The anti-abortion movement thinks abortion should be illegal. Good for them, go for it, knock yourself out.
I would guess, however, that if they had their druthers, the anti-abortion crowd would also say that if you’re gonna have an abortion you should have it as early as possible. I mean, it goes without saying that if you wait too long, the fetus will grow and grow and grow. And no one likes the idea of abortion at 23 or 24 weeks. Meanwhile, the vast majority of women who get “later” abortions are minors or poor women. But here’s the irony – it might be the anti-abortion movement that is responsible for a lot of these late term abortions.
Hey, Pat, are you off your rocker? Have you totally lost it?
Chill out, folks, lemme explain.
A woman receiving Medicaid assistance gets pregnant and decides to have an abortion. She calls the local clinic and they tell her that the price for a first trimester abortion is $400. That’s a lot of money for this woman. Years ago, the anti-abortion movement enacted the “Hyde Amendment” which says that you cannot use your Medicaid card to get an abortion unless your life was endangered. Now, if there was no such thing as the Hyde Amendment, this woman would just go to that clinic, give them her Medicaid card and have the abortion right away. But, instead, she is now looking for $400 that she didn’t anticipate needing. She doesn’t have a credit card, no bank account to speak of, no rich friends. So, she has to spend precious time finding the $400 somewhere. Meanwhile, the baby is growing. Ultimately, she might get the $400 but by that time she is more advanced and abortions cost more money the later they are performed. It’s a viscous cycle. Ultimately, she might get the cash but she’s now in her 19th week.
Were it not for the Hyde Amendment, the abortion would have been performed within days of her discovering her pregnancy.
Then there are the minors. A 15 year old girl discovers she is pregnant. Now, at that age she might delay any conversation about her situation because she just might not be sure that she is pregnant. But once she verifies it, the chances are that she lives in a state that requires her to get the permission of her parents. These laws, of course, are all courtesy of that anti-abortion movement again. But the girl’s family is not Ozzie and Harriet land. In fact, she is petrified of going to her parents, one of whom beats her on a regular basis. So she waits and waits, perhaps thinking she might have a miscarriage and the issue will just go away. In denial, she remains mum. Then, her stomach starts to expand and, despite her wearing loose clothes, she ultimately is panicking that her parents will notice. Only at that point, perhaps now in her 18th week, does she reluctantly go to her parents to give them the news and, hopefully, get their permission for an abortion.
If there were no parental consent laws in her state and she felt she could not talk to her parents, she would have found a good friend or close relative that she could confide in and secured the abortion much earlier.
Ironic, isn’t it?