Abortion

Embarazadas niñas nicaragüenses obligados a convertirse en madres

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Embarazadas niñas nicaragüenses obligados a convertirse en madres

Por José Adán Silva

Las niñas en una escuela rural en Nicaragua. Crédito: Oscar Navarrete / IPS

MANAGUA, 22 ago 2012 (IPS) – Carla perdió todo cuando ella quedó embarazada a los 13 años: su primer año de escuela secundaria, su familia, su novio, y su felicidad. Pasó un año mendigando en las calles de la capital nicaragüense antes de que ella fue recogida por un refugio para madres jóvenes.

Su vida se vino abajo en diciembre de 2006, cuando su madre descubrió que estaba embarazada de tres meses, como resultado de haber sido violada por uno de sus profesores de primaria. Su madre le dio una paliza salvaje con un cinturón y la lanzó fuera de la casa, diciendo que no podía permitirse otra boca que alimentar.

Bebé de Carla * murió al nacer debido a problemas respiratorios. Durante el embarazo, un vecino dejaba dormir en su casa, pero no dio sus comidas. Así que ella vende dulces caseros y le pidió un pequeño cambio en las paradas de autobús, donde sufrió acoso sexual continuo de los hombres que le ofreció dinero, drogas o alimentos a cambio de sexo.

Fue llevada inicialmente en Casa Alianza, la rama latinoamericana de la Covenant House de Nueva York, una organización niño abogacía internacional. Pero a la edad de 15 años se fue a vivir en un refugio de la escuela, donde tomó cursos de cosmetología y belleza. Ahora, 19 años, trabaja en ese campo, y es también un motivador voluntario en el centro para madres jóvenes, que ella dijo que le salvó la vida y le enseñó que tenía los derechos humanos.

El caso de Carla, con quien IPS se puso en contacto con una organización no gubernamental que trabaja con niños en situación de riesgo y los adolescentes, ilustra un fenómeno que adquiere proporciones alarmantes en esta nación centroamericana, uno de los pocos países en el mundo donde el aborto es ilegal en todas las circunstancias.

En este país de 5,8 millones de personas, una de las más pobres de América Latina, había 1,3 millones de nacimientos en el sistema de salud pública en los últimos 10 años. De ese total, 367.095 nacimientos correspondieron a niñas y adolescentes, incluyendo a 172.535 niñas menores de 14 años, según un informe estadístico del Ministerio de Salud para el período 2000-2010, dado a conocer en julio.

Eso significa que las niñas y los adolescentes representan el 27 por ciento de todos los nacimientos en instituciones de salud pública. Y el 47 por ciento de estos jóvenes tenían entre 10 y 14 años – que representan el 13 por ciento de los embarazos atendidos en los servicios de salud pública.

El doctor Osmany Altamirano, asesor en materia de derechos sexuales y reproductivos en la oficina de Nicaragua de los hijos de caridad globales Plan Internacional, dijo a IPS que el problema era grave pero está mejorando.

“En el año 2000, las madres adolescentes fue de 31 por ciento del total. La tasa de embarazo en adolescentes ha disminuido, aunque sigue siendo el más alto de América Latina, y una de las más altas del mundo “, dijo.

Un estudio realizado en 2007 por el Centro Latinoamericano y Caribeño de Demografía informó que Nicaragua fue el país con la mayor tasa de natalidad entre las adolescentes en América Latina.

Nicaragüenses en edad de procrear (10 a 49) representan el 65 por ciento de la población femenina total, y el 37 por ciento de esa porción está entre las edades de 10 y 19 años.

Altamirano dijo que el fenómeno del embarazo adolescente en Nicaragua forma parte del ciclo de la pobreza en la que la mayoría de las madres jóvenes han vivido.

“Las niñas embarazadas reproducir el ciclo de la pobreza, porque se convierten en madres antes de cumplir biológicamente maduro – en otras palabras, son las madres con bajo peso que sufren de desnutrición crónica y dar a luz bajo peso al nacer y de corta estatura bebés”, dijo.

También dijo que el 47 por ciento de las adolescentes embarazadas y adolescentes no terminan la escuela primaria, efectivamente perder su derecho a la educación.

