The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that each year nearly 42 million women faced with unintended pregnancies have abortions, of which 20 million are unsafe, mostly in countries where abortion is illegal.
According to WHO and Guttmacher, approximately 68,000 women die annually as a result of complications of unsafe abortion; and between two million and seven million women each year survive unsafe abortion but sustain long-term damage or disease (incomplete abortion, infection (sepsis), haemorrhage, and injury to the internal organs, such as puncturing or tearing of the uterus). They also concluded abortion is safe in countries where it’s legal, but dangerous in countries where it’s outlawed and performed clandestinely.
The WHO reports that in developed regions, nearly all abortions (92%) are safe, whereas in developing countries, more than half (55%) are unsafe.
According to WHO statistics, the risk rate for unsafe abortion is 1/270; according to other sources, unsafe abortion is responsible for one in eight maternal deaths.
Worldwide, 48% of all induced abortions are unsafe.
These stories explain why we need late-term abortions to be available everywhere and why we need more men like Dr. George Tiller.On Sunday May 30th, a man walked into a church in Wichita, Kansas and shot to death Dr. George Tiller. Dr. Tiller was volunteering as an usher that Sunday, so he was standing in the lobby of the church when the gunman entered. Unfortunately, Dr. Tiller’s death didn’t really come as a surprise; his medical practice centered on performing abortions, particularly late term abortions, and he’d been attacked before. Regardless of the near constant threats and harassment he received, Dr. Tiller was committed to his work. Why? Because he believed that “abortion is a matter of survival for women.”
It was for me. In October of 2004, I was pregnant with my sons Nicholas and Zachary. With great joy and expectation, my husband, my best friend, and I visited my doctor for a normal growth ultrasound. I was nearly 23 weeks pregnant, hovering at the start of the third trimester. Within moments it was clear something was wrong; one of the boys was still and had no heartbeat. When I met with my doctor, routine screening revealed the worst: the symptoms I’d been experiencing that I thought were normal with a twin pregnancy were actually evidence that I was sick — very, very sick. I was immediately admitted to the hospital with severe preeclampsia, and though my doctors tried mightily to slow the progression of the disease, by the morning of October 27, 2004 a group of doctors stood at my bedside and delivered the worst news I’d ever received.
I was in advanced kidney failure. My blood pressure was skyrocketing, and it could not be controlled with medications. My liver was beginning to decline. The horrific headache I was experiencing could no longer be treated with pain medications because they were afraid it would depress my ability to breathe when I began to have the seizures they expected at any moment. I would soon likely suffer a stroke or a heart attack. In other words, I was going to die unless the pregnancy was terminated. Immediately.
If you can spare a few dollars, please donate to the Dr. Tiller Memorial Abortion Fund. Let’s carry on Dr. Tiller’s legacy of helping pregnant persons in need without judgment or shame.
This is such a wonderful idea. If you can donate or just want to spread the word, please consider giving what you can or reblogging.
Dr. George Tiller was murdered two years ago today by Scott Roeder, a pro-life activist who had made threats towards and was very outspoken about violence towards clinics and abortion providers. Roeder worked closely with groups like Operation Rescue and many believe that his connections within that organization helped him plan the murder of Dr. Tiller.
Operation Rescue had basically been stalking Tiller and his staff and had attempted to slander the people at the clinic by putting posters up in their neighborhoods. This organization tracked Tiller’s movements, memorized his schedule, and frequently harassed him at his home. I, personally, believe that Operation Rescue provided Scott Roeder with Dr. Tiller’s schedule which allowed him to follow him and gun him down at his church.
Tiller was no strange to the violence that befalls abortion clinics and the staff that work there. His clinic was bombed and the site of many protests and sit ins. He was shot in 1993 by a woman who had committed many crimes directed at abortion providers/clinics including attempted bombings, acid attacks, and murders. Tiller survived the attack and even went back to work the next day.
When it became clear that Tiller wouldn’t back down when faced with violence towards his clinic or his own life, pro-life groups (including Operation Rescue) decided on a different tactic. They attempted to get Tiller tied up in court and have his license removed. That didn’t work, either, and Tiller went back to work until he was murdered two years ago.
