In a victory for antiabortion forces, doctors in South Dakota are now required to tell a woman seeking an abortion that the procedure “will terminate the life of a whole, separate, unique living human being.”
Under the law, doctors must say that the woman has “an existing relationship” with the fetus that is protected by the U.S. Constitution and that “her existing constitutional rights with regards to that relationship will be terminated.” Also, the doctor is required to say that “abortion increases the risk of suicide ideation and suicide.”
The message must be delivered no earlier than two hours before the procedure. The woman must say in writing that she understands.
Mailee Smith, staff counsel at Chicago-based Americans United for Life, praised the regulations. “We do think it’s a good law, because it does provide a woman with the broadest spectrum of information,” she said.
Wait, so doctors are required to tell women seeking abortions a statement based not in facts, or even legal understanding, but religious rhetoric? I just don’t get how in the United States, a law like this could pass. I mean I get it, but I just can’t fathom how this is okay.
Fetuses aren’t legally human beings–which is why abortion is legal. How can you force doctor’s to tell women that their fetus is a) alive and b) a human being? How can you legally mandate the presentation of a viewpoint that isn’t actually supported by the law? Those are opinions not facts and in no way add to a “broad spectrum of information” but rather a broad spectrum of fear and guilt mongering.
Medical interference: it’s for the ladies.