Planned Parenthood was arguing before the Senate today, saying that since we allow
midwives to deliver babies, we should let similar non-doctors perform abortions as well.
First of all, birth is a natural process that midwives facilitate. Abortion is an
invasive surgical procedure that involves sticking sharp instruments into a part of the
body very prone to injury and infection. To equate the two is asinine.
Abortion is, by definition, tampering with this natural process in a way that causes
the death of at least one person--the baby. It should be no surprise if the tampering
causes the death of the mother as well.
Second, we already know that when you decide to tamper with pregnancy through abortion,
residents have a higher reported complication rate than licensed doctors. And we could
expect the complication rate to be even higher when you have abortions done by people who
don't even have the background and experience of a resident.
Clearly, Planned Parenthood's goal isn't safe and legal abortion but cheap and legal
For those of you who missed it, representatives of
the California group called The Federation of Feminist Women's Health Centers were in town
over the weekend. They promote a kind of "do-it-yourself" home abortion
procedure. They used to sell a kit for this purpose but the Food and Drug Administration
stopped that, so now they just tell women how to assemble their own kit. In their video
they encourage women to go to the drug store and buy some plastic aquarium tubing, a cork,
a syringe that can be used as a hand-operated pump, a Mason jar, and some medical
instruments. Then, in very grisly detail, they show a half-naked woman sitting in
someone's living room with a bunch of other women, using this stuff and a flashlight to
perform a vaginal examination, followed by a "do-it-yourself" abortion. They
claim the vaginal examination is necessary to spot anything abnormal but don't describe
what abnormal is, apparently assuming that everyone knows what's normal and abnormal about
all the internal body organs of their friends. In any event, their sole warning about
safety is that you should only attempt this home abortion in the company of your friends.
Is this the sort of thing we want happening in our
state? I'd love to hear what the pro-choicers have to say about it.