Georgia Voices: High Court right not to block implementation of abortion law
by The Augusta Chronicle
December 09, 2013 08:09 PM | 1268 views | 11 11 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In his 1996 presidential campaign, Bill Clinton said he thought abortion in this country should be safe and rare, although he did virtually nothing on the latter count.

Now, 17 years later, abortion is neither safe — especially for the infant whose life is being snuffed out — nor rare.

That’s why the Texas legislature passed a bill requiring that abortion providers have a doctor with admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their clinics. It also prohibits most abortions after the 20th week of a pregnancy, when scientific evidence shows the infant is able to feel pain.

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4 not to block implementation of the law while it is on appeal before the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.

That’s as it should be. Too often courts at both the state and federal level have stepped in to halt laws, frequently abortion laws, passed by elected representatives. If anything, the courts should respect the will of the people over those, such as Planned Parenthood, that have a vested interest.

The Texas law gained national attention when Democratic state senator Wendy Davis successfully filibustered against it, blocking a vote before the legislature’s adjournment deadline. Gov. Rick Perry brought the lawmakers back for a special session, and the law was passed.

The Guttmacher Institute, which supports abortion rights but whose statistics are considered reliable, reported in 2011 that 50 million abortions were performed in the United States from 1973, when the Supreme Court issued its landmark Roe v. Wade decision, through 2008, the latest year for which it had statistics. In that last year, 1.2 million abortions were performed.

How many inventors, doctors, artists, scientists and Nobel laureates were among them?

We will never know.



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Craig in Smyrna
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January 18, 2014
While I agree that abortion is a woman's right and is between her, her doctor, and her God, I am wondering should the life of the child only be considered after it is born? With technology today, "preemies" delivered many weeks before being due can survive. When, if ever, does/should the government step in and say those who can live deserve the chance? Abortion is not a happy thing and the women I know who have had one experience gut wrenching guilt over having done so even though they willingly chose to do it. With scientists today saying that bacteria on Mars is considered proof of life, stopping a beating heart, also considered proof of life, should require a greater amount of sensitivity and consideration from society. Both for the woman and the baby. Maybe we could start by toning down the vitriol and rhetoric and look with greater compassion @ the women who find themselves in this unfortunate situation.
Lib in Cobb
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December 20, 2013
Correction: Joy, ignore last request. I was having a narrow minded aka Republican moment.
Lib in Cobb
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December 20, 2013
@Joy: Provide source for your information that abortion is "outlawed in 49 states". Screaming frothing at the mouth ministers is not a source.

I'll wait here.
Lib in Cobb
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December 17, 2013
@Joy: No, I don't get your point, because you point is completely irrelevant.
Lib in Cobb
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December 12, 2013
If we had the technology to prevent mass murders by way of proactive abortions would the author agree with that approach.

Please consider the following: Lee Harvey Oswald, Adolf Hitler, Richard Spec, Charles Manson, Adam Lanza, James Holmes, Charles Whitman, Pol Pot, George Hennard, Whitey Bulger, Seung-Hui Cho,James Huberty, Patrick Sherrill, Nadal Hassan, Jiverly Wong, Eric Harris, Dylan Klebold, George Banks, Aaron Alexis, Mark Barton, or the man who murdered my aunt 30 years ago.

There are many more, I think you get the message.
AMERICAN WOMAN
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December 11, 2013
Thank goodness abortions are safe now. I lived during a time when abortions were peformed in dirty back rooms with filthy instruments. What a horrible time for women in a supposedly civilized country like the United States.

It never ceases to amaze me how ignorant zealots continue to want the government to go back to such dark days and control women's bodies.

No one knows better than a woman whether she can take care of another child. Shouldn't the focus be on the fact that it takes 2 for a woman to get pregnant. Funny how we hear so little about the man involved. When do we hold them accountable?

As for those who might have been inventors, doctors, artist, etc. I think the questions should be, how many might have been murders, rapist and pedefiles among them. Thank goodness we will never know.

Lib in Cobb
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December 12, 2013
@American Woman: Thank you.
Clarence B.
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December 13, 2013
Men are only held accountable when the woman decides she wants to keep the child. Then the man is on the hook for 18 years of child support.



What if the man is the one who knows that he cant support a child ? That doesn't matter does it... But if the man wants to keep it and the woman doesn't she has the final say doesn't she ?

When a man has some say in that choice then he should be held accountable until then you cant have it both ways...



Lib in Cobb
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December 11, 2013
Texas executes more people than any other state in our country, but that's OK. If the religious right wing element of our nation is opposed to abortion, they why are they not opposed to capital punishment.

The author seems to believe that Planned Parenthood operates as an abortion clinic exclusively, a completely incorrect assumption. I will suggest that the author read just a little about Planned Parenthood and it's funding policies involving abortion. Planned Parenthood provides a variety of services to both women and men. Such as: 585,000 pap smears, 71% of clients receive help to prevent unplanned pregnancies, over 480,00 unintended pregnancies are prevented by Planned Parenthood educational programs each year,640,000 breast exams are performed each year,4.5 million tests and treatments are performed each year in an effort to prevent sexually transmitted diseases.

So when your little darling presents herself or himself with an STD and can't afford medical treatment they can go to Planned Parenthood and receive the needed treatment at a very low cost.

97% of all services performed by Planned Parenthood are not abortions.

Abortion is a woman's right.
joycollins1967
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December 15, 2013
93% of Planned Parenthood's services are abortions!!!!!! Not sure where you got your stats. Also executing a criminal found guilty by a jury of his/her peers for murdering another person is a whole lot different tgan murdering a INNOCENT baby. The criminal has been given due process of law and actually committed a crime. What crime has a baby committed? We all know how babies are created. When we have sex, there is always a chance of getting pregnant. If that happens, take personal responsibility. The consequence of you choosing to have sex is the possibility of getting pregnant. But you should not have the right to choose to murder an innocent baby. Deal with your choice. Have the baby and give it up for adoption if you don't think you can raise it. And before you bring up rape and incest, the majority of abortions are not because of rape or incest. And the argument that it's your body and you should be able to do with it what you will, then why does 49 states outlaw prostitution? It's your body right, so if you want to have sex for money you should be able to, right? And it's your body so if you want to put crack cocaine in it, you should be able to, right? I think you get my point.

Lib in Cobb
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December 16, 2013
@Joy: No Joy, it is you who is absolutely wrong, very wrong. You have been led down a path of bad information by FOX News and statements made by nut cakes like Jon Kyle, former US Senator from AZ.

I will suggest that you read the legislation involving funding for PP. You will then see how wrong you are. OR You can stay in the dark and believe the tripe being repeated by you and people like you.

If you don't want an abortion, then by all means, don't get one. PP will not provide an abortion to you 97% of the time. If you need a PAP Smear or a breast exam or information regarding safe sex or birth control or STDs then go to PP. I give you this advise because you just might be having sex.

You are also wrong about 49 states outlawing abortions. What planet are you from?

Abortions are legal, prostitution and the use of crack cocaine is also illegal. And NO, I don't get your point, because your point is absolutely irrelevant.

Since you are so opposed to abortion and you have suggested adoption as an alternative; just how many children have you adopted who might have been aborted or are you one of the screaming nut balls throwing bloody towels at women's clinics?

There are many men being treated by PP, in your estimation those men are also getting abortions because PP is primarily an abortion clinic.

Abortion remains a woman's right.
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