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  •  Consider, though (0+ / 0-)

    that most prenatal testing is done in the period right before this cut off. If severe fetal abnormalities are detected, a woman may not have enough time to find an abortion provider and/or figure out how to pay for the abortion before bumping up against that cut off.

    You are imagining that straw man scenario in which a woman just changes her mind about a pregnancy on a whim. This is almost never the case.

    •  no straw man here (0+ / 0-)

      A woman has a pretty good idea she's pregnant within a month and can quickly confirm that with an inexpensive home kit. It seems that four months is plenty of time to locate a provider and get the money together - if you can't do it by then, I doubt you're going to be able to raise the cash in any event.

      I don't think women change their minds on a whim, but I know that many of them defer making difficult decisions - as men do. This simply sets a deadline, which can be a useful thing, as any writer can tell you.

      As for prenatal testing, even this law allows abortions after 20 weeks for medical reasons. Absent a compelling medical reason, 20 weeks seems like a very generous cutoff.

      The difficulty in paying for an abortion or finding an abortion provider are real, but are separate issues. Pushing for an open-ended right to an abortion with no questions asked at 24, 28 weeks and beyond only serves to make the pro-choice movement appear extreme and out-of-touch, and weakens support among the general public.

      •  Actually no. (0+ / 0-)

        I had an IUD (which failed). I sometimes skipped periods. It was the 2nd missed period & morning sickness .that told me. Luckily, I didn't have a monetary problem. Also, luckily, getting my tubes tied wasn't an issue.

        If it's an abused teenager scared and in denial -- and with road blocks -- the weeks can be lost easier than you think. Moiv has told horror stories, among others.

        I support "no abortion laws" without apology. Medical standards should be sufficient. Especially if abortion is reintergrated into general OB-Gyn practice, so Gosnell stuff won't happen (it doesn't happen in Canada).

        30 years ago, abortion wasn't such an issue (!!) -- but if it was I probably would have taken pregnancy tests, to be sure, when I skipped periods. But with the working poor becoming a larger percentage, and the middle class being pushed down, it's grim.

        Giving birth (giving life) should be a gift not an obligation or women and poor people are 2nd class by definition

        by julifolo on Thu May 03, 2012 at 07:37:48 AM PDT

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