Thursday, 25 October 2012

GOP on women's health

Richard Mourdock, who is running for the U.S. Senate in Indiana, says that pregnacy resulting from rape is "Something God intended"

I wonder how he would feel if it was his wife or his daughter that was the one that was raped? Or like Scott DesJarlais, a Tennessee 'Pro-Life' congressman and doctor, that pressured his mistress into getting an abortion then thought it was a good idea to tape the conversation and have his wife listen to it as proof of his commitment to her.

Don't get me wrong.  There are women that love the children have resulted from acts of rape.  But no woman should be required to endure the mental anguish that could be associated with being forced to carry that pregnacy to term if they do not choose too.

Regardless of your belief or disbelief in a god or gods pregnancy is a biological function.  That the rape can result in a new person but the thought that a god wants the rape victim to get pregnant is an absurd thought.   If you think that then you have to ask what this god's intention where 1 in 4 women have at least 1 miscarriage in their life time.  You have to ask yourself "If God intended a woman to get pregnant and has direct responsibility for the pregnancy then why did this same God allow the violent act of rape on the woman to occur?".  You know who is responsible for that pregnancy?  The rapist!  Just like if they give the woman an STD or AIDS.  That isn't 'God' intending the women to get a STD or AIDS.  Just like if the rapist kills his victim.  That isn't 'God' intending the woman to get killed.

To his credit Richard Mourdock does accept that there are situations where the woman's life is in danger and that she should be allowed to have an abortion to save her life.

This is unlike Republican Congressman Joe Walsh of Illinois who said this just last week that there is never a situation where a pregnancy has to be aborted to save the life of the mother.  Apparently Joe doesn't know what a ectopic pregnancy is and that almost 2% of all pregnacies are ectopic and that it is the leading cause of meternal morality within the first trimester and this is in the USA.

I get if you are pro-life but know the facts.  Know that if you say life starts at conception and that a ball of 16 cells = a person that you their for think that "the pill" is murder.  The pill has multiple levels of prevention.  First it attempts to prevent ovulation from actually occuring. But this, like all birth control, isn't 100% effective.  The pill also thickens the musus around the cervix making it more difficult for the sperm to get into the uterus.  But again this is also not 100% effective.  Finally the pill affects the lining of the uters making it difficult for an egg to attach to the wall.  This is subtle and some people don't get it. Some do but don't want you to get it because it may sway your feelings on the legislation they are trying to ram down your throat.  This last line of defence means that a fertilised egg will get flushed out with the woman's normal menstril cycle.  I.E. conception happened.  That ball of cells just has a much harder time becoming viable.

So when politicians try to say that abortion is never allowed and that life begins at conception that the most popular birth control method becomes illegal.  That means a larger number of women would be force with a life threatening condition when their ectopic pregnacy causes massive internal hemoraging and they where not allowed treatment that could save their life.

The half baked ideas from the GOP are crazy.  What is even more crazy is they expect us to believe their intentions and motivations.

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