Try to Change the 24-Hour Mandatory Wait Before an Abortion? We'll Make It a Longer Wait
Want an abortion? Great! So do many other women, but that doesn't mean they get it whenever they want to in Texas. Women have to endure a mandatory consultation visit 24 hours before the abortion.
Wait no more...maybe.
Texas State Representative Jessica Farrar is filing a bill by the end of the week to end the 24-hour period women have to wait.
Farrar explained why she hopes to end the 24-hour wait:
Measures such as the mandatory waiting period have nothing to do with women's healthcare. Instead of finding ways to restrict abortions, the Legislature should focus on ways to reinstate funding for family planning services so that the rate of unintended births and abortions will decrease.
Farrar hopes to spread the word on the type of burden women endure during the 24-hour wait.
"I would then look to educate my colleagues about the burden in this cause," Farrar told Hair Balls, "both emotionally and economically, on women and how it has not affected their decision [to go through the abortion], it has had a negative impact on their ability to access the health care that they need."
However, Farrar is facing an uphill battle to get this bill passed. The Republican majority is sure to provide a Gandalf-like defense. Going along with the impenetrable defense is Texas Right to Life.
Texas Right to Life is the oldest and largest pro-life organization in Texas. They are also quite fond of Farrar, who earned a whopping zero percent with -49 points on the Texas Right to Life pro-life score from 2011 (!!!). Director Elizabeth Graham told us she believes that legislation, instead of getting rid of the 24-hour wait, will add even more time to the mandatory wait.
"I think that legislators would, in fact, like to add more time for a woman to wait before she undergoes an abortion," Graham said. "So, if Representative Farrar brings it up to the floor, I really think that legislators, on both sides of the aisle, will understand that more time does need to be added before a woman can undergo an abortion."
Farrar has her gloves ready, as she prepares to go down swinging.
"I think it's a discussion that is worthwhile to have," Farrar said. "I don't think that we can sweep this under the rug and I'm not going to allow that to happen."
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