Monday, September 18, 2006

Hands Off My Womb

This past Friday, Katelyn Kampf, age 19, was kidnapped by her oh-so loving and devoted parents, Nicholas and Lola Kampf. And when I say kidnapped I mean that in the truest sense of the word; as in the parents wrestled Katelyn to the ground, tied her up, stuffed her in their Lexus (along with a .22-caliber rifle, just in case), and left their home in an upscale section of North Yarmouth, Maine, reportedly bound for New York State. (Let me insert an ‘allegedly’ here, since the parents are innocent until proven guilty. Plus I don’t want to be sued.)

What might lead parents to kidnap their own daughter, you might wonder. Had Katelyn been immersed in an overly-restrictive cult? Was she strung out on drugs and in dire need of detox? No, nothing like that; Katelyn had just divulged that she was pregnant and her parents wanted her to have an abortion. Or perhaps I should say that they insisted she get an abortion. It would appear Katelyn, who lives in Portland, Maine with her boyfriend and presumed father of the baby, did not agree and, thus, was kidnapped to ensure compliance with her parents’ wishes. (About the only appropriate response here is: WTF?)

During an interview with the girl [who escaped from her parents when they stopped to use the bathroom in NH], police found that her parents were upset after she recently told them she was pregnant. The girl told police that a physical altercation ensued and the girl was forced to the floor. The girl was then allegedly bound with rope around her legs and hands. She told police that she was carried to a vehicle and driven away by her parents [who are now in police custody]. CBS-4 Boston, Sept. 17, 2006

I am pro-choice, but this does not mean that I am pro-abortion. It means that I think women get to choose what happens to their bodies. First and foremost women must have easy access to complete and true information about birth control and options in case of an unintended pregnancy. While a woman may, perhaps even should, seek input from the man involved, family members and/or friends, the final decision of what to do with her body must be hers and hers alone.

If a woman decides to have an abortion, she should be able to get one within a reasonable travel distance from her home, at a cost that is affordable to her, and without any undue hassles such as a mandatory waiting period. (And sorry parents, but if the woman is under 18, I don’t think she needs your permission.) Similarly, if a woman decides to carry the pregnancy to term, she should not be kidnapped and forced to have an abortion. All of this should go without saying, though apparently the fact that a woman’s body is her own to do as she chooses requires some reiteration.

Lola and Nicholas Kampf
~Just really, really not ready to be grandparents~


oss said...

LOL! I have to laugh about the caption on the picture.

But on a more serious note, how the heck did they plan on getting her to actually have the abortion if she was all bound up, etc?!?! Unbelievable!

Jill said...

My racist great uncle tried to kidnap his daughter to keep her from marrying a Chinese man. SCARY!!

Michael C said...

Great caption. Why do I think this will end up on Law and Order??

Julie said...

This is so effed up!!!

aus blog said...

Over 3,500 terminations per day, 1.3 MILLION per year in the United States alone.
50 or 60 MILLION per year World Wide.
Sometime in the not too distant future, people will look back with disbelief and horror
at many of the practices of today.

aus blog said...

I am a pro-lifer who has no religious convictions at all . I didn't need the fear of god or anything else to come to my decision, just a good sence of what is right and wrong.
You see we were all once a fetus. Is it beyond the realm of possibilities that when your mother first learned she was carrying you, she may have considered her options? What if she had decided to terminate? Would that have been OK?
You would not exist, if you have children they would not exist, and your (husband or wife) would be married to someone else. You would have been deprived of all your experiences and memories. In this day and age with terminations being so readily available and so many being carried out, if you make it to full term
you can consider yourself lucky. Lucky you had a mother that made the choice of life for you. Don't you think they all deserve the same basic human right, LIFE?
I'm all for contraception, prevention is certainly better than termination.
Did you know you can get an implant that is safe, 99.9% effective, and lasts for three years? Just think girls not even a show for three years, wouldn't that be great? I think too many people rely too heavily on the last option (abortion), I think if abortions weren't so readily available people would manage their reproductive system far better resulting in a fraction of the number of unwanted pregnancies.
World wide there are over 50 MILLION aborted pregnancies each year. In America 3,500 terminations carried out every day, that's over 1.3 million every year, 50% of all cases CLAIMED that birth control had been used, 48% admitted they took no precaution, and 2% had a medical reason. That's a stagering 98% could have been prevented had an effective birth control been used. Don't get me wrong, I suspect the percentages in Australia would be much the same.
Just a lot of unnessessary killing.
I am convinced that in the not too distant future, people will look back at many of the practices of today with disbelief and horror.


Kirsten said...

I have a friend who got pregnant on Depo. Before that it was the pill and condoms. She has 3 beautiful kids, but would only have 2 if the doctor had let her get her tubes tied, but he refused because of her age. Sometimes ACCIDENTS happen, despite our best efforts to prevent them. And whether legal or illegal, there are times when a woman will still want to terminate her pregnancy. She should have the choice to be able to do that with a qualified doctor and under sanitary conditions, not having to resort to some back alley quack with rusty tools, or having to do it herself at home with a coat hanger.

I first want to see more sex ed and birth control options so that women (and men) can make more informed decisions when they decide to get into a physical relationship. Abortion is always a last resort, but it should still be an option that can be made after all the facts have been made.

Let me decide what to do with my body, not some lawmaker that I didn't even vote for.

heartinsanfrancisco said...

