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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