A new hurdle for women wanting abortions

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A new hurdle for women wanting abortions
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Fri, 11-02-2007 - 9:46pm

So... here's a new hoop for women to jump through before being able to get an abortion, being proposed in Wisconsin. Thing is, this is actually one that I could get behind (if I thought it was really something we needed to formalize).

It's a thin news article, but it sounds like they are considering a requirement for better documentation that women are being screened for coercion when consenting to an abortion, and being offered domestic violence services if coercion is suspected. And that's something that I fully support all women having. I don't really see a huge need for this to be legislated, though. Thoughts?

http://wkbt.com/Global/story.asp?S=7288259

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Wed, 11-07-2007 - 2:41pm

I agree wobit...It's a great idea but I don't think there should be any laws surrounding it.

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Wed, 11-07-2007 - 3:33pm

Do we check for coercion when women go to prenatal appointments or CPCs?

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Wed, 11-07-2007 - 7:51pm

I agree with both of you, Pretzel and TOC.

I dunno about CPCs but as we discussed at huge length here recently, it's the current teaching to absolutely ask about coercion and domestic violence during prenatal and post-partum visits - but it's absolutely not legislated. It would be ideal to ask a woman at every kind of health visit about domestic violence, but since we know they are at increased risk around the time of pregnancy, any pregnancy-related visit merits extra questions. Legislating it, however, is counterproductive on top of being inherently wrong.

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Tue, 11-13-2007 - 2:12pm

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Tue, 11-13-2007 - 3:19pm

"I also believe a woman should be asked if she is being coerced into putting her baby up for adoption."


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Tue, 11-13-2007 - 3:25pm

Yep! People don't want to admit it but it's just as likely a woman is being coerced to put the baby up for adoption as for abortion. Domestic Violence ( and related)

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Tue, 11-13-2007 - 3:29pm
...but should this counseling be legislated? And if so, is it okay that the only ones being legislated about are the abortion providers?
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Tue, 11-13-2007 - 6:01pm

I agree with some of the previous posters that it should be required for the care of any pregnant woman, regardless of whether she is planning to keep the baby, give it up for adoption or have an abortion.

DH knew before we ever had sex that, should we conceive, I would plan to keep the baby. I know that he has always supported what I would have wanted to do in this situation, but there are lots of husbands and boyfriends who do not. In that case, just a few questions to the pregnant woman to make sure things are going okay could probably go a long way.

Yes, I agree that requiring it just for women who want to have an abortion is unfair.




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Tue, 11-13-2007 - 11:59pm

The last time i went to my pap, i had a new doctor and he was asking me who i lived with and if i suffered from any abuse. He wasn't pushy at all, he just asked a few questions. Some women in abusive relationships might just be waiting for someone to listen, care, ask how they are doing...Even if the doctor is asking the questions because he has to, it might come across as caring and it might be enough for one person.


I like the idea of doctors doing this but i'm not sure if legislation is the answer. What happens when someone is coerced and sues their doctor when they don't spot it and perform the abortion? I think a doctor should be interested in your mental health as much as your physical.

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Wed, 11-14-2007 - 11:00am

"...but should this counseling be legislated? And if so, is it okay that the only ones being legislated about are the abortion providers? "


Nope.

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