Abortion is a Woman’s Decision–Not the State’s

Posted on March 3, 2011 by


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What a hot mess. I checked in to Facebook today, only to learn that South Dakota is on the path to passing a very disturbing law.

The law would require women to wait a full 72 hours before they can have an abortion–those 72 hours can be the difference between life and death. On top of that, women seeking abortion would have to undergo pre-abortion counseling, which would try to deter them from going through with the operation.

That’s pretty drastic, don’t you think?

 Sen. Al Novstrup, who is the bill’s lead supporter, says it would protect women from being pressured into having an abortion. Yeah, ok, and what about protecting those who are pressured into not having an abortion?

 But then again, it’s right in line with the ideology of this conservative state. In fact, South Dakota is so conservative that, back in 2009, it was ranked among our nation’s top 10 conservative states, according to a Gallup Poll.

 Just last month, this “straight-laced” state broke news, as headlines announced legislation proposal that would “expand the definition of justifiable homicide to include killings that are intended to prevent harm to a fetus, as reported on OliverWillis.com.

Conservatives, who are known for their disdain for the welfare system (can’t say I blame them there, when people abuse it; however, I believe that if a woman knows she can’t care for the child mentally or financially, she should be able to handle her business), appear to be a walking contradiction on this very issue.

How do you do everything in your power to prevent a woman from having an abortion which—by the way only affects her body so it should remain her decision—yet get mad when these same women become dependent on the system?

My cousin made a great point about this very issue: She wonders (and so do I), if these conservatives would be so adamantly anti-abortion if it were their daughters who’d gotten pregnant, particurly when the father is from the “wrong side of the tracks.”

I’m sure we’d hear crickets on that one.

Pick your sides, conservatives, and be rational. If you want to prevent a woman from having an abortion, then be prepared to take care of that unwanted child.