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Friday, March 14, 2003

Another informed consent attempt

The house in Missouri passes 24-hour-waiting period legislation.

"'With this legislation, women will have the right to receive appropriate
medical information from their doctor before making an abortion decision,'
said Pam Manning, President of Missouri Right to Life.

'Research and the testimony of those who have had abortions say that women
carry a heavy burden throughout their lives because they made the decision
to have an abortion without adequate information. This bill calls for
women to receive the information they deserve. It is good for the women of
Missouri,' Manning continued."

One of the things this bill does is have the woman sign a statement that no one is coercing her.

If a woman is being coerced into an abortion, how likely is she to feel safe reporting that fact?

I mean, is the following conversation EVER going to occur?

Him: "So, how'd it go?"

Her: "Oh, they decided not to do it."

Him: "What do you mean?"

Her: "They asked me to sign a form saying that no one was coercing me. But in all honesty, you are, so I was unable to sign that form. So they wouldn't do the abortion."

Him: "Oh. Okay, then. Well, I guess we'll have that baby after all! Let me take you out to a nice lunch somewhere and then maybe we can head over to Sears and pick you up a few cute little maternity outfits."

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