Dr. B. has radical reasons behind her knitting:
Doctors say Kenya’s strict abortion laws have forced thousands of women and girls to the backstreets where charlatans use all manner of sharp instruments — metal wires, knitting needles, forceps — to penetrate the womb and kill the foetus.
I know that this is absolutely insane. It’s where we have been in the U.S. and where we swiftly headed back to. As the daughter of the woman who ran a women and children’s clinic in the 70s and 80s and who had seen the horrors of botched abortions [...] I knit with a purpose.
I do think about this now and then when I pick up my knitting needles. They have been used as weapons against others and against ourselves. Occasionally as I stroll through my house I see items once used with frequency in America to butcher women from the inside out. My stomach turns.
What is most horrifying is that these items are used to perform abortions by the untrained across the world on millions of women. And on occasion, still in the United States because, as Dr. B. says, we’re headed back to that time unless we are able to stop those who successfully battle against our rights to contraception and other methods of birth control.
HT: Dr. B.
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