Published On: Wed, May 18th, 2016

Liberal writer Danielle Campoamor says driving too far for an ‘abortion vacation’ is ‘oppressing’ women

Campoamor writes:

I am one of the 35 percent of American women who have had an abortion by the time they’ve turned 45. I got lucky: there was a Planned Parenthood located just a few blocks away from my home when I terminated my pregnancy, and the state I reside in (Washington) doesn’t require mandatory waiting periods for women seeking abortions. I left work early on a Friday, walked into a clinic free of angry protestors, and left a few hours later; the entire procedure, from the time I entered the clinic to the time I put a heating pad on my abdomen from the comfort of my home, took only a few hours, and cost me $200 and zero days of missed work. Sadly, a growing and alarming number of women across the country — who must travel so far to terminate their pregnancies that some have begun to refer to these trips as “abortion vacations” — cannot say the same.

More than 200 abortion restrictions have been enacted since 2011, closing abortion clinics and implementing condescending laws — like waiting periods, which not-so-subtly suggest that if a woman is given time to think over her decision, she will change her mind (a 1981 survey of women who had experienced abortion clinic waiting periods found that 70 percent of patients could not name a single benefit to enduring the waiting periods).

… As a result, many women are forced to travel great distances to get abortions, which requires as much logistical planning (and generally much more money) than it would to go on an actual vacation. According to a 2008 Guttmacher Survey, 16 percent of abortion patients were forced to travel 25-49 miles, 11 percent traveled 50-100 miles and 6 percent had to travel more than 100 miles in order to terminate.

She details the hassles and costs of an “abortion vacation,” as she calls it: extra expenses resulting from time off work, transportation cost, a hotel room and child care.

Woman dressed as a uterus photo/ screenshot MRCTV video

Woman dressed as a uterus photo/ screenshot MRCTV video

“Basically, what a woman would have to pay for an extended trip away from home, in both upfront expenses and missed wages, she is now being forced to pay to obtain a completely legal and common medical procedure,” Campoamor writes.

The laws that have closed abortion clinics in Texas and other states also are protecting mothers from danger. These laws require abortion facilities to meet basic health and safety standards as well as have nearby emergency care access in case of major complication.

Legislators enacted these abortion facility regulations in response to the horrific Philadelphia abortion clinic of Kermit Gosnell. Gosnell was convicted of murdering three newborn babies and contributing to the death of a female patient. Authorities in the Gosnell case discovered that he got away with his murderous trade for so long because of the lack of state regulations. Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams said there was “more oversight of women’s hair salons and nail salons” than over abortion facilities in Pennsylvania.

The gruesome Philadelphia case led a number of states, including Virginia, Texas and Pennsylvania, to enact new regulations to ensure abortion facilities were meeting basic health and safety standards.

A number of abortion clinics have closed because they could not or would not meet these basic standards to protect their patients.

“I’m one of the lucky ones… Others aren’t so lucky. Others are oppressed by unnecessary yet somehow lawful burdens, forced to give birth because abortion providers are too far away or financially out of reach,” she writes.

Horrible conditions in abortion clinics was highlighted during the Kermit Gosnell trial (photo supplied) by may be a broader problem

Horrible conditions in abortion clinics was highlighted during the Kermit Gosnell trial (photo supplied) by may be a broader problem

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