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As politicians are marching to take away this right from women - the Right is pushing forward candidates for 2016 that will make it worse, rather than safer or better for women.
1. Rand Paul is calling for "life begins at conception" and an end to all abortions, period - along with all hormonal birthcontrol.
2. Cruz is "moderate" with the 20 WK status...but I'll bet he'll move farther right if in fact he opts to run.
They are looking more and more fascist in their contempt for women.
States are looking to find the men - who impregnated unmarried women. So, let's say they locate the sperm donor...say he must provide $$$$ - and if he can't, then off to the private-prison complex.
Meanwhile the GOP are looking to Block Grant Medicaid ( which is easily defunded). They are looking for ways to make women 2nd class citizens - again. If the GOP get their way - we will no longer be a democratic republic - but instead look more like Middle Eastern theocracy.
There is a law that cannot be legislated nor judged by the supreme court. That is the Law of Unintended Consequences and I believe that those cave man caucuses that passed those restrictive abortion laws fail to understand that law.
When legal abortions become almost impossible to obtain or there are too many roadblocks to getting a legal (and safe) abortion; people will seek out illegal abortions. When abortions were illegal, there were no regulations or safeguards. Nor were there any restrictions on just when an abortion could be performed.
Late term ("partial birth") abortions are quite rare. Not only do they kill a viable fetus and pose ethical questions for the doctors and health care personnel; but there is significant risk to the mother as well. In a regulated situation, late term abortions are only done where the fetus is non viable and carrying it to term may endanger the mother. Very often when there is a non viable fetus, it spontaneously aborts and the result is a miscarriage. That is why late term abortions are seldom performed and usually with some compelling medical reason. Usually if carrying the fetus to term endangers the mother and the fetus is viable, labor is induced or a C - section is performed and the child is delivered prematurely. Modern neo natal units can save many premature children who would not have survived when Roe v Wade was decided.
But when abortions are pushed back underground, there are no regulations on late term abortions or any abortions at all. The unintended consequence of those restrictive abortion laws may be that many women will seek out an illegal abortion on their own where there are no regulations or safeguards.
Another unintended consequence of the defunding of Planned Parenthood may be more abortions than before. Under the law no government funds can be used to finance abortions. So all the abortions performed by Planned Parenthood are financed through their private donations and no government funds are used. What the government funds are used for is the family planning services and low cost or free contraceptives that are mostly directed to low income women.
The loss of those government funds could cause many women to be removed from their programs and many centers to close. The results of that could be that many low income women and families would no longer be receiving the family planning and low cost contraceptives. This could result in more unwanted and unintended pregnancies which could result in more abortions.
What would make much more sense would be to promote adoption rather than abortion. There has been a severe shortage of adoptable infants in the United States. It is so bad that many families unable to have their own children often have to adopt infants from foreign countries. To someone who may be overwhelmed or not ready to face the responsibilities of a child, adoption is a great alternative. Adoption agencies do a good job of screening adoptive families and the child can be placed with a loving family. Somehow all this gets lost in all this anti abortion debate.
The Law of Unintended Consequences could also be applied in those states that reject the Medicaid expansion under the ACA. Those people who would be eligible for Medicaid under the expansion would be exempt from the individual mandate to get health insurance through the exchanges, so they would not have any penalties. But they will still remain uninsured just the same. For them nothing would change. But there would be more uncompensated care given by doctors and hospitals which is then shifted to those with insurance. The result would be that all of us would end up continuing to subsidize the medical care for the uninsured.
The Law of Unintended Consequences is like the Law of Gravity. It is not subject to repeal or judicial review. It is also self enforcing and does not need any police to make sure that it is enforced. But it is there no matter what. When ideology and political posturing are more important than actually legislating sane laws, the Law of Unintended Consequences will take over.
Posted by golfinsailor