The pro-choice community lost a huge asset and resource two years ago. Please remember Dr. Tiller and what he died for: the rights of people to have agency over their own bodies and make their own medical decisions.
Now that the title has gotten your attention, you can sign the petition to stop this bill
What bill are we talking about?
It’s S. 3804, the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA), introduced by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT). It’s currently being considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
What exactly does it do?
The bill creates a blacklists of Internet domain names which the Attorney General can add to with a court order. Internet service providers, financial transaction providers, and online ad vendors (everyone from Comcast to PayPal to Google AdSense) would be required to block any domains on the list.
(The bill used to also have a second list that the AG could add to without a court order, but public pressure has gotten it removed.)
More information and reports news organizations and blogs in the Read More
Poor people don’t pay taxes. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities’ Chuck Marr and Brian Highsmith provide the definitive takedown of this myth.
The U.S. suffers from high taxes. As measured in terms of total tax revenue as a share of overall GDP the average tax burden for countries that are members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in 2008 was 44.8 percent. The U.S. — 26.1 percent. The U.S. pays less taxes, as a share of GDP, than Denmark, Sweden, Italy, Austria, France, Netherlands, Germany, United Kingdom, Canada, Spain, Switzerland and Japan.
U.S. corporations are over-taxed. Actually, as measured in terms of share of GDP, the U.S. has the lowest corporate tax burden of any OECD nation. While the official tax bracket may seems high — 35 percent — if one takes into account various loopholes and tax dodges, the effective tax rate is considerably lower, or around 27 percent, which comes in as slightly higher than average for OECD members. And according to ace tax report David Cay Johnston, the bigger you are, the less you pay — the effective tax rate for the biggest U.S. corporations is only about 15 percent.
- six Wisconsin GOP Senators will face recall elections, following Wisconsin’s Government Accountability Board (GAB) approving the signatures collected by Democratic activists
- three Wisconsin Democratic Senators may or may not face recall elections, as the same GAB stated that they’re not ready to approve the signatures collected by GOP activists source
» So, what’s going on here? Basically, the GAB’s decision means they believe the signatures collected by Democrats, in the aftermath of Gov. Scott Walker’s nationally spotlighted union-busting effort, are legitimate. The Republican signatures, however, “have raised numerous factual and legal issues which need to be investigated and analyzed,” the board says. This is likely to ignite a firestorm of accusations about political bias, favoritism and so forth — the Democrats likely see this as a major boon, as they’ve argued fraud on the GOP’s petitions. We’re inclined to sit tight and see how this plays out, but today’s events, suffice to say, don’t favor the Wisconsin GOP.
Yakima, Washington. May 4. Lydia Soren, mother of Marine Lance Cpl. Joe Jackson, cries as she holds one of the flags that draped Jackson’s casket, on Wednesday, May 4, 2011, at Jackson’s burial service in Yakima, Washington. Jackson, 22, of White Swan, Washington, died on April 24, while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. [Photo: Ted S. Warren/ AP/ The Atlantic]
The sharp pangs of loss are visible on some attending [Memorial Day], like Maj. Erica Iverson, 33, of Vermillion, South Dakota. She spoke of serving as a casualty assistance officer after the 2010 death of Staff Sgt. Adam Dickmyer of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, who once served as a sentinel at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery.
Iverson’s voice choked as she recounted how Dickmyer’s mother fell off her chair in grief when her son’s body returned to the U.S. His widow chased after the casket, screaming: “Don’t leave me!”
Here are the stories you should read on this Memorial Day:
In light of ongoing efforts to restrict women’s access to abortion in health care reform, it is sometimes easy to forget that many women already face nearly insurmountable obstacles to obtaining abortion care. This is particularly true for the more than 200,000 servicewomen currently serving in the armed forces, as well as military dependents. These women face not only a funding ban, which prohibits military insurance from covering the cost of any abortion, except for those necessary to save a woman’s life, but a ban on using military facilities, as well: Even if they pay with their own money, and no federal funds are used, servicewomen and dependents cannot obtain abortions in military treatment facilities, unless they disclose that the pregnancy was the result of rape or incest.
