Intra-spection: A Reproductive Rights Round-Up

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Intra-spection: A Reproductive Rights Round-Up

Go Antonia go!

And here's the sequel to that sad story of the Brazilian nine year old pregnant with twins -- after being raped by her stepfather -- whose abortion led to the excommunication of her mother and doctors. Seems the Pope has dug his high heels in deeper than ever.

"Formal cooperation in an abortion constitutes a grave offense. The Church attaches the canonical penalty of excommunication to this crime against human life," reads the statement, which widely cites past Vatican documents. "The Church does not thereby intend to restrict the scope of mercy. Rather, she makes clear the gravity of the crime committed, the irreparable harm done to the innocent who is put to death, as well as to the parents and the whole of society."

Never mind that the pregnant child had little hope of surviving the pregnancy. She is no longer ''innocent'' in the Church's eyes.

Last but far from least, I got this via Dammit Janet!

Republican lawmaker John Adams is re-introducing a bill in the state of Ohio that would require women seeking an abortion to obtain consent from the biological father. Apparently abortion isn’t all that bad as long as the ‘man’ approves of it.


Just to add flame to the fire, the bill also would require survivors of rape to provide a police report in order to obtain an abortion. Can you say re-victimization? I must have forgotten that women are untrustworthy and lie about being raped. Ridiculous, I know. Newsflash, women who are survivors of rape face incredible amounts of psychological truama, and forcing them to seek out a police report after already showing up to a clinic is torturous, in my opinion.

Oh and it gets better:

In cases where the identity of the father is unknown, women would be required to submit a list of possible fathers. The physician would be forced to conduct a paternity test from the provided list and then seek paternal permission to abort.

Claiming to not know the father's identity is not a viable excuse, according to the proposed legislation. Simply put: no father means no abortion.

What's next? Scarlet letters?