Monday, June 19, 2006

Life Links 6/19/06

Dave Andrusko reviews the book Surprise Child by Leslie Leyland Fields. The book includes Leslie's story of an unplanned pregnancy and has the story of more than 20 women who also experienced an unplanned pregnancy.
Surprise Child tells the story of women (of any age) who watch with dread to see whether a line will appear in the pregnancy test stick.

When the results are positive, they feel (as Fields did initially) overwhelmed by the "darkness of anxiety, resistance, and fear."

The U.S. Supreme Court announced it will review two cases dealing with partial-birth abortion in its next term starting in October. The new case will discuss whether the ban on partial-birth abortion is "an undue burden on a woman's right to seek an abortion and whether it is unconstitutionally vague."

Serge reviews the National Abortion Federation's crisis pregnancy center report. I've read it as well and agree with his assessment of being "underwhelmed." Best line: "Imagine that: clinics designed to give women with unplanned pregnancies alternative choices and free support target areas in which - get this - there tend to be women who are at risk for unplanned pregnancies. If only those darn CPCs would locate themselves only in affluent areas or locations in which there are predominately elderly populations!"

A woman in South Dakota shares her abortion experience at Planned Parenthood. She felt coerced into abortion by her boyfriend and testifies that the abortionist and Planned Parenthood failed to comply with South Dakota's informed consent law. It's also telling how Planned Parenthood wants to make her name public. This from the organization that was so concerned about the privacy of their patients who were victims of statutory rape that they fought to prevent the release of medical records to state Attorney Generals. Planned Parenthood has also resisted releasing records with regards to partial-birth abortion even if personal information was removed. But when a traumatized young woman didn't like the service she received at Planned Parenthood, her name should be made public? All in the name of privacy, huh?

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