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"I don't know if empathy is a learned skill or a matter of natural temperament or both. But I don't see much empathy in the anti-abortion movement. Bart Stupak, for example. He represented a very conservative district but took a tough stand against guns and a lot of NRA heat for it. The reason was personal, however. His son committed suicide with a handgun, so he knew without having to conjure it up in his mind the devastation firearms can bring. But he never was in the shoes of a scared and young woman who has to run a gauntlet of vicious taunts at an abortion clinic, so apparently he wasn't able to imagine it. "
All we ever see are teens who get knocked up and either keep their babies or give them up for adoption. Where's the THIRD and more SANE choice for any knocked-up teen?
American holidays are excuses to gather with friends and family, eat, and make children smile. Some people just can't seem to do it without making it about God... more power to 'em. The point is to celebrate being ALIVE!
Oh yes, vasectomy is FAR less invasive (lucky bastards, with all their junk on the outside and easily accessible). And tubal ligation is laporascopic now, so I think the anesthesia & waking up takes longer than the surgery :) Just a couple snips to the tubes, and they don't take your ovaries... they continue to produce hormones enough to stay a regular girl for a LONG time (dammit, I'm 47 and tired of making the rag companies rich... c'mon menopause LOL).
The people at Planned Parenthood are the best. I'm sure they're taking good care of you.
And yep, I'm with you. Even if I lost my daughter, I'd still never have another child (assuming I was fertile & unspayed). She was the only one I wanted, and I get to have her until one of us is gone. That's as it's meant to be, and I enjoy every moment!
Sending ya big hugs.
P.S. My high school friend was following your tweets (@JoinARIN) & posted something on her FB wall. She and some others wanted you to know that they're praying for you (in the sincere way) and hope you're faring ok through this.