Today in global rape news


When someone says something misogynist or hostile toward women, and you keep silent, you have contributed in some small way to the mindset that perpetuates rape culture by condoning the vision of women as “things,” and not people. So if you have a sister, a wife, a daughter, a friend, you might want to think about that. Just sayin’!

Jersey Girl

I’m posting all covers today. I heard this one a lot growing up in Philly. Bruce Springsteen (Tom Waits):

A Twitter story

From Twitter this sad story from an abortion doctor (the timeline is backwards):

1m Jane Doe, MD ‏@DrJaneChi
So eventually she asked to go home. I hugged her goodbye. “Thank you,” she said. “Call me if you need to,” I said.

I wrapped the baby in a tiny blanket hand knit by a volunteer. I told her I knew it didn’t feel that way now, but God would help her heal.

She told him she loved him & would always be his mother. Her mother, who was also young, said, “Don’t cry. Stop crying.” She didn’t stop.

My patient asked to hold him. She sobbed. I stroked her hair & told her to cry as long as she liked.

I delivered a small fetus (now baby). He didn’t cry. He didn’t breathe. He didn’t move. I took a deep breath, gently cleaned & wrapped him.

I promised her pain medicine. I asked her if she wanted to see him after. She said no, crying. I helped her push.


So I have to tell her, after that grief & pain, she has to labor & birth a dying fetus. ALL BC NO ONE IS WILLING TO DO ABORTION TRAINING.

So there I am, w/a teenager w/a doomed fetus, crying from grief & pain,& I tell her, there is no doctor who can do your surgery for 4 days.

I call another academic hospital. Same story: most of their docs aren’t trained. Only one is, & s/he is only there 2 days a week.

So. I call the nearest academic hospital. They tell me the next time an appropriately trained Dr is available is 4 days away.

(I’m a family doc. I haven’t been able to access that training. Yet, at least.)

No one at my hospital is able to do a D&E. Bc you have to do a bunch to be good, no one can do it who didn’t opt in to abortion training.

2 treatment options: 1, induce labor; 2, operative dilation & evacuation. In other words, an abortion.

So, a teenager w/a “late,” but not viable, fetus that cannot survive. After rupture, delivery will occur, and/or infection. Think Savita.

I ordered an ultrasound. It turned out there wasn’t major bleeding… but her amniotic sac had ruptured. No fluid left at all.

At noon, I got a call from my hospital. A teenage prenatal patient of mine was there. 21 weeks along. Bleeding, with pain.

Quote of the week

Stabley Times:

I’m tired of giving gun addicts a voice in the debate on gun laws, when we don’t give cocaine addicts a voice in drug laws. I’m tired of gun addicts talking about hunting and target practice as if they were valid reasons to own a gun, when in fact they’re merely sadistic behaviors aimed at simulating the the feeling of killing a fellow human, passed down from generations of abusive parents to generations of psychologically abused children. I’m tired of hearing about the second amendment as if it were an unchangeable piece of gospel, when the mere fact that it’s an amendment is a reminder that constitutions can – and should – change as humans evolve. I’m tired of hearing about how the founding fathers all owned guns; they all owned slaves too.

Good news

From our new attorney general:

The Florida gun loophole, which allowed Philadelphia gun owners to skirt the city’s strict handgun-carrying rules, was closed today by Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane. Florida gun permit holders in Pennsylvania now must be legal residents of Florida.

The loophole allowed about 900 city residents to carry a weapon in Philadelphia if they had a mail-order permit issued by Florida.

Jon Stewart criticizes Al Gore for selling Current to Al Jazeera

Many of us work our way through complex sustainability issues (quinoa, anyone?). My local urban farmer tells us it’s better to buy local vegetables and fruits rather than organic because of the carbon footprint incurred by shipping produce across the country. Is she right? I don’t know; but I know her to be a thoughtful person of integrity, so I’m willing to trust her judgment.

And I have to say, I think I’m willing to trust Al Gore on this:

“I’m proud of the transaction,” Gore told Stewart, reiterating the message he’s given everyone: that Al Jazeera is a well-respected organization with high-quality coverage of climate change issues. (Critics of Gore’s sale to Current TV have pointed to, among other things, Gore’s reputation as a environmental activist focused on climate change.)

“Can mogul Al Gore — who has Current TV and sells it to Qatar, which is an oil-based economy — can mogul Al Gore coexist with activist Al Gore?” Stewart asked. “If you couldn’t find for your business a more sustainable choice to sell to—“

“I think it is sustainable,” Gore interjected. “What is not sustainable about it?”
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