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On Vox: Dark day...

...for women's rights.

In some cases, this ruling is a death sentence for a mother. In other cases, it's the beginning of a death sentence for freedom.

Thanks, George W. Bush, for your appointments.

Originally posted on pop.vox.com

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rillifane
Apr. 18th, 2007 09:43 pm (UTC)
"In some cases, this ruling is a death sentence for a mother."

During testimony before congress a series of pro-choice witnesses were repeatedly asked to cite to a specific case in which late term abortion by partial birth was required to save the life of the mother. They could not give a single example.

Late term abortions may theoretically be required for health reasons but it is not late term abortiosn that are in question here but only a particular procedure.

As strongly pro-choice as I am I think this is a tempest in a teapot.



vespa59
Apr. 18th, 2007 10:00 pm (UTC)
Interesting. I didn't know about that. So how common is the procedure?

Personally, it sounds pretty grisly to me, but I don't think it should be an option outlawed. What I'm more concerned with is the further erosion of reproductive rights and how this sort of greases the wheels a bit for pro-life to further challenge what is still legal.
rillifane
Apr. 18th, 2007 10:14 pm (UTC)
It is quite uncommon to begin with. The actual number performed is in dispute.

Ron Fitzsimmons, executive director of the National Coalition of Abortion Providers, estimated a total of 3,000 to 4,000 annually in the US.

Other information suggests the number is anywhere from 2800 to a few hundred a year.

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