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patcox2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 10:24 AM
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Not Much would happen if Roe were overturned.
Edited on Wed Jul-20-05 10:48 AM by patcox2
Abortion is already de-facto illegal in those states which would outlaw it if they could.

87% of US counties have no abortion provider. If you look only at rural areas, its 97%. Roe says that the states cannot outlaw it, but the states have passed restrictions, waiting periods, parental consent laws, mandatory counseling, and the operation rescue types have harrassed and basically eliminated abortion in many areas.

If Roe were overturned, abortion would become illegal in many states, but in most of them it is already restricted and in some it is already impossible to get one anyway.

It would make the state legislatures put their cards on the table.

And it would remain legal in the blue states.

And frankly, the red states can go to hell. I don't care what they do. They are only screwing themselves.

Here is some info from NAF:

"Legal abortion is not widely accessible to women in the U.S.

The Supreme Court confirmed women's right to choose abortion in 1973, and the courts have upheld that finding in subsequent cases. But access to abortion has been severely eroded. The most recent survey found that 88% of all U.S. counties have no identifiable abortion provider. In non-metropolitan areas, the figure rises to 97%. As a result, many women must travel long distances to reach the nearest abortion provider.

But distance is not the only barrier women face. Many other factors have contributed to the current crisis in abortion access, including a shortage of trained abortion providers; state laws that make getting an abortion more complicated than is medically necessary; continued threats of violence and harassment at abortion clinics; state and federal Medicaid restrictions; and fewer hospitals providing abortion services.

http://www.prochoice.org/about_abortion/facts/access_ab...
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bluedog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 10:27 AM
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1. in Florida
I believe we have parent notification laws now......to me the only happening with this.......... is that this issue is the GOP only issue they agree on....they have nothing else....election after election.this is brought up.......what the hell would they run on?
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BillZBubb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 10:31 AM
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3. They would continue to use abortion as a wedge.
They would claim the Republican party opposed Roe and got it overturned. They would claim the Democrats supported Roe and if elected will attempt to bring it back.

The same sheeple will still vote for them to keep the Democrats from "bringing back Roe". You can count on that.
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getmeouttahere Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 10:28 AM
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2. Good points...we can only hope that one thing will happen
and that would be a major grassroots upheaval, throwing BushCo out on its ass.

This country is so backwards it boggles the mind.
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BillZBubb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 10:34 AM
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4. That's my view as well.
Too many seem to see the end of Roe as the Deus Ex Machina that will revive the Democratic Party. I see it as almost a non-event except in the blue states where the anti-choice crowd will then turn their efforts to winning state legislatures.
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Kitka Donating Member (488 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 10:35 AM
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5. Absolutely incorrect.
Yes, it's true that as many counties have no abortion provider, but the option remains that women can drive and get one. And they do. The morning after pill will be no more. Many women have taken advantage of this form of abortion.

Yes, the unavailability of abortion to those that want/need one is a problem, but you should not convince yourself that we have nothing to lose here - we do.
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TahitiNut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 10:37 AM
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6. Not much will happen when the Enabling Act is passed.
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Sparkman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 10:39 AM
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7. That's wrong. The social stigma would heighten, AND availablity shrink!
Fighting for the right to choose, holding the line on personal dignity and liberty has no peer in social engineering. And it's clear that illegal abortion era life caused much suffering among the poor, rape victims and incest victims. IF parents don't want to admit incest, they can force their daughters to go to term. NOW, the courts can FORCE INCEST VICTIM's parents to comply with their daughters protests, and without disclosure that INCEST caused the pregnancy which is a criminal act.
So, let's not shrug our duty to continue the battle against the conservative's onslaught against our liberties and our freedom to choose our own destinies. Please oppose anything attacking Roe?
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