December 8th, 2010

Recommended Reading #24: Abortion



      “Anti-Choicers: Women Not Rational Moral Agents” by Scott Lemieux (Reproductive Freedom, Public Policy, Gender) 8/2/07

There is a perspective articulated here that has seemed not very commonly expressed in my experience, and it seems subtle (or at least often not recognized) and important to me. What, exactly, is the argument that postulates that in an environment in which abortion is illegal, doctors performing them should be the targets of legal prosecution rather than the women obtaining them implying? I appreciate the response this piece offers.

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      “What Everyone Needs to Know About Second Trimester Abortions” by Steph Herold (Reproductive Rights, Health) 7/30/10

In my experience, “arguments” on both sides of the abortion “debate”—either the morality of it or, seemingly more common in the U.S., the legality/illegality (often related to the perceived morality) of it—seem fairly common. What has seemed less common to me is understanding or even awareness of real-life circumstances surrounding women’s experience choosing to have or obtaining abortions. This article (which is focused exclusively on the United States as far as law and geography) is one such examination that discusses why individuals sometimes seek or obtain later/second-trimester abortions—and subsequently, how laws impeding the procuring of abortion services, especially those focused on prohibition later in a pregnancy, may affect such situations. (Note: At the end of the article, a bullet list of aims that will be familiar to those who have been active in the pro-choice movement is offered. It is the discussion prior to these suggestions that I find most of interest for people to read. It is not that I don’t appreciate the suggestions, of course—just that the tone within them seems to revert to what seems to me the deliberately “agitating” and un-nuanced language that has been utilized in activism, and that wasn’t what I found so effective and interesting about this article. :))

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      “Hank and Molly’s Story: Abortion and What It Means to Be a Christian” by Caitlyn Kutch (Memoir, Religion) 12/5/10

I found this piece fascinating. I do not identify as Christian or indeed identify as affiliated with any religion. I link to this because I found the exposition of the author’s perspective of Christianity so interesting not only in relation to abortion but in general as related to interaction with and relation to others. The author does express basic Christian perspective in this piece that is not in alignment with the perspective in me (namely, that Christ lived an “infallible” life and “died so that everyone could have life” [the impression and understanding I have at this point about Jesus Christ is that he seemed a profoundly Awake individual, to the benefit of the Universe at large and having little to nothing to do with the current configuration or perhaps even original manifestation of the religion formed in his name—we can appreciate Awake individuals without forming a religion around them, but in a way I won’t get into right now, forming a religion and thus a set of ego-understood “rules” seems to a part of us a whole lot easier]), but within the structure of identifying with the Christian or any religion, the interpretation offered in this article seems heartening to me in an overall context of human interrelatedness. Especially since I feel I have rarely encountered posits in a Christian-religion-identified context that I have found particularly resonant (especially in relation to abortion), I appreciated this piece in a number of ways.

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2 Responses “Recommended Reading #24: Abortion”

  1. Bill Noble says:

    Hi, Emerald –

    Stopping by from Donna’s blog (I’m an old friend and her former editor) and simply wanting to express quiet delight at what you’re creating here. And at getting to share a bit of the reading at Word.

    <3

    Bill noble

  2. Emerald says:

    Hi Bill –

    Thank you so much, and welcome—I am honored to see you here. I am well aware of who you are, in part because I have been a fan of Tony and Peggy Comstock’s work for years.

    And I deeply and humbly appreciate your expression of praise, and thank you so much for taking the time to watch the video.

    With gratitude, and all best to you,
    Emerald

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