Skip to comments.Abortion demonstration marks Roe anniversary [Celebrating Abortion at Yale]
Posted on 01/23/2008 7:26:42 AM PST by madprof98
Students who walked into WLH 119 on Tuesday night were greeted with models of the female pelvis complete with fallopian tubes, cervixes, vaginas and papayas on which to perform mock abortions.
In commemoration of the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, the 35th anniversary of which is this month, the Reproductive Rights Action League at Yale (RALY), in conjunction with Yale Medical Students for Choice, demonstrated different abortion methods and techniques, answered questions students had about the procedures and encouraged students to be active in abortion-rights groups during last nights presentation. The presentation was part of a week-long celebration of the 35th anniversary of the landmark decision.
Im here to talk about what happens after you get past the picket lines, Merritt Evans MED 09, a member of Yale Medical Students for Choice, told the assembled crowd of about 15 students.
The presenters began by showing the students different surgical tools used during different stages of a pregnancy and ticking off statistics about the safety and number of abortions performed in the United States. Eighty-five percent of counties in America do not have any abortion providers, Evans said.
Evans and Rasha Khoury MED 08, another member of Medical Students for Choice, who said she plans to become a gynecologist and expects to perform abortions, went on to describe one of the most common abortion procedures, manual vacuum aspiration, which creates suction to evacuate pregnancy, Evans said. The technique is a good option because the device involved is reusable and relatively cheap, she said.
Its not as scary as it seems. Its just blood and mucus, Khoury said, referring to the fetus remains in the device. She added, Youll be able to see arms and stuff, but still just miniscule.
Evans and Khoury also explained the finer points of abortion-clinic etiquette, including some potentially sensitive terminology. Khoury said physicians performing abortions generally refer to the aborted fetus remains as POC, an acronym for product of conception, and refer to fetus hearts as FH.
The most complicated part of the procedure can be the emotional fallout some patients experience, she said.
Often times, women are crying and cursing and saying theyre going to hell, Khoury said. It may be a quick and easy medical procedure, but it definitely is a very involved social-medical procedure.
The presenters also urged the crowd to become involved in the abortion-rights movement by joining Reproductive Health Externships, a campaign in which volunteers are taught how to conduct abortions.
Its fun because you meet people from all over the country who do them, Khoury said. Its pretty inspiring.
The ethical implications of abortion may be a topic of endless debate, but Elizabeth Kim 11, who attended Tuesday nights meeting, said she remains unsure of where she stands on the issue.
I wanted to learn about the scientific and medical process before I can make any conclusions about the ethics, she said. It disturbed me how quick and clean the procedure is, because it is a big deal.
The weeks events began with the showing of a documentary about abortion Monday and will end Saturday with a performance by the all-female comedy group the Sphincter Troupe.
There was a large anti abortion march in DC yesterday, but I bet ya didn’t hear about it. I wonder WHY the media was so silent?/sarc
It was on C-Span 2 late last night. Just like the Gay and Commie rallies are/SAAAAAAAARRRRRRCCCCCCC
Merriam-Webster -— Papaya: “a tropical American tree, the papaya family) having an oblong to globose yellow edible fruit...” in a central cavity....
Those Yale Chicks thinking about edible fruit rather than killing a baby!
Who's "anti-science" ("three-dimensional ultrasound images of babies in utero"; "nitty gritty details of abortion procedures") now?!
Actually, most of the pro-abortion women usually never have to worry about needing one; their looks act as a contraceptive!
Liars. These are Med Students who know exactly what they're doing.
"Its just blood and mucus, Khoury said, referring to the fetus remains in the device. She added, Youll be able to see arms and stuff, but still just miniscule."
Yale pulled the original, but the cached google version is here
The Yale article and the LA Times one, though both radically pro death, have enough info in them to convert people to pro life. It’s a baby, get it? DON’T KILL IT! (Sorry for shouting, but don’t kill the kids.)
Has anyone ever read THE ULTIMATE COMPLICATION, a landmark article in—I think—the Philadelphia Inquirer, c. 1979, about babies born alive in abortion? Post a link if it’s on the Internet anywhere!
thanks, God bless all.
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