Making the Connection Between Abortion, Pregnancy, and Birth

June 4, 2008

As Christine mentioned last week, the D.C. Abortion Fund and Our Bodies Ourselves sponsored a recent discussion on “Intentional Motherhood: Connecting Abortion, Pregnancy and Birth.” Speakers included OBOS Executive Director Judy Norsigian, Alexis Zepeda, board member, D.C. Abortion Fund, and Jill Morrison, senior counsel, National Women’s Law Center.

Jill has posted her remarks from the event at the blog of the National Women’s Law Center. She describes the cases of Angela Carder, a woman dying of cancer at 25 weeks pregnant who was forced to undergo a court-order c-section, and Laura Pemberton, who was also forced to have a c-section after being removed from her home by police.

As Jill explains:

“The right to decide to terminate a pregnancy, and the right to decide how to be pregnant and how to give birth are merely points on the continuum of reproductive choice. If you start looking at the efforts of some doctors, some law enforcement officials and some judges to control women’s bodies, our unity of interests becomes painfully clear.”

Our thanks go to Jill for her participation and remarks on connecting abortion and birthing rights; go check out her blog post for more.

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