Leftists say 72-hour waiting period for abortions is evidence of ‘war on women,’ but waiting periods for gun purchases is common sense
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A bill that would triple Missouri’s waiting period for an abortion has passed the General Assembly and could become law if Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon’s “profound concerns” about the measure don’t lead him to veto it.
“The bill … would require a woman to wait 72 hours after visiting a doctor seeking an abortion to have the procedure. Current law requires a woman to wait 24 hours after the doctor provides information about the abortion procedure, potential risks involved, including the possibility of a loss of ability to become pregnant in the future, and information about alternatives to abortion.”
Missouri would join Utah and South Dakota as the only states with a three-day waiting period for abortions.
“This is going to give people the proper time to actually think about what they’re doing,” said Republican state Rep. Donna Lichtenegger. “I think that life is an important issue, and I don’t think that 72 hours is too long to think about a life.”
It is for progressives, who are characterizing the potential law as more evidence of the GOP’s “war on women.”
“They actually think what is best for a woman who has been raped and impregnated by a relative, is to remain pregnant and wait 72 MORE hours to think about whether or not she wants to terminate,” writes abortion activist Lizz Winstead, according to Care2.com. “No really. This is how they value women. The message is loud and clear.”
Actually, the only thing “loud and clear” is the left’s hypocrisy on this issue.
The pro-life lawmakers are simply using the same logic the gun control lobby uses to push for waiting periods on gun purchases.
One of the main reasons progressives give for supporting delayed firearm purchases is so individuals are forced to undergo a “cooling off” period that guards against impulsive acts of violence, like murder or suicide, according to SmartGunLaws.org.
How is that any different than giving a woman a chance to cool down and think twice about taking the life of her own baby?
But wild-eyed leftists refuse to acknowledge the similarities in the policies. Abortion, to them, is the highest expression of a woman’s freedom and autonomy, and anything that impinges on that freedom is unacceptable.
On a lighter note, if Gov. Nixon does sign the bill 72-hour waiting period into law, the abortion activists can blame their Big Labor pals in the Missouri Senate.
STLToday.com reports that Senate Democrats ended their filibuster of the waiting-period bill and another measure “in exchange for Republicans’ abandoning two of their other priorities: voter photo identification and a measure targeting dues collection by public-sector unions.”
Translation: Missouri Democrats are more concerned about pleasing their civil rights and labor union friends than protecting “the rights of women.”
If leftists were intellectually honest, they’d denounce Democrats in the Show Me State for their “war on women.”
That’s not going to happen, of course, as that loaded rhetoric is saved exclusively for Republicans.
Authored by Ben Velderman