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Time to kiss your right to have sex goodbye (at least in the U.S.A.)
Or rather, "Time to kiss your reproductive rights goodbye". I've just read that President Bush has nominated John Roberts to go directly to head of the Supreme Court. Given his history and the current pace of attacks on Reproductive rights it is easy see that overturning abortion rights will be his first and foremost campaign, closely followed by attacking sex education and probably returning prayer to schools.

In recent weeks I've made another discovery while looking into abortion alternatives such as RU486 and the "morning after" pill. Apparently among those who wish to outlaw abortion, not only will these alternatives by under attack but many forms of "birth control" as well. Basically anything that interferes with a fertilized egg's ability to implant in the uterus may be considered "a form of abortion" instead of "a form of birth control"

I predict that after Roe v. Wade is overturned, many women with any sort of limitation be it financial or physical, the only solution will probably be to either get tubal ligation or only have sex with men who are sterile, but I would like to submit that these are not the only options.

I've recently discovered how few young women are even aware what an "IUD" is, and that it may be a solution for them. My concern is however that unless women hurry up and get their IUDs now they may have difficulty getting them later because the current crop of anti-abortionists have labeled IUDs as a a form of automatic abortion... which I suppose it is.

Please see this link if you are not completely sure you know what an IUD is.

http://www.fwhc.org/birth-control/iudinfo.htm

In short an IUD is a semi permanent form of birth control; A device that when inserted and left in the uterus tends both to prevent fertilization as well as preventing any fertilized eggs to implant in the uterus. They are considered both very safe and very effective... so you ask, "If they are so good, how come I've never heard of them?

To that question I have to say "I have no idea" but I would guess that Anti Abortionists have somehow persuaded school systems to leave IUD's off the sex-ed curriculum because they are offended that IUD's in any way represent what they consider "abortion"

Even if you think you can tolerate the loss of your current right to have an abortion (or your girlfriend's or sister's right to get one) if desired, also note that the most extreme anti abortionists would like to make the sale of condoms illegal or tightly restricted as to these people your sperm is itself a life in need of their protection.

I advise those reading to draw the line now or don't be surprised when you essentially lose your right to have both a decent sex life now and to have kids later.

What can you do? To my way of thinking, probably not much anymore. Its probably too late to prevent this change, and time to start gearing up to make Abortion safe and legal once more after it is outlawed.

Those of you who are horrified by the change need to understand recognize how things have gone so horribly wrong, and to realize that in a Democracy as we have we can never assume that the lifestyle we wish to enjoy will be protected as long as there are groups in the country to disapprove of our lifestyle and wish to outlaw it.

Many of you, the younger ones, are essentially inheriting a legacy left by others who did not fully understand that it was their duty to vote their conscience and not simply their parents will; Their duty to review the real issues at stake before voting, and of course to vote only for pro-choice candidates.

Part of the problem is complacency. Our generation grew up believing that only a handful of religious extremists sought to take away reproductive rights, this attitude led to this complacency and gradually the efforts to keep these rights diminished.

If you wish to see what little you can do to possibly delay or prevent the overturn of your reproductive rights I would advise you read about and possibly join NARAL.com as I have done and donate to this now sadly underfinanced cause.

Any of you still reading who feel that Abortion is simply wrong and that it really should be outlawed, please understand that even with the remaining legal forms of birthcontrol women WILL get pregant, usually the younger or weaker ones, the less educated, the poorer, those least able to take proper care of themselves during pregnancy and bare a healthy child. Those who can afford to will leave the country for a safe abortion elsewhere. In the end, Abortion will not be stopped but those who need them most will either not receive the abortions or will receive illegal and unsafe abortions and likely die trying to get them.
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liatha From: liatha Date: September 5th, 2005 08:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Just a couple comments on IUD's.

When they fail, they fail spectacularly. I have seen pictures of children born with IUD's imbeded in their bodies.

A friend of mine recently had to have her IUD removed because it caused a massive intrauterine infection.

This is NOT to say they're a bad choice. Just that, like everything else, they're not necessarily the right choice for everyone... and people should do a good deal of research prior to having one implanted
fixx From: fixx Date: September 5th, 2005 08:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Spectacular or not, there are risks to all forms of birth control. As the Anti Choicers try to pass laws and employ pharmacists to restrict the various forms they essentially increase the risk for those who might have otherwise picked a form more suitable to their needs.

