The author is incorrect in her statement that passing Amendment 1 would allow legislators to ban abortion in this state. While Roe v Wade is the law of the land no constitutional amendment or law can ban abortion.
As for common sense regulations, like informed consent and waiting periods, I ask, who do those hurt, other than those who want to make a quick buck by rushing someone into a difficult decision- a decision that can't be taken back afterwards?
If abortion is just another medical procedure, then why can't women be protected by the same regulations that protect us for other medical procedures? Try getting a tonsillectomy- a far less risky procedure than a surgical abortion- the same day you first visit the doctor with a sore throat? It won't happen. And if you've had any kind of surgery I'm sure you've had to listen to the lists of risks and benefits associated with that procedure. A list that is not made up by someone, but taken from actual statistics. So, using the tonsillectomy example again, you will hear that there is even a risk of death- though rare - associated with tonsillectomies.
A surgical abortion is a major medical procedure. Why should women not be told the risks, such as staph infection, perforation of the uterus, sterility, bowel perforation, etc.? Should they not make an informed and intelligent choice?
Frankly, I wish there had been such a law back when I had my abortion. I was 20 weeks pregnant and concerned that I thought I had felt movement. The nurse looked at me and said "No honey, you're too early to feel life." This was before the "blob of tissue" myth had been blown out of the water, so I believed her. The next day I gave birth to a perfectly formed dead baby. Cute little fingers and toes, and perfect little ears- I was shocked and horrified. No one had prepared me for that.
It's not like buying a car, where you can drive it home, change your mind and bring it back the next day. Once you've had the abortion, there is no taking it back. Abortion is forever, is it too much to give a woman the information she needs to make an informed choice and a couple of days to think about it?
By Richard Alley
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