Last night, I came home from a lovely dinner out still not sure what I was going to blog about this morning. There’s a video Nelson Helm did that I want to use, but I haven’t uploaded it to youtube yet, and there’s an escort shown on it who I’m not sure is ok with being in a video on here. So I couldn’t use that.
When I start thinking about the clinic and escorting and access to abortion, I always have something to blog about, so I wasn’t real worried about it. I just hadn’t had time to write anything. I’m fresh back from vacation this week – well, I was fresh. After a week of catch-up, I’m pretty tired.
So I thought I’d get some sleep and figure it out this morning.
But then, right before I went to bed last night, I checked my email and found this blog piece on Shakesville: No More Medical Abortions in Wisconsin. You can read it here. But it starts out:
A clinic in Wisconsin has ended medication abortions as a result of a law signed by Governor Scott Walker in April.
She references an article on RH Reality Check entitled:
It Is Now Impossible To Get A Medication Abortion In Wisconsin
The article goes on to say:
Affiliated Medical Services in Wisconsin has announced that it will no longer provide abortions via RU-486 due to the ambiguity and uncertainty of the state’s Act 217, which regulates the means of providing a medication abortion.
With AMS no longer offering the drug, it is now impossible to receive a medical abortion from a provider in the state.
I went to bed, and lay awake for a long time, feeling sick. It really is going to happen, I thought. They’re going to ban abortion through TRAP laws ~ laws designed to make it legally too risky for the provider to offer abortion services.
I remember what it’s like to think you’re pregnant and feel like a prison door has slammed shut.
That sounds so dramatic, but that was exactly what it felt like. I thought I was pregnant once when I was a teenager.
There were choices – marry someone I really didn’t want to marry, long before I was ready to settle down, and be stuck in a life I didn’t want. We did that back then.
Have a baby I wasn’t ready for, and be stuck in a life I didn’t want.
Be an “unwed mother,” ~ a whole different concept back in the day. Or be an unwed mother first, then give the baby up for adoption. Or ~~
~~ get a “back alley abortion.”
I wasn’t even real sure what that was.
I’ve written about this before ~ the lack of choices, and how frightening it was. Luckily for me, it was a false alarm. I didn’t have to pick one of those choices.
But last night, I lay there a long time, thinking about Wisconsin and remembering how it felt to be that trapped.
This morning, I googled “Wisconsin abortion” hoping to find a straight news story on it. Instead, I stumbled on the Right to Life’s news article on it. I won’t link to it here, but you can find it easily enough.
And ~ don’t laugh ~ that article made me feel better!! They say:
Will this moratorium last? Unfortunately it’s not likely. Abortion clinics valiantly try to make Governor Scott Walker and the legislature villains in the fictitious “war on women.” Watch for chemical abortions to resume sometime after the June 5 recall elections in which pro-life Gov. Walker and four pro-life state Senate seats are targets.
And I thought, “Oh, yay!” The battle isn’t lost!!
So ~ I’ll head out to the clinic feeling a little more hopeful. What we do now really does matter.
I think I’ve posted a picture of this guy and his sign before:
My sign would say:
STOP TERRORIZING WOMEN