Sat at home feeling a little sorry for myself, am i allowed to do that? The throat is now really sore, I’m still swallowing but talking is getting harder. Using more painkillers, especially during the night when it seems to be worst. Pain kept me awake much of the night.
I’d planned to go into school for secret santa but felt too crap, don’t feel like talking (it hurts) and didn’t want people to see me looking so shit. Kate kindly delivered my cards and presents to school. I also think that being briefly with my work comrades would highlight what I’m missing, especially at this time of year, and whilst it would have been great to see them all I think that going would not be so good for my mental well being. They will be gathering as I write these words.
For the first time this morning going for treatment felt like hard work and harder in the knowledge that it will probably make me feel even worse. I’ve only got 4 more zappings but right now they feel like they’ll be the hardest to get through, especially Tuesday as I will have one in the morning and another in the afternoon. I’m afraid people will have to careful over the next few days if they say stuff like “only 4 more”, I may snap.
My body has been assaulted for two and a half months now, it’s stood up well but right now I’m struggling. Hope my mental fortitude holds up.
So I signed a petition via Change.org to get Theresa May to set up exclusion zones around abortion clinics to stop these anti-abortion groups intimidating women going into them. I think that those who do this are not thinking about or considering women at all, focusing purely on the foetus. There is a great deal that is disingenuous about these zealots. For example they will use the term ‘unborn child’; a foetus is not an unborn child, it is a foetus that will develop into a child. They want to give equal rights to the foetus, or even greater rights to the foetus at the expense of the woman carrying the foetus. This I find very hard to entertain, a foetus is entirely dependent on the mother for it’s continuing existence; I’ve yet to hear or read about a foetus, let alone a baby or young child that can manage independently.
I’m afraid that what probably underpins these anti-abortionists is not any concern for the sanctity of human life but good old misogyny. Instead of protesting outside clinics and harassing pregnant women they should be putting their case to legislators. But no, they would rather express their fear and hatred of women and their sexuality. Hey guess what’s playing right now on our music system……’Only Women Bleed’! And Alice Cooper wrote it, weird.
Ann Furedi’s recent article advocating legislation to stop protesting outside clinics wrote about a recent judgement in Northern Ireland:
“Last week, the judge in a successful harassment case that was brought against a protester outside the Marie Stopes centre in Belfast hit the nail on the head in his closing remarks. It was entirely inappropriate, he said, “for anyone to be stopped outside this clinic in any form, shape or fashion and questioned either to their identity, why they are going in there and being forced to involve themselves in conversation at times when they are almost certainly going to be stressed and very possibly distressed”.
Moving south, to the Irish Republic, is a story that takes misogyny to new depths. A brain-dead pregnant woman who has no chance of revival is being kept alive until the baby can be delivered. The woman’s family want her to be allowed to die but the hospital is refusing because the foetus is 17 weeks old. Under the 8th amendment of the constitution a foetus has the same rights as the mother and can be protected by the law. I think this utter madness, what for example, do these ‘pro-lifers’ think will happen to the baby born to a mother who is effectively already dead and to a family who are so traumatised they can’t possibly consider keeping their daughter alive like some sort of incubator. Still, I suppose there’s the nun run laundries to look after the baby and then sell it. Or maybe keep brain-dead women alive and use them to continue breeding.
- women have the right to choose, and that choice to be respected. Additionally that a foetus is not an unborn child.
Keep on keeping on, love Duncan.