“Muchos se ven obligados a buscar trabajo en condiciones de desventaja, ya que no tiene experiencia o formación en una profesión u oficio, otros se lanzan a las calles, y muchos terminan como víctimas de explotación sexual”, dijo.

Según la Organización Mundial de Salud (OMS), las estadísticas de 2009, 16 millones de niñas entre las edades de 15 y 19 años dan a luz cada año, lo que representa el 11 por ciento de todos los nacimientos en todo el mundo.

Karla Nicaragua, con la Asociación Quincho Barrilete, dijo a IPS que en un estudio realizado en 2011 entre las adolescentes en Managua, el 60 por ciento admitió haber sido presionado o inducido a tener relaciones sexuales con parientes, compañeros de clase, vecinos o incluso sus padres.

El fenómeno se explica, entre otras cosas, por un tejido social “que considera el embarazo como algo normal” y “por un sistema legal que obliga a las mujeres a dar a luz, incluso bajo condiciones de riesgo médico”, dijo Nicaragua, cuya asociación se dedica a la protección de los niños de la calle en Managua y para prevenir la violencia contra los niños.

Desde el año 2006, esta nación centroamericana ha sido uno de los pocos países del mundo donde el aborto es ilegal en cualquier circunstancia, y se castiga con prisión – incluso si el embarazo es resultado de violación o incesto, o la vida de la madre está en peligro .

“La falta de educación científica, el sexo precisa en la escuela y en la familia, el acoso sexual y el abuso, la presión de grupo entre los adolescentes, la pobreza y el hacinamiento, junto con un sistema de justicia permisiva, son todos factores que influyen en la alta tasa de embarazos adolescentes”, que dijo.

Lorna Norori con el Movimiento contra el Abuso Sexual (MCAS), dijo que la violencia sexual se oculta detrás de las estadísticas sobre el embarazo adolescente.

Código Penal de Nicaragua establece que las relaciones sexuales con una menor de 14 años, aun con el consentimiento de la menor, que equivale a la violación, y se castiga con 12 a 15 años de prisión, el activista por los derechos humanos de las mujeres, dijo.

Norori acusó al Estado de Nicaragua de complicidad en la política pública de obligar a las jóvenes embarazadas para dar a luz, a pesar de que la ley establece claramente que son víctimas de violación.

Alrededor del 40 por ciento de las víctimas de violación en Nicaragua no tienen acceso a la justicia, de acuerdo con el estudio “Indignación: Datos Sobre Violencia sexual en Nicaragua 2011” (La indignación: Estadísticas sobre la violencia sexual en Nicaragua 2011), llevado a cabo por el MCAS.

Para el estudio, la organización compararon los registros del gobierno instituto forense (IML) y de la Oficina de la Policía Nacional de mujeres y niños (la Comisaría de la Mujer y la Niñez).

El estudio señala que si bien el IML reportó un total de 4.409 exámenes médicos forenses de las víctimas de violación en 2011, la Comisaría de la Mujer y la Niñez sólo se registran 3.047 casos manejados por la oficina del fiscal.

Los registros IML muestran que más del 85 por ciento de los exámenes forenses se llevaron a cabo en las niñas menores de edad. De ellos, el 36,5 por ciento eran adolescentes entre las edades de 13 y 17 años y el 49 por ciento eran niñas menores de 12 años.

* No es su nombre real.

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Si estás de visita en Nicaragua, a continuación, tratar de educar a estas niñas. Diles que se mantenga alejado de los hombres y salir de ese país peligroso. Una huelga de sexo sería bueno, también, si las mujeres tenían alguna forma de escapar de los golpes inevitables que tendrían lugar!

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Nicaraguan Girls Punished with Pregnancy

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Pregnant Nicaraguan Girls Forced to Become Mothers

By José Adán Silva

Girls at a rural school in Nicaragua. Credit: Oscar Navarrete/IPS

MANAGUA, Aug 22 2012 (IPS) – Carla lost everything when she got pregnant at the age of 13: her first year of secondary school, her family, her boyfriend, and her happiness. She spent a year panhandling on the streets of the Nicaraguan capital before she was taken in by a shelter for young mothers.

