Abortion: A tragic response to lack of choice

first_imgIt was, ironically, a pro-abortion senior nurse who told me I may be the only person these women would ever confide in. It’s a burden I never willingly sought, but will carry none the less.Stories of secret abortions to avoid further exacerbation of domestic violence. Stories of rape and incest. Employers who subtly threatened termination of job or denial of promotion if pregnancy resulted – or continued. Financial concerns. Educational restraints. Other children at home, some with special needs. Breakdowns of long term relationships.Not once did I come across women celebrating their abortion as an act of female empowerment, taking dominion and control over their reproductive destinies.Suddenly the pro-choice bumper sticker rhetoric looked shallow, meaningless and simply blatant lies.Even the women who were “pro-choice” and would likely make the same choice if they were in the same circumstances again, admitted their sorrow – acknowledgement of a child who was just not meant to be. Their stories were dotted with “if onlys”.If only.Society’s offer of help to the desperate woman? Kill her unborn child. How utterly offensive.It became obvious – abortion was not a choice, rather a tragic response to a lack of choices.Abortion isn’t illegal in this country. The system is set up with the intention of acknowledging the interests of the unborn and trying to balance that against the woman and her interests.If we were to fully liberalise our abortion laws, what will we see? There’s no reason to not anticipate very liberal American constructs. A clinic where a woman can walk in, part with a few hundred dollars, and be out the door by mid-afternoon.Right now, most abortions are done under the banner of a District Health Board. The system follows the law as much as those involved interpret it.Infection control and surgical care pathways are followed religiously, women with complicated histories are assessed and cared for properly to ensure no harm comes to them, and when the very rare complication does arise, they are dealt with quickly and competently. We’ve had no abortion deaths in this country since the Contraception, Sterilisation and Abortion Act passed in the late 70s.The system can pick up, and care for, girls and women who may be facing violent situations at home, domestic violence, rape, coercion. There is counselling, discussion of options, and health care professionals each step of the way.I don’t like abortion, but at least in this country we have a system that protects women from the worst the abortion industry can offer.For all the talk from the Greens, Labour and whoever else decides to throw their hat in, what will full liberalisation look like?Will our laws demand that abortions remain in hospitals? Demand a process through counselling and meeting with different health care professionals? Will it ensure we won’t have random clinics popping up in our poorest neighbourhoods with the cheapest of facilities, relaxed infection control, no resuscitation equipment, and staff who frequently operate outside their scope practice?Do we want a system like some of the more liberal states in America? Where women are herded through questionable clinics like cattle? Where the abortion lobby staunchly and frequently opposes standard clinic regulations and health checks?I don’t pretend that my experiences are the majority – I’m sure there are plenty of women who got through their abortion process without any crisis of conscience or long term emotional anguish.My concern is that all the women who’ve shared their sombre stories with me got through a pretty rigorous system which was supposed to protect them, but how many women will be hurried through a more liberalised version? What will their emotional futures look like?Liberalising abortion just comes across as the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff. Like so many of our problems in this country, we’re too busy making bigger band aids instead of addressing why there’s so many sharp objects laying about.READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff-nation/assignments/share-your-news-and-views/17875538/Abortion-A-tragic-response-to-lack-of-choice Stuff co.nz 31 March 2017Family First Comment: An excellent Op-Ed“For all the talk from the Greens, Labour and whoever else decides to throw their hat in, what will full liberalisation look like? Will our laws demand that abortions remain in hospitals? Demand a process through counselling and meeting with different health care professionals? Will it ensure we won’t have random clinics popping up in our poorest neighbourhoods with the cheapest of facilities, relaxed infection control, no resuscitation equipment, and staff who frequently operate outside their scope practice? Do we want a system like some of the more liberal states in America? Where women are herded through questionable clinics like cattle? Where the abortion lobby staunchly and frequently opposes standard clinic regulations and health checks? I don’t pretend that my experiences are the majority – I’m sure there are plenty of women who got through their abortion process without any crisis of conscience or long term emotional anguish. My concern is that all the women who’ve shared their sombre stories with me got through a pretty rigorous system which was supposed to protect them, but how many women will be hurried through a more liberalised version? What will their emotional futures look like? Liberalising abortion just comes across as the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff. Like so many of our problems in this country, we’re too busy making bigger band aids instead of addressing why there’s so many sharp objects laying about.”www.chooselife.org.nz Then I became a nurse.Early on I directed my career away from women’s health. I didn’t want to have to deal with my niggling conscience when assisting with abortion or sexual health. I didn’t want to appear to be “judging” a patient, I didn’t want to be unprofessional.So, imagine my surprise when time and time again I met women who began pouring out their stories of grief to me. Stories regarding their abortions. Common questions in nursing assessments – previous surgical histories, any reactions to drugs etc – led to very personal abortion stories.These stories were truly heart-wrenching, and I felt as if I was intruding into an aspect of their life that, even as a healthcare professional, was not my place to be. It was too intimate.last_img read more

