Monday, November 21, 2005
Well, here I am, a bit depressed that my advisor still hasn't gotten any comments to me since I got the revised copy of my proposal to him Nov 8th, and I'm planning on handing in the final copy of my proposal today or tomorrow.
Meanwhile, here's an interesting article by Jennifer Baumgartner (author of Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future, which I quite liked), on the negative perception of women who have multiple abortions, even among the pro-choice community. I've heard this kind of talk before -- "wow, more than one, she must have been careless" -- but the article makes an interesting point:
In the clinic world, repeat visitors are called, not unkindly, "frequent flyers." The reason that casual term is not an insult is simply due to how common multiple abortions are. "You have 300 possibilities to get pregnant in your life," says Peg Johnston, the director of an abortion clinic in Binghamton, New York. "A one percent failure rate -- assuming the best possible use of contraception -- is still three abortions," she says. "In what endeavor is a one percent failure rate not acceptable?"Anyway. I'm inviting your comments. I know I've certainly raised a mental eyebrow when someone has told me that they've had three abortions ("what must they be doing wrong with their use of contraception?"), but at the same time, I recognize that yes, even the best methods fail.
Hey, is Plan B available over the counter in Canada? I may stock up when I'm over there....
jane 10:59 AM [+]