Her life fell apart in December 2006, when her mother discovered that she was three months pregnant as a result of being raped by one of her primary school teachers. Her mother gave her a savage beating with a belt and threw her out of the house, saying she couldn’t afford another mouth to feed.

Carla’s* baby died at birth due to respiratory problems. During the pregnancy, a neighbour let her sleep in her house, but did not give her meals. So she sold homemade sweets and begged for small change at bus stops, where she suffered continuous sexual harassment from men who offered her money, drugs or food in exchange for sex.

She was initially taken in by Casa Alianza, the Latin America branch of the New York-based Covenant House, an international child advocacy organisation. But at the age of 15 she went to stay at a school shelter, where she took cosmetology and beauty courses. Now 19, she works in that field, and is also a volunteer motivator in the centre for young mothers, which she said saved her life and taught her that she had human rights.

The case of Carla, with whom IPS was put in touch by a non-governmental organisation that works with at-risk children and adolescents, illustrates a phenomenon that takes on alarming proportions in this Central American nation, one of the few countries in the world where abortion is illegal under all circumstances.

In this country of 5.8 million people, one of the poorest in Latin America, there were 1.3 million births in the public health system in the last 10 years. Of that total, 367,095 births were to girls and adolescents, including 172,535 to girls under the age of 14, according to a Health Ministry statistical report covering the period 2000-2010, released in July.

That means girls and teenagers accounted for 27 percent of all births in public health institutions. And 47 percent of these youngsters were between the ages of 10 and 14 – representing 13 percent of the pregnancies attended in the public health services.

Dr. Osmany Altamirano, an adviser on sexual and reproductive rights with the Nicaraguan office of the global children’s charity Plan International, told IPS that the problem was serious but improving.

“In the year 2000, adolescent mothers were 31 percent of the total. The teen pregnancy rate has gone down, although it is still the highest in Latin America, and one of the highest in the world,” he said.

A 2007 study by the Latin American and Caribbean Demographic Centre reported that Nicaragua was the country with the highest adolescent birth rate in Latin America.

Nicaraguans of child-bearing age (10 to 49) represent 65 percent of the total female population, and 37 percent of that portion are between the ages of 10 and 19.

Altamirano said the phenomenon of teenage pregnancy in Nicaragua forms part of the cycle of poverty in which most of the young mothers have lived.

“Pregnant girls reproduce the cycle of poverty, because they become mothers before they are biologically mature – in other words, they are underweight mothers who suffer from chronic malnutrition and give birth to low birth-weight, short-stature babies,” he said.

He also said that 47 percent of pregnant girls and teenagers do not complete primary school, effectively losing their right to an education.

“Many are forced to look for work in disadvantageous conditions, because they don’t have experience or training in a profession or trade, others are thrown out on the streets, and many end up as the victims of sexual exploitation,” he said.

According to World Health Organisation (WHO) statistics from 2009, 16 million girls between the ages of 15 and 19 years old give birth every year, accounting for 11 percent of all births worldwide.

Karla Nicaragua, with the Quincho Barrilete Association, told IPS that in a study carried out in 2011 among teenage girls in Managua, 60 percent admitted to being pressured or induced to have sex with relatives, classmates, neighbours or even their fathers.

The phenomenon is explained, among other things, by a social fabric “that sees pregnancy as something normal” and “by a legal system that forces women to give birth, even under conditions of medical risk,” said Nicaragua, whose association is dedicated to the protection of street children in Managua and to preventing violence against children.

Since 2006, this Central American nation has been one of the few countries in the world where abortion is illegal in any circumstances, and is punishable by prison – even if the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest, or the mother’s life is in danger.

“The lack of scientific, accurate sex education in school and in the family, sexual harassment and abuse, peer pressure among adolescents, poverty and overcrowding, along with a permissive justice system, are all factors that influence the high teen pregnancy rate,” she said.

Lorna Norori with the Movement Against Sexual Abuse (Mcas) said that sexual violence is hidden behind the statistics on teenage pregnancy.

