NC Republican State Representative Pat McElraft filed an anti-choice bill claiming the focus was to primarily create jobs. Her explanation? Fewer abortions equals more "little taxpayers" which somehow helps jobs, right?
The bill triples the state's waiting period for medical care from 24 hours to 72. It requires that only an OB-GYN perform an abortion; it also keeps faculty and students at UNC Chapel Hill and East Caroline University from supervising said abortions. This equates to two of the country's best medical schools being unable to provide future OB-GYNs proper training. Don't worry, though, because McElraft has an explanation for this too! She's truly dedicated to making sure women receive "competent" care from well-educated OB-GYNs.
It hasn't been a very winning week for pro-choice ladies. Arizona was the first state this week to pass a law requiring doctors who perform drug-induced abortions to tell their patients that the procedure may be reversible. This is based on the research of Dr. George Delgado, who claims (without any evidence) that he was able to reverse the effects of drug-induced abortions for several women before the second stage of the process has been completed.
Jodi Liggett, the public policy director of Planned Parenthood Arizona—and a woman we can get behind—stated that “Arizona women trust their physicians. Extreme policymakers are preying on this trust in order to further bad medicine, all in the name of politics, and not science.” Contradicting her statement, there's the belief that there is no harm in telling a woman she could reverse her abortion if she chose to and that isn't the case. There are unfortunately women who don't always have the information they need before undergoing the abortion process; some women might have second thoughts about having an abortion, and it's not fair to get their hopes up by saying that they could just one day reverse everything.
All of this fake concern for women's health via the anti-choice movement is dangerous for those who don't do research on their own, but most of their statements aren't to be taken seriously. We know what this is all about, and it sure as hell isn't protecting our uteruses.
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