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Kenlissa Jones was charged with malice murder for the death of a 5 1/2 month old fetus. The 23-year-old East Albany, Georgian had been doing some research on the internet and found an abortion pill. She ordered and ingested it. Days, later she became very ill.
A neighbor learned of Jones’ illness and was attempting to drive her to the hospital when Jones delivered the child in the car. The baby was pronounced dead a half an hour later at the hospital.
Shortly afterward, Jones, who already has a 2-year-old son, was arrested and taken to the Dougherty County Jail. She is currently being held there without bond.
WALB-TV spoke with Jones’ brother and he said their family had no idea that Jones was expecting another child. He said that his mother and grandmother are grieving and coping with both the loss of the unborn child and Jones’ absence as best they can.
Under Georgia law, no abortions are authorized after the first trimester, except in a medical facility.
District Attorney Greg Edwards says he has never seen this type of crime before and says it will likely go before a grand jury.
This seems like yet another reason why we need to examine a woman’s reproductive rights in this country. The fact that Jones wasn’t able to make a decision about her own body, without being sentenced to jail time, is extremely unfair.
You can watch the full news story in the video below.
What do you make of this? Should Jones have been arrested and charged with malice murder for terminating her pregnancy?
If you think our country has only been arguing over abortion laws in the 20th century and onward, think again. This is an issue that has been rallied about and brought to court since the early 1800s. Here’s a brief overview of the history of abortions in the United States.
Recently, Girls star Jemima Kirke shared her harrowing abortion experience, saying she went through the procedure without anesthesia because she couldn’t afford the extra cost.
Kirke and other celebrity women who have had abortions believe that it’s important for women to share their stories, no matter their political views are. Here are just a few of the women who have done so over the years.
Inaccurate prenatal testing results could be leading moms-to-be to unnecessarily terminate healthy pregnancies, a new study finds.
The study, which was conducted by the New England Center for Investigative Reporting, found that some women are choosing to terminate their pregnancies based on the results of prenatal tests that scan fetuses for genetic conditions. Startlingly, this new report finds that these tests can be inaccurate up to 50% of the time.
Non-invasive prenatal testing, aka cell-free DNA testing, examines the DNA found in a baby’s placenta and tests for conditions such as Down syndrome and chromosomal disorders. The tests can be performed nine weeks into a pregnancy and it has been claimed that they have a 99% accuracy rate. However, researchers say that this figure is extremely misleading because it does not count false positives.
Bizarrely, the study also found a correlation between the rarity of certain conditions and the increased rate of false positives.
NYU Langone Medical Center obstetrics and gynecology professor Dr. Iffath Hoskins suggests that more invasive testing should occur before a decision is made to terminate a pregnancy once positive results are received from one of these tests.
“Nobody should do anything based on the screening test,” Hoskins warned.
There have also been incidents where moms have received false negatives after undergoing testing only to learn after birth that their babies have been diagnosed with some sort of disorder.
“You have to understand the limitations and you have to realize they’re screening tests and not diagnostic,” said Elizabeth Daley, a reporter with the New England Center for Investigative Reporting.
Abortion is a tricky, moral debate for a whole lot of people. Personally, it’s a decision I can’t see myself making; but I can say with certainty, judging someone else for making that very difficult decision is not cool.
Bringing a life into the world is not something to take lightly. And it’s not a decision someone should pressure you into or attempt to make for you. Which is the problem I have with people who protest and attempt to shame women in front of abortion clinics. It’s not just a problem in the southern, conservative states in the U.S.Apparently it’s an issue in London as well.
And one woman, who happened to be very much pregnant herself, had had enough of it. She told the protestors who were filming the women entering the clinic that they were wrong on so many different levels. And even called one protestor, who admitted that she had had an abortion herself, a hypocrite for attempting to deride others for a decision she had made herself.
The woman happened to be an advocate for girls and women who have been molested and abused. So she knows the complexities of the issue.
She went IN. And the group was left speechless afterward.
The video is compelling, no matter what side of the argument you’re on. Take a look and let us know what you think.
Last week, Missouri legislators passed a law that will now require women to take a 72-hour reflection period after consulting a healthcare provider about getting an abortion, Al Jazeera reports. The law was enacted after Republican lawmakers banned together to override a veto presented by Democratic Governor Jay Nixon, who pegged the 3-day wait period as “extreme and disrespectful,” as it made no exceptions for incest or rape victims.