Nicaragua’s penal code establishes that sexual relations with a child under 14, even with the consent of the minor, amounts to rape, and is punishable by 12 to 15 years in prison, the activist for the human rights of women said.

Norori accused the state of Nicaragua of complicity in the public policy of forcing young pregnant girls to give birth, despite the fact that the law clearly states that they are victims of rape.

Around 40 percent of victims of rape in Nicaragua have no access to justice, according to the study “Indignación: datos sobre violencia sexual en Nicaragua 2011″ (Indignation: Statistics on Sexual Violence in Nicaragua 2011), carried out by Mcas.

For the study, the organisation compared the records of the government forensic institute (IML) and of the National Police office of women and children (the Comisaría de la Mujer y la Niñez).

The study points out that while the IML reported a total of 4,409 forensic medical examinations of rape victims in 2011, the Comisaría de la Mujer y la Niñez only recorded 3,047 cases handled by the office of the public prosecutor.

The IML records show that more than 85 percent of the forensic exams were carried out on underage girls. Of them, 36.5 percent were adolescents between the ages of 13 and 17 and 49 percent were girls under the age of 12.

* Not her real name.

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If you are visiting Nicaragua, then try to educate these young girls.  Tell them to stay away from men and get out of that dangerous country.  A sex strike would be nice, too, if the women had some way of escaping the inevitable beatings that would occur!

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Kirk Cameron Defends Todd Akin Over “Legitimate Rape” Statement

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http://omg.yahoo.com/news/kirk-cameron-defends-todd-akin-over-legitimate-rape-183528382.html

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Always knew he was a loser.

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Paul Ryan is a Piece of Shit

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Paul Ryan is a piece of shit.

Paul Ryan is a piece of fucking shit.

Paul Ryan is a piece of mother fucking shit.

Paul Ryan is a mother fucker.

Paul Ryan is a douchebag.

Paul Ryan is a fricking cunt.

Paul Ryan is a dick.

Paul Ryan is a cock-sucker.

Paul Ryan deserves to be ass-fucked to death with the stump end of one of his own limbs.

Did I leave anything out?  Okay, moving on.

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…..According to Jezebel.com, Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney’s running mate, sponsored a bill that will theoretically allow rapists to choose whether or not the woman they raped would be forced to bear the child or not.

…..I seriously cannot believe the level of dumb-fuckery involved in this whole idea.  It’s bad enough to force a woman to let her boyfriend or husband make decisions about her body, but to let her rapist make them is a hundred times worse.  It’s even more likely the rapist, rather than the husband, will make decisions which harm her or do not take into account her bodily health, as evidenced by the fact that he chose to harm her body in the first place.

…..He is a criminal, and since when do criminals get to decide what normal humans get to do with their bodies?

…..He may even abuse or rape the child after it is born.

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…..What is Paul Ryan thinking?  Answer: nothing.  Rape supporters/minimizers do not think.  They hate.  It’s not that they can’t think, or that they don’t know how, or don’t know what’s right and wrong.  It’s that they choose not to think; they don’t care.

…..Ryan has numerous anti-choice and anti-equality stances.  (http://www.thepoliticalguide.com/Profiles/House/Wisconsin/Paul_Ryan/Views/)

…..Paul Ryan’s Sanctity of Human Life Act says that,

(B) the life of each human being begins with fertilization, cloning, or its functional equivalent, irrespective of sex, health, function or disability, defect, stage of biological development, or condition of dependency, at which time every human being shall have all the legal and constitutional attributes and privileges of personhood; and

(2) the Congress affirms that the Congress, each State, the District of Columbia, and all United States territories have the authority to protect the lives of all human beings residing in its respective jurisdictions.

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…..This basically means that a woman is not in control.  And since pro-life bills allow fathers to force mothers to give birth, what this means is that the door is open for rapists to force women they rape to keep the baby.  And don’t tell me “but that’s such a small probability!  Paul probably never thought of that when he passed the bill!”  If our legislators and elected officials are thinking hard about the bills they pass, this issue would have come up during the discussions about this bill.