Bicyclist Injured In Batesville Crash Tuesday

first_imgBATESVILLE – An accident at a Batesville intersection led to the hospitalization of a bicyclist Tuesday afternoon.The accident occurred around 1:15 p.m. at the intersection of Boehringer and Main Street.Crash investigators say Abram Sitterding, 26, of Batesville, was stopped at the 4-way intersection on Boehringer Street.When he started to drive through the intersection, a bicycle operated by David McConnell, 63, of Batesville, was heading south on Main Street and came into the path of Sitterding’s vehicle, police said.McConnell was rushed to Margaret Mary Health where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.The accident remains under investigation by the Batesville Police Department.last_img

Sponsors needed for newest shelter

first_imgBatesville, IN — One of the newest shelters at Liberty Park in Batesville is actually a recycled piece. Previously, it was a shelter at the city’s old dump that was disassembled, moved, reassembled, and installed by the Batesville Park & Recreation Department.Another portion of the old shelter was moved to Brum Woods. The city is looking for sponsors for the shelter to help fund concrete sidewalks and a pad for the shelter itself. For more information on being a sponsor, contact Mike Baumer at the Batesville Park & Recreation Department at 812-934-4560 or click here for information online.last_img

N’Diaye loaned to Eskisehirspor

first_img Press Association The 23-year-old France youth international has made just 16 appearances for the Black Cats since his arrival from another Turkish club, Bursaspor, in a £3.8million deal in January. N’Diaye’s move continues the changes being made by new manager Paolo Di Canio at the Stadium of Light. Sunderland midfielder Alfred N’Diaye has joined Turkish side Eskisehirspor on a season-long loan, the Barclays Premier League club have confirmed.center_img The Italian has made nine new signings this summer and allowed six players to leave permanently while Danny Graham, and now N’Diaye, have moved out on loan. last_img read more

Bale asks for Madrid move – report

first_img However reports in Spain have claimed Bale is eager to move to Madrid, with sports newspaper Marca even reporting dialogue from a conversation they claim he had with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy. According to Marca, Bale told Levy he wanted Spurs to negotiate a deal and said: “I’m not interested in Manchester United or any other team. I just want to play for Madrid.” Reports in Spain earlier this week also suggested the player has already agreed terms on a six-year deal. Whatever Bale did or did not say to Levy, Villas-Boas is optimistic the 24-year-old, who is currently contracted until 2016, will extend his stay at White Hart Lane. The Portuguese said on Friday: “There was contact between the club and his agent last year and there is ongoing contact between the club and his agent. “We renewed his contract at the beginning of last season, if you remember, and it’s something that is being dealt with by the chairman and the agent. “Talks are ongoing but that doesn’t mean there is an agreement. At the moment we’re confident that the player is under contract at Tottenham, as was done last year. It’s something that we’re speaking about, but there aren’t any developments.” Villas-Boas also reiterated his liking of Valencia striker Roberto Soldado despite Spurs’ director of football Franco Baldini failing to agree a fee with the Primera Division club on a recent visit to Spain. One player who seems certain to start the season in a Tottenham shirt is Belgian winger Nacer Chadli who formally joined from FC Twente on Friday and could feature in their pre-season friendly against Monaco on August 3. Chadli’s move to White Hart Lane, for a reported £7million, was confirmed by Spurs after the 23-year-old agreed personal terms and passed a medical. He has been training with Tottenham on their tour of Asia. Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas had hoped the Welsh winger would be fit to face South China FC in the Barclays Asia Trophy match in Hong Kong, however he continues to be troubled by a knock sustained in training. Villas-Boas has revealed there are ongoing talks with Bale’s agent regarding a new contract at White Hart Lane. Gareth Bale will sit out the latest Tottenham pre-season friendly due to injury on Saturday as he continues to be linked with Spanish giants Real Madrid.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Kingsbarns usurped by sharp Qewy

