Abortion advocates consistently claim that abortion is a health care issue, that it’s a medical procedure between a woman and her doctor, and yet they also shriek with outrage if abortionists are held to even a fraction of the standards that any other medical practitioner is held to. Case in point: abortion activists are howling because Missouri lawmakers just approved a three-day waiting period before a woman can get an abortion.
Missouri lawmakers gave final approval to a measure that requires a woman to wait 72 hours from her initial doctor’s visit before she gets an abortion.
The Republican-controlled House voted 111-39 in favor of the legislation late Wednesday.
Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, has not said whether he’ll sign it.
If the governor signs the bill into law, it will triple the time a woman has to wait to have an abortion in the state.
… Abortion rights advocates slammed the bill, describing it as an intrusion on personal lives.
“Governor Nixon must veto this bill and stand firmly with a woman’s right to make her own private medical decisions, including the decision of whether to have an abortion, in consultation with her doctor,” said Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund.
When a person chooses to undergo elective surgery — and let’s be honest, abortion is elective surgery 99.9% of the time — there are often waiting periods, because generally, it’s a good idea to make sure that someone isn’t making a spur-of-the-moment decision that will have lasting, if not permanent, repercussions. Why, then, should abortion be exempt from waiting periods, considering that it is a permanent decision which takes a life?
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