That’s 5 months along, though… I actually agree with that. It’s cruel at that point to even abort, nobody should have the option to at 5 months. Correct me if I’m misunderstanding.
Women are getting abortions more far along because people keep limiting their choices. I can get a gun within an hour, but god forbid I can’t get an abortion asap. I must go through extensive counseling to change my mind, get a trans-vaginal ultrasound, and plus weekends don’t count as part of the waiting period. What about the cases of rape and incest though? And some doctors will probably take advantage and not make any exceptions. But, who am I kidding? There’s no way this is constitutional.
Hey, in-the-midst…this isn’t about how far along or anything like that; it’s about depriving a woman of her bodily autonomy, and getting between a health care decision that should be between her and her doctor (besides, if abortion is an option at that stage, it’s likely due to a serious medical problem with the fetus or the mother — or both).
Secondly, and more to the point of why I wanted to reblog this — the exception for rape and incest has a HUGE caveat: women who are victims of rape/sexual assault MUST report the attack to law enforcement in order to qualify for the exception.
Think about that: if you’ve been raped, and you’re pregnant, before you get an abortion, you have to report the attack to the police. On the surface, reporting a sexual assault/rape makes sense, but the reality is nowhere near that easy. Women who report such crimes are ostracized, ridiculed, not always believed, blamed for the attack (victim-blaming) — and if such cases go to court (rare), they seldom result in convictions.
Long story short: this provision makes a rape/sexual assault victim’s life even harder. It adds stress to an already stressful time in the woman’s* life. There’s a reason many rape/sexual assault victims stay quiet, and it’s not because they’re making it all up.