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  •  Here's my story for her (30+ / 0-)

    I'm a doctor.  I don't do any surgical procedures, and as it happens my patients have been mostly elderly and in 33 years in practice I've never had the occasion to refer a woman for an abortion.  That means I don't have firsthand stories, but I can pass on some of what I've learned from other doctors without any patient wondering if I'm talking about her.

    I happened to be in medical school, just about to take my rotation on Obstetrics and Gynecology, when Roe v Wade was handed down.  I heard plenty of horror stories about women dying from complications of back-alley abortions, including from students just a year ahead of me.  I also heard stories from the professors, that showed how hypocritical people can be about abortion.

    The school's teaching hospital was the only place in the state that would do above-board, legal abortions; and they only did 50 or so a year, usually when they could document that the life of the pregnant woman was in danger.  One older professor, who had grown up knowing many of the movers and shakers in the small state, said he'd occasionally get a phone call from one of his old school friends.  He said the calls would start out, "David, you know I hate to eat crow..." and he'd know by their tone of voice he could finish the sentence: "...but your daughter's pregnant and she needs an abortion?"  He said he could almost hear their teeth drop out of their mouths over the phone.

    When it comes to their own family, friends, or mistress, "pro-life" principles often go out the window.  In fact, I'm convinced that laws prohibiting abortion are no more effective than Prohibition of alcohol was in the 1920's.  Trying to ban abortions doesn't "Fill our land with vice and crime" the way Prohibition did, but that's only because meeting the demand for bootleg liquor was a serious logistical challenge.  

    Any legislator who wants to prohibit abortions, or make them unnecessarily hard to get, should have to answer this question:

    "Have you, any of your partners, or any daughters you may have ever had an abortion?"

    I understand some Senators are asking Senator Wendy Davis questions during her current filibuster of the anti-abortion bill today in the Texas Senate.  I hope that after she answers their questions, she challenges them to answer the question posed above.

    We're all pretty strange one way or another; some of us just hide it better. "Normal" is a dryer setting.

    by david78209 on Tue Jun 25, 2013 at 04:19:08 PM PDT

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