The Beltway demagogues who sound alarms about abortion opponents seeking to ruin (and end!) women's lives, ought to stop and think about the women who've had and are currently suffering from abortions.
The South Dakota recently did just that. The South Dakota Task Force to Study Abortion, created by the state legislature to look at how best the state could "protect the rights, interests and health of pregnant mothers," just churned out a report. Besides "experts" and activists, just short of 2,000 women who have had abortions -- perhaps the real experts -- communicated with the committee. The report relays testimonies of, "a pattern of shared experiences and trauma and a common sense of loss." As one woman told them of her abortion: "I carry the guilt and shame with me every day."
On a topic usually drowning in euphemisms, where "choice" is used more often than "abortion," some women testified that for them, legal abortion gave them no precious "choice." To the contrary, the report says: "The overwhelming majority of women testified that they would never have considered an abortion if it were not legal. Many revealed that they feel that the legalization of abortion simply gave a license to others to pressure them into a decision they otherwise would not have made." Others "relate that they were coerced into having the abortion by the father of the child or a parent, and that the abortion clinics also apply pressure. They almost uniformly express anger toward the abortion providers, their baby's father or society in general, which promotes abortion as a great right -- the exercise of which is good for women."
Read the entire article on the Decatur Daily Democrat website (new window will open).