first_img “He won his maiden in Navan last year very well and he probably didn’t go on the quick ground in the summer. He went on that ground very well,” said McDonogh. “You’d have to like him there. He might run well in the Gladness Stakes (at the Curragh next month) or something like that.” Kingsbarns was not the only high-profile Aidan O’Brien horse to flounder in the difficult conditions as Johann Strauss also had to settle for minor honours earlier on the card. Runner-up in last season’s Racing Post Trophy, the 4-5 favourite could finish only third after a troubled run in the Ross Nugent Foundation Maiden. One of O’Brien’s Classic prospects, he was held up as stablemate Illusive and Le Troisieme Gris set the pace. Joseph O’Brien made his move early in the straight and went for a gap on the inside but it was closed by Kevin Manning on the eventual winner Fiscal Focus (5-2). Jim Bolger’s colt just held Boqa by a nose, with Johann Strauss a never-nearer third, another length and three-quarters away. “He got through the ground but we won’t know how good he is until he gets better ground,” said Bolger. Kingsbarns could finish only third as Qewy made all of the running to spring a surprise in the Heritage Stakes at Leopardstown. “He’s a good sort – I like him and I think he has prospects. “He doesn’t lack toe and it’s possible he could come back in trip too.” The narrowly-beaten Boqa, is trained by Tommy Stack, who took the Bulmers Live at Leopardstown Summer Racedays 2014 Fillies Maiden with the newcomer Waltzing Matilda (3-1) under Wayne Lordan. The daughter of Danehill Dancer is likely to return to the Dublin track for the Derrinstown Stud 1,000 Guineas Trial on May 11. Stack’s son and assistant, Fozzy, said: “They didn’t go much of a gallop and it turned into a sprint which wasn’t ideal. “She wants a mile and a quarter – she’s quite nice but she’s still big, raw and green. She can only improve. “I was going to enter her in the Athasi Stakes but I thought it was a bit short for her. “She’ll probably come back here for the Guineas Trial.” The 2012 Racing Post Trophy winner held every chance but could not get to the John Oxx-trained 11-1 outsider of five in the rain-softened ground. Qewy kept pulling out more for Declan McDonogh and got the verdict by three-quarters of a length from Pop Art, who took second spot from 4-6 favourite Kingsbarns. Press Associationlast_img read more

Michigan State looks for home win vs No. 9 Maryland

first_img Associated Press ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com TEAM LEADERS: Jalen Smith and Anthony Cowan Jr. have led the Terrapins. Smith is averaging 15.1 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.3 blocks while Cowan is putting up 16.3 points and 4.6 assists per game. The Spartans have been led by Xavier Tillman and Cassius Winston. Tillman has averaged 13.6 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.1 blocks while Winston has put up 17.6 points and 5.5 assists per game.CREATING OFFENSE: Cowan has made or assisted on 46 percent of all Maryland field goals over the last five games. The senior guard has accounted for 26 field goals and 30 assists in those games.WINLESS WHEN: Michigan State is 0-5 this year when it scores 66 points or fewer and 17-3 when it scores at least 67.UNDEFEATED WHEN: The Spartans are 11-0 when they hold opposing teams to 62 points or fewer and 6-8 when opponents exceed 62 points. The Terrapins are 16-0 when they score at least 72 points and 4-4 on the year when falling short of 72.STOUT STATE: Michigan State has held opposing teams to 37.5 percent shooting from the field this year, the lowest percentage among all Division I teams. Michigan State looks for home win vs No. 9 Marylandcenter_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 9 Maryland (20-4, 10-3) vs. Michigan State (17-8, 9-5)Jack Breslin Student Events Center, East Lansing, Michigan; Saturday, 6 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Michigan State looks for its fourth straight win over No. 9 Maryland at Jack Breslin Student Events Center. The last victory for the Terrapins at Michigan State was a 68-66 win on Dec. 30, 2014. February 14, 2020last_img read more

