I have a joke for you:
A distraught women walks into an abortion clinic. Due to (insert her reason here), she had finally decided to go through with the procedure.
The Doctor, about to preform the procedure says to her: “You know, you’re about to kill a baby right?”
The women, visibly upset looks at the doctor. She can’t believe the words coming out of his mouth.
Unperturbed, he continues “I’ll do this if you want, but you should know that you are probably going to commit suicide afterwords?”
Horrified, the women runs out of the clinic, in search of a more compassionate doctor.
Actually, in retrospect, that joke wasn’t really that funny. In fact, its kind of insensitive. I’m not sure what possessed me to write it. Maybe it was the article I read in Newsweek today, detailing a STATE SANCTIONED SCRIPT doctors in South Dakota must read to women before performing an abortion.
That’s right. The government has mandated that medical professionals must read a pre-determined script to all females seeking an abortion. Among other things, the doctor is required to warn the woman that she is about to:
terminate the life of a whole, separate, unique living human being with whom she has an existing relationship…the procedure brings statistically significant risks, including increased risk of suicidal ideation or suicide
To say the least, this script is dubious in fact and heavily value laden. No amount of interpretation on my end can do justice to the critique of this egregious and audacious policy that is necessary.
I’m dumbfounded and at a loss for words.
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