This is an oldie, but a goodie, and it’s been on my mind lately because of the death of Savita Halappanavar in Ireland, the current situation of Beatriz in El Salvador (a woman being denied a life-saving abortion – please go here to take action on her case), and I was reminded of it once again by the testimony of Dr. Anthony Levatino during last Thursday’s hearing in the House Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice about Rep. Trent Franks’ latest attempt to trample on the constitutional rights of American women – H.R. 1797.
During his testimony, Dr. Levatino inferred that because HE had never had to perform an abortion to save the life of a woman, that performing an abortion to save the life of a woman would never be necessary.
Except, well…that would be false. From one of my old tumblr posts:
I mean, it’s not like Ob/Gyn’s have testified before Congress about the women’s lives they saved by performing an abortion or anything… Oh wait – they did.
Also, my doctor was kind enough to lend me her copy of “Medical Complications During Pregnancy,” wherein I’ve discovered the following conditions which have required an abortion to save a woman’s life:
- Cancers: brain, breast, cervical, leukemia, melanoma, thyroid, etc.
- Cyanotic congenital heart disease
- Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation (following fetal demise)
- Eisenmenger’s syndrome
- Primary pulmonary hypertension
- Domestic Violence
- Marfan’s syndrome
- Dilated Cardiomyopathay
- Mitral stenosis
- Kidney disease
- Uterine rupture
- Placental abruption
- Paroxysmal noctural hemoglobinuria
- Systemic lupus erthematosus
(The list goes on, but I’ll stop there)
So, yeah. Sometimes abortions ARE necessary to save a woman’s life. Please stop pretending otherwise.
Till next time,
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