Xavier looks to sweep Georgetown

first_imgXavier looks to sweep Georgetown SAVVY SENIORS: Georgetown’s Omer Yurtseven, Jagan Mosely and Terrell Allen have collectively accounted for 41 percent of the team’s scoring this season and have scored 42 percent of all Hoyas points over the last five games.FUELING THE OFFENSE: Naji Marshall has accounted for 44 percent of all Xavier field goals over the last three games. Marshall has 20 field goals and 15 assists in those games.WINLESS WHEN: Georgetown is 0-11 this year when it scores 72 points or fewer and 15-2 when it scores at least 73.LONG-RANGE THREAT: Xavier’s Quentin Goodin has attempted 85 3-pointers and has connected on 27.1 percent of them.DID YOU KNOW: Georgetown is ranked second among Big East teams with an offensive rebound percentage of 32.8 percent. The Hoyas have averaged 11.9 offensive boards per game. Associated Press February 28, 2020center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditXavier (18-10, 7-8) vs. Georgetown (15-13, 5-10)Capital One Arena, Washington; Sunday, 2 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Georgetown seeks revenge on Xavier after dropping the first matchup in Cincinnati. The teams last faced each other on Jan. 22, when the Musketeers shot 37.3 percent from the field en route to the 66-57 victory. ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

Grades: Badgers struggle vs. SJSU

first_imgWhile junior cornerback Antonio Fenelus grabbed an athletic interception, it was the defensive backfield that allowed San Jose State’s two touchdowns on Saturday.[/media-credit]Every week Herald Sports will analyze the most recent Wisconsin football game and hand out grades for each position group on a scale from zero to five. Let’s examine how the Badgers scored in their home opener against San Jose State.Quarterbacks – 2.0 out of 5Senior Scott Tolzien entered the season with the intention of limiting mistakes and creating more plays downfield. He did neither in the home opener. Tolzien fumbled a snap on a fourth-and-one inside the red zone and also threw an interception while attempting to connect with Isaac Anderson who was well covered. Those are the kind of miscues the senior captain was hoping to avoid. The UW passing game failed to stretch the field against a poor SJSU defense but a high completion percentage and a win allows Tolzien to earn a barely passing grade in week two.Running backs – 2.5 out of 5The Badgers rolled up another 200-plus yards on the ground behind a 137-yard effort from junior John Clay, but inconsistency and a poorly timed fumble tarnished the UW rushing attack. Sophomore Montee Ball seemed out of rhythm all day only managing 3.4 yards per carry and freshman James White lost the ball just inches away from the goal line. For a powerful unit with high expectations, the performance against SJSU was average.Wide receivers – 3.5 out of 5The Badger wideouts did well considering their top two options, Nick Toon and David Gilreath, both missed significant action with injuries. Freshman Jared Abbrederis had five catches for 58 yards and proved to be a reliable target for Tolzien and senior Kyle Jefferson made a nice 18-yard grab in the red zone.Tight ends – 3.5 out of 5Senior captain Lance Kendricks hauled in his first touchdown of the season after Tolzien spotted the wide open tight end in the second quarter, and the Badger tight ends continued to work well in the trenches, blocking for the running game. Jacob Pedersen grabbed a nice 15-yard reception but aside from the Kendricks’ score it was a pretty uneventful afternoon for the tight ends.Offensive line – 2.5 out of 5While 227 yards on the ground is nice, the UW offensive line didn’t dominate they way it should have against the Spartans. Tolzien felt some pressure and was sacked twice while Pete Konz had some trouble snapping the ball to his quarterback cleanly. This is a unit that has the potential to be one of the best in the country and they’ll look to bounce back against Arizona State.Defensive line – 4 out of 5J.J. Watt produced another stellar outing Saturday. The junior defensive end recorded 2.5 tackles for loss and blocked a field goal in an MVP performance. SJSU only managed to gain 20 yards on the ground as the UW D-line controlled the line of scrimmage. Defensive line coach Charlie Partridge is using a nice rotation early in the season and the UW line is playing with a lot of energy as a result.Linebackers – 3.5 out of 5Like the wide receivers, the UW linebackers played well despite health issues with top performers. Sophomore Chris Borland was held out with a shoulder injury and Mike Taylor played sparingly in his return from a knee injury, but Blake Sorensen and Kevin Claxton filled in admirably. Sorensen recorded an interception and the senior pitched in with seven total tackles.Secondary – 1.5 out of 5It was a forgettable performance for the Badger secondary. Spartan wide receiver Chandler Jones broke multiple tackles on his way to the end zone for SJSU’s first score and Noel Grigsby made a late touchdown reception look all too easy. Junior cornerback Antonio Fenelus snatched a nice interception, but the secondary was below average throughout the day.Specialists – 4.5 out of 5It was a solid outing for the UW specialists in the home opener. Junior kicker Philip Welch connected on both of his attempts and got good distance on his kickoffs, while junior punter Brad Nortman averaged almost 45 yards for his three punts.last_img read more

