Friday, 13 February 2009

Offensive quotes

This is where I'm going to be putting offensive quotations, together with an explanation of why I am so offended.

Warning: I'm going to be mentioning unpleasant things that can happen to pregnant individuals.

First this week is from a pro-life site:
Physical complications with surgical abortions.


An embolism is an obstruction of a blood vessel by a foreign substance such as air, fat, tissue, or blood clot. Childbirth is a normal process, and the body is well prepared for the birth of the child and the separation and expulsion of the placenta. Surgical abortion is an abnormal process and slices the unripe placenta from the wall of the uterus into which its roots have grown. This sometimes causes the fluid around the baby, or other pieces of tissue or blood clots, to be forced into the mother's circulation. These then travel to her lungs, causing damage and occasionally death. (W. Cates et al., American Journal OB/GYN, vol. 132, p. 16

Now, see the part I've emboldened and italicised. Lovely reasoning there- as childbirth is a normal process, embolisms only happen to those who go through the unnatural process of abortion. Can I even call it an implication? It seems a great deal too overt for that.

All parts of the body are evolved to do a specific job, with perhaps the exception of the appendix (Someone will probably correct me on this...). And they all sometimes go wrong. Yet it's fashionable to deny that, when it comes to the female reproductive system. Why? We are all au fait with the concept of heart attacks, aren't we? Which are caused by embolisms (as defined by the quote above), despite circulation being a normal process...

Oh, and by the way, if you're pregnant, or giving birth, you can have an embolism (as defined by the quote above). And I don't just mean a heart attack that happens to occur at the same time. The first link is a kind of embolism that can only happen to pregnant individuals. The second is one for which pregnant individuals have a higher risk.

Amniotic Fluid Embolism

Deep Vein Thrombosis

Sunday, 18 January 2009

Vaccines and Autistic Spectrum Disorders

I'm not going to get into whether vaccines have the potential to cause Autistic Spectrum Disorders, because such discussions raise my blood pressure, which is bad.

I am going to make this declaration though. Unvaccinated children can have Autistic Spectrum Disorders, too. How'd I know? Well, my mother was anti-vaccination. Yet she ended up with a daughter with an ASD. How about that?

Tuesday, 13 January 2009

Daisy, how I love you so

This is it so far. I'm knitting the hood now.

Sunday, 11 January 2009

Knitting my first article of baby clothing

Over ten years ago, (if you're trying to do the maths, that means age 11 or 12) I taught myself to knit, so that when I was older, I would be able to make clothes for any babies I might have when I grew up. (Yes, I have grown up, thank you for asking.)

As you might have guessed from the title, that early ambition is now being fulfilled. I'm making Stephanie Pearl McPhee's Daisy, a lovely cardigan. I'm making it in Wendy Supreme Luxury Cotton DK, shade 1847: Desert.

You can see the colour here.

Sunday, 10 August 2008

A Declaration

I was messing about on google just now, and I realised that my blog address is quite similar to some other people's. Apologies go to all those people. I really should have done a google search before I created this blog.

Readers, my opinions and posts are my own only, and should not be taken to reflect the opinions of any other blogger.

Thank you.