Post # 1
I was so angry last night while watching the debate to hear Trump mischaracterize late-term abortion as “rip[ping] the baby out of the womb,” sometimes during the 9th month. As if this is something women cavalierly have done all the time for the sheer fun of it.
I was angered again when I heard my 61-year-old male boss who supports Trump talking about “all of those babies ripped out in the 7th, 8th, or 9th month” and how Hillary seems to have no sympathy for those lives lost but she saw fit to bring up the number of lives lost to guns. Way to buy into the misinformed, evocative rhetoric that Trump spewed.
And I was angered yet again when I thought of my friend who had shared her heartbreaking saga of having to abort her child at 22 weeks because the baby wasn’t going to survive and carrying the baby to term would likely kill her. It was such a difficult decision for her and her husband after weeks of painful tests, fear, and eventually a diagnosis that their child was going to die. My heart goes out to her and I don’t see how a single person could hear her story and not understand that the government has no reason to have a hand in a woman’s difficult decision to have an abortion. That decision does not need to be any harder or more time-consuming than it already is. But apparently those morons do exist. She posted a link to a story similar to hers and, lo and behold, someone had to chime in about how abortion should never be legal and that doctors “lie every day” so even if you receive a diagnosis like my friend’s, you should continue to carry that baby in your womb since things might magically turn around. If it kills you, so be it because everything happens for a reason and the rights of the child are just as important as the mom’s. My jaw dropped when I read that.
Anyone who truly can’t see that there are situations where a woman medically has to have an abortion, even at a late stage, needs to read this before they shame another woman who was in that difficult situation: http://jezebel.com/interview-with-a-woman-who-recently-had-an-abortion-at-1781972395
Ok, off my soap box. Just had to vent because this is breaking my heart today. I wish more women would share their stories so the truth can spread and there can be better understanding.
Post # 2
- Wedding: Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception/The Gallery
The rhetoric and mysogyny in this election are just disgusting–and baffling. So much of it is based in absolutely false claims.
This whole part of the debate enraged me, but I was SO GLAD to hear Hillary speak up for women’s health and rights. While I’ve never been her biggest fan, it made me proud to say I’m With Her.
*Edited because I apparently can’t spell*
Post # 3
Ugh I am with you. When he was talking about taking baby out the day before its due date, I was screaming “That’s called childbirth, not an abortion you idiot!!”
I will say, I gained a lot of respect for Hillary. Her answers were fantastic, especially her defense of late term abortion. People seem to think that a woman waits seven months and then decides she doesn’t want it. NO!! She makes the most difficult decision of her life because there’s a serious danger to her or the baby! Ughhh.
I mean, at least be accurate and make the typical pro-life arguments that actually make sense. You don’t just yell about “ripping babies out”.
Post # 4
DrunkInLove : I know! I wanted to applaud when she basically b**** slapped Trump with her response. She brought wisdom and humanity to what, to me, is such an important issue for women.
Post # 5
CakeSniffer : That just shows how low he can be. The truth is irrelevant to this man.
He was caught out in at least 37 lies last night. He literally believes if you throw enough sh_t at a wall, some of it will stick. I have already had one of his supporters repeat some of his claims to me this am. Like him, she is totally uninterested in the truth.
Post # 6
I’ve seen so much shit all over facebook about slaughtering babies minutes before they’re born and I just want to scream.
This isn’t an elective procedure for shits and giggles, you morons.
Post # 7
CakeSniffer : ugh, I agree. when he went on and on with his propoganda, I just felt sick. he is such a misogynist bastard.
Post # 8
lovelyruby : I’ll admit I was a reluctant Hillary supporter before the debates, but having seen her get up there and demonstrate that she knows her stuff, that she can keep her cool in the face of absolute stupidity, and that she has well-thought out policies gives me complete confidence in her ability to be president. While I don’t agree with all of her policies I certainly think she has America’s best interests at heart and that she’s capable of representing our country with dignity. Can’t say any of that about the other guy.
Post # 9
CakeSniffer : Preach. I really liked Clinton’s answer. And I agree with everything you said. I hate how the anti-choice movement fixates on late term abortions, which are very rare and always done for the health of the woman or extremely serious and often fatal issues with the fetus. Forcing women to carry non-viable fetuses (or ones who will die shortly after birth) against their will is absolutely barbaric.
Post # 10
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
CakeSniffer : I was flipping out yelling at the tv last night when he was saying that. “All these women having abortions 3 days before the due date”… THAT DOESN’T HAPPEN, YOU ORANGE ASSHOLE! Literally does NOT happen. Ugh, I am just so disappointed in humanity this past year 🙁
Post # 11
MrsAKSkier : Exactly! Something that hadn’t even occurred to me until I read the Jezebel article was how horrifying it would be to have to watch your child, whom you knew wouldn’t survive long past birth, choke to death, starve, or suffer in some other way during the short time they’re alive. That’s such an awful prospect that I absolutely see why an abortion in that case is the humane and caring thing to do. I wouldn’t let my pet suffer like that at the end of its life so why the heck would I be OK with subjecting my child to that when there’s another option? Talk about barbaric.
Post # 12
Trump was, of course, entirely wrong. Monstrously wrong.
The US laws on abortion are very clear – they protect the mother’s freedom to choose and yet take account of the baby’s viability. No one is calling birth at seven, eight or nine months an abortion. Such an occurrence would only happen if the mother’s life was at risk, the baby was severely damaged or both.
Personally I don’t like the idea of abortion (it certainly is not to be considered a contraceptive or a lifestyle choice, but a tragedy and often an act of desperation) but I accept it very sadly and reluctantly because I see backstreet abortions, the resulting loss of life and the denegration of pregnant young women as a great evil.
If we wish to prevent unwanted pregnancies in the young we need not only to teach young women confidence and self respect but teach young men to respect and cherish women. This is entirely at odds with Trump’s so-called ‘locker room talk’ which insults not only young women but young men.
Post # 13
I think Hillary really resonated with a lot of women when she spoke about this during the debate. I think one of her weaknesses is she can often sound over rehearsed, but I think she really spoke from the heart and captured the anguish many women and families go through and how hard those decisions are. Go Hill!
Post # 14
Not to make light of this topic or anything (I’m totally pro-choice and Donald, as usual, infuriated me last night), but…
Do any of you remember those commercials for Esurance where a woman invited her friends over to see her “wall” of photos and then verbally “unfriends” another woman. And then that woman goes “that’s not how this works. That’s not how any of this works.” Exactly what that part of the debate last night reminded me of.
Here’s the commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5fn087Jk4I
Post # 15
Trump: saying that they could rip a baby from the uterus literally a day before it’s due date.
Me: rolling my eyeballs so far back in my head in disgust that I wasn’t sure I’d ever get them back to normal again.
I’m not a huge Hilary supporter (well, I’m Canadian so my opinion doesn’t matter anyway), but I jumped on the Hilary Train during the first debate when she said “I think Donald is accusing me of preparing for tonight’s debate. And do you know what else I prepared for? Being president.”