Why Can't Non-Batshit Pro-Lifers Give It Up And Accept The Abortion Pill?

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This is Rep. Ray Salva, Missouri Democrat. An early supporter of John Edwards, the Catholic and lifetime Missouri resident is a member of the Optimist's Club and known to be a friend of the environment, the homeless and the eroding middle-class. But we write about him for a much more baffling reason: his addition of an amendment to a statehouse anti-methamphetamine bill. The bill was your typical "make buying Sudafed a pain in the ass" measure. But Salva's amendment would do something entirely unrelated: it would add mifepristone, the RU-486 abortion pill, to the state's list of Schedule 1 Controlled Substances, the list where substances find themselves if they have a high potential for abuse and no accepted medical use. "What other drug could be more harmful (than one that takes) a life?" It's not a bad question: Salva, no stranger to substance abuse, was arrested for drunk driving last February; surely the sort of behavior that could wind up taking a human life.

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But enough of that; here we have a man, not a closeted gay Bible-thumping Evangelical career fearmonger but a middle-of-the-road retiree clearly realistic enough about the abortion debate not to let it steer his presidential vote away from a pro-choice candidate, exploiting the very weakest opportunity to pass an unconstitutional law because that's just how nuts people get over the abortion debate.

Anyway, I direct your attention to it not because I think it will pass, but because I truly wonder: why don't middle-of-the-road Catholics just go ahead and embrace the abortion pill already?

If you think abortion is wrong — not "murderous" enough to let it eclipse all other policies guiding your political decisions, perhaps, but not a good thing — shouldn't you look at RU-486, sort of like the Plan B "Morning After" pill, as a form of harm reduction? I know lots of Catholics (sigh) who privately do. It is generally only approved for the first seven weeks of pregnancy, before the whole "beating heart" thing, before the ultrasound looks like anything but a mess of cells, before the embryo even technically can claim the designation "fetus." But beyond that, pill abortions, performed at home without anesthesia, suck. They're personal. They hurt. Sometimes like hell. You bleed for a week, or longer. Look it up on the internet: women invariably describe them as "emotional." They are. If you're down for feeling a sense of loss about the whole thing, if you're at all reflective, if you — fuck, if you want to atone, you know, go ahead, it's your call — it's totally the way to go. And most importantly, once you've had one, you don't really want to do it again. (Not that you ever do, really.) I'm not saying anyone should feel this way about the choice to have an abortion. But a lot of us do. So why should we be treated like we're trying to score hallucinogens?

Missouri House Adds Abortion To Restrictive List [Kansas City Star]

DISCUSSION

I'm an RN, Mormon, and work at Planned Parenthood. Love my job and feel that the big important points I learned at church trump everything else. (Mormons believe abortions are only okay with rape/incest, threat to life of mother.) Big points I live by: be good to people. We are all of infinite worth and we need to treat each other with love and kindness. God is the only being who knows what is in our hearts and therefore the only being fit to judge. My personal belief is that God (he/she) will be way more merciful than we can imagine. I'm passionate about women's health and I love being a part of helping women learn about keeping their bodies (and minds) healthy. I'm so sorry divine315 had such a terrible abortion experience. Nobody deserves that. hug!

Plan B: basically big dose of progestin (in birth control pills) stops ovulation if it hasn't happened yet, thickens cervical mucous so spermies cant swim up into the uterus, might also thin uterine lining to prevent implantation of fertilized egg, but is unproven. Works just like pills. 89% effective if taken within 72hrs of unprotected sex, can be taken up to five days later, but less effective day 4/5.

RU-486: stops hormone flow to embryo, stopping development. Then a medication called misoprostol is taken later (at home) to induce uterine cramping and expel uterine contents. Pretty painful cramps. Can take a few hours to a few days to pass pregnancy. This second med is also used in smaller doses to induce labor, and it is an awesome drug for post-partum hemorrhage. (I think that is why they haven't tried to ban it, too! Morons. Banning medical procedures.) Medication abortions are more private, but more drawn out. Can't be done past 8wks because it increases the chance that not all uterine contents will be expelled, and a D&C will be necessary.

Some choose surgical AB because they want it all over at once in about five minutes, even thought it is pretty painful. You do have to go to a clinic, you need a ride home, etc. Some choose the medical AB because they don't mind it taking a few days and want to be at home.

Yay religious pro-choicers!! Hope this helps.