Mothers of Intention — Abortion, Miscarriages and “Death Panels”

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Many dismiss women in the “momosphere” because they think we’re out here talking about (and reviewing) nothing but diapers and juice boxes all day long.  Nothing serious going on here, right?

Heh.  I’ve got a few great posts to point you to this week that should dispel that notion pretty quickly.

My friend Stephanie at Lawyer Mama has a few things to say about a policy Google has that isn’t very helpful when it comes to reproductive rights in countries around the world — Google has been restricting ads for abortion services in a variety of countries while at the same time fighting to be able to scan published books to make them available in the spirit of connecting people around the world with as much information as possible:

I suspect that Google began restricting these ads to appease some cultures and make it easier for Google to operate in certain countries.  Google was probably trying to avoid controversy.  But by restricting reproductive health care service ads, Google may as well be making a moral judgment for women in those 15 countries.  If Google is supposed to be dedicated to making information more accessible, then doesn’t its restriction of abortion service ads directly contradict its purpose? to reproductive rights in third world countries.

Darryle at I Never Signed Up for This … is pondering end of life care that so many want to call “death panels:”

To me this issue boils down to the question of quality vs. quantity of life.    And I believe we are entitled to direct the path of our own lives—-including the choice of how to end them.   I support anyone who wants to prolong life as long as possible—for whatever reasons.  For me, assuming I develop Alzheimer’s before there’s a cure,  forgive me for saying— the decision would be a no-brainer.    I want an escape before my family is forced to experience my mental decline.  I would choose to determine— with my rational mind —the point at which I believe my dignity would outweigh my death.

And the often irreverent and controversial Penelope Trunk from Brazen Careerist has some serious fodder following her recent miscarriage.  If nothing else, Penelope is brutally honest when it comes to work and women.  While many were apparently offended, I found her posts on having a miscarriage at work both startling and refreshing:

I think what really upsets people is the topic. We are not used to talking about the female experience, and especially not in the context of work. But so what? We can start now. The female experience is part of work. What we talk about when we talk about work defines how we integrate work into our lives. If work is going to support our lives, then we need to talk about how our lives interact with work. We need to be honest about the interaction if we hope to be honest about our work.

For those of you who still think “mommy” bloggers just write about toddlers and tuna fish, check back again next week.  I promise I’ll have plenty more food for thought from more amazing women (who also happen to be mothers)  in the blogosphere.

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4 Responses to “Mothers of Intention — Abortion, Miscarriages and “Death Panels””

  1. GloPan Says:

    I think the dust-up about Penelope Trunk was less about miscarriage than the fact that she tweeted her intention to get an abortion. The miscarriage part was upsetting because of the immediate way she let people know. And whether or not the pregnancy was wanted, it could be a traumatic experience through no fault of the woman. Now, the intent, however, that was value-laden…

  2. PunditMom Says:

    I hear you Gloria. But do you think there is value in her thought that we ought to be able to talk about how these things impact our work lives, as well as our personal lives? Do you think writing personally about things like having an abortion and miscarriage are taboo in social media or should we embrace the fact that someone is speaking honestly, even if it bothers some people?

  3. Francis Says:

    I cant believe we even are at the point in society that we QUESTION if she sent to far with this….are you all sick? OF COURSE she went to be callous about the death of a fetus? Wow, in 200 years we will look at woman like this the way we look at slaveholders in the 1800′s today….we will be amazed that people like her her existed and had no heart and soul and could be so callous towards others. I feel sorry for her husband as well. THis isnt HONESTY…its a sign of a society that has no class and no morality

  4. Darryle Says:

    Thanks so much for including my post on such an important topic. Turns out death is a laughing matter.
    And congratulations on your book!!

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