Saturday, December 19, 2009

The Outrage of the Day

This outrage of the day comes to you courtesy of CNN.com: "Online posting of women's abortion information challenged in Oklahoma."

WTF??? Are you kidding me that this is even a feasible, viable thing to consider doing???

And I want to get this out right now: I am pro-choice. You wouldn't consider having a website where you listed the names of women who had Botox or plastic surgery, or a list of men who have sought treatment for ED. How would this invasion of privacy of a medical procedure be any different?

"A judge in Oklahoma extended on Friday a temporary restraining order on a law that would post information online about women who get abortions in the state. In extending the restraining order, Oklahoma County District Judge Daniel Owens denied the state's motion to dismiss the case, putting the measure on hold until a February 19 hearing."

There is no merit in having this kind of information being made public. It would open the women up to ridicule and threats. And possibly even the doctors too that perform the abortions. To me, this sounds like a way for the Kansas-based anti-abortion group Operation Rescue to shame women into having unwanted babies. Or at the very least, bore them into leaving the clinic.

"The law, passed in May, requires doctors to fill out a 10-page questionnaire for every abortion performed, including asking the woman about her age, marital status, race and years of education. In all, there are 37 questions the women are to answer...The Center for Reproductive Rights argues that the measure is unconstitutional and in violation of the state's "single subject rule" because it covers different aspects of abortion."

This part just kills me: "State Sen. Todd Lamb helped draft the abortion legislation and describes it as "a common sense measure with bipartisan support." He said the left has tried to skew the law's intent through a campaign of misinformation. We're not trying to embarrass anybody, hurt anybody or make anybody's identities known. That's not the purpose of the legislation," the Republican lawmaker said...Lamb, who is running for lieutenant governor, rejects that notion. How can it violate women's privacy, Lamb said, if their identity is kept confidential? The measure specifies women's identities will be protected. "Nothing in the Individual Abortion Form shall contain the name, address or information specifically identifying any patient," it says."

Oh, come off it, Sen. Lamb...you know that at some point, private information about the women will be made public online. Some anti-abortionist will go undercover, get a job at some clinic, collect info and then post it online. Are you prepared to provide for the safety of the women and the clinic once that happens? PETA has employees that work undercover to uncover animal abuses. Do you think Operation Rescue wouldn't try that? That is, if they haven't already.

This is just disgusting. Women shouldn't be treated as just birthing vessels. We are able to think for ourselves, whether or not we want to be pregnant or even continue a pregnancy. Abortions are not dangerous to society as a whole, so it doesn't need to be treated in this kind of manner. If the lists are allowed, this will become a modern day version of The Scarlet Letter. We as the American society of both men and women should sit back and allow ourselves to de-evolve (I know that's not a word, but work with me) in this way.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Just About Done With My Christmas Crocheting!

So since there's a baby on the way and money is a little tighter than before, my sister and I aren't exchanging Christmas gifts this year. No biggie, but there are somethings I'll be sending home for the baby for Christmas.

My sister asked me to make a Christmas stocking for the baby. I've just about got it done, using this free pattern from Coats and Clark. I left the holly off the cuff and am putting some Christmas themed patches there instead.

One important thing to know about this pattern: it calls for using a larger hook on the cuff than on the stocking itself. Make sure you do this, as it makes it fit easier. It's a super easy pattern to follow, and once you make one, you'll be able to see where you could alter it to make fatter, shorter, thinner, etc. stockings if you had a bunch to make for a family and wanted them all to have a similar look. For Baby's stocking, I'll be heading out this week to buy some needed items to put in it before mailing it off.

And since she's having a girl, I decided it was time to make the first truly girly thing so far: this angel shell dress from HeartFelt Angels. The pattern was created and posted for those that crochet to make and donate to that organization. "HeartFelt Angels is a non-profit organization of volunteers that make handmade baby items for area hospitals to give to parents in need. Whether it be from a loss of a child resulting from miscarriage, stillbirth, infant death, to an illness of a child or even parents who are financially challenged and may not have an afghan or a handmade outfit to take their baby home in." I think this is an adorable dress, and it's also so easy to whip one little dress out. I've used this pattern a few times before and you can make one of these in one sitting.



I used a G sized hook with Lion Brand Jiffy (mohair look) yarn, and some fun purple eyelash yarn for the edging. This used about 1 1/2 skeins of the Jiffy yarn (3 oz./135 yds. per skein). The three buttons on the back and one on the front were extras I had here. It's made by working from the neck down and the top part of the pattern is quite similar to some other baby patterns.

I actually added two rows in the chest area to make it a little longer. I really don't know HOW this is supposed to fit an actual newborn baby. It's so TINY! It's craziness...I think I'd loose something that small here in the house!

And I know, it's a little shady to use that pattern for my own uses like this without making one for the organization in exchange. I can live with that.

And even though they won't fit for a while, I used up the last of my pink and some white to make some booties that I pretty much just winged as I made them (didn't write down the pattern though). Maybe something for the baby to grow into will be a welcome thing so my sister and her husband aren't getting everything in newborn size.

My last Christmas crochet project will actually be for my cat.

My little sweetheart is getting a new crocheted catnip mousie for Christmas. I actually made one for her for her anniversary here with us earlier this year and she went bonkers over it! At that time, I used some leftover navy blue boucle type yarn. For Christmas, I think I'll try that ugly ass yarn from my friend, Jan. It will hold up better than the boucle and I think it would be appropriate. Jan had two cats she loved: Aretha Franklin and Otis Redding.