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Thu Jun 27, 2013, 12:32 AM

What The Language In Abortion Laws Really Means

On Tuesday, Texas Democratic State Senator Wendy Davis embarked on a 13-hour filibuster to try to stop legislation that would effectively ban abortion in the Lone Star State. The new legislation would criminalize abortions in the 20th week of pregnancy, force abortion providers to have hospital-admitting privileges, and would effectively reduce the amount of abortion clinics in the state from 42 to 5.
While it is unconstitutional to ban abortions outright, states like Texas, Wisconsin, Virginia, and a dozen others have been chipping away at women’s right to choose by keeping abortion technically legal but increasingly difficult to obtain. Here’s how they do it.
1. Mandated Psychological Counseling

“Why are you terminating this pregnancy?”
This was the question posed to me during a mandatory counseling session I had to endure before I was able to get an abortion. I panicked. What was the right answer?
I wanted to say, “Because I want to.” But I was afraid I would be denied the procedure. I lied and said I was broke and couldn’t raise a child. This seem to satisfy the Planned Parenthood worker.
Thirty-five states do not allow a woman to undergo an abortion unless she has been “counseled.” The substance of these “counseling sessions” runs the gamut from informing the woman about the purported link between abortion and breast cancer (five states), the ability of a fetus to feel pain (twelve states), long-term mental health consequences of abortion (eight states), or that personhood begins at conception (five states). In several states, a counseling session must be done in person, at the facility, 24 hours before the procedure, meaning at least two trips the facility must be made.
A three-year study of over 300 women, conducted by the Texas Policy Evaluation Project, found the 24-hour waiting period had a negative emotional impact on 31% of women surveyed. Nearly half of the women reported additional costs caused by the waiting period — $141 on average — for extra transportation, child care, and other services not related to the abortion.



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ismnotwasm Jun 2013 OP
Warpy Jun 2013 #1
ismnotwasm Jun 2013 #2
Tansy_Gold Jun 2013 #3
Warpy Jun 2013 #7
niyad Jun 2013 #4
CrispyQ Jun 2013 #5
Squinch Jun 2013 #6
ismnotwasm Jun 2013 #8
Just Saying Jun 2013 #9

Response to ismnotwasm (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 12:46 AM

1. Well, you know the old boys all think such a drastic decision

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should never be entrusted to mere women. The fact that there are now state mandated lies to be told to women in waiting rooms is nothing short of grotesque.

It's the worst in paternalism and misogyny rolled up into one poisonous attitude.

No woman should ever have to justify her decision to anyone, she is always the best judge of whether or not she's up to the rigors of pregnancy and childbirth and emotionally prepared to raise an unwanted child.

There is no more useless creature in the world than an anti abortion man.

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Response to Warpy (Reply #1)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 12:55 AM

2. "There is no more useless creature in the world than an anti abortion man"

Some words just ring with truth.

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Response to Warpy (Reply #1)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 12:55 AM

3. I would, with your permission, amend your last statement.

"There is no more useless -- or dangerous -- creature in the world than an anti abortion man."

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Response to Tansy_Gold (Reply #3)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 02:35 PM

7. That works, too.

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Response to ismnotwasm (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 02:59 AM

4. k and r. all of this is about hatred for women, contempt and anger at women DARING to exert

control over their own bodies and lives.

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Response to ismnotwasm (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 10:59 AM

5. Fuck these assholes.

I don't think anything pisses me off quite as much as a group of men discussing women's reproductive choices. You miserable pricks. And I don't use that word lightly.

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Response to ismnotwasm (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 02:28 PM

6. Ahhhh! God! It's no one's business why she is terminating her pregnancy. How dare they

ask. The act of asking implies that they have the right to judge the validity of the answer.

I hate the people who made this happen. Almost as much as they hate me.

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Response to Squinch (Reply #6)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 07:32 PM

8. It is infuriating

Why the Fuck do they think? And it's deep.y personal, every story different, every reaction different. To reiterate your comment, it's nobodies business why any woman chooses to terminate a pregnancy



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Response to ismnotwasm (Original post)

Sat Jun 29, 2013, 11:16 PM

9. Ohio

Where I live is about to pass restrictive abortion law with amendments attached to our BUDGET of all things. Defunding PP, requirements for ultrasound and claiming life begins when sperm meets egg is all attached to the budget the Gov must sign by Sunday night.

I know some people think Ohio is BFE but I live in the suburbs of Cleveland-not a rural area and much as our purple color suggests, we have a wide demographic here. But I'm just floored by the men in our Republican controlled house that added amendments without debates (none!) to take my state back in women's rights until before I was born!

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