Last week the New York Times published an interesting article on the “reincarnation” of the pro-life movement, noting that since Republicans took office in January, there have been “at least” 64 pro-life laws passed in the United States, with April alone accounting for almost half of them. You can read the entire article from the Times by clicking the embedded link, but I want to take a couple of blogs and isolate some of it, addressing specific areas. All quotations in bold are from the article. My comments follow.
“Virginia started regulating abortion clinics as if they were hospitals. Utah, Nebraska and several other states have stopped private health insurers from covering abortions, with rare exceptions. South Dakota will soon tell women that before they go to an abortion clinic, they must first visit a crisis pregnancy center whose mission is to talk them out of it."
The article seems to imply something off kilter about Virginia treating abortion clinics as if they are hospitals. My educated mind can’t fathom that an abortion clinic wouldn’t be treated as such. Abortion is surgery, which is subject to complications. Some abortion clinics do higher risk or late-term abortions. Even if you support abortion, don’t you want your abortion clinic held to standards of medicine like you might find at a hospital? If I were having any sort of medical procedure with any level of risk you better believe I want it to be in a regulated place with some serious enforcement—for my safety. This is not a point that should be criticized by anyone on either side of the movement unless they truly have no interest whatsoever in a woman’s health. Discounting standard patient safety practices has nothing to do with helping women; it has to do with medical conspiracy and cover ups.