The Trump has pulled back from that comment--now he just wants to punish the doctors who preform "illegal" abortions, not the women, but does The Man know that abortions are LEGAL in this country the last time I looked?
This post comes on the heels of Jane's excellent rant against MEN WHO MAKE LAWS TO PROTECT WOMEN (read that below, if you haven't already) and now we have a candidate that shows all signs of possible being one of the two people running for the presidency of the United States making idiotic sounds like that.
But although that comment could be dismissed as a blow-hard's idiocy, the dangers to birth control in America have never been more threatened than under what the Republicans are likely to do. They hate government, right? They want to curtail what it can do, right? But government funding of family planning is not only the best way to reduce abortions--but also reduce adoptions. And we here are First Mother Forum know what adoption does not only to the mother, but the child.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO GIVE UP A CHILD?
Let's start with the relinquishing first birth natural mother: Lifelong stress and sorrow. More doctor visits. Unresolved grief. More hysterectomies. And anecdotally, more quick careless marriages after relinquishment. God knows know many suicides. And we know, a greater number of these women never have a another child, the impact of relinquishing is too great to get over.
And the adoptee: The lifelong question of Who Am I? and How Did I Come To Be? And most critically: Why Didn't My Mother Keep Me? Something must be wrong with me....why did she abandon me? More thoughts of suicide (but not statistics on how many because that data is impossible to collect). More visits to counselors, psychologist, AA meetings and probation officers! Yes, a lot of healthy wonderful adoptees--see The Good Adoptee--but the statistics here show the wealth of problems.
So yes, I'm hopping mad today that another MAN has taken it upon himself to tell us what we can and cannot do with our bodies. Bernie Sanders is the exception--he will not restrict abortion or unfund Planned Parenthood, but for me, I will look to a woman--Hillary--to protect the right to control my body. And of course, vote for whomever is the Democrat nominee.--lorraine
And if you haven't read Jane's piece about men making laws to protect women, don't miss it:
...see you later. Off to Spence-Chapin for the talk tonight.