Friday, April 1, 2011


Abortion is a medical procedure. It should be a matter for medical professionals, a woman and any personal advisors, religious or secular, she chooses to consult. When government criminalizes a medical procedure, you get this, which is clearly, without any question, WRONG:

The facts of this case are heartbreaking. On December 23, 2010, Shuai, a 34-year-old pregnant woman who was suffering from a major depressive disorder, attempted to take her own life. Friends found her in time and persuaded her to get help. Six days later, Shuai underwent cesarean surgery and delivered a premature newborn girl who, tragically, died four days later.

On March 14, 2011, Shuai was arrested, jailed, and charged with murder and attempted feticide. Had Shuai, who is being represented by National Advocates for Pregnant Women and local attorneys, not been pregnant when she attempted suicide, she would not have been charged with any crime at all.

Some discussion at Balloon Juice, wherefrom I found about it:

No one who has either suffered major depression, nor anyone who has loved someone thus afflicted would see the state of Indiana’s actions as anything other than vicious.
Yes, that would be me, too.

I urge anyone to read the ACLU post completely. Comment here will be responded to with as much civility as I can muster, which is usually quite a lot. But you don't have to use profanity to blister paint, so if you think you can defend this, be prepared.

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