Repeat after me. Abortion bans only apply to poor women. I am an OBGYN, in practice in Rock Hill for almost 20 years. I am also a mother, having joyfully shared my body with 2 other humans for 2 years each.
Women who choose to be mothers, do so for the most part without complaint. We may climb up on the cross from time to time and bemoan the bone crushing work that comes with the job, but most days it seems worth it. We take on the risks of pregnancy. The swollen ankles, the stretch marks, the sore nipples and the feeling like we were kicked between the legs for a few days or weeks. The risk of blood clots, or strokes. And even the risk of dying.
We do it because we want children and do so without resentment.
Truth be known, most of us, even those who vote against our own interests, take issue with the state of South Carolina deciding on our behalf that we must take on those risks. We resent the state of South Carolina taking ownership of our bodies for 40 weeks and beyond.
In his dissent to the Supreme Court decision of last week, Justice James opined that the framers of the state constitution focused their right to privacy on “protection from law enforcement searches and seizures of communications and information through improper use of electronic devices.”
Nice. So, my stuff is off limits, but my STUFF is totally at the mercy of a group of people, mostly men, who sought public office to push a theocracy on the rest of us.
I have no issue with one being anti-choice. I do take issue with legislators, with no talent for governing, getting elected just to push their personal world view on the rest of South Carolina, ignoring the fact that there are > 4000 children in foster care, and 14 counties with no OBGYN. SC is ranked the fourth WORST place to have a baby by one
There are 604 OBGYNs in SC. Remember that number. Will it keep pace with growth of the population?
Abortion laws and attitudes toward health care providers will have a chilling effect on attracting young physicians to the state. Remember this when you or your loved one is having a hard time getting a doctor’s appointment, or when you are waiting to be seen in an Emergency Department.
How many women died because of botched abortions prior to 1973? How many women suffered unnecessarily during the 6 weeks that the heartbeat bill was in effect last summer because of legislative interference in the practice of medicine?
And for that matter, abortion bans do not prevent abortions. Countries with the most restrictive abortion laws have higher abortion rates. To see the result of restrictive abortion policies, check out the country of Romania between 1966 and 1989, or perhaps El Salvador. Countries with the most restrictive abortion laws also have higher rates of violence against women.
There are other things that seem to go together: adequate and evidence-based sex education, availability of affordable and reliable contraception, and lower rates of abortion and maternal and infant mortality.
Which one of THOSE people do we want to be, South Carolina?
If you want to be Pro-Life- be Pro-Life. Champion sex education and availability of affordable and reliable birth control. Expand Medicaid. Don’t destroy public education. Unless it is your goal to create a womb to prison pipeline.
Women of means, Democrat, Republican and Independent, will always go to states or countries with access to get a safe abortion. Just nations do not make laws that only apply to women and only apply to the poor.
Remember. Abortion bans only apply to poor women.
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Rock Hill, S.C.
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