Nixon’s veto, however, was overturned my Missouri’s House by a 117-44 vote.
“[If] you get a couple of more days to think about this pregnancy, think about where it’s going, you may change your mind” about terminating your pregnancy, said Rep. Kathie Conway, a Republican from St. Charles.
Abortion advocates, on the other hand, feel that the law is insulting to women who have more than likely already done their share of “soul-searching” before taking the steps to have their pregnancies terminated.
“It’s designed to demean and shame a woman in an effort to change her mind,” said Rep. Judy Morgan, a Democrat from Kansas City.
The new law will take effect 30 days after the veto-override. Currently, approximately half of the states in the U.S. (including Missouri) have abortion waiting periods of 24 hours.
What are your thoughts on Missouri requiring a 72-hour waiting period?
Nearly a third of Detroit pregnancies end in abortion, according to a report from the Detroit News.
The paper reports that in 2012, there were an estimated 18,360 pregnancies in Detroit and 5,693 ended in abortion, a rate of 31 percent.
“We’re seeing a picture that looks more like some Third-World country than someplace in the United States,” said Dr. Susan Schooley, chairwoman of the Department of Family Medicine at Henry Ford Hospital.
Detroit’s abortion rate has climbed in the last decade, despite decreases state and countrywide. The United States’ abortion rate in 2011 was the lowest since the procedure was nationally legalized in 1973.
The abortion rate among women age 15 to 44 in Detroit overall — including women who did not conceive — is 37.9 per 1,000 women, compared to 27.5 per 1,000 women in 2001. The national abortion rate in 2011 was 17 in 1,000 women.
Read more on BlackVoices.com.
You’re probably familiar with the rates by now: One in 10 women will have an abortion by age 20, one in four by age 30 and three in 10 by age 45. It makes it very likely that someone you know has had an abortion in their lifetime.
Toni Braxton is the latest to reveal that she has had an abortion in the past. In an exclusive Entertainment Tonight interview, the singer revealed more than ten years ago she became pregnant by her then boyfriend, Keri Lewis. At the time she was in the middle of a six-month prescription for Accutane, a prescription acne medication which can cause serious complications in pregnancy.
She decided to terminate the pregnancy, but admits in her new memoir “Unbreak My Heart” that she would’ve have come to the same conclusion even if she weren’t on the medication. The singer admits her decision was caused more by the refusal to inconvenience her lifestyle than any fear that her fetus had been harmed.
She confesses that the decision was followed by a huge amount of guilt from being raised in a strictly religious home that did not support abortion. She also admits that when her youngest son Diezel was diagnosed with autism, at times she felt that was God’s way of punishing her. She writes in her memoir,”Is God punishing me for that abortion?” The singer confesses she questioned if her lupus diagnosis and her parents’ messy divorce were God’s payback for her decision.
We are happy to see more and more women breaking their silence about such a very personal experience so that other women don’t feel so guilty and ashamed. Toni has had a lot of setbacks in her life so it’s nice to see her busy working again.
You can see what else the singer has to share on Entertainment Tonight on Monday. Check out a clip of the preview below:
If You Knew Your Unborn Child Would Be Born With Immense Health Challenges, Would You Have An Abortion?
I think that the abortion debate is interesting because it mainly centers around the question of whether or not termination is right or wrong – with the usual answers varying from you should be able to do it whenever you want to do it, to you should absolutely never do it. However, rarely do we discuss or even question the merits of choosing life when the alternative might be more just.
I know, that sounds horrible. But here’s what I mean:
The New York Daily News reported on the story of Australian “miracle” twins, Hope and Faith, who were born with a rare medical condition called diprosopus, where the two babies share one body, although they have two faces and separate brains. According to the Daily News, the condition is so rare that only 40 cases have been recorded since the 1860s and most diprosopus babies are stillborn or rarely live past a day. Currently, Hope and Faith are still in intensive care, although hospital officials report that the twins are eating and are breathing “perfectly” on their own.
The Daily News story includes pictures of the twins, which are kind of heart-wrenching as you can’t help but think about the quality of life they might have in the event that they do survive and live long lives. Equally heart-wrenching are the words from Renee Young and Simon Howie, the parents of the twin girls, who say the twins received their diagnosis when Young was 19 weeks pregnant. And yet, they maintain that termination (aka, an abortion) was not even considered an option. As the Daily News writes: “If I only get two days with the baby, I only get two days with the baby, at least I have some time with ‘it.'”
