By the time a woman walks into an abortion clinic, she’s got a lot of stuff on her mind. In the first place, she really doesn’t want to be there. Furthermore, she’s probably been thinking about the issue for weeks, she’s been conflicted and her partner might not even be supportive of her decision.
But, at some point she picks up the telephone and calls the clinic to make the appointment. When she gets to the abortion facility, she may be subjected to all of those “sidewalk counselors” who are oozing love and compassion (for the fetus) and who know oh-so-much more about abortion than she or the folks in the clinic do. And, to top it off, they are even willing to help actually raise the child! By the time she finally sits down to fill out her paperwork, her blood pressure is no doubt higher than normal and she has one thought: let’s get this over with so I can move on with my life. Well, maybe that’s a little too casual but the bottom line is they want to have the abortion and go home.
At some point, she will have to read a bunch of paperwork and then be counseled about the procedure. It’s generally the same drill we’ve all been through where you just sit there, initial papers that you don’t read and kinda listen to the doctor as he tells you what could go wrong with the surgery, including the fact that you could DIE. Sure, doc, thanks a lot. Now where do I sign?
And now abortion patients in South Dakota will have to wait just a tad bit longer because a court has upheld a law passed in that state that requires abortion doctors to inform women that if they have an abortion they will have an increased risk of suicide. The interesting thing about the decision is that the court said the state didn’t have to prove that this warning was true. Instead, they said that those opposing the law had to prove it was untrue! So, someone is gonna have to find those millions of women who have had abortions over the years and ask them if they ever contemplated suicide. Then, in the unlikely event that the pro-choicers could prove the allegations were untrue, they would have to go back and convince the state legislature that they got it all wrong in the first place. Sure, like that’s going to happen.
My reaction to all of this hogwash is – whatever.
Anyone who is about to have surgery, including abortion, knows there are risks, physical or otherwise. And, the opinions of the anti-abortion folks notwithstanding, the women having abortions have brains and can sort all of these things out on their own. Meanwhile, I cannot imagine when a woman hears that she might be more inclined to commit suicide if she has an abortion is gonna jump up from her chair and scream “Hey, wait a minute, I don’t want to kill myself years from now! I would much rather give birth to this child and, even though I cannot take care of it for the next 20 years, I’ve got all of those people outside the clinic who have offered to help me!”
The stuff that the anti-abortion movement focuses on really is amusing.
Keep spinning your wheels folks.
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