…..If you are as outraged as I am, you are free to call Paul Ryan, mother fucker, at the following numbers:

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CONSTITUENT HOTLINE: 1-888-909-RYAN (7926)

  • Washington, DC office
    1233 Longworth HOB
    Washington, D.C. 20515
    Phone: (202) 225-3031
    Fax: (202) 225-3393
  • Janesville office
    20 South Main Street, Suite 10
    Janesville, WI 53545
    Toll-Free: 1-888-909-RYAN (7926)
    Phone: (608) 752-4050
    Fax: (608) 752-4711
  • Kenosha office
    5455 Sheridan Road, Suite 125
    Kenosha, WI 53140
    Phone: (262) 654-1901
    Fax: (262) 654-2156
  • Racine office
    216 6th Street
    Racine, WI 53403
    Phone: (262) 637-0510
    Fax: (262) 637-5689

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    Ladies, let’s show this cock we are not fooling around about women’s rights!  And nothing says you have to be polite if you call.

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What Would It Take?

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What would it take for humanity to overthrow and transcend patriarchy?  Who must be the warriors in this battle against the patriarchs?  What must be done?  What must society be taught, in order to make this successful?  Must we break laws?  Which laws?  Do we lie to get our way?  Should we speak to children?  The religious?

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I believe that women’s liberation from forced sex, second class status, poverty, disease, unwanted pregnancy, torture, death, psychological humiliation, and feeling of otherness is more important than obeying laws, being honest, paying taxes, or respecting the mythical parental right to influence children.

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Laws are meant to protect people from being harmed or wronged in a complex society.  To break a law such as “don’t murder” would be to do wrong, it would be to harm someone.  But to break a law such as, “don’t trespass on school property or hand pamphlets to underage children” would not be bringing harm to anyone, or wronging them.  We must weigh the consequences; will the damage done by our action outweigh the damage done if we do not perform the action?  (Also, we must keep in mind that we must only perform such actions if they are the only way to achieve our goal, such as if the goal cannot be achieved in a less destructive way).

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If we hand radical feminist pamphlets to sixth graders telling them about PIV sex and gender theories, and teaching them how to take control of their own sexual experiences, is the damage that will be done by them reading the pamphlets and getting their fragile little minds warped greater than the damage that will be done if we don’t hand them the pamphlets, and they become used and abused by men?  Is the risk of getting ourselves sued or thrown in jail (which we can avoid anyway by remaining anonymous and running off before we are caught) really worse than what will happen to those poor girls if they are not taught to be liberated?

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If a local politician is seriously in the business of signing a bill that would criminalize accidental miscarriages, should we really refrain from physically forcing him to stop, or from interfering with the police when they try to arrest the suffering pregnant woman who is about to be put in a jail cell?  At what price must we continue to choose to obey the law?

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     Over all, I think the necessity of the women’s liberation movement supersedes the necessity of obeying laws which prevent relatively harmless activities. 

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What is to be done politically?  A good start would be to vote for all women, only women candidates.  Even those who are supposedly conservative will have empathy with women’s issues, because they must suffer under patriarchy as well.  Also, many conservative women have the same views as radical feminists about many things (the futility of the sexual liberation movement, the intuitive understanding of the nature of masculinity), as opposed to mainstream leftist or fun-fems.  Or, one could run for office herself, as a woman candidate, as a women’s issues supporter…or, if you would rather be a subverter, run under a lukewarm moderate campaign, while avoiding speaking about women’s issues, and then when elected, introduce women’s rights bills into the legislation.

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Perhaps one day, if we get enough money pooled, or get enough women on board, we can set up our own nation or society, the way the Jews have done with Israel.  Someplace like Greenland would be nice.  It’s owned by Denmark, which is a relatively liberal country, at least compared to places like Greece and the United States.  And Saudi Arabia.  The cold weather would prevent intruders from wanting to stay too long, and the remoteness of the place would be good for women trying to escape abuse and depression.

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Another great idea would be to get either a government fund or a private fund to ship abused women and children from the Middle East and Africa over to havens in Europe, Greenland, Canada, or the US (haha!) until we can clear the rats out of the Middle East and Africa and the other third world countries.  The bad men would be taken out by police force or government edict, the laws changed, and the good men transported to safe havens along with the women and children, but perhaps generally on the periphery.

