A reader writes: No doubt I’m not the first of your readers to bring your attention to this story, but just in case: Democratic candidate for Texas governor Wendy Davis has revealed that she had two abortions for medical reasons. I thought you all might be interested because of your previous coverage of late-term abortion. Aman … Continue reading It’s So Personal: Wendy Davis
From a recap of yesterday’s ruling in McCullen v. Coakley: The US Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously struck down a Massachusetts law that banned protesters within 35 feet of abortion clinics, ruling that the law infringed upon the First Amendment rights of antiabortion activists. The decision effectively overturns about 10 fixed-buffer-zone laws across the country, from San Francisco to … Continue reading Up Close And It’s So Personal
A reader writes: You guys ran a series of personal abortion stories at one point. New York Magazine has done something similar with poignant stories coupled with stark photography. Some of the comments are even more poignant than the articles. Here’s Dana from Colorado: After Dr. Tiller was killed, I watched the man I didn’t … Continue reading It’s So Personal, Ctd
A reader writes: As a patient of one of the doctors in After Tiller, I can, most unfortunately, assure you and the reader who doubts the scarcity of late-term care in this country: No, wealthy women don’t get to have these procedures in hospitals. Very few people do, and in those cases, it is almost … Continue reading It’s So Personal On The Silver Screen, Ctd
Dustin Rowles, who wrote the Pajiba post mentioned by a reader in our earlier post on After Tiller, recently went through a harrowing ordeal with his wife after doctors determined she was pregnant with monoamniotic twins: The doctor told us that if we went forward with the pregnancy, if one fetus died in utero it would … Continue reading It’s So Personal: Monoamniotic Twins
A reader writes: I hope you are still curating the long-running thread on suicide as you did for abortion. Around the web, I still see the abortion thread linked to, as recently as yesterday, when a commenter over at Pajiba did so regarding the trailer for a new documentary, After Tiller, about America’s late-term abortion providers. I look forward … Continue reading It’s So Personal On The Silver Screen
A reader adds another horrific and heartbreaking medical condition to this collection: As someone who last year chose to terminate two pregnancies for massive hydrocephalus (all brain structures blown away by the pressure of the fluid), I find it very frustrating that the discussion of North Dakota’s law banning abortions for genetic defects largely centers on … Continue reading It’s So Personal: Hydrocephalus
Perhaps the best posts of 2009 were penned by readers, and the most illuminating, gripping and emotional posts were related to late-term abortion, in the wake of the assassination of the abortion doctor George Tiller. I’ve never seen the power of this medium so clearly and up-close: one personal account caused a stream of others. … Continue reading It’s So Personal
A reader writes: Here is the story of Danielle Deaver. As she explains in the video, Danielle's water broke at 22 weeks. Doctors informed her that her fetus had virtually no chance to survive. With abortion banned after 20 weeks by Nebraska law, she was unable to stop a pregnancy that ended with her giving birth … Continue reading It’s So Personal: A Video Version
A reader writes:
Enough of the judgment from your readers: a well-considered decision to bring either an adopted or biological child into a family is a highly personal one, and the idea that it is well-considered is the important part. I appreciated the candor of your reader who had 11 miscarriages; her perception that an adopted child may be more risky or difficult to parent may or may not be correct, but if it gives her pause or causes her to think deeply about why she wants to be a parent and what her coping skills realistically are, that is a good thing. It is far better than someone whose romanticized view of adoption – as a selfless act that is all about giving a child a family, not giving a family a child – leads them into a situation they cannot cope with.
Sometimes, perhaps a decision to hold out for a same-race child may signal that a person has gotten in touch with some hard truths about themselves and is simply being honest about what they think they are equipped for. I am not sure they should be made to justify the decision or cover it up with a lie.