Thursday, October 20, 2016

WHY I AM PRO CHOICE

The following is a public posting of a woman who had the heart wrenching experience of a late term abortion. It is exactly why I am a fierce advocate for choice specifically because of people like she. I thank her for sharing her very personal experience and allowing it to go public as the reality of abortion, most especially a late term one, is NEVER as the anti-choice rightwing religious fanatics say it is and as Trump described it in woefully ignorant fashion for political expediency to court Evangelicals watching the debate last night. Abortion, in this case a late term one, is usually fraught with the difficult emotions she had to endure and late term abortions usually accompany a medical lifesaving emergency that necessitated it. Others should bear witness to her story. This is from a women in Utah, who happens to be Mormon. In my opinion her story MUST be told and is told in her words she wants others to share. Her story is as follows:

"I HAD A LATE TERM ABORTION. IT IS NOTHING LIKE DESCRIBED BY TRUMP. PLEASE DON'T BASE YOUR VOTE ON THE FEAR MONGERING HE IS DOING. PLEASE READ MY EXPERIENCE:

I had to have a late term abortion. It was the worst moment in my life. What made it even worse was the State of Utah had made it illegal. I had one dead twin. The other had severe Spina Bifida, and would only have lived with life support, in great pain, for a few days.

I lay on the hospital floor, bawling hysterically, for twelve hours, waiting for an ethics committee of the health care corporation to decide my case justified what had to be done. My health was in danger due to the dead fetus. My husband and I consulted our LDS Bishop, who assured me I needed to do what I had to do, that it was even within LDS guidelines to do so. He reminded me I had six kids at home who needed their mother to live.

The abortion was terrible. It was done very gently, by Caesarean section, leaving the babies in their amniotic sacs. The living baby passed very quickly.

It was horrific. I think it even affected my dear physician, as he had never had to end a pregnancy before. I developed PTSD for which I had to be treated for years, mostly because of the fact I had to have it at all.

No woman should have to have the state have a say in the most painful decision she will ever make. Nobody is tearing babies apart in late term. They are always humanely done, only in situations where there is a non-viable or severely defective fetus and/or the mother's health is at risk.

Please don't vote for a candidate or a party that would make these decisions for the women who will die or be forced to carry unviable fetuses to term. This is a decision that is so painful and so terrible. Only the parents of the baby and a physician should be involved in the decision."

My Final Answer

The excruciatingly-to-suffer seemingly endless debates are mercifully over and the election is in the home stretch.  Yes, the presidency is the most important office in the nation and, one can make a case, even for the world since our powerful reach extends around the globe.  Other nations are watching us with shivers that this alleged model of democratic decorum has descended into a Trumpian Fascist madness.  Hillary has remained presidential and above the fray for it all.  Her vast experience and intellectual abilities shown bright along the way and did so last night.  She is eminently qualified for the office and Trump is decidedly not! 

Yes, those who critically analyze Hillary Clinton's candidacy have a right to their opinion and, indeed, I will never say any candidate is perfect.  The ever so contentious emails have been litigated endlessly both by the FBI and the Republican controlled Congress.  The FBI made the correct decision not to prosecute as there was absolutely no nefarious intent by her.   She held up under withering onslaught that would have felled many but she endured and showed Trump's lack of stamina accusation of her to be false.  Further, she apologized (more than Trump would ever do for his never ending lies,alleged unethical and even criminal actions.)  Benghazi was masticated beyond recognition.  In the end it was NOT her fault and admitted by the then Republican Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy done to electorally discredit her.  Requests were made to enhance security in Benghazi but were rejected by a Republican Congress of no.  Hillary is NOT responsible for every blessed thing that goes awry in an administration.  No administration can be policy perfect every time and the Middle East was fractured a long time ago under a Republican administration. 
The repair of it will be generational if it will occur at all. Yesterday, it seemed as if he would blame her for a rainy day. Trump's look was, well, I will say it, Un-American. The Mussolinian Trump could not manage even one smile as he gulped water to moisten his dry seemingly nervous mouth.

There is not enough time within a debate to play "This is your Trumpian So Called Life."  I am sure there was a lie counter and fact checker last evening.  Trump never fails to lose a debate as he drowns himself in wheezes, lies and unethical business practices.  Trump is a loser in business bankruptcies galore, a loser in a "charitable" Foundation to which little charity was given except to the charity named Trump and most of all, he is a loser in character.  The man has none just ask the women whom he sexually harassed.  There is not only the evidence of those claims of abuse by the woman themselves but those who knew about it after its happening and came forth to report it to the media.   The Billy Bush tape of Trump's admission to his love of groping women's genitals and kissing women on the mouth all without consent because as he stated "they let you do it" was simply the vehicle that put one nail in his electoral coffin.  It was nailed shut by his own words refusing to accept the validation of the American electoral process if it went against him.  It was a rejection of the heart of the democracy upon which the Republic itself stands.  His presidential aspirations died in that moment.

The Huffington Post headlines sum the debate up for me:  "Trump Disqualified Himself from the Presidency last night ..." Conservatives Aghast: 'Disgraceful', 'Beyond the Pale,' 'I Hope He Loses all 50 States, ...' 'Astonishing, 'Damaging' ... 'A Statement of Disloyalty Without Precedent since the Civil War...'  Andrew Sullivan (conservative): Unfit for 'Any Office in the United States'

The links are here if you choose to read more. 

Trump resoundingly lost the third and last debate and took his electoral chances with it.  As a friend so accurately assessed, since yesterday was my birthday, Hillary delivered the best birthday present of all to me -- the 2016 electoral win.  That is my final answer.