That’s kind of cavalier…
I’m not sure why these kind of stories are celebrated as some sort of marvel of the world when the reality is that these parents had advance notice that their children would be born into the same body. It’s seems pretty expected if you ask me. And maybe even cruel and irresponsible too. As medical history has shown, these types of births never end well. And I imagine that the children could be experiencing pain in their fight to stay alive – one that they statistically might not survive.
I realize that this is a sensitive topic. And I also realize that there are religious connotations, particularly the over-reliance in hope and faith (no pun intended whatsoever) even in the face of readily available options, which likely contribute to the decision of the parents. Plus, I don’t want to downplay (at all) the difficulty in terminating a wanted pregnancy, which is never an easy choice. But where does the well-being of the children come into play in any of it, when you knowingly let a fetus become severely handicapped children? Outside the daily challenges of being ostracized and limited in society and in their own lives (what if Hope wants to be a doctor and Faith wants to be a lawyer? Who wins?), these children will have but the life-long (however long that may be) health problems associated with two people living in the same body.
By my reproductive politics, I am pro-choice. And for all intents and purposes, that means the choice for a woman to decide life when termination might be more humane. But just as those who believe in the right to life think that women should consider all moral questions prior to having an abortion (including mandatory ultrasounds, pre-abortion right-to-be-born counseling and all other ways we restrict free access to abortion), I believe that potential parents should truly weigh those same moral authorities when considering a child’s right to not be born into a situation where the minimum requirements to live can not be guaranteed. Just a thought.
‘There Is A Such Thing As A Positive Abortion Story:’ Women’s Clinic Counselor Films During Her Abortion Procedure
When 25-year-old Emily Letts found out that she was pregnant, she instantly knew that she was going to terminate her pregnancy. And then, she decided that she would film it. Letts works as an abortion counselor at the Cherry Hill Women’s Center in New Jersey and says she wished to show the world that “there is a such thing as a positive abortion story.”
The non-graphic video shows Letts performing breathing and humming exercises as a doctor holds her hand. She later discussed her reason for filming the procedure in an essay for Cosmo. An excerpt from her letter reads:
“I found out I was pregnant in November. I had been working at the clinic for about a year. It was my first pregnancy, and, full disclosure, I hadn’t been using any kind of birth control, which is crazy, I know. I’m a sex educator, and I love talking about birth control. Before this experience, hormonal birth control scared me because of complications I’d heard about from friends — gaining weight, depression, etc. So I tracked my ovulation cycle, and I didn’t have any long-term partners. I thought I was OK. But, you know, things happen. I wound up pregnant.
Working at an abortion clinic, you always think you’re pregnant. After hearing day in and day out stories from women not knowing they’re pregnant until 20 weeks or still getting their periods while pregnant, I take pregnancy tests all the time.
On a whim, I took a test, and it came up two pink lines. The moment when a woman looks down and sees those two pink lines and she’s not expecting to see them, it’s like time implodes and explodes simultaneously. You’re caught in this tornado that just sucks out all the breath in your lungs.
Once I caught my breath, I knew immediately I was going to have an abortion. I knew I wasn’t ready to take care of a child. The guy wasn’t involved in my decision. I called my supervisor and said, “Excuse me, I am going to need to schedule one abortion, please.” It was very early in the pregnancy, only two to three weeks.
Patients at the clinic always ask me if I can relate to them — have I had an abortion? Do I have kids? I was so used to saying, “I’ve never had an abortion but…” While I was pregnant and waiting for my procedure, I thought, “Wait a minute, I have to use this.”
Letts ended her essay by not only expressing that she did the video to show women that abortion isn’t scary, but that they shouldn’t allow anyone to make them feel guilty about exercising their right to choose.
“Our society breeds this guilt. We inhale it from all directions. Even women who come to the clinic completely solid in their decision to have an abortion say they feel guilty for not feeling guilty. Even though they know 110 percent that this is the best decision for them, they pressure themselves to feel bad about it.
I didn’t feel bad. I do feel a little irresponsible and embarrassed about not using birth control. I mean, Emily, wake up! What are you doing? I was going against the advice I give to patients all the time. So I had them put an IUD in after the abortion. I was able to learn and move forward. And I am grateful that I can share my story and inspire other women to stop the guilt.”
So far, Letts’ video has received mixed reviews. Many say that they are sickened by entire thing, others say they’re empowered and inspired.
You can watch the full video below. Let us know your thoughts.