Posted at 12:45 PM Mar 18, 2010
By Andrea Grimes
Now, wait 24 hours and come back tomorrow and tell us if you are absolutely sure you want that abortion. Slut.
According to the Riverfront Times via the AP, two Republican state senators from Missouri are proposing a bill that would require abortion providers to ask women why they are seeking an abortion, inform them of "the pain the fetus would endure" and force them to obey a 24-hour waiting period before the procedure. (Fun fact: there is no waiting period to purchase a gun in Missouri.)
Per the AP, Sen. Tom Dempsey is trying to be all, "Hey shorties, we just wanna know whaz goin' on wiffu."
Legislation by Republican Sen. Tom Dempsey, of St. Peters, would require doctors and clinics to ask women about the specific medical, social or economic reasons for seeking an abortion. Women would not have to respond.
Dempsey says it would be useful for policymakers to know if most abortions are sought because of relationship problems, finances, health concerns, a desire to limit family size, or a variety of other reasons.
Allow me to encourage you not to believe any of that horseshit for even a New York minute. Dempsey is trying to make women who are already likely to be in crisis jump through ever more complicated psychological and bureaucratic hoops in order to exercise their reproductive rights. I promise you that Tom Dempsey has no interest in the "medical, social or economic reasons" for seeking abortions--what he does have an interest in, and what most anti-choice persons have an interest in, is shaming women who seek abortions and making abortion as difficult and painful a process as possible. (Nevermind the fact that comprehensive sexual education and access to contraceptives are the actual proven ways to reduce unwanted pregnancies in the first place.)
Women seeking abortion do not need to be interrogated by medical professionals or anyone else. Can readers think of other medical procedures that individuals are asked to explain their reasoning behind? (Excluding requirements for this kind of thing from health insurance providers--I presume many, if not most, performed abortions are not paid for by health insurance.)