Against the Current, No. 160, September/
Supreme Court Storm Clouds
— The Editors
Notes in Memoriam
— The Editors
Why Race Matters in the 2012 Elections
— Malik Miah
Health Care Reform or Ruin?
— Milton Fisk
Chicago Teachers' Strike Looms
— Rob Bartlett
The Green Party Campaign
— Michael Rubin and Linda Thompson
General Strikes, Mass Strikes
— Kim Moody
Letter to the Editors
— Clifford J. Straehley, M.D.
- South Africa After Apartheid
The Left and South Africa's Crisis
— an interview with Brian Ashley
Social Movements in South Africa
— Zachary Levenson
The Brutal Tragedy at Marikana
A "Tunisia Moment" Coming?
— Niall Reddy
Further on Marikana Miners
— David Finkel, for the ATC Editors
- Culture and Politcs
The SP's Roots and Legacy: In the American Grain
— Benjamin Balthaser
American Poetry's "Labor Problem"
— Sarah Ehlers
A Bend in the Labyrinth
— Alan Wald
Mapping the African-American Literary Left
— Konstantina M. Karageorgos
The Common Language of Adrienne Rich
— Julie R. Enszer
The Life and Memory of Elizabeth Catlett
— Kelli Morgan
Faruq Z. Bey, 1942-2012
— Kim D. Hunter
SWP: Long March to Oblivion
— David Finkel
Invaluable History and Important Lessons
— Malik Miah
Clifford J. Straehley, M.D.
DURING THE YEARS when I received my surgical training at Massachusetts General Hospital, the specialty of emergency room medicine had not yet emerged. At teaching hospitals in the United States, the surgical service provided first-echelon care in the ER.
In 1948 I slept in the ER to be awakened by the nurse whenever a new patient arrived. There came to the ER a woman in profound shock. Her story: She had five children and when she became pregnant once again, her husband abandoned her. A medical abortion was unobtainable. In desperation she fashioned an instrument from a bent coat hanger and attempted to abort herself. Upon examination it became evident that a torn loop of bowel presented in her vagina. She was in septic shock. My effort to restore her circulation failed and an hour later she died.
Since that tragic and horrifying event, I have held an unshakable belief that every woman must be in control of her own reproductive destiny. I am completely in favor of Roe v. Wade. Already largely due to the efforts of Republican legislators, centers where safe and legal abortion could be obtained have disappeared in many communities. Mitt Romney has said he would stop funding Planned Parenthood nationally. He has misrepresented facts, stating that 70% of the finances of PP goes to abortions (the figure is 3%).
Romney, so he has stated, would also mount an assault on contraception. Thus we would return to an era of thousands of unwanted pregnancies and deaths from illegal, unsafe abortions. The well-to-do will travel to find a voluntary interruption of their unwanted pregnancies — the victims will be the poor.
September/October 2012, ATC 160