Thanks to Jen for hosting.
1. I posted yesterday about the fall 2011 40 Days for Life campaign here in AZ. There are six locations this year (I think there were only four last year), and one is quite near to where I work, so I think I may alternate between that location and the one I was praying at last year.
There's also a link in my post to where non-Arizonans can find vigil locations in other states, so be sure to check it out!
2. Speaking of AZ pro-life issues, the Arizona Court of Appeals voted 3-0 to uphold abortion restrictions in AZ, including a ban on nurse practitioners performing surgical abortions (more info here). I read some of the decision and found a claim from Planned Parenthood of AZ (PPAZ) that made my jaw drop:
¶39 PPAZ challenges the requirement that “[a]n individual who is not a physician shall not perform a surgical abortion.” A.R.S. § 36-2153(C). PPAZ argues that because registered nurse practitioners (RNPs) have a comparable safety record when performing some surgical abortions, the requirement does not further the state’s interest in ensuring that abortions are performed safely.
What? In what other medical context is it permissible for an RNP to perform surgery?
Currently, I'm regularly seeing a nurse practitioner in my OB's office for my prenatal care, and I'd actually love for her to actually deliver the baby, but there's no way in heck she'd be allowed to do so. Even most MIDWIVES around here can't deliver babies (assuming an uncomplicated vaginal birth) in hospitals -- and that's not even surgery! CNMs can't do D&Cs to my knowledge, either -- I was seeing a CNM in a hospital setting during my second pregnancy; when my missed miscarriage was diagnosed, an OB performed the D&C, NOT my CNM or an RNP.
It just baffles me how PPAZ could possibly claim to be a proponent of "safe" abortion practices when they object to having licensed physicians perform SURGERY.
3. I'm having a weird pregnancy craving today - Pop Tarts! I haven't had any in ages, but I think I'll make a grocery store run on my lunch break and grab some.
4. We're still loving our new Keurig. Even the kids love it -- Collin showed Elanor how to make hot chocolate all by herself (and she can do it, too -- that's how easy it is to use!), so that's become her favored drink with supper. When I registered the brewer, Keurig.com sent me a coupon for two free boxes of pods (22ct-24ct) with the purchase of two, so we took advantage of that this week and ordered four more boxes. Shipping was free, so with the coupon we ended up getting four boxes of coffee pods (about $15 each) for less than $30 total.
5. Speaking of Elanor, her first week of school has gone extremely well. She's had no issues with going to/from school (we had trouble with that last year) and her teacher reports that every day has been a great day for her. Homework starts next week so we'll see if that continues...
6. Collin felt the baby kick on Tuesday evening! We were watching a movie and he had his hand on my abdomen; sure enough, baby kicked several times hard enough for him to feel. :) I haven't had any luck getting the kids to feel yet -- Baby seems to quiet down whenever his/her siblings are around -- but I'm sure that'll come soon enough.
7. It's been a long workweek. I feel like hanging this on my door and going home:
Ah, well, at least Collin and I will have both Saturday AND Sunday together this weekend. I'm so happy he has both weekend days off again! Maybe I can make it to Confession on Saturday (LONG overdue...)
Have a great weekend!