And keeping abortion safe and legal doesn't just mean
upholding Roe v. Wade. It means fighting all attempts to
limit a woman's right to choose.
The Hyde Amendement, which restricts federal Medicaid funds
for abortions and basically ensures that only the rich can have safe,
legal abortions, absolutely must be overturned.
We must oppose efforts to ban dialation and extraction or D&X
(so-called "partial birth") abortions: the language of any bill
that bans these abortions can be read to ban all abortions. Also,
D&X's are rarely performed at all, when they are performed in the third
trimester it is only in the case of a medical emergency (generally due to
fetal death or serious fetal problems, such as the fetus lacking a brain).
D&X is safer than induced labor to expell a dead fetus, and it
is much medically safer for a woman than actually delivering a dead baby.
In a D&X, the fetus is extracted intact, so the family has a chance
to say goodbye. (all of that info came from the wonderful Our Bodies,
Ourselves by the Boston Women's Health Book Collective).
We must have a comprehensive national healthcare and welfare
system, along with a national childcare system and confidential rehab,
so that no woman should be forced to have an abortion because she can't
afford a child or because if she goes to rehab she'll go to jail. Abortion
is not a solution to poverty -- any policy that encourages abortions for
poor women is eugenic in nature. The only solution to poverty is
the complete abolition of capitalism. Until then, we must make the
lives of every woman as comfortable as possible by providing them with
the means to live.