All of them would be screened- politely and like human beings, please- for issues like emotional and physical abuse, and for evidence of patriarchal family structure.  Women and children would have the choice to leave any abusive husbands that were discovered during the screenings.  Money could be raised by legislating better use of government funds, or by selling baked goods, necklaces, objects on EBay, knitted scarves, collecting money from churchgoers “for a good cause”, and donating part of the income we already make.

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We should send speakers to public schools who are supportive of radical feminism.  They can contact the school, advertising their willingness to teach the children about bullying and sexual health issues, and then when they get up to the microphone, they can add in a bunch of stuff that is crucial to our cause, such as the nature of patriarchy, and the helpfulness of lesbian communitarianism.  Of course, we should advertise our services under a different guise every time, lest the schools catch onto the our act, and start banning sexual health speakers because most of them turn out to be radfems in disguise.

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If we do get women in office, laws should be passed that promote affirmative action for women and women of color, along with a privilege tax which men should have to pay, since patriarchy unfairly benefits them.  The proceeds from this tax may go to the havens for foreign women, or for the Greenland colony, or for sending condoms and sexual health and pro-feminism pamphlets to Africa.

The driving and voting ages should be lowered for women and lifted for men, since males on average mature much more slowly than females.  Any males entering the police or other law forces should undergo a sexual violence propensity test, and police departments should have a quota of at least 50% women. Most violent crimes committed by the police are by white male officers, who are often sophomoric and immature.  The military must unquestioningly allow gays and lesbians to serve without discrimination, either public or private, and Army rapes must go reported, with offenders being dishonorably discharged.

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Women should try to have as many relationships with other women as possible, either lesbian, or, if one cannot change one’s heterosexuality, find a rare good male and be sure to stock up on as many female friends as possible.  The rare good men should be shared by women.

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Books and movies as are read and watched by children, such as patriarchal, woman-mocking 1940s films, or fairy tales in which females are demonized as wicked stepmothers should be discussed in schools and only watched for the entertainment value, not as education.

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As you can see, it would be difficult but not complex or confusing to free women from men’s chains.  All we need to do is make plans, band together, and keep at it. 

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Some Random Thoughts About Abortion

 

 

*Abortion, to conservatives, is a horrible violent crime against the most voiceless members of society, and a form of age discrimination against fetuses (not to mention, a ploy by modernists and feminists to make women reject their revered and important motherhood status).  To liberals, it is an unquestioned right, because it is only a clump of cells, which is an annoying irritant to the host and her lifestyle.  But is there a third view, a sensible take on the abortion issue?

*Throughout the ages, men could force women to have abortions and kill their live children. Abortions in the Middle Ages were illegal because they covered up the evidence of extramarital affairs and sexual “misbehavior”.  It had nothing to do with the sanctity of life.  It was about preventing women from making their own decisions without reference to a male owner.  In fact, the word “husband” is related to the phrase “animal husbandry”, which includes regulating the reproductive processes of female animals.  Apparently, this includes women.

*Men complain about the fetus feeling pain from abortion procedures, such as the one in which the fetus’s brain is pierced by a tool.  But who was it who invented these tools?  Women?  Was it not men who invented this type of abortion procedure?  Is it not male science the pro-life crowd should be blaming?  Shouldn’t they blame the patriarchs who wished science to be a violent penetration of the human body and the natural world?  When wise women and herbal medicine practitioners used to help women abort, they gave them natural herbs and non-traumatic procedures (for mother AND fetus).  The baby was gently expelled, and the mother could hold it and give it love as it passed into eternity.  Nothing was pierced, burned, ripped, torn, mutilated, or otherwise medically raped.  (Nothing was “lost”, since the fetus’s spirit was still there, just not confined to a human body).

*Midwives and wise women who knew how to use herbs like rue to cause abortions were hung as witches in the medieval era.  They are being accused of witchcraft today, for the same reasons.  If such herbal abortion methods were used (one rumor is that Vitamin C with parsley works), abortion would be much less dangerous for the mother and nonpainful to the fetus, if, in fact, it is able to feel pain.  Abortion would be like a sped-up pregnancy and birth, with the baby passing away peacefully in the mother’s arms, instead of being raped with a medical tool, which is the “proper” (male) way to cause an abortion.