A campaign of putting IUDS in all women married or not might just make the Anti Choicers realize that it would be safer to allow legal abortion as it might result in fewer abortions than with a nation filled with IUD equipped women.

As for your friend, could you please check with her and find out exactly what form of IUD she had for my own research. I most particularly wish to know if it was or was not a copper variety and whether it was the sort that also dispenses a hormone.
peaceful_fox From: peaceful_fox Date: September 5th, 2005 08:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
You write very well, these are valid points. Some pharmacists are even refusing to fill prescriptions for birth control if it doesn't meet their religious beliefs.

It's so much easier in the UK. I was surprised that my pills were *free*.
fixx From: fixx Date: September 5th, 2005 08:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you! Most people like what I write, not everyone likes what I have to say. :-)

Some pharmacists are even refusing to fill prescriptions for birth control if it doesn't meet their religious beliefs.

And under bush many of these pharmacists are being permitted to screw with your doctor's orders by so refusing. Most people act like its just a matter of "just go to another pharmacy" but if you are poor enough and don't have bus fare or you live in a place where there's only one pharmacy in town it can be a real problem

Sometime in the past year I was in a community on LJ where young women were complaining that while the pharmacist eventually filled their prescription it was only after some major lecturing about the evils of sex outside of marriage and such. One of the most vocal of these young women stated in her comment that she was herself a virgin and the BC pills were for medical reasons outside of BC.

To me this form of religion based harrassement by pharmacists should be grounds for termination and I am sure it is, sometimes, but it is not always. Still I'm somehow motivated to SUPPORT their right to "harrass" because in doing so they might cause a person to study their prescription more carefully. You see to my paranoid way of thinking it is only a matter of time before wayward pharmacists start handing out placebos as a means of serving their God.
vvalkyri From: vvalkyri Date: September 6th, 2005 11:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Well I tried to reply to your last reply to me, but despite it seeming to be a wholly civil conversation you've screened the whole thread:

"Prior extraction devices did not employ a one-way valve or a collection jar between the cannula and syringe; this meant that the material extracted from the uterus at any one time could not exceed the volume of the syringe, and it also carried with it the risk of air entering the uterus, which can be fatal. With the introduction of the valve and collection jar, these limitations and risks were lessened dramatically."

Fixx I understand where you're coming from, and in the event that abortion and/or IUDs are again illegal it's certainly good to have the info out there. What I've been trying to say is that it doesn't do a lot of good to hyperbolize how easy it is to do these things as a layman, because it's not. Putting things into the uterus is something far less risky than it used to be because of special tools and special training and appropriate sterile technique. None of which you seemed to be acknowleging.
fixx From: fixx Date: September 6th, 2005 11:25 am (UTC) (Link)
So? So I screened a thread in my own journal I'm not obligated to carry on conversations in any entries I don't wish to and I especially don't wish to if I also wish to keep this entry public.

But since you brought it up, I'm aware of the one way valve and the collection jar, because, as I think I already mentioned in one of my screened entries, I lived with a woman for six years, yes you DO know who, and she had endometriosis and my research into how to help her is what made me aware of Menstrual extraction.

While I never actually attempted Menstrual Extraction, I have learned that it is taught to laymen (well layWOMEN more often) with the intent of it being performed safely with OTC components. You can actually read quite a lot about it if you wish to, or even buy a book about it from Amazon, but I digress, as usual.

As to the devices which can be used, that setup described in most Extraction sites and books closely resembles the same sort of tools used to bleed the brakelines of cars, where it is VERY important not to allow air to bleed back into the system. AND FYI, I bleed my own brakes of my own cars and occasionally those of friends, so I'm intimately aware of incredibly available the devices are, how much they cost and how they operate.

Similar vacuum tools can be seen selling as parts of penis and breast enlargement kits, not that I'd assume they are of the same exacting standards of quality.

The colection jar, while actually available for sale as a means of collecting brake fluid can be thrown together from items around your house with skills found in the hands of many 14 year olds... as I'm so fond of saying.

PS: Don't be surprised if I screen this one too.
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