Whenever some ridiculous new abortion law gets passed, it’s by the hands of some religious white man who probably can’t even say the word “uterus” without blushing but somehow manages to tell women how to use theirs. Anyone else notice that?
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback recently signed legislation that outlaws the common dilation and evacuation (D&E) procedure done during second trimester abortions in Kansas. It’s the method recommended by researchers of the World Health Organization as the safest. It’s a simple outpatient procedure. Kansas already is known for it’s strict abortion laws some including restricting health insurance plans from covering the procedure and defining life as beginning at fertilization.
The governor, with the cooperation of right-wing group National Right to Life, utilized many common anti-choice tactics. One being the use of pictures of fetuses, like in the photo above. They also choose their words very carefully, calling a D&E a “dismemberment abortion” and described it as “knowingly dismembering a living unborn child and extracting such unborn child one piece at a time from the uterus.” Lovely, no? Another is the common scare tactic of telling women an abortion will affect their future fertility.
The law makes no exceptions for cases of rape and incest, only if the pregnant woman is facing death or irreversible bodily harm. How is it that people (almost always men) can choose what is a “good reason” to have an abortion? That’s a hard decision to make, why do people feel the need to make it so much harder?!
According to Guttmacher Institute, 60% of women who receive a late-term abortion cite the delay was because they needed to make arrangements and make money. How about we close the distance between abortion providers and make it more financially possible for women instead of just making it harder and then getting indignant when women end up needing late term abortions?! Common fucking sense, people.
“Planned Parenthood is disappointed but not surprised by the signing of Senate Bill 95, which was written not by physicians and medical experts, but by a national interest group bent on banning abortion across the country.” -Planned Parenthood Advocates of Kansas and Mid-Missouri.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Like it or not, people have always had abortions and they always will. And if restrictive laws are going to prevent these procedures from being performed safely, then women will become seriously injured or die. They will seek out abortions from unlicensed individuals or attempt to self-abort. Is that really what people would rather have happen?
This atrocity in law is occurring at the same time as another injustice in Arizona and Arkansas. New laws there are requiring the hacks at “pregnancy crisis centers” to tell women about abortion “reversal” before the procedure. Many people are telling them this halfway through a medical abortion. Abortion “reversal” is a procedure is a ridiculous experiment in which progesterone is injected into a patient after she has taken the abortion pill hoping to reverse its effects. This is unsafe and understudied. It’s also a clear attempt to bully a vulnerable person into not getting an abortion. It’s insanity.
Instead of making objective law, these politicians are imposing their personal beliefs at the expense of women’s health and the doctors who are criminalized for providing care.
“Extreme legislators are so focused on preventing a woman from getting an abortion that they are willing to ignore the medical experts and hide behind junk science.” – Jennifer Dalven, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Reproductive Freedom Project.
I’m not asking these people to like abortion. It’s a complicated, moral issue for many. But I’m asking them to stop restricting women’s rights and healthcare. To stop stigmatizing women. To stop putting peoples lives at risk.To tell women the truth. Is that so much to ask?