Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Politics

I'll start off by saying I'm sick so I may ramble or make less sense than usual, but I'm also pissed off. Have you heard about Mississippi's Initiative 26?

If not and you are a woman who has dealt with IF, be prepared to get PISSED!!! And if you haven't read Mel @ the Stirrup Queen's post about it, you should. She is far better with words than I am.

I also want to add, that I don't want this to turn into an abortion debate. We all have our take on abortion. So to that end, any comments that are hateful or hurtful will be deleted.

I am 17 weeks and 5 days pregnant. This fetus would not exist without the help of IVF. This Initiative in Mississippi would take away or limit a woman's right to choose IVF. If IVF is still available under the crazy law, a woman would have to put all of the fertilized embryos in because they might not survive a freeze. Freezing them would be taking their rights away. We have 4 frozen embryos currently. We hope to have two children from them (I know its not a guarantee, but I'm talking best case scenarios here). If it works to have a second child from our first FET, we would still have 2 embryos left frozen since we plan to transfer only 2. But the way this insane law is written, I would have had to put in all 5 in the first transfer. In other words, I would never have done IVF to begin with. No reputable RE would transfer all of your embryos every time! That is an insane risk to the health of both the mother and any possible babies.

Aside from my own personal situation, Mississippi would also like to take away birth control pills. Many pills have several ways of preventing pregnancy. The last line of defense is making the uterine lining "inhospitable." If personhood begins at conception, this type of birth control would be illegal. This type includes almost all methods except barrier methods (condoms, etc..) and abstinence (which lets face it, we were all horny teenagers at one point, so we know that doesn't really work that often).

If I am able to carry this child to full term and I find out tomorrow (yep, a happier post to come tomorrow) that its a girl, I want her to live in a country where she and only she can make choices about what does and doesn't happen in her uterus! If this passes, it will be a truly sad day for our country.


  1. I had 18 eggs retrieved, matured and fertilized. Currently 6 are frozen. I do not know how I would carry 18-tuplets.

  2. I am so glad this didn't pass! This is really scary for women who have any sort of pregnancy complication, whether initially conceiving or carrying the baby. I cannot even imagine what I would do if I had to go through HG 18 million times! Yuck! And 18-tuplets...craziness!