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text 2017-10-23 16:45
Review: Gosnell: The Untold Story of America’s Most Profilic Serial Killer
Gosnell: The Untold Story of America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer - Ann McElhinney,Phelim McAleer

This book is not for everyone. The authors are very honest about what Kermit Gosnell, and what Gosnell did went far beyond abortion. He murdered and decimated. If you are uncomfortable with Ed Gein’s story, do not read this book, for Gosnell was the same type of hoarder.

This book was finely investigated, so I only deduct one star for these reasons:
* the unnecessary, in my opinion, long chapter lecturing the reader on proper journalistic practices. It’s near the end of the book, so by the time it is reached, I as the reader have the full picture of the bizarre news dodge of this story. I don’t need a mini journalism class to drive it home.
* the occasional use of “pro-abortion” in place of “pro-choice” in general (the only person I have run across who is truly pro-abortion is Dr. Gosnell, for pro- implies enthusiasm, gusto); and, in companion with this, the introduction written by a member of the Duck Dynasty family. This case is so vile, it didn’t need to be politicized at all, in any way. Just tell the reader what Gosnell, his wife, and his staff did. You’ll probably change a lot of minds on abortion. I think these leans of bias make the annoyance of the lesson of the unbiased Fourth Estate stronger. To truly make this point, the book should have carried absolutely no agenda—including no biased language (a no-no in basic journalism) and no biased celebrity endorsement.

I can’t say this enough: this is an important case, and, despite its above flaws, an important book. But I am going to type a phrase below that was in the crime scene report about Ed Gein, and please let it be your litmus test for whether or not you should read this book.

That phrase is: cup of noses

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review 2016-12-17 21:32
Abortion & Life - Jennifer Baumgardner,Tara Todras-Whitehill

This is a fantastic book.


I, myself, am pro-choice already, but reading this book has made me more understanding about many of the issues surrounding the issue of abortion. I think it has helped me see the perspective of those who argue for pro-life and the importance of an open dialogue.


The idea of the I Had an Abortion project is amazing in itself. I think it is great to share the stories of real women who have had abortions to help remove some of the stigma and silence of abortion. The stories included come from many different women who all had different experiences, but each show how abortion can be improved upon, such as counseling/support after the procedure and more openness about abortion itself, as well as legislative reform.


Two of the chapters that I found most influential for me personally were the ones that focused on pro-voice and the possibility of being a feminist and being pro-life. Both of these chapters gave me a different way of looking at the issues in comparison to the traditional pro-choice viewpoint. I think these have helped me strengthen my pro-choice view while still being open to other viewpoints and experiences.


The book also contains a resource guide that includes suggested books, magazines, websites, films, and documentaries as well as information on organizations and funding.


This is a great book whether you have had an abortion or not. It focuses on stopping the silence of abortion and really listening to each other. Definitely an interesting read.

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review 2016-07-27 07:35
RU486 - Early Abortion Pills

Abortion is safe when you finish your pregnancy in the early duration of not more than 9 weeks or 63 days of gestation. Likewise, this can be achieved with the method of medical abortion done by using RU-486 abortion pills. Use of abortion pills rather than an ancient method of surgical abortion are much safer and convenient way in contrast to that. Surgical abortion was intended when you did not have access to pills but now it is possible and these abortion pills are available very easily so that you can abort your unwanted pregnancy in a much safer, secured, and private manner without the world knowing about it.



What is RU-486 Pill


RU-486 Pill comes as a package of three pills of Mifepristone (each of 200mg strength). For inducing a medical abortion, a woman has to swallow all these three pills together with water through the oral route. For better functioning, you have to consume the pills without the food. After 2 days of pill intake, you are required to check whether your abortion is complete or not with the help of medical examinations. If you find out that your abortion is incomplete due to any reason, then you have to complete it by taking two pills of Misoprostol (each of 200mcg strength). These two pills can be consumed in two ways either orally or vaginally followed by medical examination again after 2 days for verification of complete abortion.



How RU486 Pill Works


RU-486 abortion pill blocks the functioning of progesterone hormone, which is vital for a pregnancy. This will result in the breaking of uterine wall lining and the detachment of attached fetus that in turn lead to finish your early pregnancy. The detached and the fragmented fetus will then need to be removed from your body in the form of vaginal bleeding containing blood clots. This will happen after uterine contractions and cervix widening for easy elimination.


Administration of early abortion pills can cause some undesirable responses as you gone through several changes in your body during an abortion. A woman may experience back pain, headache, dizziness, abdominal cramps, vaginal bleeding, nausea, mood swings, or vomiting. So to facilitate fast recovery, maintain a good diet and take proper rest.


