Wednesday, November 09, 2005

PBS Frontline's "The Last Abortion Clinic"

Last night, Frontline had an excellent piece about the "abortion war." It went over the specifics of Roe vs. Wade, the Casey desicion and what the upcoming future of abortion might be. We need to watch out for November 30th. It also addressed that there is only one abortion clinic left in Mississippi, and that it's existance is terribly threatened. I feel that the piece tried it's best to represent both sides, but listen to the anti-choicers and their "mission" was particularily chilling, especially when they tried to address poverty, which they essentially couldn't. I felt as though they came off as "sex is only for those who can afford it, otherwise you must obstain."

Frontline's website for the show is a valuable tool and you should check it out. (You can even watch the entire show online.) It features an interactive map that lets you click on states around the country so that you can know that state's position on abortion. It really freaked me out. For instance, here's what it said about Illinois:

Mandatory waiting period: No.Informed Consent/State-directed counseling:
No.Enforceable parental consent for minors: No.Public funding for abortion*:
Yes. Illinois allows a woman eligible for medical assistance to obtain public
funds for abortion if the procedure is medically necessary to preserve the
woman's health.Rights of conscience protection to healthcare providers: Yes.
Individuals, healthcare providers, and public or private institutions may refuse
to participate in any health service, including abortion procedures, if the
refusal has been made in writing. Illinois' rights of conscience protection is
the most comprehensive in the country.Abortion clinic regulations: Yes. Illinois
requires state licensing and regulation of outpatient abortion clinics.

Alright, that makes sense--Illinois is a pretty liberal state, and Chicago is a big help. Then I read this:
Other: -Illinois has written into state code language concerning its policy
toward abortion, including that "the unborn child is a human being from the time
of conception and is, therefore, a legal person for purposes of the unborn
child's right to life. … [I]f those [abortion-related] decision of the United
States Supreme Court are ever reverses … then the former policy of this State to
prohibit abortions unless necessary for the preservation of the mother's life
shall be reinstated."

Needless to say, I am scared.

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