospital staff of being irrational and erratic. Her refusal to have a c-section (an invasive procedure she felt *rightly* was unnecessary) was later used as evidence in a case that resulted in the termination of her parental rights.

There are so many threads to this story (and others like it), I am overwhelmed by the possibilities! It seems that a series is in order. So, for the next few Fridays, I will take up a discussion of Dr. Roth’s post and its implications for choice and for the pro-choice movement. I also have a lot to say about some of the points she doesn’t make. Its a great post, don’t get me wrong. But there is so much going on here that she could not have possibly covered it all. I invite you, dear readers, to join in the discussion! Chime in, let me know what you think! [Read more...]

Push for C-sections an attack on choice.

The World Health Organization recommends a Cesarean rate of between 5 and 15 percent, yet in the U.S. the Cesarean rate is at a steady 30 percent, and many estimate that this trend will continue to rise. Although this is an issue being taken into serious examination by birth professionals specifically, it is an issue that has failed to capture the attention of the pro-choice community.

In many, if not most, cases, women are pressured into C-sections by their doctors. As someone with a passion for pregnancy and birth issues and someone who has worked in the industry, I have heard countless reasons doctors have told mothers they “need to” have a C-section. I have heard everything from the baby is past due to the baby is big, to the mother has had a previous C-section (a fact that in no way should prevent a mother from delivering vaginally in the future). On one occasion I even heard a new mother say that her (male) doctor had told her she “had” to have a C-section because her baby moved around in the womb so much! It was just not true.

The agenda of the pro-choice community must be expanded to include pregnant women’s rights, including exposing the abuse of C-sections going on in this country. Women who are unlucky enough to have a medical practitioner who does not have faith in the natural birthing process (there are more out there than you would think) are essentially being stripped of their choices in the birthing process. Pro-choice activists must reclaim pregnancy and birth as a vital women’s health issue and thus help all women to have faith in their ability to birth naturally or at least educated about all their options. [Read more...]

Watch List: The Business of Being Born

pregnantI watched an incredible documentary this week that was produced by none other than Ricki Lake. It’s called “The Business of Being Born.” In the film, Ricki Lake looks at the birthing industry in the United States, and what she reveals is pretty startling.

Lake was inspired to make the movie after she compared her birthing experiences with her first and second child. The first child was delivered in a hospital; the second child was delivered at home. The experiences couldn’t have been more different from one another. At the hospital, Lake was constantly being offered drugs. The doctor’s goal was to get her in and out of the delivery room as quickly as possible. At home, Lake worked with a midwife and the midwife’s goal was to let Ricki’s body do all of the work on its own timetable. Seeing her struggle to bear the pain of childbirth without any drugs was incredibly empowering. I think that it helped make Lake’s point. Women have been having babies for centuries without the aid of modern medicine. There’s no reason to believe that women have to give birth in a hospital, and the statistics bear this out.

Midwives attend 80% of births in Europe and Japan. In the United States, midwives only attend 8% of births. The United States stands alone. It has the second worst newborn death rate in the developed world. The US also has one of the highest maternal death rates in the world. In 1900, 95% of births took place at home. Today, less than 1% of births take place at home. We really can’t say, then, that having a baby in a hospital is really in the best interest of the woman or the child. [Read more...]