3D Printing Surgical Instruments for Abortions - Like 3D Printed Guns
Just finished talking with a friend who is both a medical professional, and a political activist. There is a network of female health professionals that are quietly working on building a common library of 3D printable surgical instruments that can be used to perform abortions.
The template for many of these instruments was apparently set a few years ago, when there were tests on 3D printing surgical instruments to repair hernias and other basic abdominal surgical procedures ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
“Repeated manufacturing processes and redesigns led to the creation of multiple functional and fully reproducible surgical sets utilizing the user feedback of surgeons. Iterative cycles including design, production and testing took an average of 3 days. Each surgical set was built using the SLS Sinterstation HiQ with an average build time of 6 h per set.”
Is this the best reaction to what is coming down the Pike from Kavanaugh and the Christo-Fascists who are now running the country?
Maybe not. But it’s what we’ve got now.
If we really are looking at another generation under the thumb of the American Taliban, there are going to have to be underground networks. The widespread 3D printers are everywhere now, so that genie isn’t going back into the bottle, and the blueprints can be stashed on the Dark Web. The videos for performing the procedure can be hid under an “Unlisted” tag on YouTube, to be accessed only by people with the proper password.
I wish this episode of Black Mirror would just end already. This shit is getting too real.
SPECIAL BONUS: if the right-wingers try to ban 3D-printed abortion tools, that will run hem headlong into the NRA, as the hill they’ve currently chosen to defend is the right for private citizens to 3D print any goddam thing they want, no matter what uses it will be turned to.
I’m guessing Fox, Rush, Breitbart et al. will lose their shit completely over this.