War On Women Continues: 3-Day Waiting Period Mandated For Abortion
Missouri lawmakers believe they have to tell the little ladies how long to wait before having abortions.
Missouri lawmakers have characterized the proposed waiting period as a necessary policy to give women more time to seriously consider their decision to end a pregnancy. In a debate over the bill last month, one GOP representative compared choosing an abortion to buying a car. “Even when I buy a new vehicle — this is my experience — I don’t go right in there and say, I want to buy that vehicle, and, you know, leave with it,” Rep. Chuck Gatschenberger (R) said. Those comments provoked considerable backlash, including from Gatschenberger’s female colleagues, who called the comparison “extremely offensive” and “demeaning to women.”
In reality, research has proven that legislative barriers to abortion services, like mandatory waiting periods or required counseling laws, don’t actually change women’s minds about whether to end a pregnancy. Nearly 90 percent of women are already “highly confident” about their choice to have an abortion before they approach a doctor. And women who choose abortion overwhelmingly say it was the right choice for them.
So let’s pass a law mandating that Chuck Gatschenberer must wait 72 hours before taking a car he wants out of the showroom.