You are so right. i couldn't agree more. I saw this on the news and was horrified. I think that young woman is amazingly lucky to have survived growing up with such grotesquely overcontrolling parents. I hope she does better with her own. Correction: How could she not do better? Especially if she severs all ties with them.

The things people do "in the name of love" are truly sickening.


oss: Not entirely clear how they thought they could pull it off. Interesting to note, though, that the parents had their passports in the car when they were arrested.

jill: Yikes!

michael c: Oh, this is perfect for Law&Order. They're probably working on the script as we blog.

julie: No kidding!

aus blog: Well at least we agree on the point that contraception is preferable to abortion. I don't agree that if abortion were illegal that people would manage their reproductive lives better, I think they’d just resort to what kirsten describes in her comment. I do, however, think that info about contraception should be much more readily available than it is. Unfortunately too many people think talking about contraception/sex is taboo.

kirsten: Agreed!

heartsinsanfran: Very odd tale, that's for sure. I heard the parents’ lawyer talking about all the parents had done for her because she had been an unruly teen. I'm sure there's some history that hasn't been made public, but no matter what, the parents were completely and totally out of line with the kidnapping.

aus blog said...

Have you checked out (abortionclinnicdays)-the reality show.


aus blog: I Googled the title you mentioned and found this blog:

It is actually quite interesting. But I am wondering why you would send me to a blog that appears to be pro-choice, other than that you left the same comments there that you left here.

aus blog said...

yes and more, we had a fair exchange on one in particular...

At the point of conception is when life began for you. This was the start of your existance. Your own personal big bang. Three weeks after conception heart started to beat. First brain waves recorded at six weeks after conception. Seen sucking thumb at seven weeks after conception.


aus blog: We might have to agree to disagree on that one. The start of MY existence was when I popped out of the birth canal. I might even be willing to grant you that my existence could have started when I was able to live outside the womb, even though I didn't pop out for a little while after that. I will not grant you that it started at conception. That would make me almost a year older and I just don't want to be any older than I already am. ;)

aus blog said...

If you think the point of conception is NOT when life begins, and all you have is a clump of cells and not a living human being.

Then at least concider this -

Soon after you were conceived you were no more than a clump of cells.
This clump of cells was you at your earliest stage, you had plenty of growing to do but this clump of cells was you none the less. Think about it.
Aren't you glad you were left unhindered to develope further.
Safe inside your mother's womb until you were born.

Anonymous said...

Please see this link that show an Iranian girls had be harmed by Iranian police because here topcoat were not like some model who Islamic Government had determined by Quran!

Many Iranian People do not like Islam but government Kill and harm them.

قال زهرا بنت رسول الله از جهنم:

خداوند فرمود بواسته دروغی که برخدا بسته ام و خود را بانوی برگزیده خدا درجهان نام نهادم و چادر بسر کردن را بر زنان جهان اجباری کردم و چون به خاطر گناه زهرا بنت رسول و پدرش و خاندانش بر زنان ایران ستم می شود و دختران را کتک می زنند.

خداوند امر کرده زهرای بنت رسول درجهنم کسش باز شده و اهل جهنم و بهشت بر کس او می رینند و زهدان حضرت زهرا پر از گوه شده .
و مکرو و مکرالله

حزب مبارزه با ستم اسلامگرایان (فاکرین حزب الله ) اعلام کرد چون ریشه همه بدبختی های ملت ایران و جهان اسلام است به ازای هر ظلم به هر ایرانی میلیون ها کیر خر و کیر خوک و ...کامنتی به کس و کون آل محمد رسول الله روانه خواهد کرد.

کیر و سنده خوک تو کس حضرت زهرا بنت رسول الله

به حزب ما بپیوندید و کامنت دونی ها را پر از آنچه شایسته آل محمد است کنید.

کسانی که به زبان های خارجه مسلط هستند کامنت دونی های وبلاگ های خارجی را مستفیض فرمایند.

هرکس روزانه در 10 وبلاگ انگلیسی زبان یا عرب زبان آنچه شایسته محمد رسول الله است را بنویسد تا خارجی ها متوجه علاقه ایرانیان به اسلام شوند. اگر فقط 1000 نفر هم از حزب ما استقبال کنند بزودی اکثر سایت های دارای رنکینگ اینترنت پر از ابراز نفرت ایرانیان نسبت به اسلام خواهد شد.

برای خلیج فارس بمب گوگلی درست کردید که چرا دریای فارس را عرب کرده اند فرهنگ عرب حاصل تفکر محمد رسول الله پست تر از شیطان و حیوان را به فرهنگ درخشان 2500 ساله ایرانی برگزیده اید؟ نگرانید که چرا خلیج فارس را عرب نام گذاشته اند ولی ناراحت نیستید که از بیخ عربتان کرده اند؟

ستاد حزب مبارزه با ستم اسلامگرایان.
و نحن الفاکرین الغالبون
We will have all hizbolla women fucked by dogs.
Now God, say you must fucked Mohammad and Quran by send message to all people of world.
This message sent from Iran

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry you feel the way you do. "Hands off my womb" sure, how bout "Hands off the womb of the woman developing inside me?" Or hands off the rest of her body too? We always and only think about ME ME ME - while having such low self-esteem to the point where we don't even feel glad that our moms made the choice for life. I guess if you care so little about your own life and existence that you don't really feel one way or another about the fact that you DID make it through those first nine months, then I partly understand. But for those of us who feel LUCKY to be here while trying to uphold the rights of every person, every woman - including the one in your womb, the only choice is life.