Intimidation or Informed Consent?

A young woman is driven to an outpatient surgery center by an older man. She looks frail and distraught. As the two approach the reception desk, her companion takes control of the situation. “Miss Jones is here for a tubal ligation,” he says.The receptionist asks, “Do you have insurance?” He answers for her, “No, we’ll pay cash.”

“That will be $1,700. Here is the form to sign, ” said the receptionist. She slides the paper toward the woman. The young woman sighs as she nervously signs her name. He quickly writes a check.

Then the woman is ushered into a back room and given a gown. There is no explanation of what the procedure entails. Two hours later, she appears in a wheelchair, groggy from the procedure and is helped into his waiting car.

The sterilization center made a quick $1,700 sale. Her lover is now free to enjoy unprotected sex with her without the complication of pregnancy until he moves on to someone else. However, her life has been irrevocably altered.

Whether on a whim or by coercion, this young woman will never be able to bear a child. Does this scenario seem reasonable to you?

Of course it isn’t! That is why states require that the ramifications of this procedure be fully explained, and most require a waiting period of up to 30 days. This does not guarantee that this decision will be truly hers and hers alone, but it does give a woman the opportunity to fully examine the consequences of this decision.

Unfortunately, this scene is repeated countless times every day, with one difference: The nervous, distraught young woman described above is not brought in for a tubal ligation; she is brought in for an abortion.

When an abortion is involved, all reasonable health protections normally afforded women go out the window. That is why lawmakers in South Carolina are poised to enact a law that breaks new ground, requiring that women seeking abortions be required to view ultrasound images of their babies before undergoing this irrevocable procedure.

This has put feminist groups in a tizzy. They call it intimidation. Reasonable people call it “informed consent.”

So the dirty little secret is out: Feminists want women to make this “choice,” as they call it, in the dark.

They have done their best to promote the idea that an abortion is simply scraping out a “glob of tissue.” When forced to discuss what happens in an abortion, they refer to the developing baby in the womb by the medical term “fetus,” which makes the child seem less than human.

Yes, a picture is worth a thousand words, and pictures don’t lie! That is what abortion groups fear most.

For feminist organizations, abortion is all about the money. Abortion is a billion dollar industry, and that industry owes its very existence to these radical organizations that lobby to keep it legal and unregulated.

Women are the big losers!

To be sure, not all women thinking about ending a pregnancy are coerced, but many are.

The important thing to remember is this: How can any woman be expected to make a “choice” when she does not fully understand what that choice entails?

Ultrasound has given us a window to the womb. By two months (when most surgical abortions occur) the baby is fully formed. The structure of the body is complete, even down to fingers and toes. The heart is beating and there are brain waves. From that point on it is simply a matter of growth and the refinement of the working parts. Pregnant women, happy about their condition, who have ultrasounds at two months, ooh and aah when they see their 2-month-old babies moving about and sucking their thumbs.

For a woman with an unwanted pregnancy who is considering an abortion, it may be somewhat comforting to think of her child as just a glob of tissue, but that is not reality! Somewhere down the line this woman is going to be confronted with the realization that this was a baby and that she allowed an abortionist to take the life of her child. Can she live with the consequences of that decision?

That is a question that any true feminist would want a woman to be able to explore before she makes that choice.

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