Blog in memory of Dr. Tiller until June 7th – make sure to link to the Abortion Gang’s site. Here’s the 1st question:
How can the pro-choice and reproductive justice movements better support the people who have later abortions and providers who perform them?
It’s my understanding that teens tend to have later abortions because they’re so frightened and anxious about the pregnancy they take longer to come to a decision. The other group is women with medical complications. Of course, the anti-choicers would have us believe an evil woman doesn’t want the “inconvenience” of a pregnancy – as if anyone would call being pregnant convenient or not. The decision to raise a baby to the age of 18 has nothing to do with convenience. You need maturity, financial means, child care, proper lodging, etc.
Your post can directly answer this question, or use it as a jumping off point to talk about other issues, such as:
- Why is it so difficult for our movement to talk about and support later abortions?
- Reflecting on Dr. Tiller’s famous quote: ”Make no mistake, this battle is about self-determination by women of the direction and course of their lives and their family’s lives. Abortion is about women’s hopes and dreams. Abortion is a matter of survival for women.”
In your post, please link back to this blog post so that folks can come here and find links to other reflections on Dr. Tiller.
Will Draconian South Dakota force women to visit religious pregnancy centers before abortions? – on Alternet
Dr. George Tiller, the Kansas abortion provider killed in 2009, said, “Trust women. Women are morally and intellectually and spiritually capable of struggling with complex ethical issues and coming to the appropriate… decision for themselves and their families.”
There have been many articles lately on Dr. Tiller’s murder. The pro-life movement has long ago waged a war on abortion and it has been threatening and violent. The media has written on all wars but this one. Now, when they are writing about it, they need to be honest: it’s been about as terrorizing as the Taliban. They don’t bomb girls’ schools, they bomb clinics. They don’t impose modesty, but they try to impose their own morality. They don’t commit murder in the name of honor, but they commit it in the name of what? Righteousness? Justice?
Here are two articles that call it what it is:
A history of violence on the anti-abortion fringe
Who killed George Tiller?
The “pro-life” movement has never really been about “life” has it? If it were, why wouldn’t it concern itself with:
25,000 youth per year that are never adopted in the US
500,000+ women that die each year from preventable causes in childbirth
Millions of female fetuses aborted or killed in infanticide in Asia
1.5 to 3 million women that die each year from gender-based violence
Why aren’t they concerned that homicide is one of the leading causes of death of a pregnant woman?
It’s not really “life” that they are concerned about, is it? I haven’t even mention war yet. And then there’s the prostitutes (murder is the #1 cause of death), the homeless (life expectancy: 50 years)…