Saturday, July 9

A question for the anti-abortionists: What if the baby is already dead? #myPP

Post Mortem Ruby Ambrotype Photo of Baby in Coffin

These people have lost their minds, because apparently if the baby inside you is already dead, that is NO EXCUSE.

Pro-Life Wisconsin is attacking the state funding of University of Wisconsin Medical School for teaching to medical students, procedures that are necessary in the case of what is called "fetal demise," where an unborn infant has died in utero.

Robin Marty (Warning: the author of this article has a uterus.)

When I had my miscarriage, I had to go in to have a D&C performed in order to remove the fetus, which had died weeks earlier. Many women find themselves in the same situation either due to missed miscarriages, or incomplete miscarriages where they have retained bits of the products of conception.

If doctors no longer learn how to perform a D&C, what exactly are women in that situation to do?

Well, nothing, if Pro-Life Wisconsin has its way. They are currently filing a lawsuit demanding that the University of Wisconsin's medical department stop teaching its med students how to perform "abortions," claiming it violates a funding ban on state dollars going to abortion. The school currently sends students on a rotation through the local Planned Parenthood in order to not be accused of performing abortions on site.

Their problem is, if you know how to remove an ALREADY DEAD fetus from a woman's body, you also know how to perform an abortion. Better to blindfold every gynecologist in Wisconsin to the procedure rather than allow them the knowledge that, gasp, MIGHT lead to an abortion. Nevermind that it might also lead to maternal death.

By the way, I had several "D&C"s as part of my attempt to GET pregnant. It is a common procedure in infertility treatment. God forbid taxpayer dollars should be spent HELPING a woman carry a baby to term, save her own life, or simply teaching an obstetrician how to do his or her JOB.

The Cap Times (Madison, WI):

“There are medically indicated pregnancy terminations, and physicians need to have skills to do that,” says [Doctor] Broekhuizen. He notes that even physicians who do not work in abortion clinics may well need to perform an abortion.

“There are situations where patients have fetal death in utero at 16 to 18 weeks of gestation,” he says. “The mode of delivery in the case of a dead fetus is exactly the same procedure as an abortion procedure. So learning these techniques is an essential part of what an ob/gyn needs to know in order to provide comprehensive care to women, regardless of where they choose to practice.”

And this is why, he says, the accreditation organization for ob/gyn programs requires that training in abortion services be offered.

The hatred of women in the anti-abortion ranks is once again unmasked.

h/t  pari_passu on Twitter


  1. Wingnut Jebus created women as a delivery system for the next generation of righteous fundy imbeciles. If the lives of sinful women must be sacrificed for The Cause, well that's all just a part of Wingnut Jebus' divine plan.

  2. Unfortunately, I have first hand knowledge of Molar Pregnancy. If the pregnancy is not aborted, the woman risks getting cancer.

  3. That is un-goddamned-believable. Why do these asses get to dictate public policy or anyon's private life?

  4. This is what I say all the time. You cannot restrict abortion without breaking health care for women. Can't do it, can't be done, no way no how. Abortion abolition means less access to normal health care, to OBGYN, to contraceptives, and it also means that quality suffers. It just does.


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