What’s Current: Idaho senator Pete Nielson says ‘trauma’ prevents pregnancy from incest & rape

Pete Nielsen

Just a reminder of how ignorant American anti-abortion lawmakers are: GOP lawmaker, Pete Nielson, says that “trauma” prevents pregnancy from incest and rape, and that he knows this because he has five daughters.

Today, the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt — a case regarding the constitutionality of Texas’ H.B. 2, one of America’s most restrictive state abortion laws. Here is what’s at stake in this case

Meet Amy Hagstrom Miller, the abortion provider who has defended her group of Texas clinics, “Whole Woman’s Health,” all the way to the Supreme Court. In an interview with Raw Story, she explains:

“One objective of the opposition is to make abortion seem more scary, complex and complicated than it actually is. For the patient, that shows up in the language of health and safety, and the physical plant which is built for surgery. The intent is to make a 5- to 10-minute abortion procedure seem dangerous, and that is exactly what it does. Women who have heard this rhetoric come in and ask, Will I ever be able to have a child again? Are you going to cut me? Do you use knives?

In addition to the fear, women often say that they are the only one they know who has had an abortion. They say, I’m Catholic. I’m Christian. I’m a mother. And we let them know, ‘The majority of our patients are Christian. The majority are mothers already.’”

The world’s abortion policies explained in seven charts and maps.

UK company to introduce “period policy” for female staff. Director of the company says:

“I have managed many female members of staff over the years and I have seen women at work who are bent over double because of the pain caused by their periods. Despite this, they feel they cannot go home because they do not class themselves as unwell. And this is unfair.”

Susan Cox

Susan Cox is a feminist writer and academic living in the United States. She teaches in Philosophy.