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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

BILL IN ALABAMA SENATE WOULD ALLOW HOSPITALS TO DENY EMERGENCY CARE FOR WOMEN IF TERMINATING A PREGNANCY IS THE ONLY VIABLE OPTION FOR HER SURVIVAL (and you can bet your life Tennessee's legislature is working on something similar)


       As the father of a young woman who is currently pregnant with her first child, this is the sort of story that makes my blood boil.

       According to this article by the ACLU, a bill is working its way through the Alabama state Senate that would allow doctors, nurses, and hospital technicians to deny emergency room treatments if those lifesaving measures include ending a pregnancy that threatens a woman's life.

       In other words, if a woman suddenly experiences a horrible medical emergency within the borders of Alabama related to her pregnancy, a hospital or clinic can legally refuse to lend a hand, even if failure to act means death for the patient.  And just in case someone out there thinks the threat of lawsuits for negligence are an option, the bill up for consideration has a clause relieving medical professionals of any legal repercussions related to their refusal to assist the patient.

        A middle of the night miscarriage could be a death sentence for an otherwise healthy woman if this bill becomes law.

        At what point does this almighty-sanctity-of-the-fetus mentality take on a life of its own, even to the detriment of a state's citizens?

        Is there no limit to how far these anti-abortion zealots will go to make their point?

        Do they actually have to bury members of their own families before they realize how heartlessly ludicrous their actions have become?

        Stay tuned, because the asshats who currently make up the Volunteer State's General Assembly absolutely hate it when neighboring states find a way to get to the right of them on any issue related to abortion.  Expect a similar, but more Draconian bill to be filed in Tennessee's legislature during the current session.

         We simply can't allow Alabama's laws to be harsher than our own, not where gestation is concerned.

          (heavy sigh...)

9 comments:

dianedp said...

And the republicans think there is no war on women.
If you let women die, you are murdering them by neglect.

Katy Anders said...

This is more strict than the Catholic Church on the issue of ending the life of a fetus.

The Church does not condemn actions and medical procedures on people that end the life of a fetus if the procedure serves a dual purpose and the primary reason is not the abortion.

As you say here, particularly in rural areas, this bill becoming law could mean the needless death of pregnant women.

This is yet another example of how putting ideology before common sense - before reality - leads to really bad stuff.

Having said that, I'm surprised Texas hasn't already done this...

squatlo said...

In due time, Katy, in due time.

Aflyon DeWall said...

This "We-can-get-farther-up-in-a-woman's-vagina-than-you-can" is nothing new for old white guys. They've been believing that lie most of their lives .....

squatlo said...

Aflyon, eh? Oliver Sudden I have a pretty good idea to whom I'm speaking.

J.O.B. said...

Apparently a fetus's life is more valuable than the Mother carrying it. This news is absolutely appalling SQ.

squatlo said...

JOB, well I agree, but it's anything but "news". There seems to be a cutoff for GOP concern about babies, and it's called the vagina. Once they're past that thing (that shall go unmentioned... shudder!) they're on their own. I can't think of a single initiative or bill designed to improve the lives of the living birthed, but there are hundreds of laws and proposals to protect the as-of-yet-conceived unborn.

Maybe living, breathing humans need a lobbyist to compete for air time with the pitchforks and torches crowd of fetal worship zealots.

Kulkuri said...

Those same Ass-Wholes will tell you over and over again how they won't allow the government get in between you and your doctor or does that only apply to Obamacare?????????

squatlo said...

Kulkuri, the level of hypocrisy among the right-to-lifers is staggering. The same zealots who demand vaginal ultrasounds, waiting periods, and other abortion hurdles are the same people who want to fast track executions in American gulags around the country. That right to life shit is selective.

Funny... the guy they pray to at night was executed by the state. If Jesus were here today, he'd probably end up on death row, and his "followers" would be clamoring for his speedy execution on Faux News.

Go figure.

Of course, if he were pregnant with a rape baby, they'd keep him alive long enough to give birth first.

I'm so confused.