- Did I Violate the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban?
A doctor ponders a new era of prosecution
By Warren M. Hern
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2003, at 7:17 PM ET
As the misleadingly titled "Partial-Birth Abortion Ban" makes its way to the president's desk, anti-abortion groups are celebrating their public relations victory. But beneath the hoopla, the bill's medical consequences remain murky. Exactly which procedures will be banned, and which doctors prosecuted? Will the anti-abortion lobby be happier with the alternative methods to which doctors will resort? If not, which methods and doctors will be targeted next? Will this ban have a chilling effect on related procedures? If so, will it prevent abortions—or births?
Respect for human life finds an ultimate expression in the bond of love the mother has for her child... Whether to have an abortion requires a difficult and painful moral decision...While we find no reliable data to measure the phenomenon, it seems unexceptionable to conclude some women come to regret their choice to abort the infant life they once created and sustained... Severe depression and loss of esteem can follow...Oh puhleese doctor Kennedy, spare me such a choice, I am getting the vapors. I'll just head back home and bake you some cookies like a good little wifey.
In a decision so fraught with emotional consequence some doctors may prefer not to disclose precise details of the means that will be used, confining themselves to the required statement of risks the procedure entails. From one standpoint this ought not to be surprising. Any number of patients facing imminent surgical procedures would prefer not to hear all details, lest the usual anxiety preceding invasive medical procedures become the more intense. This is likely the case with the abortion procedures here in issue.
As Justice Ruth the convert says in her minority opinion, sexist crap:
Revealing in this regard, the Court invokes an antiabortion shibboleth for which it concededly has no reliable evidence: Women who have abortions come to regret their choices, and consequently suffer from "[s]evere depression and loss of esteem." Ante, at 29.7 Because of women's fragile emotional state and because of the "bond of love the mother has for her child," the Court worries, doctors may withhold information about the nature of the intact D&E procedure...The solution the Court approves, then, is not to require doctors to inform women, accurately and adequately, of the different procedures and their attendant risks...Instead, the Court deprives women of the right to make an autonomous choice, even at the expense of their safety.
This way of thinking reflects ancient notions about women's place in the family and under the Constitution--ideas that have long since been discredited. Compare Bradwell v. State(1872) ("Man is, or should be, woman's protector and defender. The natural and proper timidity and delicacy which belongs to the female sex evidently unfits it for many of the occupations of civil life. ... The paramount destiny and mission of woman are to fulfil[l] the noble and benign offices of wife and mother."), with United States v. Virginia(1996) (State may not rely on "overbroad generalizations" about the "talents, capacities, or preferences" of women; "[s]uch judgments have ... impeded ... women's progress toward full citizenship stature throughout our Nation's history")
For those who believe this decision only effects women of loose morals who get an abortion for convenience, your stoned. This is the result of a battle that has been waged since 1800 (Yeah, that long. Go to page 6. Or better still buy the book) between two competing political ideology's that want to run the United States, Theocracy vs. Democracy. The PBA is the most successful and least understood victory for the modern version of Theocratic Politics: Dominionism or Christian Reconstructionism. The War against Women is only the mearest fraction of the Dominionist agenda.
In future posts I will expand on how the stealth campaign waged by the Dominionist has succeeded in infiltrating ALL LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT; and how this may lead to an overthrow of our Democracy. For those who think they have handle on it, you may not have a clue how bad it really is.