*Men tend to be opposed to abortion because most men are taught to fear death.  Death reminds them they are not gods, and are not in control, and it also reminds them that the physical world is NOT absolute.  When a creature “dies”, it doesn’t truly die.  The Law of Conservation of Energy tells us that no energy in the universe is ever lost, it merely is converted, or changes form.  When a human being dies, what has really happened?  Has anything really been “lost”?  The electricity and energy that makes up our brains and our consciousness does not go away, though it leaves our body.  This is why some people recall death experiences, such as seeing their body below them, entering another area, etc.  The only “death” is the connection between that spiritual matter and the arbitrary body it was inhabiting.  For many pro-lifers to ignore this fact does nothing for the claim that the pro-life crowd is always more spiritual than the pro-choice crowd.  For some of them, it’s not about morality, it’s about control.

*However, for others, it is a spiritual issue, or a moral issue at least.

*Is it feminist to abort?  It depends on why you do it.  Abortion is a moral choice, but the difference between the feminist view and the conservative view is that in the feminist view, the woman’s needs are also considered.  The fetus is not a “rambunctious little aquanaut” trapped in some silent, disembodied uterine “prison”, as if the walls around him did not constitute a part of a person’s body.  Both the fetus AND the mother are living beings.  If you abort the fetus because you don’t feel like having a baby, or for fun, or because you don’t like kids, this would be a bad choice.  However, it would not be the business of the government, because the government cannot legislate to keep one person alive at the expense of someone else’s health or pursuit of happiness.  Also, since “death” is not really such, as we’ve written, there would be nothing to mourn for, especially since the baby has not had any chance to become attached to the things of this world.  But most of all, it would be wrong to outlaw abortion because we have no way of knowing why a woman chooses to abort.  The best we can do is to encourage mothers only to abort when necessary, and to create a society in which birth is easier and all children are welcome.  However, until then, we need to have access to safe, legal abortion, both herbal and medical.

*”Why should an innocent baby be punished because of a rape?”  Why should an innocent mother be punished because of a rape?  The fetus will feel much less pain being aborted than the mother will feel having to relive her experience.

*Men should not be allowed to vote on the abortion issue, since laws derive their just powers from the consent of the governed.  Just as the right to govern one’s affairs should be expanded to include everyone the law covers, it should be contracted to exclude those it does not.  It would be absurd for a woman in Mississippi to be allowed to vote on the laws governing a person in Switzerland.  Similarly, it’s absurd for a man to vote on something that concerns only women’s bodies.

*Most people do not use abortion as birth control, since abortions are expensive, and since they are invasive and dangerous.  This is a false claim.

*A large percentage of fertilized eggs are naturally expelled by a woman’s body, which means abortion would only be helping along a potentially natural process.

*The truth is, neither the pro-life crowd nor the pro-choice crowd knows if a fetus is alive, or knows when it becomes alive if it happens at a particular time.  In fact, no one even has a real definition of what “life” or “alive” means.  Is a human alive?  An embryo?  A sperm?  A fish?  Trees?  Rocks?  The only wise thing we can conclude is that everything is alive to some extent, but some things are more or less complex than others, meaning they have a more advanced level of consciousness.  To have less thought-power or less complexity to your consciousness doesn’t mean you are less alive.  If so, stupid people and toddlers would be “less alive” than intelligent adults.
Pro-choice advocates who are convinced the baby isn’t alive until the very second it exits the mother are just as thick-headed as those who are convinced it’s alive from the second of conception.  There is no evidence either way. (And if a baby is halfway born, is its head alive but not its feet??)
What no one wants to admit is that whether or not the fetus is alive, the mother has the right to abort.  We have already established that death is not evil, and that there are worse fates than death.

*The so-called “feminist” approach to the abortion issue is to deny the life of the fetus, and to look at the issue from a lens of expedience and physical “reality”.  This is a highly UNfeminist way to view any issue, since expediency and the narrowing of one’s range of consciousness is how patriarchy wants people to think (they call this way of “thinking” masculine).

