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Another Blatant Attempt To Limit Abortion Providers: Beware Taxpayer-Subsidized Abortions!

Another Blatant Attempt To Limit Abortion Providers: Beware Taxpayer-Subsidized Abortions!

Here’s the latest attack on women’s rights – and this time it’s coming from a woman.

Phyllis Schlafly, known for her opposition to feminism, is suggesting that doctors who perform abortions need admitting privileges to a hospital because otherwise a woman with an abortion complication will go to the ER and someone else will work on her and, Heaven forbid, that could be end up being another form of taxpayer subsidized abortion.

But who is to decide what an “abortion complication” is? Is Schlafly suggesting that a woman should be refused service if an ER doctor believes her problem stems from an abortion? And do physicians who perform vasectomies, for example, have to have the same admitting privileges for the same reason? Of course not, since this practice simply isn’t required for other outpatient procedures. No, this is just yet another attempt to limit abortion providers.

In the same vein, last month Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed into law the state’s new bill requiring all abortion providers to be registered OB-GYNs with admission privileges to a local hospital.  The new regulation, which would effectively shut down the state’s only clinic, will go into effect on July 1st unless it is stopped by a judicial injunction.

Here’s how Schlafly explains her position:

The abortion industry racks up profits by dumping expensive complications of its procedures on hospitals, legitimate physicians, and the public. Many abortionists lack staff privileges at local hospitals, so when women having abortion complications go to an emergency room, the enormous costs are shifted to others.

Missouri ended some of that cost-shifting in 2005 by prohibiting abortions unless the provider has hospital privileges within 30 miles. As a result, one of its only three abortion clinics closed shop, presumably because its abortionist lacked staff privileges at a local hospital to handle complications, and abortions in Missouri then declined.

Last month Mississippi became the second state to prohibit abortions unless performed by a physician who has privileges at a local hospital. That should stop the shifting of the costs of abortion complications to hospitals and the public, and some news reports claim that the only abortion clinic in Mississippi may even close.

As Robin Marty points out, there are a ceaseless number of potential post-abortion complications according to anti-abortion groups, from infertility to depression, bleeding to death, alcoholism and drug use, and they effect both women and “post-abortive men.” So every potential patient must be first asked about an abortion and then evaluated to see if there is a chance that whatever the medical issue is, could it have stemmed from a termination?

The war on women continues, and this time there’s not even an attempt to pretend otherwise.

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10:30PM PDT on May 17, 2012

I can not conceive of the anguish a girl or women goes through when she decides to have an abortion. I don't believe that God wants a girl or women who has been raped to have a child of a rapist or of incest or medical complications or others to have a baby UNLESS she wants to. (HER CHOICE) It is a proven fact that SEX EDUCATION can help prevent abortions through knowledge so that women don’t get pregnant or sexually transmitted diseases that can KILL your child.
As some of you believe that life begins at conception, then you must believe that they have a soul. If a women has a miscarriage what happens to that soul? Do you think that God is so petty that aborted souls are not put back into the bodies of women that can LOVE and take care of them.
Listen up people. God did not write the Bible, men wrote the Bible and put in or took out words that would keep them in power. What happened to the other apostles. All I hear about are gospels from Matthew,Mark, Luke and John. Were there not 12? Is it not possible that some of the words that these 8 wrote contradicted these 4 and were left out. God and Jesus are all about LOVE. How dare anyone tell a woman what she can do with her own body.

11:19PM PDT on May 14, 2012

It is amazing the abortion dichotomy. If someone hits a pregnant woman and she looses her child as a result then the aggressor can be sent to jail for many years for murder/manslaughter. However if the woman involved aborts her baby then that is OK. It doesn't make sense.

12:43PM PDT on May 14, 2012

Phyllis Schlafly has done more harm to women than any other women in this country. She should be ashamed of her intruesive abuses against her own sex. Don't you just hate when others inflict their narrow mindedness religous views on the rest of us?

12:43PM PDT on May 14, 2012

Phyllis Schlafly has done more harm to women than any other women in this country. She should be ashamed of her intruesive abuses against her own sex. Don't you just hate when others inflict their narrow mindedness religous views on the rest of us?

10:27PM PDT on May 13, 2012

Let's see, teach the kids abstinence only, don't allow contraception to be paid for by the government, prohibit abortions, then do away with school lunches, food stamps and welfare checks. Let the little unwanteds starve to death.

9:14AM PDT on May 13, 2012

this is the Catholic church influence. May I remind you that some of us came to this country to find freedom from the Catholic Church. My French Huguenot ancestors did.

9:04AM PDT on May 13, 2012

"I can only assume their solution to migraines is decapitation.'

It works in the middle east.


9:04AM PDT on May 13, 2012

"I can only assume their solution to migraines is decapitation.'

It works in the middle east.


3:22AM PDT on May 13, 2012

The left's answer to abortion is better family planning. The right's answer is don't have sex. Their approach to obesity is similar: if people can't afford food, they'll eat a lot less. I can only assume their solution to migraines is decapitation.

12:50AM PDT on May 13, 2012

Thanks so much for this story

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