I really wish I could have been in Austin yesterday for the rally on the Capitol, but alas, it was not meant to be. Instead, last night, I gathered up some girlfriends and we headed into Houston proper to the Hughes Hangar for a Planned Parenthood pro-choice rally.
I want to get two shirts made: 1. Ask me why I hate Rick Perry. and 2. Ask me about my abortion.
I think #2 might be a little too provocative for my Tea Party suburb, but it makes me giggle thinking about wearing it to the grocery store or a teacher workshop.
In any case, the three of us headed in, expecting nothing but traffic. We were pleasantly surprised. First thing we did was buy proper attire:
Then, we got the facts from Planned Parenthood:
HB2 requires all abortions to be provided in ambulatory surgery centers which would virtually end safe and legal abortion in Texas.
HB2 would impose numerous excessive and medically unnecessary building requirements on all health centers that provide safe and legal abortion. Requiring health care centers to comply with ASC guidelines, which mandates hospital types operating rooms for abortions, even for non-surgical abortions are inappropriate and opposed by doctors and their professional organizations.
My thoughts: I’ve had outpatient surgery before. In fact, all of my surgeries have been outpatient. The whole reason it’s called outpatient is because the patient doesn’t need to stay the night – in order to keep the hospital costs down. I wonder how much MORE it would have cost me over the $2500 that I already spent on the abortion? How come they aren’t regulating vasectomies in this way? Or plastic surgery? Or biopsies? Or skin tag removal?
HB2 requires doctors who provide abortion to obtain hospital admitting privileges, which gives hospitals complete decision-making power over access to safe and legal abortion.
Requiring doctors who provide abortions to have staff privileges at a nearby hospital won’t make women safer and in fact, could jeopardize their health by depriving women access to safe, high-quality medical care. In fact, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists opposes laws or any regulations that require abortion providers to have hospital admitting privileges for this very reason.
My thoughts: Seriously? We already know how much the government has screwed up education – can they let the professionals who know that they are doing DO THEIR DAMN JOBS? I want my abortion to be between me and my doctor, not the hospital. I wonder if this means that if I were to go in to TFMR, would the hospital be able to refuse me? What if they say my pregnancy as an opportunity just for them to make more money since my child would be dependent on the medical community? It makes me uneasy.
I’ve also read that hospitals don’t want to give doctors admitting privileges because then they would have to cover them under insurance.
House Bill 2 would force doctors to ignore more than a decade of research about providing early, nonsurgical abortion.
This provision would force doctors to abandon the current evidence-based use for non-surgical abortion and mandate doctors use the less effective dosage, which requires a woman to take MORE medication than is needed. Requiring doctors to adhere to these original FDA recommendations, rather than the regimen doctors use today flies in the face of years of research and doctors’ practical experience.
There’s a part of me that thinks this is punitive as well. Perhaps it’s a money issue – trying to milk as much money out of desperate parents as possible. In fact, perhaps what this whole thing is really about. I refuse to believe that Rick Perry and David Dewhurst are doing this to protect women’s health, and they can’t really be doing to save the fetus, because they don’t give a damn about the quality of life that it would expect upon birth, so the only thing I can think of is that they are getting some kind of financial compensation.
I really don’t understand how a woman can claim to be a Republican.
House Bill 2 would impose an unconstitutional ban on abortions later in pregnancy.
HB 2 would enact an unconstitutional ban on abortion at 20 weeks. Fewer than 1 percent of abortion in Texas occur after 20 weeks, according to the Department of State Health Services.
This bill only has a narrow exception for a woman’s health or fetal anomaly – leaving a woman who is facing heartbreaking circumstances with no options. The bill also makes no exception for survivors of rape or incest.
Fetal anomaly is defined so narrowly that it means the baby would die after birth. That means that had I not gotten my ultrasound a month early, I would not have been able to terminate my pregnancy. I promise, if I ever get pregnant again, I will be demanding a 16 week gender scan and the 20 week scan ASAP.
I really wanted to go and give my testimony in Austin today, because I am an infertile woman who chose to terminate. There is a chance that this could have been my one and only chance at a child – and I terminated. I would rather suffer without her than force her into the shackles that awaited her.
Is it stupid of me to hope that the politicians will actually listen to what the people actually want for once?