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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Sat, Nov. 6th, 2004 08:49 pm
A bit of Lockhart-ing, and a brief note on the election angst

I just finished writing a post for a community I'm in that I'm pretty proud of, so I thought I'd pimp it. Chex it out, if you're interested:

A scriptual and ethical defense of family planning

*sigh* I wish I had the energy to write a response to the election angst. I am deeply upset by the distress among so many of my friends over the outcome. I...I'm at a loss for words. I have so many thoughts rolling around in my head. I'm angry at some of the things that have been said. I sympathize deeply with others. Other things I find sadly ironic. I hope I will be able to formulate my thoughts into a post at some point, because many of the things on my heart have been overlooked, I think, by the deluge of post-election posts. I've seen a rant here, an analysis there, an accusation here, and a manifesto there--and all of them fail to address some very important points, I think, about what went down last Tuesday.

Joie

Current Mood: discontent discontent
Current Music: Jars of Clay ~ "Worlds Apart"

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solusfides
Jon
Sun, Nov. 7th, 2004 02:47 am (UTC)
good arguments, in my persp.

Amen, sistah!
Good arguments, biblically and contextually sound (even a trinitarian connection!).
I like your approach on family planning, as well.

glad to see you still have a few moments to share your thoughts with the world!


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lilac_bearry
lilac_bearry
Lilac
Sun, Nov. 7th, 2004 03:26 am (UTC)

I thought that was a very well-thought out and articulate essay. I'm not sure I agree with the IUD being like abortion, though I can see by your definition of abortion, it is. It never even occurred to me that it could be.

I do have an IUD, and I chose that route because after each child, I had major post partum depression and went on anti- depressants. Having more chemicals/hormones ingested/injected into my body was not a good thing for me (as they tended to make me more depressed). I needed to have something non-chemical but easy and mostly fool proof. We had a few mishaps with condoms to know that was not the safest route, and the other types of birth control were such a big hassle. Choosing an IUD seemed like the best choice, and it really has been for me. I've never regretted it.

I'm not ready to have more children, and I'm beginning to get the feeling that two children are probably all I'll have, because that's about all I can handle and still have time to focus on serving others, etc.

I just wanted you to know what my experience has been with this. Thanks for letting me share.


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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Sun, Nov. 7th, 2004 04:19 am (UTC)

I thought that was a very well-thought out and articulate essay. I'm not sure I agree with the IUD being like abortion, though I can see by your definition of abortion, it is. It never even occurred to me that it could be.

Actually, I did a bit more research, and I think I may not have been quite right about the IUD. Even as I was typing that, I thought, "I'm not 100% sure it works only by preventing implantation." Your comment prompted me to check it out a little more closely. It turns out...they're not really sure how it works. Heh. But many of the sites I looked at mentioned that it does seem to have mechanisms of preventing fertilization as well as preventing implantation. So, if that's the case, then it's really more like hormonal birth control than like abortion. Also, even if it does work only by preventing implantation, I still don't think it quite measures up to surgical abortion, or chemical abortions a la RU-486.

Anyway, I do understand that it's a more practical method of birth control for women who have problems with BC pills. Personally, though, I don't think I could use it unless I had greater assurance that it prevented pregnancy primarily by preventing conception.

Thanks for reading and commenting on my essay. :)


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lilac_bearry
lilac_bearry
Lilac
Sun, Nov. 7th, 2004 04:25 am (UTC)

Ah! That clarifies things a bit. Thanks!


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karet
karet
PeanutGallery
Sun, Nov. 7th, 2004 02:22 pm (UTC)

I always thought and IUD worked by preventing implantation, but it seems that what causes it to prevent implantation also prevents fertilization.

It is thought that the body reacts to the IUD, causing an inflammatory reaction in the inside lining of the womb. There is also evidence that the copper oxidises in the womb altering the environment in the uterus. Both these effects impede the movement of both the sperm and egg, as well as reducing their viability.

Which makes sense to me. An interesting note is that a plastic UID in Australia apprently only works if it releases chemicals into the uterus. That suggest to me that the copper really does change the uterus to make it an inimical environment to sperm and fertilization.


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markbrannan
markbrannan
Mark Aaron Brannan
Sun, Nov. 7th, 2004 05:52 am (UTC)

yay Joie! I missed hearing you voice on here. next week is veteran's day so remember to wear poppies. Thanksgiving will be so great (did mom tell you?) and you should read vanessa's journal because she and bev are going to make me kidnap you and take you down to pensacola after thanksgiving.

umn, yeah!

Vanessa and I are family planning. but, well, we're planning on having a family but not right now but she's all like "babies this and babies that" all the time so what can I do? plan plan plan. peace out.


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nessabutterfly
nessabutterfly
nessabutterfly
Sun, Nov. 7th, 2004 06:16 am (UTC)

the only reason i'm agreeing to wait is cause being pregnant on a journey across the continent, and being pregnant alone in ontario while Mark is in Florida are both very unappealing concepts... Just wait till I get to Florida though... It'll be Babies, babies, babies...
(And I'll go your route and get rid of the chances of more kids when I'm done... or rather... Mark will... HA ha ha... (it's just easier that way...)


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solusfides
Jon
Sun, Nov. 7th, 2004 06:39 am (UTC)

well, or you could take the route my mom took...
my bro and I were both C-Sectioned. When they pulled me out (I was the younger of the two) she just said, "while you're in there, just tie me off, will ya'?"


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nessabutterfly
nessabutterfly
nessabutterfly
Sun, Nov. 7th, 2004 09:54 pm (UTC)
same

my mom did the same... technically I wasn't supposed to have my youngest brother... My dad got cancer and his vascetomy had to be postponed in order to do his cancer surgery... my mom was kinda surprised to find out, after he ended up having it, that she was pregnant... She, like Joie may, had a bad case of endometriosis, so not only was she tied off, but she asked for a partial hysterectomy... just to make life easier...
THe only sucky thing was to live in a house with 3 brothers, and be the ONLY one who had a period... life was pretty sucky as a teen... I had no experience with the whole bleeding thing, cause even my mom didn't... :P


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karet
karet
PeanutGallery
Sun, Nov. 7th, 2004 02:04 pm (UTC)

It's very well written (: I'm a proponent of overkill contraception myself.


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