My Lent 2019 Book List Plans

Is this the year you really want to dive into Lent? Do you want to come out of this Lenten Season and truly feel that you've had a small share of living in the desert with Christ for 40 days? I know that I do. Maybe it's an upcoming birthday that's making me have more of a now-or-never type of attitude towards Lent. Or maybe I just acutely feel the necessity of truly modeling this for my children, and living it with my husband. Whatever it is, these are the books and resources I'm going to use this Lent to really LIVE the season from Ash Wednesday all the way through to Easter Vigil. Look them over. If something looks helpful to you, use it. If it inspires you, go with it. I hope all of these bless and encourage you.

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SCOTUS - keeping abortion legal at all costs.

I have had a number of outpatient medical procedures.

  • A big lipoma was removed from my left forearm under "twilight" anesthesia.
  • A molar was removed under an awesome and effective local anesthesia.
  • A colonoscopy done under the same "twilight" anesthesia
  • Multiple laser treatments of my toenails last year to clear up onychomycosis. 
Every one of those procedures was done as an outpatient. All of them were either in a clinic or doctor's office. All of those facilities had strict regulations governing everything from the doctor who performed the procedure, to the credentials of the person administering the anesthesia, to the access to emergency medical care should something go wrong during the procedure. Even my podiatrist had to have extensive training and follow state laws when it came to operating a laser machine on my toenails. 
And what I got out of all of that was an assurance that the medical provider knew his or her stuff!! That they could handle the procedure I was hiring them to do, and that if there were any problems (bleeding, infection, or an unexpected systemic problem such as drop in blood pressure, cardiac or pulmonary arrest) that they could handle it either their in the facility or with a smooth transfer to a local hospital. 

I have also been a pregnant woman 7 times. I know how vulnerable it feels to be flat on my back, with my legs splayed open, with someone looking at my genitalia, vagina and cervix. It's nerve wracking and annoying at best. But there was also an element of unease and fear as these professionals manipulated and managed my sex organs and my reproductive capabilities. At the very least I had the assurance that the people I allowed to treat me during pregnancy and for gynecological exams were qualified, and that there was back up for emergencies... just in case. 

Today the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) ruled that letting a doctor (I'm assuming you still have to be a doctor to do an abortion in Texas) open up a woman's womb and put a cutting instrument into it to remove a baby doesn't require the same amount of skill or regulation that is required for other outpatient procedures!

Infection?  Don't worry about it!!  It's more important to evacuate the contents of pregnancy.

Bleeding? Let  them know when you've gone through a whole package of pads - in a day. 

Cardiac arrest? pulmonary arrest?  Those paramedics are just going to have to make do with those narrow hallways.  Maybe they EMT guys and the abortion receptionist can do a fireman carry to get the coding woman into the ambulance - assuming they are required to call an ambulance because ... you know - that might put some women off from their constitutional right to an abortion. 

Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote:
So long as this Court adheres to Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pa. v. Casey,” she wrote, “Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers laws like H.B. 2 that ‘do little or nothing for health, but rather strew impediments to abortion,’ cannot survive judicial inspection.” 

If you ever needed a reason to NOT vote for Hilary Clinton - this would be it.  If she gets into office, she will appoint pro-abortion judges who will do everything in their power to make sure that a woman has access to abortion.  That abortion doesn't have to medically safe, clean, or professional.  It just has to be available.

And that should make women all over the country angry and scared - but they won't be because young women today have been so programmed to believe that they should be able to have an abortion, that they don't demand that their abortionist follow the same rigorous guidelines as the guy who did their last tattoo!!

 And maybe that's because young women today, coming of age in the era of The Affordable Care Act don't know how to be treated. They don't know what it's like to be treated with respect and care in a medical facility. They think they're lucky just to get seen. And in this day and age, they probably are. They don't know that a doctor should be able to follow their care and treatment EVEN if they have to be transferred to the hospital for some unforeseen emergency.

Today we saw the continued denegration of women, by female judges on the SCOTUS who are old enough to be mothers and grandmothers (or in Bader's case, great-grandmother). We saw the men of the court on the majority side fail to step up and protect the health and well being of women all over the country - but they saved abortion!

Those applauding the decision today will say that the SCOTUS helped to keep abortions out of the back allies of America.

I say, I don't think that even matters much any more. According to SCOTUS, as long as it's available you can do an abortion anywhere - why should the back allies get left out?

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