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October 18, 2013

More abortion not the answer

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“Instead of getting serious about enforcing basic safety standards on abortion facilities,” Hawkins observes, “pro-abortion forces have pushed through a new law that holds abortionists to less-strict health standards. When is this ever a good idea?”

Women and their health deserve better. Susanne Metaxas, of the Midtown Pregnancy Support Center in New York City, worries that the California move “preys on the most vulnerable in society and creates a false impression of what an abortion is and minimizes the physical, spiritual and emotional consequences of an abortion.”

Abortion exists because our culture believes it is necessary. Why does Planned Parenthood advocate for increased abortion access? Why would anyone believe that loosened standards would prevent more tragedies? Why is California considered a trailblazer for women’s health and safety? Because abortion makes certain lifestyles possible, and is easier than trying to overhaul culture and find better solutions for women, children and men, easier than expecting more of our families and our country. It’s ugly. It’s painful. So we try to look away. It’s even easier to look away in California now. Which is even more of a reason to refuse to do so.

“The creation of the unlimited abortion license — at any time, for any reason — works to isolate women in their decision about abortion,” Clarke Forsythe writes in his new book on the history of Roe v. Wade, “Abuse of Discretion.”

“Choice is the public mantra,” he continues, “autonomy is supposedly the principle, but the dark side of autonomy is isolation and loneliness.” That darkness is spreading, and it’s doing so in plain sight, under the aegis of law and government.

We know too much, we’ve heard too much, we’ve seen too much to think that more abortion is what we need.

Doctors are making choices about whether to be purveyors of a culture of death, while women too often feel they have no choice, the pressures of society being so greatly biased in favor of an abortion, a supposed quick fix. We must do better.

(Kathryn Lopez is the editor-at-large of National Review Online www.nationalreview.com. She can be contacted at klopez@nationalreview.com.)

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