It's happening again. There's another round of legislature worded to sound like the intent is to "improve the safety of abortion for women" in the works. Let's be clear, here. Abortion is one of the safest procedures you can have done. The odds of death from surgical abortion are 1 in 160,000. To contrast this, be aware that the odds of death from general anesthesia are 11-16 in 100,000. The odds of death from toxic shock syndrome as a complication of having an incomplete medical (pill) abortion are less than 1 in 100,000. In fact, only 6 of these cases have been reported in the US and Canada combined. Odds of death from complications of pregnancy and birth are 14.5 per 100,000 births and 12 per 100,000 live births, respectively.
My question is, if these abortions are going off without a hitch, why do we have legislature aimed at making them "safer?" Why are we not drafting bills to make pregnancy and birth safer? Oh yeah, because then we're worried about the safety of women, not fetuses. My mistake! Fetal and embryonic demise is so "in" this political season as a subject of note. Women and their rights are just blase.
Understand this: the only reason to draft these bills is to restrict access to abortion, make it more cost-prohibitive, and make it more difficult for doctors and their facilities to provide them. It's the wording that they've chosen that allows them to feign interest in women's health and well-being, and allows others ignorant of the situation to believe them! Do not allow anyone in your hearing to say that abortion needs to be safer or intimate that any of these bills have women's interests at their roots. They are anti-choice, pure and simple.