Utah’s 72 Hour Waiting Period has marginal impact on abortion rates – it just makes things harder and more inconvenient for women

The lead paragraph pretty much says it all:

A new study of women seeking abortions in Utah has found that the state’s 72-hour waiting period didn’t dissuade the vast majority from going through with the procedure, though it did present them with additional financial and logistical difficulties.

Despite all the pious noise from politicians, the inconvenience was the point of the law – it’s a feature not a bug.

From the Tribune in 201

Sponsoring Rep. Steve Eliason, R-Sandy, believes the concerns are misplaced.

“I think it’s a positive change for women and children,” said Eliason. “At the end of the day, it’s a consumer-protection law.

“The focus of this bill is women having time to consider all of the information that is given to them when facing a life-altering decision that somebody else is making money off of,” he said.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – the whole point of these laws is the idea that women are too stupid to make their own choices and need counseling before making them  – as if any woman who wants an abortion hasn’t thought though the issues.

And it turns out the law has done nothing other than make it harder for poor women to access abortions. Wealthy women of course will have no problems getting their counseling visit and getting back to the office. Middle class women will be able to do the same. The burden of Republican moralizing, once again, falls not on male, Republican legislators, but on poor women.

  1. #1 by Larry Bergan on March 27, 2016 - 2:33 pm

    The end game is that all of us lose our rights. Yes, you too men.

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