Abortion has taken center stage in the past decade.
Or at least it became a major and frequent topic of discussion.
It seems almost everyone has an opinion and is more than willing to share it, often out loud.
The divide between pro-abortionists and anti-abortionists is stark.
In the dispute, the parties chose more favorable labels: Pro-choice and pro-life.
Sounds good, huh? Who could resist bands with “so supportive a sound”?
Also, some of our representatives in our Congress are strongly taking positions. Plus, with the more conservative Supreme Court justices, the court became embroiled in the debate.
I realize that Supreme Court Justices are considered the wisest in our country. Do they have medical degrees though?
Do any of them have experience in providing medical services?
Sorry, these are rhetorical questions. No, they have no medical education! If any of them do, they hide it well!
So why do they – some people of great wisdom – feel free to provide medical guidance to half of our population?
Speaking as a woman, I have needed medical care and guidance all my life. This need increased every time I was pregnant!
Honestly, I wouldn’t want to be a patient. I had problems with every pregnancy and my second pregnancy went completely wrong.
During my second pregnancy, for what seemed like an eternity, I felt very sick and completely exhausted. I actually wondered how long I would survive. At seven months, my body finally saved my wife and I from further suffering by expelling the lifeless form I was carrying. Unfortunately, it was badly deformed. Doctors could not determine the sex. It had no developed sexual organs.
Even the medical experts who helped me through the painful struggle could only provide support and sympathy and some relief from the residual pain. Medical technology was extremely limited in its ability to monitor pregnancy the way it can now.
No, I didn’t need justice. I needed medical attention.
The labor room is no place for judges!
What is required is complete health care!
What arrogance! These judges, congressmen and politicians are guilty of excessive pride!
Judges who are not in a position to make healthcare decisions should stop interfering with women’s healthcare. Judges have no medical certification or experience!
Likewise, judges should not decide which drugs should be available to treat health problems.
Yet, unfortunately, ever since mifepristone was labeled an “abortion pill,” the drug has been treated as if abortion were its only function.
This is not true! There are many uses for mifepristone.
Occasional gynecological health problems from menstrual problems such as heavy bleeding, severe cramps to fibroid growths can be effectively treated with the “pill”. And that’s just in regards to some of women’s reproductive health needs.
Also, the “pill” can be effective in treating hyperglycemia (high blood sugar levels). The “pill” is used to correct blood sugar levels.
Remarkably, Mifeprestone has been shown to effectively combat PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) in veterans. Clinical trials testing mifepristone show that the “pill” works on the nervous system to suppress chemicals that cause intense nervousness.
These are just some of the uses that this drug is prescribed to treat.
So what happens if the “abortion pill” is banned? Apparently, people who need the drug for other ailments cannot get the treatment.
Mifepristone, which was approved by the Federal Drug Administration, has a good track record. Used safely for 23 years. Therefore, there is no reasonable justification for removing it from the market.
It is not the jurisdiction of the Department of Justice to remove a drug that has the proper approval from the drug administration.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for ensuring the safety of the foods we eat and the medicines we take. Therefore, mifepristone should be among the drugs available to healthcare professionals.
Yet it appears that because the “pill” can be administered in the event that a woman needs an abortion, the Supreme Court judges found themselves trying to deal with the “mifepristone problem.” Fortunately, on Friday, April 21, the court, by a vote of 7 to 2, let the “pill” remain available pending a final decision — and hopefully a health care one.
Unfortunately, in 1974, members of the medical community did not have access to high-tech pregnancy tracking resources. If they had access to today’s technology, I’m sure they would have terminated my misconceived pregnancy immediately. Today’s medical resources allow a woman’s doctor to eliminate severe pain and insignificant danger to her health and even life. Today, medicine can focus on both the mother and the development of the fetus.
This is a huge improvement!
It is likely that a majority of Supreme Court justices will be inclined to limit the “abortion pill.” If this happens, women may continue to needlessly suffer a lack of health care.
That would be abuse! There is no reason for such poor healthcare in today’s world. Incredibly, in 2023, too many women are currently suffering the same distress, danger, and pain that could not be avoided in the 1970s. That’s thanks in part to some state governors and local politicians.
In 1974, when my husband and I experienced our tragedy, it took us some time to reconcile the situation and even discuss it.
Over time, we coped with the loss.
My husband explained that he felt helpless to relieve my physical or emotional stress. He noted that he was concerned about my overall health and the health of the baby. Now only briefly recalling the sorrow that has blackened this whole year, we are troubled!
We certainly don’t want to see anyone suffer so cruelly.
We also worry about the future of our granddaughters.
Anyone who feels obligated to refer someone to women’s health issues should talk to people who have lived through the many issues that can affect women’s health. Aside from doing extensive research, these judges, congressmen, and politicians are generally unprepared to make regulations about women’s health. They don’t seem to understand that they are putting women at risk.
Pat Nevada, whose opinion is her own, lives near Gettysburg.