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June 1st, 2009
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George Tiller, M.D. RIP
Read some of the stories of the women he helped here. The recurring theme is that these late term abortions happened because these women wanted so much to have a baby that they would not terminate until they were absolutely sure - after multiple tests - that the fetus had a condition incompatible with becoming a baby that could live and grow. And because they waited, they had to go to Kansas, since there was no provision in their home states for this procedure. And in Kansas, they encountered a doctor universally described as both caring and competent and an angry mob they had to pass through to get to him. Now only the angry mob is left - Dr. Tiller has been gunned down in his church by a long time anti-abortion activist.

The anti-abortion movement encourages this violence every time it refers to a fertilized ovum as a human being, every time it calls doctors "murderers", every time it uses the Orwellian double speak technique of calling their goal of enslaving women "the prolife movement." His blood is on their hands. And I wouldn't be surprised if this death results in a lot of abortions that wouldn't have happened otherwise, as women are advised to not wait for those confirming results, but terminate while they can still do so safely at home. "You'll get another chance to get pregnant if you terminate now," they'll be advised, "but you may not get a chance to terminate if you wait."

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From:thinking_lotus
Date:June 1st, 2009 02:03 pm (UTC)
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sad & angry.

outraged & horrified.
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From:tarchannon
Date:June 1st, 2009 04:27 pm (UTC)
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This is just another egregarious example of broken evil people using religion to excuse their behavior. Be it the issue of abortion or gay rights, *someone* has tobe demonized and made the focus of hate in order for control to be maintained (because the abstract threat of burning in Hell for eternity doesn't work for a lot of people). Though organized religion also does many good things, there is little doubt that in modern society this is counterbalanced by the awful things they do (and the results of thier methods).
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From:ringthebells
Date:June 1st, 2009 05:49 pm (UTC)
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Sad and angry pretty much describes my feelings on reading this news, too. With a side-helping of powerless.
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From:davidfcooper
Date:June 1st, 2009 08:07 pm (UTC)
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Well put, mofic. I'm reposting this.
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From:barb_krasnoff
Date:June 2nd, 2009 01:48 am (UTC)
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Thanks for the link to that site. The stories of those women are indeed absolutely heart wrenching.
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From:ceeinjax
Date:June 14th, 2009 03:19 pm (UTC)
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Very well put, my friend. I have some friends on FB (mostly former students of mine) who occasionally post something about abortion, and I'd like to put this up for them to consider if you wouldn't mind. I can attribute it to you or not... your call. One mother of four just posted some pro-con abortion poll yesterday and commented, "Definitely against abortion. Murder is murder is murder." She needs to read this, whether she realizes it or not.

Thanks. Let me know. :-*
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From:mofic
Date:June 14th, 2009 08:42 pm (UTC)
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Please feel free to share with attribution.

I always wonder about people who say that they believe that a fertilized ovum should have the rights of a baby. Well, actually they never say that - they say things like "Abortion is murder" or "Human life begins at conception" or other slogans they're taught. But it seems that's what they mean. I mean if all they meant by "life begins at conception" is that if a human ovum is fertilized and if it implants and if it grows and if a live baby is delivered, then there will be a live baby, well that's true but it's also tautological. So what they seem to mean is that it's a "baby" from conception. But if so, then the half of all fertilized ova that never result in a pregnancy are dead babies, and they don't seem to care about that or to think that that's kind of a weird way of looking at it, where there's more death than life. You might as well say that every ovum and every sperm that doesn't turn into a child is dead baby (every sperm is sacred) - it's all arbitrary. And just because the Catholic Church decided to make its arbitrary determination at conception in the 19th Century, changing it from "quickening" really doesn't mean a whole lot to me.

Anyway, I think most of the anti-abortion folks don't really believe what they say because they don't think about it enough to believe that. They just repeat what they're told by men who have a system for controlling women's sexuality.
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