Friday, November 9, 2007

A Reminder of the Need for a Woman's Right to Choose

From Yahoo News:
Two weeks after Olga Reyes danced at her wedding, her bloated and disfigured body was laid to rest in an open coffin — the victim, her husband and some experts say, of Nicaragua's new no-exceptions ban on abortion.

Reyes, a 22-year-old law student, suffered an ectopic pregnancy. The fetus develops outside the uterus, cannot survive and causes bleeding that endangers the mother. But doctors seemed afraid to treat her because of the anti-abortion law, said husband Agustin Perez. By the time they took action, it was too late.
Isn't it grand? I've said it before and will say it again: anti-choice legislation kills women. Olga Reyes had a legitimate medical reason to terminate that pregnancy. (And note in this case that there is no chance the fetus would've survived anyway.) But nooooo! Let's compel Mommy to carry THIS fetus, even if doing so makes both of them die.

Sorry. This kind of thing just chaps my behind.


Anonymous said...

You can thank the Pope for that.

Joyce said...

Seriously. What's that chant? "Keep your rosaries off of our ovaries!"