What media bias????
An email was forwarded to me today. The email was from the Media Research Council and it was decrying the "bias" in reporting on Samuel Alito's nomination to the Supreme Court. Media bias, you say???? NOOOOOOOO it can't be so.
Oh wait a minute. I missed this screed in Boston Globe.
"IN THE 1998 movie ''Pleasantville," Tobey Maguire and Reese Witherspoon play typical '90s kids who are inadvertently transported into the unreal reality of a 1950s sitcom. They use their '90s values to teach the sitcom world some lessons about diversity and tolerance.
Today many people have a stylized, ''Pleasantville" vision of the pre-Roe era in which I grew up. They imagine fondly that almost all families had a Daddy at the office and a Mommy in the kitchen; that almost all family relations were well-ordered and unthreatening; in short, that life looked like ''Leave It to Beaver" -- and that, with a few legal adjustments, it could do so again."
OHMIGOSH!!!! We have a WHAT???????? Here are a couple of those stylized "Pleasantville" visions....
Short Term Physical Dangers: An abortion is an unnatural, invasive act on the female body. The cervix is not meant to be forced open. The uterus is not meant to be scraped and vacuumed empty. Women can experience immediate physical problems related to their abortions.
Infection: Infection is the most common abortion complication. It can easily occur if any placental or fetal material is left in the uterus. Lacerations or other injuries to the uterine wall can also lead to infection. Women who have an abortion while infected with chlamydia have an especially high risk of getting pelvic inflamatory disease, which can lead to infertility.
Perforations : Common abortion procedures involve inserting sharp tools into the uterus. Women can suffer cuts or perforations of the uterus or bowel, which can lead to blood poisoning and even death. (And a hospital may report the cause of death as blood poisoning, and not as a botched abortion.)
Cervical Damage: During normal childbirth, the cervix - the lowest muscle in the uterus - softens and slowly stretches open to allow the baby to be born. The cervix is not prepared to be forced open earlier in the pregnancy. Stretching the stiff cervix muscle to insert tools or remove fetal parts can tear and weaken the cervical muscle, especially in a first pregnancy.
Others: Other side-effects of an abortion can include excessive bleeding, hemorrhaging, endotoxic shock, fever, and vomiting.
And those are just the some of the short term damages.....
Meanwhile, a vast majority of the country feels that there are certain reasonable restrictions. If a child/teen-ager wants to have an abortion, the parents should be notified that their daughter was undergoing a surgical proceedure (anything invasise like this is technically a surgical proceedure). After all, if a child needs a parent's permission to get her ears pierced, it is only reasonable that a child should need parental involvement for an abortion. If a woman seeking an abortion is married, that her husband be told that she is having the proceedure. No permission is being sought! Simple notification. No abortions should be committed in the final trimester of a pregnancy unless finishing the pregnancy would severely harm the mother's health. There is some debate on this. Thanks to medical technology, a baby that is 8-10 weeks premature can live, but it will require intensive care. If that is the case, should the baby be delivered and if they are, who will pay for the expensive care that this child will require?
No one wants to return to the days of unsafe back alley abortions Ms. Michelman. Neither is Judge Alito out of step with "mainstream America". That honor belongs to people like you who insist on supporting abortion on demand.