RU-486 Pill


Minor Side-Effects of RU486 Pill


If your age is below 18 years, then do not take RU-486 pills and avoid the use of these pills under medical conditions of altered blood pressure, bleeding disorder, liver, kidney, or heart ailment. Use of RU-486 in oversensitivity towards Mifepristone or any other present constituent of RU-486 is not safe and thus should be avoided.



Safety Precautions While Taking RU-486 Pill

  • Do remove your IUD (intrauterine device) before consuming RU-486 pills
  • Avoid the use of RU-486 pills if you are a breastfeeding mother
  • Limit or quit the use of smoking and alcoholic beverages
  • Avoid strenuous activities while doing an abortion with RU-486 pills
  • While undergoing abortion and recovery stage, try to avoid physical intimacy in order to prevent the chances of infections and the occurrence of early pregnancy again, until you stop the bleeding


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review 2016-07-21 11:43
A Complete Guide to Abortion Pills

When a woman becomes pregnant it might be exciting news but in many cases, it is unexpected and shocking. In that situation women have options to continue or to terminate her pregnancy. The unwanted pregnancy happens due to unsafe intercourse, without using condoms, or failure of contraceptions. Unwanted pregnant female have many different feelings like feel frightened, shocked, upset, lonely, might feel confused. It is very difficult to decide what to do. Many questions arise about life such as education and career, responsible for a child, is this a good time to have a baby, this is not the right time for pregnancy. If a woman thinks like that she should talk to someone who can help and understands her feelings. If you live with a partner, friends and family it is better to talk with them or you can choose a doctor, counselor, and nurse in the decision-making process. It is better to decide about a pregnancy within 9 weeks of your last gestational period or earlier for the better effectiveness of medication. If you have decided for abortion choose the medical method of abortion as it is safe successful and effective method of abortion. In this method, abortion pills are used to terminate an unwanted pregnancy. There are various positive reviews are available about the medical method of abortion.

What is Abortion Pill:

Abortion pills contain generic Mifepristone and Misoprostol. The Mifepristone is sold under various brand names like Korlym, RU486, Mifeprex, MTP Kit and Mifegyne and Generic Misoprostol is sold under the brand name of Cytotec Pills. There is also another brand is available that contains both Mifepristone and Misoprostol that is marketed as MTP kit. Abortion pills are effective if it is used within 9 weeks of pregnancy from your last gestational period. Mifepristone and Misoprostol are FDA approved medication. Using abortion pills an unwanted pregnant woman can perform an abortion at home without consulting a doctor. For abortion, you can use any of the above-mentioned abortion pills. Mifepristone acts by prohibiting progesterone a hormone that is necessary for the continuation of pregnancy. Misoprostol is a synthetic prostaglandin E1 that works by contracting the uterus resulting in the expulsion of a dead fetus along with all the water matter from the uterus.


Method of Abortion:

Abortion with Misoprostol:

Administer 12 pills of generic Misoprostol (200mcg each) in a 3 divided dose with a time interval of 3 to 4 hours and wait for 14 days. After 14 days consult a doctor or visit the nearby hospital for the confirmation of abortion.

Abortion with Mifepristone:

Take 3 pills of generic Mifepristone (200mg each) along with sufficient amount of water and wait for 2 to 3 days and then consult a doctor for the termination of undesired pregnancy. MTP kit is made up of 5 tablets one is Mifepristone (200mg) and 4 tablets Misoprostol. Administer one tablet on first day and wait for 2 days then administer four tablets of Misoprostol. You should wait for 14 days then consult doctor for the termination of pregnancy.


Side-Effects of Abortion Pills:

Abortion pills may show side effects such as nausea, vomiting, blurred vision, loss of appetite, tired feeling, dizziness, severe headache, changes in your menstrual periods, headache, joint pain, swelling in your hands or feet insomnia, fever, chills, anxiety, and diarrhea.

Follow precautions while using abortion pills:

Do not use this medication if you are hypersensitivity towards generic Mifepristone and Misoprostol, avoid performing physical intercourse for at least 2 weeks, take proper rest and consume healthy diet for faster revival. Do not use this medication in the case of ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy outside the wombs).


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review 2016-07-11 01:29
Whisper of Death by Christopher Pike
Whisper Of Death - Christopher Pike

I'll start this off with a laundry list of warnings. This book features abortion and treats it as murder. It has multiple references to rape (one instance where the word is used and a few others where it isn't). Also, at one point, the heroine consoles herself after her decision to have an abortion by telling herself that “Our child probably would have been retarded” (22), because both she and the father didn't do very well in school. Oh yes, and there's some fat person stereotyping.

Okay, now on to the summary. Roxanne and Pepper are two high school students in Salem, Arizona who try their best to look cool and unaffected by the world. They start dating, have sex, and Roxanne discovers she's pregnant four weeks or so later. She'd like to keep the baby, but Pepper convinces her to have an abortion. At the clinic, however, Roxanne changes her mind. She and Pepper head back to Salem, at which time things begin to get weird.

