I watched Fox News today (yes, I hate myself) and listened to commentators defending various radically restrictive anti-abortion laws, including Texas’ new law. The biggest line of defense seems to be, “Well, we just want women to have all the information. We want to make sure they have the right information before they make such a life-altering choice that can cause mental disorders or cancer.”
And the war on women rolls on…
A few things:
adorableenraging you think people take a decision like abortion so cavalierly that the state must step in.
- People with uteri also have agency and can ask for information. We’re not stupid.
- There’s many folks out there who do not regret getting abortions and often report relief. Nor is abortion linked to mental illness or cancer. From the Guttmacher Institute: “Mandatory counseling laws in a number of states require women seeking an abortion to receive information, purportedly medically accurate, that has no basis in fact. Among other things, mandatory counseling can require that a woman be told that having an abortion increases her risk of breast cancer, infertility and mental illness. In reality, none of these claims are medically accurate. These laws not only represent a gross intrusion into the doctor-patient relationship, they serve to propagate misinformation, intentionally misinforming the patient on important medical matters.”
- Because when I’m looking for health information, the first place I look is the STATE LEGISLATURE. Totally better than my doctor, right? Shit, I’d prefer Wikipedia versus the state legislature.
And by the way, conservatives cannot logically claim any longer their opposition to the Affordable Health Care Act stems from the government coming between patient and provider. Allowing my physician to keep possible life-saving information from me, mandating said physician perform unnecessary tests or give false information — regardless of the physician’s own judgement, etc…. that’s all a lot of government coming between my doctor and me.
Note to Republicans: The book pictured below is not an instruction manual.