When I was a teenager, Abortion was a felony in New York, and doctors who performed it, were guilty of manslaughter. There was no Planned Parenthood, and girls had no where to go for advice. Some were fortunate enough to have parents or church, or school councilors they could trust, but many only had street smarts to rely on.
Ladies of means went to another country for their abortion, or paid the trusted family physician to perform the procedure at home, claiming he removed a Uterine Cyst if questioned, and no one was the wiser.
The female professional simply went on a business trip and returned fetus free. A weekend in Paris was a needed break from stress. Wealthy parents simply sent their errant daughters on an exchange student visit for a week.
But the poor had no such alternative. Abortion clinics were everywhere in the Ghetto run by drug addicts and old prostitutes with no fear of the law. I helped a friend acquire the $50 needed for his girl friends abortion in Brooklyn, by robbing a storage locker behind a market of beer, and sell it the next day to Honest liquor stores.
Some who had no money, had their boy friends jump on their stomach hoping to have a miscarriage, others drank or douched with Ethylene Glycerol which was used as anti-freeze, some even used DRANO, a caustic soda used to clear clogged drains, ending any chance at future motherhood.
Others simply waited to give birth naturally and then abandoned the baby in a dumpster, or a public toilet. It got so bad that N.Y. Fire stations adopted a no tell policy for newborn babies. Bring your baby to any fire station and we will take care of it, no questions asked. There was no way they would go to the police.
Many of the abortions performed in these illegal abortion clinics went badly, and girls were dumped at emergency hospitals with torn uterus, coat hangers embedded in their vagina or severe infections that left them sterilized.
It takes 18 years to make a person, not 9 months, and many simply could not handle it.
1.The mentally challenged, delusional and insane .
2. Drug addicts who poison the child within.
3. Children who are impregnated.
4. Rape victims who do not wish to put their own father or brother in prison.
5. Violent rape victims who do not want to live with the result of the crime.
6. Medical conditions that the mother is unwilling or unable to cope with.
7. Good girls who loved a boyfriend who did not want marriage.
8. Prostitutes who had to keep working.
The situation got so bad that a Constitutional amendment guaranteeing professional medical care and reproductive right of choice was drafted and placed on the ballot in many states by Women's rights advocates. But Roe V. Wade was passed and the amendment was abandoned. Planned Parenthood was founded to provide women with professional medical advice. Most of the illegal abortion clinics closed for lack of customers.
No one knows how many illegal abortions were performed. No parental consent was required, and dead fetus were flushed down the toilet.
I can only assume we will return to the GOOD OLD DAYS if Republicans have their way and defund Planned Parenthood, that is assuming private funding doesn't take over.
The emotions at play right now deal with when a person becomes a person. Philosophical discussions consider the moment of conception thru childhood as a starting point. Fox News has taken to promoting dubious, clandestine video's as evidence, and Politicians are riding the wave of emotion showing 2" fetus as a grown baby; wanting to shut down the Government funding for a group that hasn't been charged, never mind convicted of any wrong doing.
But age has a disadvantage here as I remember the horror of the reality I lived. The Right to Life is not a guarantee! Reality can be CRUEL!
Of course this was a time when a man who impregnated a woman felt responsibility; like my friend who felt he had to pay for an abortion and help the girl through it. .
It is worth noting at this point in the article, that the misnamed Anti Abortion forces offer only punishment for a woman who cannot care for a child for 18 years.. There is very little talk of simplifying Adoption procedures, or offering foster care of the new born. Where are the Day Care facilities at High Schools and Community Colleges?
I not only remember all the good old days, I LIVED IT! I married a pregnant girl when I was 16 in New York, and it ruined not only my life, but the children that followed. But that is another story.
YES! Adoption and birth control are preferred to Abortion, but that is not the focus of the Right to Life zealots. They want to force women to have unwanted babies. What happens to that baby after it is born, is never mentioned.
People spend upwards of $50,000 USD to adopt children overseas because of the political morass in America, and a lack of coordination by Life groups.
That 50 thou could pay for a young mother to give birth and have a clear conscience about continuing her own life.
People on both sides of this issue are delusional and more concerned with controlling behavior, than saving lives.
Did you know that the first Polio Vaccine came from fetal tissue?
Fetal tissue is valuable for medical research; the National Institutes of Health spent $76 million on fetal research in 2014, and fetal tissue has contributed to vaccines for polio, rubella and chicken pox. While recent efforts to transplant fetal tissue to treat conditions like Parkinson’s haven’t been as consistently successful, it’s still critical to scientific progress.
Perhaps one day my Diabetes will be cured, thanks to an unborn fetus!
I would like to see new clinics that promote alternatives such as adoption, scholarships, homes for mothers, subsidized child care/group homes, I think a morning after pill dispenser should be in every High School ladies room.
This whole issue has been so distorted, that many people imagine a fully formed child being removed, which is not the case. I just read about the procedure. The cervix is expanded and a suction device is inserted which removes any fluid and material from the uterus. Zealots distort the issue by showing ultrasound pictures of late term abortions that can only be performed in extreme medical situations where the mothers health is in danger.
I have seen 7-9 month babies, and they are truly babies capable of sustaining life outside the womb. I think a woman who allows a pregnancy to go that far should be forced to continue to birth.
But how can you call something that has no brain or nervous system, and cannot live on it's own A CHILD? That is the great myth of the church.