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My abortion: Any ob/gyn (or other) thoughts?

I had an abortion way back in 1986. I believe I was 6 weeks pregnant when I first learned I was pregnant and went to an MD regarding an abortion. As I remember it, the medical folks told me to wait until at least the 7th week of pregnancy because it was safer to perform an abortion after 7 weeks. I am not dreaming this up and I also have no frigging' idea what the reasoning was. Maybe it was related to my age at the time (28), maybe it was related to how the procedure was performed in 1986. Maybe it was an odd notion in Massachusetts. Point is, I've been wondering about this in light of the new Texas abortion restrictions.

One more thing to note, which may be of interest to anyone getting an abortion in the future:

At the time of my abortion, I had a friend who was planning to become a midwife. She told me about laminaria, a type of seaweed that is dehydrated and shaped into a rod suitable for insertion in the cervix. The purpose of inserting the laminaria into the cervix --in the context of abortion -- is to dilate the cervix in advance of the procedure, thereby making it way more comfortable. I spoke to the MD about it and she verified that this was in fact true. However, they did not offer it unless women specifically asked for it. Why? Because once the laminaria is inserted, it diminishes or eliminates (I can't remember which) the option to change your mind and go forward with the pregnancy. This pissed me off. Here was something that significantly reduced pain and discomfort and that was all-natural and non-toxic, but it was not being offered because someone somewhere had decreed that women couldn't be trusted to know how they wanted to handle their unplanned pregnancy. That is bullshit. Anyway, I assured them I had no doubts regarding going forward with the abortion, requested the laminaria and had it administered. The abortion was fairly painless and all the medical folks were women. I felt supported and cared for and was not traumatized in the least. Despite my overall positive experience, I still think not offering the laminaria in advance was an insult to women.
Posted by CommonHumanity | Fri Sep 10, 2021, 12:34 AM (13 replies)

Concerted effort to retain Al?

Okay, so I read the reply saying that staying or leaving is Al's decision. I agree entirely, but we are also free to make our wishes known to him and to the Democratic senators who called for resignation. We are free to do all we can to retain an outstanding senator who is willing to speak truth to power. A democratically elected Senator has been driven out without a fair hearing and many of us are outraged over the loss AND THE INJUSTICE! If Senator Franken still chooses to leave his job that is his decision and it is worthy of respect, but we have a right to voice our wishes. I may be naive, but maybe a great outpouring of public support will impact his decision. Maybe a great outpouring of public opposition and loss of support will sway the Senators who called for his resignation.

Where I am going with is: Would it make sense to initiate an online petition or an event to pressure the Senators to reconsider their rush to judgment or perhaps a call for people to show up en masse at the offices of the senators who demanded resignation. Afterall, the MSM is starting to come around to the Roger Stone/Swiftboating/framing aspect of the issue.

I am not prescribing any particular action, but am throwing the idea out for feedback. Franken's resignation has left me feeling uniquely deflated both because we need Franken and it because it sets a horrible precedent that I would like to see reversed.

Please share thoughts and ideas. I am inclined to at least try to do something about it. And yes, I have written and called and will continue to do so, but I think this is a big enough to consider concerted resistance.

When I was around 18 or 19 I was visiting with a friend who was living with people who considered themselves communists. That virtue of claiming that label aside, I remember talking to one of them about whether trying to work for change is worth it. In other words, can we have an impact or is it useless? Not the way I muse about change these days, but that was then. Anyway, he said something that I still remember: The issue is not only what impact we will have, but also what we will allow to occur without speaking out. I know there are lots of derivations on this theme and many ways to say it, but the way he said it those 40 years ago has stuck with me and remained a touchstone to this day.
Posted by CommonHumanity | Fri Dec 8, 2017, 11:27 PM (0 replies)
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