When being "pro-life" becomes dangerous to babies...and to their mothers.
Now this has nothing to do with illegal abortions and coat hangers. In fact it really has little to do with abortion at all. I just wanted to point out and discuss something I came across in researching the right for women to give birth naturally, or even SAFELY. It's an unfortunate disparity in the pro-life movement that can actually hurt us women who ARE pro-life, yet also pro-phsyiological birth. It's frustrating to me because the pro-choice movement is so concerned with keeping abortion legal that they are literally IGNORANT when it comes to us women who do want to carry our babies, yet want the same laws and respect to cover us in our right to "choose" our births.
I am posting this here because so many of us momma's are not only fans of natural, unmedicated and gentle birth, we are also pro-homebirth and pro-VBAC. If the laws change to protect unborn babies to stop them from being aborted -- we could be inadvertantly LUMPED in and actually prosecuted for giving birth naturally. This is a real threat, and I want to point out that if you do feel strongly on birthing your way, you might want to join in on movements to help bring natural birth back in the mainstream, midwives back into the hospitals or even into legality, and to help stop the over-medication and over-surgical-response to birth.
Unfortunately birth is a big business, and more and more of the choices OB's make in hospitals are run not by what's best for the baby or the mother -- but what's best for the lawyers and the malpractice insurance companies. THEY are making decisions on our births that are not good for us or our children. This really should be brought to light.
So anyway, where to go with this info? I have NO IDEA. If anyone belongs to a pro-birth movement that wants to protect mothers and babies well into the actual giving birth part, while not stripping our human and legal rights -- in an effort to stop abortions, please let me know.
I am sure some of you have heard of women being handcuffed to geurneys and being legally forced into c-sections. It happens often these days, and it's really scary. This kind of practice will only increase if we no longer have any legal rights over our unborn children. This worrries me. REALLY worries me. Many many women can and will die. The death of our own rights scare me too, not because I am a feminist or such, but because I am a human being, and an American.
For further reference you can read Pushed by Jennifer Block or Born in the U.S.A. by Marsden Wagner.