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1 RanchTooth  Thu, Jun 2, 2011 11:44:10am
My two kids at home almost lost their mother because someone decided that my life was worth less than that of a fetus that was going to die anyway. My husband had told them exactly what my regular doctor said, and the ER doctor had already warned us what would have to happen. Yet none of this mattered when confronted by the idea that no one needs an abortion. You shouldn’t need to know the details of why a woman aborts to trust her to make the best decision for herself. I don’t regret my abortion, but I would also never use my situation to suggest that the only time another woman should have the procedure is when her life is at stake. After my family found out I’d had an abortion, I got a phone call from a cousin who felt the need to tell me I was wrong to have interfered with God’s plan. And in that moment I understood exactly what kind of people judge a woman’s reproductive choices.

Infuriating. Apparently, god-fearing doctors get to play god.

2 Aunty Entity Dragon  Thu, Jun 2, 2011 4:41:08pm

From the story…

My two kids at home almost lost their mother because someone decided that my life was worth less than that of a fetus that was going to die anyway. My husband had told them exactly what my regular doctor said, and the ER doctor had already warned us what would have to happen. Yet none of this mattered when confronted by the idea that no one needs an abortion. You shouldn’t need to know the details of why a woman aborts to trust her to make the best decision for herself. I don’t regret my abortion, but I would also never use my situation to suggest that the only time another woman should have the procedure is when her life is at stake. After my family found out I’d had an abortion, I got a phone call from a cousin who felt the need to tell me I was wrong to have interfered with God’s plan. And in that moment I understood exactly what kind of people judge a woman’s reproductive choices.

My God. These people would rather that a women die instead of being saved through a legal and necessary medical procedure. My God.

3 What, me worry?  Thu, Jun 2, 2011 5:37:05pm

Since abortion is 100% legal, I’m hoping she sues the pants off this doctor and hospital for her medical costs and, I believe, well deserved punitive damages.

4 elizajane  Thu, Jun 2, 2011 5:45:25pm

The right-wing smear machine has been full out on this one, accusing Kendall of being a complete liar who made the story up to garner sympathy for the “anti-life” cause.

lifenews.com

The story was linked by Drudge and has been attacked on numerous other websites.
In response to all the attacks, Kendall wrote on her blog:

“Hard concept to grasp for some, but this post wasn’t about revenge or money. It was about me coming to terms with what happened and about my disdain for a particular pro-life argument. Believe it, don’t believe it. That’s up to you. My life will go on either way.”

On the basis of this, the line from the Right is that she has “admitted that she fabricated the entire thing.”

It’s not just the story that makes me sick. The way she’s been attacked, mocked, and undermined for telling it is a scandal too.

5 elizajane  Thu, Jun 2, 2011 5:47:08pm

Oh, here is the link to Kendall’s own blog post about this situation:

mikkikendall.wordpress.com

6 RanchTooth  Thu, Jun 2, 2011 6:02:53pm

re: #4 elizajane

The right-wing smear machine has been full out on this one, accusing Kendall of being a complete liar who made the story up to garner sympathy for the “anti-life” cause.

Wow. Just wow.

7 Slumbering Behemoth Stinks  Thu, Jun 2, 2011 6:30:56pm

re: #4 elizajane

Not a single, disgusting depth too low for the anti-choice crowd. Not a one.

8 Surabaya Stew  Thu, Jun 2, 2011 6:44:35pm

What galls me is that I’m pretty sure is that this is the only abortion scenario which the Catholic Church could get behind (to save a mother’s life), and these Christianist docs and students think thats too liberal a posisition to take.

Fuckwads, all of them.

9 Interesting Times  Thu, Jun 2, 2011 7:03:42pm

re: #4 elizajane

The right-wing smear machine has been full out on this one, accusing Kendall of being a complete liar who made the story up to garner sympathy for the “anti-life” cause.

re: #7 Slumbering Behemoth

Not a single, disgusting depth too low for the anti-choice crowd. Not a one.

Want an additional fact that makes it even more sickening? They’re the ones who make shit up to advance their cause:

Anti-Abortion Blogger Admits Hoax

Though she described visits with her doctors, plans for her delivery and posted pictures of herself and eventually the baby — who was born weeks late last Sunday and died hours later — none of the story was true.

Just like the rest of the rabid right-wing, the anti-choice/pro Handmaid’s Tale crowd contains more projection than an IMAX theater.

10 RanchTooth  Thu, Jun 2, 2011 7:20:10pm

re: #9 publicityStunted


Want an additional fact that makes it even more sickening? They’re the ones who make shit up to advance their cause:

Anti-Abortion Blogger Admits Hoax

Just like the rest of the rabid right-wing, the anti-choice/pro Handmaid’s Tale crowd contains more projection than an IMAX theater.

How does one does this without feeling intense guilt about lying about the death of a child? How are these people considered good in the eyes of any god? Horrific.

11 theheat  Fri, Jun 3, 2011 12:11:09am
Everyone knew the pregnancy wasn’t viable, that it couldn’t be viable given the amount of blood I was losing, but it still took hours for anyone at the hospital to do anything.

I can’t believe how similar this woman’s circumstances and my own were. It’s a very eerie feeling.

The reason I nearly died from a miscarriage wasn’t the hospital would not do the medical procedure, it’s that I was left unattended in a hospital room despite repeated calls for staff until I nearly bled to death. By the time a doctor came I had gone into shock. It’s as if they thought, “Silly, silly woman, and her silly messy problems.”

You know those dumb old frontier movies, where women die from miscarriages? Well, it happens. I never thought much of it until it happened to me. Shit gets pretty real, then.

I’ll never forget when I told a hospital employee I was ‘so cold,’ and she snapped back, “That’s because you’re going into shock, my dear,” after taking my pulse and writing something on her chart. Off she went, to who knows where. I was alone for hours on that bed.

It’s times like that you do think about your family and your kids, and that you might never see them again because you’re in a situation you have no control over. It’s one of those strange, ethereal things - like a dream - as you sort of fade away out of consciousness with those thoughts drifting around in your head.

Now, what if the hospital I went to decided it was okay to let me die because it was God’s will, or that fetus was more important than surgery to save my life? I can’t even imagine. Mr. Heat was out of town for a training seminar, Little Heat was visiting the grandparents, I was miles from my family - what would have become of me if the hospital decided I was simply a casualty of God’s plan? I very nearly was; an atheist casualty of God’s plan and piss poor medicine.

BTW, the hospital bill reflected an itemized amount due for how many hospital bed covers that needed replacement for my stay. (They have costs, too, ya know.)


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