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.
John Tarter May 15th, 2014 at 1:58 pm
Sounds like some gun control laws that certain states have, so what exactly is your problem with this 3 day waiting period? You anti-gun activists set the precedent, now deal with it!
arc99 May 15th, 2014 at 2:06 pm
fine.. and when the precedent set by anti abortion activists results in just a single location in every state where a firearm can be purchased, as is the case for a facility that can perform abortions in Mississippi, you deal with it.
Shades May 15th, 2014 at 2:28 pm
Some butter for your BURRRRNNNN, Mr Tater?
John Tarter May 15th, 2014 at 3:43 pm
No, I’m fine thank you. Gun shops must already adhere to certain regulations to operate. Unfortunately for abortion proponents, abortion IS a medical procedure and the requirements for abortuaries under the medical statutes are necessarily more stringent.
arc99 May 15th, 2014 at 3:55 pm
since there is not a single other legal medical procedure requiring a waiting period, your characterization of the process as “necessarily more stringent” is an opinion unsupported by the facts. a brief search returns no instances where any reputable physician’s organization sees a medical need for any waiting period. “necessarily stringent”? necessary for what, other than preventing a woman from having a abortion?
my main complaint on the whole thing is the inherent dishonesty. those who advocate waiting period for firearms have no desire to prevent law abiding people from purchasing a gun. the intent is to attempt to prevent people with questionable or outright criminal backgrounds from acquiring a firearm.
on the other hand while there is lots of lofty rhetoric about safety and concern for the well-being of women, after these laws are passed, the politicians responsible for these laws admit that the goal is to prevent abortion, period.
I see no equivalence between an effort to allow law-abiding people to have access to firearms while eliminating the danger of criminal activity, and an effort to prevent women from obtaining a legal medical procedure. it is a completely false equivalence as far as I am concerned.
Shades May 15th, 2014 at 4:28 pm
Trust me. You’re not fine.
Alan May 15th, 2014 at 4:43 pm
the make them stringent on purpose to drive them out of business. that is the agenda
Nobama May 16th, 2014 at 8:01 am
Or maybe it is more about a sterile environment? I don’t think Kermit Gosnell won any awards for cleanliness.
Bunya May 15th, 2014 at 2:59 pm
Since we’re talking about the war on women, here’s a fun fact. Did you know that during the inquisition, there were special, pretty brutal, torture devices designed specifically for women? in fact, women-only tortures often seemed especially cruel and were designed to destroy specific aspects of femininity. Women were tortured for crimes that are no longer considered offensive (except by religious sects), such as adultery, abortion and for being an unwed mother.
Wouldn’t it be funny if God turned out to be a “She”?