Thursday, May 14, 2015

Pop Quiz: Identify 242 Weasels in a Room: GOP War Women Redux

Listen Up: Not Your Body, Not Your Healthcare, Not Your Pregnancy Decisions: It's Ours
/s/ The GOP

For those who say there is no GOP "War on Women," I say, you listen up, and take notes.

Background: The House of Representatives on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 passed H.R. 36, named the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” via Roll Call vote: 223, which passed: 242-184 with 5 not voting, and 1 present.

This story from herethe upfront part is gut-wrenching in the mother’s own words. How did this GOP-run House react? Those GOPers seems to think they are are Ob-Gyn experts – disgusting to the say the least. Imagine it were your wife and she had to decide based on her doctor’s view vs. the GOP’s view? Scary isn’t it? Damn right it is.

“The common practice is based on the science of fetal development and the observation that unborn children who are not given anesthesia elicit a hormonal stress response to painful stimuli, which is alleviated by the effects of anesthesia as it is in adults.” That conclusion offers indisputable medical evidence of the concept of fetal pain, says Arina Grossu, Director of the pro-life Center for Human Dignity at the Family Research Council.

Opponents of the bill, and many medical experts (see below), think differently, for example. 

Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund, tells Yahoo Health News that “Banning abortion after 20 weeks based on [assertions about fetal pain and viability] is misguided because science does not support these concerns. These unproven assertions — contested by most major medical organizations — are the latest in a long line of attempts to move the conversation about abortion from one of medical decision making to one of heated rhetoric and dubious science, [adding that] information about pregnancy should be medically accurate and it should be available to women who seek it so that women can use it to inform their decisions and make the complex, deeply personal medical decisions best for them.”

The current bill also insists that a second doctor be present at second trimester abortions where there is a chance that the fetus would be viable and has no provisions for women who find themselves in a situation like Christie Brooks (lead in this story), knowing that continuing a pregnancy in certain circumstances could lead to watching a child die right after birth, or suffer greatly due to unimaginable disabilities and repeated, invasive medical interventions afterwards.

Now from the medical experts – and not members of Congress:

“The issue of fetal viability outside of the womb is a controversial topic, if for no other reason than the fact that there is “no point when [viability] is clearly established” in a fetus’s development,” explained Dr. Hal Lawrence, Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, in a press call on Wednesday soon after the bill was passed.  

Dr. Lawrence notes that “the vast majority” of abortions occur in the first trimester; those taking place in the second trimester are often performed in “very difficult situations” where women “need empathetic care, not persecution and restrictions” as they are faced with “heart-wrenching decisions,” adding: “The last thing we need to do is make women and their families suffer more.” The adding: “[there] … is no medical milestone associated with 20 weeks; the 20 week mark is not notable from a fetal development standpoint.” NOTE: A fetus at 20 weeks is not viable outside of the womb even with extensive medical care.

Dr. Lawrence also spoke to a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine on the outcomes of viability for live births at 22 weeks, noting that the study found that only 5 percent of children born at this point survive, all of them with severe mental and neurological handicaps, and that the study only looked at babies without fetal anomalies (imagine those with horrific anomalies)."

"Abortions performed after 20-weeks are often conducted because of severe abnormalities found in the fetus that would prevent it from surviving outside of the womb, even if born at full-term. Thus, Dr. Lawrence concluded, “… it is essential to debunk claims that 22-weeks as a new point of viability as a myth before it becomes [wrongly] accepted as reality.”

B/L: The harsh rabidly partisan GOP strikes again with more fear and anti-women health care in mind, too. Why would we have expected anything else from them? A simple Good Grief will suffice. 

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