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This blog will reflect my interests in learning disabilities, nursing, nursing theory, philosophy and politics and my general interests in the arts and literature. (Nursing is an art as well as a science!) Philosophy and nursing have been intrinsically linked since the days of Socrates, his mother was a midwife, and taught him everything he knew!

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Abortion Clinic Days - Blog Review

A few days ago, I posted about how some people use blogging as a form of therapy. Another vital and interesting use of blogs is to give a window into areas of the world where society tends to prefer not to look.

The blog 'abortion clinic days' is just such a window. It is an honest and realistic account of experiences of a person who works in an abortion clinic, and of some of the people she has helped.

It goes into true-life stories, explaining the real circumstances of real people - the best way to answer the rabid howls of the anti-abortion zealots who spend a large amount of time and energy posting comments, of varying degrees of coherence, on her blog.

These comments are very revealing of the mindset of the anti-abortionists. In one discussion on a woman who needed to have an abortion because she had serious medical problems, and going full term might have jeapordised her life and future health. The anti abortionists were still insisting that she should take the risk anyway.

This is an illustration of the reversed thinking of the anti-abortionists. The foetus is portrayed as a fully-fledged person with rights, but the mother is simply a vessel within which that foetus exists, with no rights whatsoever - a piece of tissue for whom motherhood is a fate rather than a choice.

I would recommend 'Abortion Clinic Days' as something to read through, and to think about each case carefully, as the author herself clearly has done. Writing a blog like this, in these days where family planning workers are harassed, threatened and even murdered by 'pro-life' fanatics, is an act of courage to be respected.

I would have more respect for the right-wing politicians, who spout the 'pro-life' mantra, if they had any concern for the foetus after it was born. When these people start taking action to abolish slum housing, tackle child poverty, provide decent state nursery and childcare provision, and child benefits that actually match the cost of raising a child, I will listen to them more seriously.

If more people could be lifted out of poverty, and could feel confident that they and their families could live a decent life, perhaps many fewer women would be faced with the stark choice of an abortion in the first place.

2 Comments:

At 7:33 PM, Blogger EmJC said...

Hello Thinking Nurse,
I just came across your blog and enjoyed reading it very much. I'm particularly excited to have a window into UK nursing. My stepmother (who lives in London) sends me nursing-related news clippings and the UK seems so much more aware of nurses and related issues. This might be naive or rosy but the only time a nurse seems to show up in new in the US is when that nurse is a mass murderer or sex addict or similar.
Thanks again,
EmJC, The Unlikely RN (at www.theunlikelyrn.blogspot.com)

 
At 5:39 PM, Blogger TheDevilIsInTheDetails said...

Another spontaneous abortion Resource... LifeLaw.org . A discussion forum for all that deals with such hot-button issues as spontaneous abortion .

 

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