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Sat Apr 27, 2013, 11:50 AM

Virginia’s assault on abortion claims a victim

By Editorial Board, Published: April 26

AT ABORTION clinics, the presence of awnings, the width of doorways and the dimensions of janitorial closets have little to do with the health of patients. But by requiring that Virginia’s 20 abortion clinics conform to strict licensing standards designed for new hospitals, the state has ensured that many or most of them will be driven out of business in the coming months.

Just days after the state Board of Health approved the regulationsthis month, under pressure from Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II (R), they claimed their first victim. Hillcrest Clinic in Norfolk, which for 40 years had provided reproductive health services, including abortions, closed last weekend.

Hillcrest was partly a victim of its own success in providing women with ready access to birth control. Like most other clinics around the state, it saw demand for abortions dwindle as more women took advantage of options to prevent unwanted pregnancies.

Still, even after years of protests, arson, a pipe bombing and an attack by a man wielding a semiautomatic weapon, Hillcrest performed more than 1,600 abortions last year, about 7 percent of the state total. The principal reason it closed its doors was that complying with the regulations would have saddled it with $500,000 in renovations — an unaffordable expense.

That’s precisely what Mr. Cuccinelli and other advocates of the policy intended. According to a survey by the state Health Department, just one of the 19 surviving clinics meets the requirements. Fifteen of the remaining facilities estimated their combined costs of compliance at $14.5 million.

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n2doc Apr 2013 OP
MotherPetrie Apr 2013 #1
DreamGypsy Apr 2013 #2
xxqqqzme Apr 2013 #3
DreamGypsy Apr 2013 #5
azurnoir Apr 2013 #6
PatrynXX Apr 2013 #4

Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sat Apr 27, 2013, 12:07 PM

1. K&R

 

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sat Apr 27, 2013, 12:32 PM

2. The Cycle of Sacrifice Unwinds

How many years before the reports of deaths from botched abortions start appearing in the Virginia press?

From the Orlando Women's Center; found by search on 'botched abortion statistics':

Approximately 25% of the world population lives in countries with highly restrictive abortion laws, mostly in Asia, Africa and Latin America

One woman dies every 7 minutes around the world due to an unsafe illegal abortion. Women who undergo illegal abortions are those who are very poor and do not have access to family planning facilities for education and prevention of unwanted pregnancies

Making abortion illegal or legal has no effect on the total number of abortions performed in the world. Making abortion legal dramatically reduces maternal morbidity and mortality.


Between 10 and 50% of unsafe abortion cases need medical attention but a lot of women delay or decide not to seek medical care. This is because in a lot of countries where it is illegal to have abortions performed, the women who go to the hospital for help will be reported to the local law authorities and are subject to arrest and spending time in jail. The medical staff often refuses to help and will even harass women about their botched abortion. 600,000 maternal deaths occur each year. Seventy thousand (70,000) of those maternal deaths are from the complications of unsafe abortion which represents 12 to 13% percent of maternal deaths.


(NB: The Phil Ochs' lyric used as the title to the reply comes from a different context, but it was the thought that occurred to me immediately while reading the post. And not such a different context, really. Another story of needless, senseless death repeated again, and again, and again, and again.)

Thanks for the post, n2doc.

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Response to DreamGypsy (Reply #2)

Sat Apr 27, 2013, 01:17 PM

3. I have been expecting reports

to surface of deaths from botched terminations. But I'm willing to bet the corporate media will ignore it

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Response to xxqqqzme (Reply #3)

Sat Apr 27, 2013, 01:55 PM

5. Unfortunately, I think some parts of the media are salivating over it already ...

...because a botched abortion, or even a properly performed illegal procedure that results in death, can be a great opportunity for victim shaming, racism, elitism, and religious bigotry.

She should have ...

Why didn't she ...

Those people ...

How could she when ...


I am seldom optimistic about reactions of the media.

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Response to xxqqqzme (Reply #3)

Sat Apr 27, 2013, 02:23 PM

6. they will ignore deaths from 'illegal' abortions

but if the 'botched' abortion is preformed in a clinic they'll be all over it like flies on doodoo

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sat Apr 27, 2013, 01:41 PM

4. and the death tole will skyrocket

and of course then there's less women to vote against them ..... grrrrrrr

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