February 10th, 2012

green little review

Poem for Friday and Norwalk Meerkats

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Apparently winter got bored in the region on Wednesday, because Thursday was back to what's been typical so far in 2012: bright sun, temperatures in the high 50s, confused robins. I hear that our winter has gone to Italy -- are the canals in Venice frozen? I had promised to take younger son to the mall after school so he could get Valentine gifts for his girlfriend, so we went to the Hallmark store and to Brighton, then I took a lovely walk in the woods (part of the way with son -- one of the dogs he walks has advanced cancer, so I wanted to see the dog for a bit).

Evening TV included the Deep Space Nine episode I have to review tomorrow ("Dramatis Personae," which was more fun on a second viewing) and the Caligula episode of When Rome Ruled on the National Geographic Channel -- lots of discussion about whether watching Tiberius rape whomever he wanted might have affected the young Caligula but no suggestion that Tiberius abused Caligula himself, which would explain more than the manic depression with which they attempt to diagnose him. On a happier note, here are more meerkats from the Norwalk Aquarium!

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Why I've Never Had An Abortion

1. I've never been too poor to raise a child.
2. I've never been raped or coerced into sex.
3. I've never been pressured into having sex without protection.
4. I've never lacked access to birth control.
5. I've never had birth control fail me at a moment when I couldn't cope with a child.
6. I've never had my health threatened by a pregnancy.
7. I've never had my future fertility threatened by a pregnancy.
8. I've never been pregnant with a genetically damaged fetus.
9. I've never been pregnant with a fetus with a condition that would cause extreme pain, permanent disability, and/or early death.
10. I've never had a pregnancy threaten my job or livelihood.
11. I have never needed to take medication for health, pain, depression, or any other condition that was contraindicated for pregnancy.
12. I don't come from the sort of family or community that would have disowned me or cut me off financially because I was pregnant out of wedlock.
13. I don't have the sort of friends who would withdraw their friendship if I was pregnant and they did not approve for religious or personal reasons.
14. I have never been pregnant by a man who abandoned me when he found out.
15. I have never been pregnant by a man who threatened me when he found out.
16. I have never been pregnant in a situation that would threaten the stability of my family if they found out.
17. I have never been abused during a pregnancy.
18. I have never had to face depriving the children I already had of food, clothing, etc. by giving birth to another child I couldn't afford to raise.
19. I have never been given misleading information about birth control and emergency contraception.
20. I have never been given misleading information about how human biology works.
21. I don't live in a place where my pharmacist or insurance would deny me emergency contraception if I needed it.
22. I got excellent sex education in my public school.
23. My parents made sure I knew where to get additional information about sex if I needed it.
24. I have never lacked access to health insurance and to Planned Parenthood.
25. I have never gotten pregnant at a time when suicide seemed like an easier option than giving birth.