The whole town is deserted, and even radios and telephones don't work. The only other people Roxanne and Pepper find are three other teens: Helter, a hothead who believes in shooting first and asking questions later; Leslie, the school beauty; and Stan, the overweight smart kid who's already taking college-level math. It's Stan who figures out the common denominator tying them all together: Betty Sue, a girl at their school who killed herself four weeks ago.

This was one of my nostalgia rereads, although, to be honest, I remembered almost nothing about it. The cover was familiar, as were Betty Sue's abilities, and that was about it.

You'd think a book that so openly featured abortion would have stuck with me, but I guess not. When Roxanne found out she was pregnant, I was surprised when her doctor, without appearing to judge her in any way, mentioned abortion as one of her options. Even now, it's rare to see abortion being brought up as a viable option in fiction featuring unexpected pregnancy, unless it's an “issue” book specifically meant to deal with that topic.

While I thought that was pretty amazing, I was less happy with how things went from there. I should mention that I'm pro-choice: I believe women should be able to make their own decisions about what they do with their bodies and that there should be healthcare options available for whatever decision they make, whether they want to go through with the pregnancy or terminate it. Roxanne wanted to keep the baby, and that was fine. It was after she talked with Pepper that things fell apart. He wanted her to have an abortion, and she caved, even though she clearly felt that it was murder. She beat herself up about it, until she changed her mind, after which the story itself continued to punish her. But more on that later.

Aside from the surprising beginning, this book didn't really grab me until almost halfway through, when the group discovered Betty Sue's diary and stories. Betty Sue was...troubled. To those who didn't know her, she came across as quiet and shy. In private she was a seething mass of hatred and jealousy. If she was interested in a guy, then he should want her back. If some other girl dated or slept with a guy she wanted, well then they both had to pay. Even her closest friends weren't safe. It was just too bad for everyone that she happened to have supernatural powers.

Betty Sue's stories had a childish quality to them – if they hadn't been so deadly, they'd have been silly. I was morbidly interested to see how everyone was going to die and to learn what they'd done (or what Betty Sue had thought they'd done) to deserve it. The only details that weren't a surprise were those surrounding Pepper's death. Pike made that one a little too obvious.

But how to end it? That's where the book lost me, and now I'm going to enter spoiler spoiler territory.

At the end of the book, Roxanne learned her part in all of this, and it was bizarre. You see,

Pepper slept with Betty Sue and got her pregnant prior to sleeping with Roxanne and getting her pregnant. Betty Sue got jealous and hatched a plan. She'd terminate her own pregnancy and, as she was dying, trap the five people she hated most in one of her stories, a place where she ruled and could punish everyone as she pleased. The key to it all was Roxanne. She'd become Roxanne's fetus (weird, yeah, and I still don't know that the timing works), and Roxanne would trigger everything by deciding to have an abortion. Basically, everyone was doomed to die the instant Roxanne's abortion started. Congratulations, Roxanne, it's all your fault! This was practically Der Struwwelpeter level of moralizing.

Fetus Betty Sue made sure that the abortion would be a monumental and bloody disaster, killing Roxanne along with everyone else as it trapped her and the four other teens in an unending punishment loop. Roxanne was able to escape the loop (and I think go to heaven or someplace like it, so I guess there's that), but her decision not to play Betty Sue's game made no difference as far as everyone else was concerned. Helter, Leslie, Stan, and Pepper were still trapped in Betty Sue's deserted world, scheduled to die whenever and however she wanted.

I think I might have liked the book a tiny bit more if Roxanne's final decision had meant something, had derailed Betty Sue in some way. As it was, this ending was kind of depressing. Stan, as far as I could tell, wasn't guilty of anything more than liking Betty Sue even though he knew she could control his and others' behavior. Pepper was guilty of not liking Betty Sue as much as she wanted him to, and of not using condoms. Leslie didn't show Betty Sue as much appreciation as she wanted her to. Helter was probably the most guilty person in the group, but that situation was screwed up from start to finish. Betty Sue raped him by using her powers to force him to have sex with her, and so he took back what little control he could and turned the sex into rape. Right, just typing that makes me feel gross.

(spoiler show)

There you have it, my second recent Christopher Pike reread. I wish I could remember how Teen Me felt about it. Adult Me liked it well enough until the end. I know horror novels don't necessarily have happy endings, but, besides making me angry, this ending was just plain unsatisfying.


Rating Note:


Prior to the last 15 or so pages, I was considering giving this 2.5 or maybe even 3 stars, despite some of the things I objected to. The ending just piled one awful thing on top of another and then went back and highlighted all the previous things I'd disliked but had thought I could overlook. Kind of impressive, actually.


(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

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