Thursday, October 16, 2008

51 - Well hello Aunt Flow...

Finally. I was officially 12 days late. When I was in for that ultrasound to check for cysts, my ob/gyn said my lining was at 16mm and to expect a heavy period. It's pretty normal actually...makes me wonder if my uterus lining is always this thick. I'm thinking about it because a couple of other blogs have discussed lining lately...CCRM didn't say it was a problem, but my lining was at 15mm the day of the transfer...hmmmm.

I finished my Social Welfare Policy paper on embryonic stem cell research. We had to read both platforms. Ok, I am going to go out on a limb here and risk pissing a bunch of people off, but I don't even care. That's the beauty of blog - it fully exercises my right of free speech.

So, McCain has listed embryonic stem cell research under the "Human Dignity and Sanctity of Life" category of the issues section on his website. Obviously, he has decided, and hopes to make the ideological determination for EVERYONE in the United States, that life begins at conception. Obama lists the same issue under the "Women" category under the issues section on his website. McCain doesn't even have a "Women" section. Apparently, he wants my embryos to have MORE rights than I do as a full-developed human being. Bastard.

Those of you reading who are fellow ivfers are probably already aware of the ramifications for infertility treatments if the federal government makes the determination - either directly or indirectly through legislation - that an embryo has the same rights as a "person".

This appeal is actually to friends and family who read this blog who may not know that if McCain gets into office, he will try HARD to pass legislation that has the potential to eventually remove Alex and my right to pursue infertility treatments...or at least make it more difficult. I know this is an economic election (obviously), but if you support Alex and I trying hard to have a baby through infertility treatments, then please just give it some thought...just another issue to include in your decision making process. It is worth it to take the time to read the women's issues under both platforms (although you will find all these issues under "Human Dignity and the Sanctity of Life" section on McCain's website)....scary stuff. If you are a woman, be very afraid. Then get out on Nov. 4th.....and vote for OBAMA!!!

I have been wanting to say that for awhile...feels good to do so and not care about the consequences! I think that's because I care more about the consequences for myself and this country if Obama doesn't win...


DAVs said...

All hail free speech! Well written post!
I think CCRM says anything under 17 mm for lining is good for transfer (or not too thick).

coolcapmom said...

You go girl! We keep getting more political as we get older! I saw Gloria Steinem on Oprah tonight and she said that gratitude never radicalizes anyone. She was talking about how young women, are not going to become feminists based on yesterday's struggles, but based on their own. So, she says, as you get older and come face to face with injustice, you become more political. I thought your blog drove that point home. Maybe for our generation, "choice" will be less about back alleys and more about options for IVF or other kinds of reproductive freedom, but the basic tenet remains, OUR bodies, OUR choices. Not to mention, the whole issue of funding. How insurance companies can pay for Viagra but not fertility treatments or contraception?!?!? I can't even complete my sentence it is so ludicrous. And when McCain was asked about this...he wasn't "familiar" with the issue. Give me a break.

Rela Pantaleon-Manigsaca said...

Hi! I do believe that life begins at conception, too. But I don't necessarily believe in legislating that nor do I like McCain - phew, am "glad" I don't have to make a decision this election... can't vote yet.

Arpee @ The Saga of Becoming Fruitful