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.