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[color=green]A 24 wait for adult women asking for an abortion. A good idea? Do adults need to wait 24 hours, or do you think that they have probably already spent much more than 24 hours thinking about this decision before going to the clinic or dr's office?

This recent bill hasn't passed yet, but it has passed the first hurdle by a vote of 3 to 1 - in a blue state.

The bill doesn't address the legality of abortion, but it's sponsor and supports have admitted that they are pro-life. (The sponsor is a dem. in a blue state.

Do you think that this bill is a legit. bill? Or do you think it's nothing but harrassment.

I would call myself pro-life, though I would reserve the right to abortion for serious medical reasons. Still, I think that this bill is trash. It's harrassment. There's no reason to assume that a woman asking for an abortion hasn't alread spent much more than 24 hours thinking about it.

OTOH, the sponor and supporters claim that the bill is to allow the woman to read and think about the options that she'll be told about when she visits the clinic to schedule the abortion. There will be literature and a state website. [color=green]

I think that the motivation as stated is good - making sure that all people asking for abortions are fully aware of all the options - adoption, AFDC money, etc. *But*, abortion is legal, and imo, it's not the state's place to decide how much "other" info a woman needs to consider for 24 hours. If abortion is legal, it's not the state's place to force a woman to spend x number of hours looking at alternatives. It's none of their business what choice an individual person makes or what options she's aware of, or how long she has thought about her decision.

The state's role is limited to deciding what is legal or not. If these people want to challenge Roe v Wade, then that's what they should do.
So long as abortion is legal, the woman's decision making process - what options she has considered or how long she took to make a decision - is out of the state's hands. It's none of the state's business.

What do you think?

PS - Since this bill didn't address the legality or morality of abortion, I'd like to restrict this question to what the bill did address - the 24 hours waiting period.
 


Posts: 22 | Posted: 5:16 PM on June 29, 2005 | IP
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Yeah...i can understand the motivations behind such a bill. I do think it is important that women are made fully aware of the various options open to them, and also the risks involved in both abortion and pregnancy/childbirth. But i have a feeling that most women would already be fully aware of such things, and i don't think forcing them to wait 24 hrs would a) make them more aware or b) change their minds.

I don't think such a law could do much good.
 


Posts: 292 | Posted: 02:57 AM on July 4, 2005 | IP
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I think that the decision to have an abortion is not as easily made (By most women) as people think. They have already tortured themselves throughout the days and weeks leading to the decision and now we are allowing the government to force these women to torture themselves for another 24 hours.

It has always amazed me that the american people love their freedom and yet sit back and let the government slowly and methodically strip them away. I think that if women (or the american people in general for that matter)allow the government to pass this bill, a bill restricting how they are to make decisions affecting THEIR lives, then they deserve to live through that 24 hours. Are you really willing to let a person you have never met or never will meet dictate how you will make your decisions? I am fascinated by how far people will let the government go.

Fasten your seatbelts people, its going to be a bumpy ride, and you have to anyway we already let them make that law too.


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Posts: 41 | Posted: 09:25 AM on July 5, 2005 | IP
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Is it really about life issues? You bring up the seatbelt law. It's supposed to be about saving lives. We have to wear a seatbelt when we're in a car with crumple zones and air bags, yet drivers on motorcycles going 65mph don't have to wear helmets.

You really have to wonder if it's more about control than about concern over anyone's safety.

OT, but I've never understood the seatbelt/helmet thing. :-)


 


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