New housing opens for veterans

first_imgThe new student veteran housing building is located on 32nd Street and can house up to 10 veterans. (Emily Smith | Daily Trojan)Last spring, Brandon Wexler would wake to the sound of his alarm blaring at 5 a.m. every morning, after sleeping only three hours the night before. He’d pull on a T-shirt and a pair of jeans and shuffle out the door to walk his dog before his morning commute to USC. Wexler would then stumble into his vehicle, still rubbing the sleepiness out of his eyes. Fighting the endless red lights and cars’ wheels that seemed to be glued to the streets, he’d pull up to USC just in time to scramble into his 8 a.m. lecture.Unlike the majority of undergraduate students, Wexler, a student veteran and senior majoring in cognitive psychology, did not live near campus. He lived 20 miles away in San Pedro.This year is different, though. Now he only has to walk 10 minutes to get to campus. Along with seven others, Wexler is living in a new complex near campus reserved specifically for student veterans, many of whom face the constant struggle of commuting to campus on a daily basis, hailing from as far as Bakersfield, Oceanside and even Desert Hot Springs.“Because we’re older, many of us have families and so maybe you buy a home somewhere and your family is there,” Wexler said. “And of course, your spouse has their business there or they’re working there and your kids are in school there. You can’t just uproot them and take them and move them to USC.”Wexler, who is the president of USC Veterans Association, is the resident advisor for the new student housing, which is tucked along 32nd Street across from the Shrine Parking Structure. The complex is home to both a single-story and a two-story house with 10 bedrooms and six bathrooms rented to any student veteran, regardless of gender or class. Veterans pay $1,075 a month to live there.“Being on campus like this — it’s hard to put into words how much less stressful and less strenuous it is,” said junior Evan Hagen, a student veteran who also used to commute from San Pedro. “Career fairs, all kind of professional development opportunities, the ability to partake in clubs really closely — [commuting] really detracted from the full experience of actually being here. Sometimes it almost felt like treating it like community college.”As the complex turns into home, the veterans hope to use it as a way to further assimilate themselves into USC by hosting get-togethers so that the rest of the student community can get to know them. They also want the housing complex to become a way to keep their own community deeply connected. The student veteran population at USC consists of around 800 people.“For all the veterans that are going to be able to partake in that, we’re all going to be able to support each other be there for each other if we need it and clear our minds together and figure stuff out if we need to,” Hagen said.Though many of the veterans taking advantage of the new housing are single, those with families can still live there as long as their dependents don’t permanently live with them. Some are using the housing to cut their commute during the week and are planning to either visit or receive visits from family on the weekends, Wexler said.Many of the veterans that have typically stayed near campus throughout the years have done so on their own, but have found themselves in a different situation than most USC students since they enrolled in college after serving in the military.“It’s a little awkward being in your thirties and having had a 20-year military career and then moving into the Lorenzo where you have to share a bedroom with somebody,” said Wexler, who recalled a situation where a male graduate student veteran was assigned to room with two 19-year-old women.The idea to create the veteran student housing came up last year and was developed by the USC Veterans Association and the University. As the plan developed, those working on the project looked into accommodating the veterans’ Monthly Housing Allowance into USC Housing’s payment calendar, which normally expects students to pay each semester in full, according to Kris Klinger, assistant vice president of USC Hospitality and Radisson Hotel. They also focused on making 12-month housing assignments available to the veterans rather than the typical eight-to-nine month assignments for which students are typically housed at the University.Though the veterans have only been living in the housing since Aug. 15, those involved with its creation are already thinking about the future.“Our goal is to see how we can continue to evolve,” Klinger said. “The veteran community here at USC is fairly strong and supportive through different groups and entities. The possibilities are unlimited. It’s just what’s next and looking for those opportunities and now all our eyes are open to that and what can we do next.”last_img read more