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The Outrageous Reasons These Women Couldn’t Get Their Tubes Tied (from Vice): “After asking me to imagine my children burning to death, and confirming that my husband was OK with my choice about my body, he scheduled me for the procedure. While my experience felt invasive and paternalistic, I was still approved after a single appointment. It was likely this straightforward because I’m 36, have two kids, and have been married to my husband for ten years—it seemed like my age and family status made the two male doctors and one male tech who interviewed me comfortable with allowing me to make this decision. But what about people who don’t meet the apparent benchmarks?”
Sterilize Me, Please (from Slate): “Each doctor I went to had the same story—the new ones straight out of med school or the ones who’d been around the block for 30 years. I discussed the fact that getting abortions is much more dangerous than being sterilized and the fact that every time I got pregnant I could get one, but I am unable to get sterilized. It amazed me that they were OK (well at least open) to the fact of having abortions, but not of permanent sterilization which would prevent my ever needing an abortion! … I do believe I faced quite a bit of discrimination.”
The history of Southern Baptists shows they have not always opposed abortion (from The Conversation): “Since then, the Convention has passed 16 more resolutions against abortion, including opposition to abortion pills, “partial-birth abortion” – an anti-choice political phrase rather than a medical term for a later term abortion that involves extraction of the fetus through the birth canal – the inclusion of abortion in federally funded health care and the use of aborted fetal tissue in research.”
When There’s a Heartbeat: Miscarriage Management in Catholic-Owned Hospitals (from AJPH-article is from 2011 but worth a read): “Although Catholic doctrine officially deems abortion permissible to preserve the life of the woman, Catholic-owned hospital ethics committees differ in their interpretation of how much health risk constitutes a threat to a woman’s life and therefore how much risk must be present before they approve the intervention.”
What’s Happening With The Vinton Public Library (from Iowa Starting Line): “Located about 40 miles northwest of Cedar Rapids, the doors of the Vinton Public Library—housed in a brick and stone Carnegie—have been open to the public since 1904, but were shuttered on Friday, July 8, while the Vinton Library Board tries to sort out staffing issues seemingly brought on by local dalliances with the national culture wars.
“It comes after a handful of locals whipped up a controversy first over the library displaying books about prominent Democrats, and later about it displaying LGBTQ books and having LGBTQ people on staff.”
Lawmaker who thinks the stomach and vagina are connected: Question was about “safety of the woman” (from Salon-article is from 2015 but needs to be read, since these are the people making laws): “But in his subsequent comments to the media, Barbieri is staking out a position as an authority on telemedicine abortion. In his interview with Idaho On Your Side, he claimed the use of telemedicine in medical abortion is less safe than other procedures performed using telemedicine. But this time, there was no doctor there to correct him. And that’s a problem because just as the stomach is not connected to the vagina, medical abortions performed via telemedicine are not at all dangerous.”
REPUBLICANS: TRUST US, WE SWEAR WE WON’T GO AFTER CONTRACEPTION OR MARRIAGE RIGHTS (from Vanity Fair): “Republicans, in essence, are asking Americans to take their word for it when they say there’s no threat to other privacy rights and to trust that they support those rights, even as they prepare to stand in the way of Democrats’ efforts to ensure them. But there is every reason to be concerned about what else their court could do: If it is willing to turn its back on 50 years of precedent, on the flimsiest possible reasoning, why wouldn’t other rights be at risk?”
Abortion laws spark profound changes in other medical care (from the Associated Press): “Even in medical emergencies, doctors are sometimes declining immediate treatment. In the past week, an Ohio abortion clinic received calls from two women with ectopic pregnancies — when an embryo grows outside the uterus and can’t be saved — who said their doctors wouldn’t treat them. Ectopic pregnancies often become life-threatening emergencies and abortion clinics aren’t set up to treat them.
“It’s just one example of “the horrible downstream effects of criminalizing abortion care,″ said Dr. Catherine Romanos, who works at the Dayton clinic.”
The women who wish they weren’t mothers: ‘An unwanted pregnancy lasts a lifetime’ (from The Guardian): “I hate my reality, the life I didn’t choose to have. Where is that anti-abortion religious education teacher now? Is she going to take care of my child? My ex said we had to face the consequences, so why doesn’t he pay child support? Why do I have to live with the guilt of my mother taking care of her so I can study? It’s really hard for me, because an unwanted pregnancy doesn’t last nine months – it lasts a lifetime.”
Her Ex-Husband Is Suing a Clinic Over the Abortion She Had Four Years Ago (from ProPublica): “It’s unclear how many states allow an estate to be opened on behalf of an embryo or fetus. Some states, like Arizona, don’t explicitly define what counts as a deceased person in their probate code, leaving it to a judge to decide. In a handful of states, laws define embryos and fetuses as a person at conception, which could allow for an estate, but it’s rare.”
Texas school shooter left trail of ominous warning signs (from the Associated Press: WARNING-MENTION OF ANIMAL DEATH!): “The 77-page report — based on interviews with family members, testimony and data from Ramos’ phone — lays out a long trail of missed signals prior to the massacre but notes these clues were known only to “private individuals” and not reported to authorities. It also found Ramos had no known ideological or political views that would have made his rantings more widely known.”
Toys ‘R’ Us is coming back. Soon, it’ll be almost everywhere (from CNN): “The stores will open beginning in late July through October 15th. Macy’s plans some customer-friendly perks, including demonstration tables for new toys and a life-size Geoffrey giraffe photo opp.
“The once-storied toy store went bankrupt and closed all its stores in 2018. It has attempted several unsuccessful comebacks via various owners.”
That’s all for this week. But don’t worry; I’ll be back again soon with more reading material for your reading pleasure. Until then, have a great rest of the week, and happy reading!