The Death Pimps
Sen. Sam Brownback expressed more moderate views until after he had safely cinched his party's nomination in 1993. Last week, the Kansas City Star reprinted a 1996 story as evidence of Sam Brownback's flip-flop on abortion rights. Even the executive director of Kansans for Life said, "He changed his position." Brownback's explanation was that "his stand on abortion has often been misunderstood, partly because his thoughts weren't fully formed" earlier -- but now God's senator is definitely 100% right-to-life for everyone but women, and everybody knows it.
Having repented of his criticism of Jerry Falwell, and having hired a former Falwell staffer for his campaign, John McCain is bent on appeasing any lingering doubters in the conservative Christian camp. McCain's flip-flops on abortion have been blatant enough to become the stuff of political legend.
"I'd love to see a point where Roe v. Wade is irrelevant, and could be repealed because abortion is no longer necessary. But certainly in the short term, or even the long term, I would not support repeal of Roe v. Wade, which would then force women in America to [undergo] illegal and dangerous operations."
Now McCain is all in favor of those "illegal and dangerous operations," the ones that women in the United States used to die from. As Lemieux points out, "while McCain made some egregious panders about abortion when running in a primary in which his major opponent already had the social conservative vote locked up, McCain is in fact a consistent supporter of criminalized abortion."
He said so again last weekend, in the following AP story, which disappeared from most news outlets within hours. The original link now opens a different story, one focusing on McCain's much more socially acceptable excoriation of Donald Rumsfeld. Thank goodness for people who save such things before they're flushed down the tubes of the Internet.
Republican presidential candidate John McCain, looking to improve his standing with the party's conservative voters, said Sunday the court decision that legalized abortion should be overturned.
A rebuke from Dobson must carry more weight than the lives of women who would be sacrificed to the ubiquitous abortion bans springing up in statehouses around the country like a crop of poisonous mushrooms. The usual exceptions -- rape, incest, and "life of the mother" -- are tacked on to soothe the unease of "family values voters" gullible enough to believe that those words actually mean something.
Rape and incest provisions in this year's bans routinely force a woman to submit to interrogation and the intrusive collection of DNA by law enforcement within a narrow time frame -- an even further violation of her person and her privacy.
"Life of the mother" means even less. Managua, South Dakota, a comparison of the 2006 South Dakota ban with the ban enacted in Nicaragua last fall, examined that deceptive exception in depth.
[T]he Nicaraguan Society of Gynecology and Obstetrics unequivocally stated that the new law would "endanger women and make doctors reluctant to perform life-saving procedures."
In Nicaragua the ban quickly and predictably took its toll, the first victim dying within weeks. A Managua hospital allowed 19 year-old Yasmina Bojorge to die of internal bleeding, forced by law to delay life-saving treatment because her 300-gram fetus was still alive.
[The following excerpts are translated from original press reports in Spanish]
After three days doctors at Bertha Calderón Hospital confirmed the death of the fetus and tried to induce a natural delivery, which proved impossible. The young woman developed an internal hemorrhage and died this morning in the operating room.
Last month a second young woman died to preserve the "sanctity of life." After five days of fighting a raging infection that could not be properly treated while her fetus lived, and then enduring two D&Cs and a hysterectomy that all came too late to save her life, Francis Zamora expired of endotoxic shock.
Text and photo from Nicaragua's El Nuevo Diario
"The country's laws have changed," that was the reason why Francis Zamora, age 22, left her three children orphans. Her children do not understand about laws, only that their mama will not be coming home.
And what do Nicaragua's "sanctity of life" leaders have to say? Not surprisingly, they sound remarkably like James Dobson, Tony Perkins, Jerry Falwell or the CWA.
One of Nicaragua's top pro-life leaders and the president of the Nicaraguan Association for Life, Dr. Rafael Cabrera, spoke up this week about the harassment and pressure the people and government are receiving from various international organizations and authorities to reverse its decision to outlaw abortion.
As in the US, Catholics for a Free Choice (Católicas con derecho a decidir) object that "the Catholic hierarchy has stripped them of the right to make decisions about their own lives. 'It worries us that the Church concerns itself about the unborn and doesn't defend the children left as orphans, or the thousands of children who die of hunger.'"
Before Roe v. Wade ensured safe abortion care, and while John McCain was staying true to his religious values in North Vietnam, the same endotoxic shock that killed Francis Zamora was a too-frequent cause of death for women right here at home. The Christian right wants us to forget, but physicians such as Dr. Eugene Glick never will.
I remember getting introduced to something called septic abortion. It is a condition that is caused by the breakdown of bacteria in an infected site. I remember a woman losing the tips of her fingers because of the endotoxic shock causing the blood vessels to shrink down. It was just terrible.
That's exactly what McCain, Brownback, Romney and the rest of the GOP field are campaigning for when they pander for the approval of James Dobson, Tony Perkins, Jerry Falwell and their fellow pseudo-religious mouthers of "moral values." The push of the Christian right and GOP contenders to criminalize abortion represents not a return to godliness, but a return to needless suffering and death. Politicians pandering to such a base desire for supremacy over women, regardless of its toll in blood and grief, deserve to be called out for what they are -- death pimps.
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