Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Take Action Now

Ms. Magazine published this article recently displaying the often overlooked problem with the partial birth abortion ban: stillborns. While the ban does not prohibit doctors from removing a dead fetus, the controversy is enough to keep doctors from wanting to get involved. There are few doctors or hospitals that even perform the surgery to remove the stillborn, preferring to chemically induce labor, risking the health of the mother and damage to the fetus so that cause of death may not be determinable. The author of the article had to walk around for a week, bleeding, until she could have her still born 19-week old removed from her body.

More than a week ago, the House passed HR5006, a bill entitled Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2005. From the Guardian (and U.S. media, could you start carrying your own weight? I’m sure the U.K. press and the blogosphere are getting exhausted doing your job for you):

A little-noticed provision cleared the House of Representatives last week that would prohibit local, state or federal authorities from requiring any institution or health care professional to provide abortions, pay for them, or make abortion-related referrals, even in cases of rape or medical emergency.

This needs to be stopped before it passes the Senate. For a number of resources and actions, please see the article at The Blogging of the President.For even more information, visit The Well Timed Period.

A note of interest, the voting record for this bill shows that no Democrats opposed it (13 did not vote) while 13 Republicans voted in opposition. With Kerry a mere five percentage points ahead of Bush in women’s votes, it’s time for him to step up to the plate and present an alternative to the (traditionally) Republican platform