*Many of those who oppose abortion in all circumstances feel this way because they are in tune with life and believe all things are special and should be acknowledged.  They have the attitude of Dr. Seuss’s Horton, who hears a tiny creature called a Who, and refuses to ignore his instincts to notice it and help it when it is in trouble.  They feel they are betraying the baby by refusing to acknowledge that it is alive, as everything is.  They point to how both pro-life and pro-choice couples alike show people pictures of their sonograms, calling the being inside their son or daughter, and call liberal pro-choice advocates hypocrites for calling unwanted fetuses dead and wanted fetuses alive.  They are right.  But only halfway.  They are right that everything has a life and spirit and that we must be conscious of this.  They are wrong that letting something die means you are not aware of its spirit, or that you do not accord love to it.  Sometimes giving something back to the eternal is the most loving thing you can do, such as in the case of a poor minority mother who has to deal with poverty, illness, and racism, or in the case of a woman who will be traumatized by the birth.  No child would want to put his mother through that, and since death is NOT evil and is NOT a problem, one person taking death so the other may be saved from a safe worse than death is more noble an idea than avoiding death at all costs.

*The problem many pro-life advocates have with abortion is not the taking of the life, but with people refusing to be conscious of the life.

*Outlawing abortions means women will have to give birth even if it causes them blindness, as is the case of a woman in heavily Catholic Poland.  They may bleed to death, undergo severe pain if their bodies are not up to the task of birth, and may even break their tailbone in labor.  Some women are made to carry their dead fetuses to term, and to give birth to babies who are deformed and will live in agony for a few hours, instead of aborting them before they have enough nerve endings or brain structure to feel anything.

*In a society run by women, or run with women’s interests in mind, abortion would be much less necessary because birth would be less traumatic for most women, and because society would be willing to provide for families and everyday life.  Birth would not be the traumatic painful event it currently is for some women. There do exist painless births and many relatively comfortable ones. (Look up home birth advocate Laura Shanley).  However, because of patriarchal medicine and prejudice-ridden ignorance about women’s bodies and health, births are made much more painful and difficult than they already are.  Perhaps if we bring birth back to women’s hands, less abortions would need to occur.

*”The father should have some say because it’s his child, too!”  Wrong.  It’s not about whose child it is; it’s about whose body it is.  It is not the father’s body, so he should have no say.  Furthermore, no one “owns” a child; you have no right to say a child is “yours” just because your body created it.  The idea that biological parentage means you should love or be connected to your child more is egoist and patriarchal- “I love something because it has something to do with me.” This attitude is very insulting to children who were adopted or raised by non-related persons.  Many fathers use the excuse that it’s “their child, too” because they see children as property.  Some fathers see the baby as a person and don’t like the idea that it will not be given a chance to live, but this is a moot point, since the baby likely never developed into a conscious person, and since death is not the end, but just the exiting of the consciousness from the arbitrary physical body it was incarnating into.  Nothing ever “dies.”

*”You support abortion because you believe it should be legal.”  No.  I strongly oppose abortion, though I would make it legal.  I also strongly oppose vomiting; I think vomiting is unpleasant and should be avoided.  However, I would not make it illegal.  Just because something is unfortunate does not mean it should be made illegal.  Nor should something be considered an absolute evil if there are worse consequences that can be avoided by doing it.  In the case of vomiting, it is unpleasant, but being sick forever or having permanent damage to your body would be worse.  Likewise it’s unfortunate a fetus will never reach the outside world, it is a disappointment, but there are worse consequences, like the mother enduring trauma or dying, the fetus being born with severe pain, or the baby having to live in misery and poverty once it’s born.  Death is not the worst thing in the world.  Suffering is.  Apathy is.

*Since abortions are less traumatic to the fetus and the mother if done in the first trimester, it is important to let women know they have the option to abort, so they can choose as quickly as possible.

*Women should be encouraged not to abort in the same sense as they should be encouraged not to sell their home to pay their way out of poverty; it is an unfortunate choice which should be avoided, but it is not the end of the world, and it may be worse than the alternative.  It must always be allowed because we do not know the circumstances, under which the good of all those involved may prefer it.

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