Why not a 24 hour waiting period?

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Why not a 24 hour waiting period?
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Fri, 04-11-2003 - 1:47pm
I see nothing wrong with this. When you buy anything you have a 3 day cooling off period to cancel the contract. This happens from time to time. So why shouldn't there be a 24 hour waiting period? Yes it means a two trips. Your first one, you go in receive the counseling and then you have time to mull over your decision. Unlike when you sign a contract for a company to come out and install a fence, once the abortion is done, there is no recovery. Why not allow a day to make sure this is right? Not have to quickly think about the info you've been given while still in the clinic.

Kim 

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Fri, 04-11-2003 - 2:01pm
>>>...you go in receive the counseling and then you have time to mull over your decision....Why not allow a day to make sure this is right?"

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I would believe in most cases, the decision to have an abortion is not typically made off-the-cuff. I don't see where an EXTRA 24 hours to think about a decision which obviously would provoke an amazing amount of thinking in the first place to even get to the clinic, would make a bit of difference. Anyone who WANTS 24 more hours can certainly take 24 hours more...I just don't see the necessity for a 24 hour waiting period REQUIREMENT.

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Fri, 04-11-2003 - 3:00pm
Sure why not..you could go in on day one to receive your counselling and set up the appointment, and then return the next day for your appointment. Truthfully though, is that any different than finding out your pregnant, and then having to wait up to a week to get in to have the abortion? Not sure......I know that with my pregnancy, i couldn't have gotten in the same day I found out I was pregnant....And by the way, where do YOU shop that you have 3 days to decide on a purchase??? lmao...There would be alot less unused clothing in my closet if I could find those 3 day deals! Lil
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Fri, 04-11-2003 - 3:43pm
Actually, there is a legal time frame set up for certain purchases. When you buy something which requires signing a contract, you have three days to cancel that contract. As far as your clothes, I've worked retail. If you have clothes you don't like, why didn't you return them? There are very few stores with no return policies.

Kim 

Mom to Brad, Ma

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Fri, 04-11-2003 - 3:49pm
So do you also think that counseling is not necessary? Shouldn't a woman know what is involved in the process of abortion? Shouldn't she also be given the information that there are services available to her should she continue the pregnancy? Shouldn't she then have the time to take that information and follow up on it? Shouldn't she be given the time, away from the clinic and any pressure (whether real or perceived), to ponder this information?

Yes there are women who are 100% sure of what they are going to do, but not every woman who walks into the clinic is. Yet for others, she is scared to death at discovering she is pregnant and should know ALL of her options and have the time to review them.

Kim 

Mom to Brad, Ma

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Fri, 04-11-2003 - 5:06pm
>>>Yes there are women who are 100% sure of what they are going to do, but not every woman who walks into the clinic is. Yet for others, she is scared to death at discovering she is pregnant and should know ALL of her options and have the time to review them.

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Why do you think that time should be manditory? Is it a liability issue?

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Fri, 04-11-2003 - 5:10pm
>>>So do you also think that counseling is not necessary?

If a woman requests counseling, it should be made available. Necessary? No.

>>>Shouldn't a woman know what is involved in the process of abortion?

Yes, but I don't understand where a required 24-hour waiting period has anything to do with this. There are many sources of information about abortion and not all are available at a clinic after a woman has made the decision to come to a clinic.

>>Shouldn't she also be given the information that there are services available to her should she continue the pregnancy?

See previous anwer.

>>>Shouldn't she then have the time to take that information and follow up on it?

See two answers above & add to it: Certainly, if she wants it. It shouldn't be required.

>>>Shouldn't she be given the time, away from the clinic and any pressure (whether real or perceived), to ponder this information?

See previous answer.

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Fri, 04-11-2003 - 5:29pm
Rather than compare a medical procedure to a purchase, why not compare it to *other* medical procedures?

If someone decides they want an abortion, they no doubt have already had at least one Doc's appt., or appt. w/ a clinic to get a positive pregnancy test result. Then, they have to go through counseling. What point then is the wait? One doesnt have a mandatory wait before other surgical procedures.

I had a minor surgical procedure in December. I talked to my Doc, made the appt (almost NEVER the same day, regardless of the type of surgery. Mine wasnt an abortion, quite the opposite, but, in almost all cases you can't talk to a Doc and get the procedure the same day...), went in a week later and had it done.

The *only* reason PLrs push a waiting period is to interfere with the process. There is absolutely no reason to force a waiting period on women for abortion. There are no mandatory waiting periods for other surgeries.


MM 18 weeks, 1 day pregnant w/twins due 9.10

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Fri, 04-11-2003 - 5:32pm
Exactly! It seems that many PLrs can't get their head around the fact that abortion isnt a decision made on a "whim." By time a woman decides to have an abortion, she's "mulled" her options over sufficiently. Putting a mandatory waiting period is just obstruction, pure and simple. But, I suppose that *is* their goal...


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Fri, 04-11-2003 - 5:41pm
Can you tell me that in ALL abortion clinics, you cannot go in there on your first visit and receive an abortion?

Kim 

Mom to Brad, Ma

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Fri, 04-11-2003 - 5:46pm
And PCers are assuming that every woman is educated enough to do this. There are sufficent numbers of women (sad to say) that do not have enough information to make an informed decision on this issue. Therefore, proper counseling and time is required to "mull" over their decision.

Kim 

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