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The Pro-Life Generation is not on Tumblr

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I’m disgusted.

Background: I got a tumblr just to see what it was like. My best friend from high school virtually-introduced me to new people who I’m now following. (No, I’m not telling you my tumblr URL, it’s attached to real me and we’re not going there.) Anyway, these new people seem to think that “abortion rights” is synonymous with “women’s health” and is a good thing.

Because everyone seems to think that this bill is about banning abortion in Texas (TEXAS, people, why the hell are you messing with Texas), I did some research. And I went to known left-leaning media sites for my information because I know that they’ll report the bare minimum of the bill and then emphasize its terrible results.

From Huffington Post:

The bill would ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy and force many clinics that perform the procedure to upgrade their facilities and be classified as ambulatory surgical centers. Also, doctors would be required to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles – a tall order in rural communities.

“If this passes, abortion would be virtually banned in the state of Texas, and many women could be forced to resort to dangerous and unsafe measures,” said Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund and daughter of the late former Texas governor Ann Richards.

From CNN:

The bill would ban most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and tighten standards on abortion clinics and the doctors who work at them. Critics say it would shut most of the abortion clinics in Texas.

From the New York Times:

The bill would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, require abortion clinics to meet the same standards that hospital-style surgical centers do, and mandate that a doctor who performs abortions have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.

NPR, while it glossed all of those facts completely and focused solely on the “banned after 20 weeks of pregnancy,” did give me the name of the bill: SB 5. So I looked that up, too.

This is the full text of the bill which was discussed. And its amendments are here. I’m going to try to sift through the legalese and summarize the bill article by article.

Section 1: Requirements of a Physician

-Physician must have admitting privileges at a hospital with OB/GYN facilities within 30 miles of the clinic

-Physician must provide a way to contact him in the event of complications and give the woman the name, address, and phone number of the hospital nearest to her, also in the event of complications

Section 2: On Abortions After 20 Weeks

-Physicians may not induce/perform abortions at or after 20 weeks post-fertilization

-Physicians must determine gestational age of unborn child before performing/inducing abortion

-Exceptions: immediate medical emergencies threatening the life of the mother

Section 3: On Abortion-Inducing Drugs

-Abortion-inducing drugs may only be administered/prescribed by a physician

-If the physician is administering the drug, both physician and patient must be present at a registered clinic

-If the patient is administering the drug, she must follow the directions

-None of this applies to actual medical problems (ectopic pregnancy, extraction of miscarriage, pre-existing medical conditions in the mother which require treatment)

-Physician must give patient the label of the drug (with all its facts, dosage, warnings, etc)

-Physician must do a follow-up with the patient post-administration/use of the drug within 14 days to confirm the abortion and assess the bleeding

-Physician must show reasonable effort in ensuring the patient makes the follow-up appointment

-If the patient has a severe adverse effect in response to the drug and physician knows, physician must report it to MedWatch

Section 4: Health and Safety Code [effective September 1, 2014]

-Abortion clinics must meet standards of ambulatory surgical centers

Section 5: Health and Safety Code

-Lists requirements of physician’s report

Section 6: Occupations Code

-Lists all the ways a physician can have his license revoked

Section 7: Occupations Code

-(I’m not sure. Possibly just embellishes the ramifications of Section 6.)

Section 8:

-repeals a part of the Health and Safety Code which wasn’t present in either document found

Section 9:

-Clarification and ass-covering

Section 10:

-Mention of precedent, more legalese

Sections 11 and 12:

-Closing

And now we read this summary. Let’s see… bans abortions after 20 weeks. Yes, that would send “feminists” into a snit. The rest? Welcome to the medical world, abortion clinics. You wanted to be taken seriously? Now deal with the fact that you have to comply with medical standards. Your clinics must meet the standards of an outpatient surgery centre. Nothing earth-shattering there. Your physicians must have admitting privileges to an OB/GYN-equipped hospital within 30 miles–this is in case of complications. This also makes sense. Also in case of complications, patients know where their nearest hospital is and where/how to reach their physician. Unreasonable? This is par for the course. Physicians must do follow-ups. Also normal. If the drugs fail horrifically, they need to be reported–I would HOPE so. That’s the whole point of the FDA.

Oh, and the ban on late-term abortions is flexible:

If Subchapter C, Chapter 171, Health and Safety Code, as added by this Act, prohibiting abortions performed on an unborn child 20 or more weeks after fertilization is found by any court to be invalid or to impose an undue burden as applied to any person, group of persons, or circumstances, the prohibition shall apply to that person or group of persons or circumstances on the earliest date on which the subchapter can be constitutionally applied.

Being pro-life myself, I really don’t like the loose wording and enormous amount of loopholes here. However, if requiring the standards of abortion clinics to meet those of outpatient facilities will cause almost all of them to close, then clearly you’re doing something wrong in the first place. Get used to regular inspections. Get used to high sanitation. And get the hell over it because if you’re performing surgeries and expect your patients to walk out of there later that day, then these things are fully expected and exactly normal.

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#YOLO

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Relatively recently, the Twitter hashtag (is that where it started?) “YOLO” has been going viral.  Short for “You Only Live Once,” it serves as a replacement for “Carpe Diem” and is often a justification for debauchery.  It is found not just on Twitter but also on Facebook and sometimes in real life.  I think, however, it can be repurposed with a little bit of play-on-meaning.  What happens when you put it in another context?  For instance…

“When was the last time you went to Confession? #YOLO”

“Just got back from the Gettysburg cemetery #YOLO”

“Remember you are dust and unto dust you shall return… #YOLO”

Or, on a happier note:

“At my wedding reception; just danced with my new husband. #YOLO”

“Great-Aunt just turned 100!  Happy birthday!  Someday I want to be like her. #YOLO”

“New baby (number 4) born today! 8lbs 5oz. #YOLO”

In these situations, “You Only Live Once” can be used as “Memento Mori” or “Carpe Diem”–instead of the usual: “Going out and getting so waaasteddd toniiight #YOLO”

Now if you, my dear readers, will excuse me, I have to make sure my camera battery is charged so I can photograph a beautiful Vocations Rosary here in my home diocese.  Remember–You Only Live Once.  Make the most of it.  Make it holy.

Calling all XX’s

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Hello, ladies.  Some of you may have seen this.  Some may not.

My mother just e-mailed me this link and I decided to pass it along.  We need to stand together on this issue and point out that our government does not know what is “best” for us.  Pass it along to your girlfriends, sisters, mothers, daughters… gentlemen, pass this along to your wives and every woman you know who will be interested.

Because we all know that undermining religious liberty is just Not Cool.