I'm Not Writing about the antiwar protests - International ANSWER thing. For a start, because Laura did it better than I possibly could.
And got a visit from Tacitus for her trouble. Always a pleasant experience, that.
From a small television screen in the waiting room of the Midwest Medical Center, Dr. Dennis D. Christensen comes off as a cross between a high school biology teacher and a police officer reading the Miranda warnings for the ten-thousandth time.
His eyes never meet the camera as he recites how an abortion is performed, its dangers and the alternatives, like adoption. He offers, as the state requires, that a woman may listen to the heartbeat of her fetus and see it on ultrasound if she likes, that she may withdraw consent up to the moment the abortion is induced, that she has the legal right to continue her pregnancy.
Finally, he looks into the camera and jauntily declares, "This message is brought to you compliments of your anti-abortion, Republican State Legislature."
"That usually gets a smile," he said, watching himself on the videotape.
J'Vante Anderson is 16, the age her mother was when she had her first child. Growing up in one of Atlanta's poorest neighborhoods, she has seen the cycle: teenage girl has baby, drops out of school, goes on welfare and raises a child who in turn becomes a teenage mother.
"I want to break that cycle," she said, her turtleneck perfectly coordinated with her pink velvet jeans. "I have a life, and I do plan on living it." She does not believe in abortion, so she is choosing abstinence.
Newly 22 and newly married, Allison C. has just had her second abortion in a year, at a clinic near Tacoma, Wash. She does not think of herself as "one of those people" who use abortion as birth control. "But if it is, who cares?" she said.
Thirty years after Roe v. Wade, the rate of abortions has come almost full circle, declining to its lowest level since 1974.
The decline is largely because of a steady decrease among teenagers like J'Vante, who are avoiding pregnancy through birth control or abstinence. Increasingly, the common denominator for women having abortions is poverty. And, like Allison, they are using birth control unevenly at best.
Abortion is taken so much for granted in America today that most women surveyed by a group of clinics in Washington State did not know that it had ever been illegal. The rate of repeat abortions has risen slowly, so that nearly half the women who terminated pregnancies in 2000 had done so at least once before.
about that one issue
Teenage girls in Alabama who want an abortion without a parent's permission must go to juvenile court first, to get permission from a judge.
Some of these girls wind up before Judge Walter Mark Anderson III, a conservative Republican who says he hates abortion and hates granting such petitions, which waive a state law requiring that at least one parent consent to an abortion for a girl under 18.
[. . .] A few years ago it occurred to Judge Anderson that if he could not stop some girls from having an abortion, he could at least make them reconsider. In 1998, he started appointing a lawyer, known by the legal term as a guardian ad litum, to represent the fetus in each hearing. Now, in his court, and in another of the three juvenile courts in Montgomery County, pregnant girls seeking consent waivers face cross-examination.
that's probably going to be all the rage today. Which is why those links are to stories from a few days back (and the last one was ganked from Eschaton), when I started writing something, and didn't.
Update: Sorry, forgot to mention I added emphasis to one of those quotes. Yes, children, this was illegal in the very recent past. If your school districts could afford history texts from the latter half of the 20th century that cover the issue, or the board didn't consist of right-wing twats who demand that any references to abortion be excised. . .
Sorry. Not talking about that.
Or explicitly mentioning my position. Take a guess.
Update: changed the previous link, which had been to an article at Scarleteen, to one written for a more mature readership. Figure there aren't many younger people reading this site.
And would like to maintain that illusion, thanks.