A recent article by Kathryn Joyce, Military Abortion Ban: Female Soldiers Not Protected by Constitution They Defend, which tells the story of a marine named Amy*, puts the plight of military women into stunning focus. Amy was stationed in Fallujah when she realized she was pregnant. Fearful of being ostracized by her male comrades, Amy did not report that her pregnancy was the result of rape. But after her attempt at a self-abortion, using herbs she purchased over the Internet and a sanitized cleaning rod for her rifle, went horribly wrong, she finally went to a military hospital. Shortly thereafter, she was charged under Article 92 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice for having violated the prohibition on having sex in a war zone. She was fined $500 and given a suspended rank reduction.
Most of us think that unsafe and illegal abortions, at least for American women, have been relegated to the pre-Roe era. But this is not so for the hundreds of thousands of women who have volunteered to serve in our military, and for the wives and daughters of soldiers stationed abroad. As the debates over health care continue, we will likely hear about lawmakers’ efforts to maintain the “status quo” when it comes to abortion funding. We would do well to remember what this “status quo” all-too often looks like.
*not her real name
And sometimes it seems to me like people would rather that war remain silent, that we not discuss the costs of war. War is a very abstract thing for many civilians in the United States right now. Many people don’t know servicemembers, let alone servicemembers who have been killed in action. Many people seem to prefer to keep it that way; the war is routinely pushed to the back pages, these days, the casualty counts sink to the lesser-seen portions of the newspaper. We do not even acknowledge our war dead when we talk about things like the tremendous advances in traumatic brain injury treatment, some of which were won at the cost of soldiers’ lives (members of the military in general, throughout history, have made immense contributions to trauma medicine and medical developments that save the lives of civilians every day).
Eric Cantor explaining why Republicans won’t help natural disaster/Joplin victims without more budget cuts.
Also strangely, he’s describing a situation that argues for Health Care Reform since people don’t have unlimited funds they deserve to die when they run out.
FUCK THIS MOTHERFUCKER.
I want every single voter to read this quote and think about it, just for ten seconds. Hell, just for five seconds. I don’t need to point out that his position is heartless and vicious. However, I really want to draw attention to the particular amount he chose to use - ten thousand dollars. Ten thousand dollars. I’m not just outraged that he’s arguing a family should be happy to wipe out their savings to pay for healthcare. I’m also horrified (though not surprised) that he thinks ten thousand dollars would cover jack shit in the case of serious illness or injury. If you have a condition more serious than a cold, ten thousand dollars barely gets you in the door. Have a condition that requires surgery or a few nights in the hospital or physical therapy? Fuck you. Is more than one member of your family sick or injured? Fuck you. You still have to feed your kids and put a roof over their heads? Fuck you. Did you need that car you were saving for to get to work or school? Fuck you.
What’s that, victims of natural disasters? You lost your house and your means of transportation? You don’t know when you’ll be working again? You’re living off your savings? Your kids still need shelter and food and clothes and doctor’s visits and school supplies? Well, the Republican party has a message just for you. FUCK OFF AND DIE. You should have saved up a decade’s worth of income when you had the chance, whiners.
Yeah I didn’t consider how comically low that amount was. If there’s a serious illness in your family it’s not a matter of “well darn, now we can’t buy that subaru we were saving for” it’s a matter of “how the fuck are we going to pay the mortgage now?”
A real Memorial Day would involve commitments to cease sacrifices that don’t actually, you know, do anything in the name of freedom. Losing your legs so that Chevron can see higher profit margins is not noble. It’s a god damned shame. Dying in the service of defense contractors doesn’t bestow sainthood on the deceased. It just means that a life got snuffed out for no good reason. Reflexive military worship is a cancer on society. Unscrupulous people use it to justify their actions and avoid any criticism. That shit makes the act of asking why we should send young people to absorb bullets and get blown to pieces into some kind of subversion and/or sedition. How fucking ridiculous is that? Wondering if someone’s death was worth the cost doesn’t dishonor the person. I don’t know how we’ve confused evaluating the motives and actions of leaders with spitting on corpses, but we have. And until we can untangle those things, we’re just well and truly fucked when it comes to international affairs.
So this Memorial Day, take a minute to actually reflect on the acts and deeds of people in uniform. But that involves critical thought instead of blind acceptance of the rightness of our leaders’ actions. Honor the dead and care for the living, but don’t think that people in uniform today are actually standing between you and tyranny.