I thought this was a really interesting interview. Moore and Maddow discuss Moore’s new film, the Stupak Amendment, the hesitation of Democrats to get things done, and more. Its too bad more people can’t be as bold as these two.
Guest writer Sarah Warren is a professor of modern art history at Purchase College, SUNY. She is currently writing a book about the interchange between the nationalism and the avant-garde in pre-Revolutionary Russia. She lives in New York City. These are her words.
I have had two abortions. In both cases I had planned to get pregnant and was overjoyed (though also terrified) that I was going to have a baby. I had negotiated my parental leave from work, stopped drinking alcohol, rearranged my apartment to accommodate a nursery, and fantasized endlessly about my little munchkin. And in both cases I underwent incredibly painful termination procedures because (the first time) I wasn’t willing to be disabled by my pregnancy, and (the second time) I wasn’t willing to knowingly give birth to a severely disabled child. I have private insurance that covered all my costs, but it is a large insurer that serves state employees, and would undoubtedly be part of the federal health care exchange that is covered in the Stupak Amendment. If the Stupak Amendment had been law at the time, I would have had to pay for both procedures myself. According to commenters like Phillip Levine (in his November 25, ope-ed for the New York Times), this does not constitute a major blow to reproductive choice in the United States because most of the women who currently have private health insurance also have the financial means to cover most of the abortions they are likely to have. This “most” scenario may be comforting in the abstract, but the individual circumstances of women’s reproductive lives often do not line up with abstract ideals about choice and life.
In my first pregnancy, early screening tests indicated a 75% chance of genetic or anatomic abnormalities in the fetus. This was revealed at the same time that an enormous fibroid (bigger than the baby) had begun to degenerate. It was extremely painful, I hadn’t slept in three days, and my obstetrician had even prescribed codeine because she felt that it would be less harmful than my pain and distress. After looking at the growth history and location of the fibroid, she also warned that I should prepare myself for several potential hospital stays to deal with bleeding from the fibroid, as well as a special C-section (higher risk than normal, but not life-threatening) from just below my rib-cage.
At that point I decided to terminate the pregnancy. Because of the fibroid, the procedure was complicated and, even though there were two doctors performing it, took twice as long as expected. This meant the local anesthetic I was given wore off about halfway through. In retrospect, I realize I could have waited two weeks for a genetic test, and then, if the results had been reasonable, waited for successive ultrasound scans to determine if there were serious anatomical abnormalities. However, I would have had to be willing to continue missing work and living in pain, while waiting to find out if my pregnancy was viable. I often regret my decision (especially after later tests revealed no genetic defects), but realistically, I know I would probably do the same today. [Read more...]
Our predecessors risked everything to protect a woman’s right to choose. If we want, we can defeat the Stupak amendment.
I am reading an inspiring book, Wherever There’s a Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Immigrants, Strikers, and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California. From free speech rights to the gay rights movement, the book recounts numerous stories of civil rights activism in California and the efforts of those who risked everything for freedom.
I have been reading the book in the aftermath of the Stupak Amendment and have been inspired and motivated by its amazing stories. One fight that the book highlights is the dynamic struggle Californians have fought for abortion rights.
The book tells the following story of brave pro-choice activists, which I hope will serve as a poignant reminder that ours is not the first generation to fight, and win, the battle for choice. [Read more...]
So this isn’t really the high road as far as opinions go, but here it is: the GOP is really pissing me off! Thankfully, I take blood pressure meds, so I haven’t had a stroke or anything. But they really, really, really make me mad! Of course, they have for a while. Lately, though, there has been a huge spike on the Mrs. Pissed o’ Meter.
It really started with the Stupak amendment. I won’t belabor the point, you all know what I’m talking about. Days of reading and listening to commentary on the subject haven’t helped. Especially hearing anti-choice congress people whine about forcing the taxpayers to pay for something the majority of us don’t agree with.
Well, assbag, here’s the problem with that: My tax dollars go to all sorts of things I don’t agree with. Its kind of part of paying taxes. I don’t know about you, but I have NEVER met anyone who pays taxes and doesn’t know of something they wish their money weren’t going towards. Period. Its part of living in a democracy.
The news of a health care bill making its way through the house yesterday turned out to be a giant failure. Yes, the bill includes a public option. The bill encompasses a plethora of other much-needed benefits as well, however; the religious right, along with a slue of spineless democrats, managed to push through the Stupak Amendment, effectively sidelining women’s reproductive rights in favor of a bankrupt political agenda.
The provision would block federal subsidies for insurance companies that cover abortion procedures. Such a restriction threatens to deprive women of access to vital health care services. In addition, it would eliminate any incentive for insurance companies to provide abortion services. They would be forced to give women’s health the axe in favor of qualifying for federal subsidies. Insurance companies will do anything to compete in a newly expanded market of subsidies, which inevitably means that women would lose coverage for abortion. [Read more...]