walk a mile in my shoes, etc.

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Fri, 10-30-2009 - 2:26pm

here is a woman who understands that women/people in general who have NOT had an abortion have a lot to learn from women who have been there... btw still thinking about recent discussions, much to digest from that.

enjoy, a great blog all around!

aspenbaker.wordpress.com/2009/01/12/interview-with-pro-voice-activist-jennifer-baumgardner/

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"We have much courage for the abstract, but not for the concrete."
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Fri, 10-30-2009 - 4:08pm

And those that I *have* learned from have only served to reinforce my stance.

However, by that reasoning, and since abortion is a pregnancy and health care choice, everyone best listen to those women who HAVE had children, who HAVE experienced complications during pregnancy and childbirth, as well as post-partum. They have a LOT to learn form them as well.

So scootchie up a chair- I've got miscarriage, pre term contrax, modified bed rest, hospital-enforced bed rest, premature rupture of membranes, multiple c sections, scores of adhesions, damaged bladder, and tubal ligation covered.
Others here have numerous birthing and pregnancy complications in which they have expertise- this would be a valuable resource indeed.

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Sat, 10-31-2009 - 9:49pm
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Edited 10/31/2009 10:58 pm ET by cup.kate
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Sun, 11-01-2009 - 11:21am

I'm just a lurker, but what a great post!

I can kick in my severe preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome, intrauterine growth restriction, poor placental function, days-long induction while on magnesium sulfate, complete bedrest and pelvic rest, thrice-weekly non-stress tests and 24-hour urine collections, a possible case of fetal hydrops (and almost a PUBS procedure on a 27-week fetus), my own permament kidney damage (and temporary liver damage), post-partum bedrest and frequent testing, serious cord incidents during labor...shall I go on? This will be a fun storytelling experience! ;O)

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Sun, 11-01-2009 - 1:21pm

There ya go!

I want every women to be every so FULLY informed before making a choice to continue a pregnancy and delve into childbirth unaware of the very real short and long term risks. I could learn a lot form you- you've covered a lot I didn't have!

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Sun, 11-01-2009 - 3:10pm
I'm sure that some people on both the PL and PC sides have no close experience of abortion. For me though, the thing that makes me PC is my own experiences and those of women close to me.

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Sun, 11-01-2009 - 3:12pm

Hey! *waves*

Hell yes, if we're 'walking a mile' let's cover the gestation side as well.

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Sun, 11-01-2009 - 3:58pm

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Me too. Both of my children were very much planned-for and wanted, but nothing prepared me for the problems I had with my first. Then I had all the same problems with my second, plus a bunch of new ones I'd never even heard of. Now I've got two beautiful, healthy children, but my own body is pretty much shot to hell. There's very little in this world that makes me angrier than a woman who won't educate herself, or refuses to be educated by another, when it comes to this topic.

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Hey, between you and me, and some of the other women on this board that I'm acquainted with from elsewhere, we could probably stage a coup d'etat on ACOG and start our own experienced-based professional organization. ;O)

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Sun, 11-01-2009 - 4:00pm

Hey Lianne!

We could walk that mile together, with our legs tied up like a 3-legged race, LOL.

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Sun, 11-01-2009 - 4:13pm

LOL! I love it!

ETA for those who have no idea what we're talking about - Thistle and I had a lot of the same crap with our births, although hers was WAY scarier.

Can we carry a sign that says 'Resist Induction'?




Edited 11/1/2009 4:14 pm ET by englishrose1979
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Sun, 11-01-2009 - 4:51pm

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Yes! LOL. Other battle-cries might include "Hands off my cervix!" and "Go induce yourself!". :D

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