Seriously. Go read it. Click this link right here. It is not often that I come across something that so completely encapsulates my thoughts on any subject, never mind abortion, but here one is.
Yeah, I know all of you won't click the link. That's okay. The blogger (and for the life of me, I couldn't find out the author's name or how to contact her) is positing the sort of questions that the pollsters should be asking about this subject. Never mind this whiny "Is it okay if a woman has an abortion if she's been raped? If she's dying? If she's ten years old?" nonsense. No, these are the real questions. The hard questions. The questions nobody wants to answer.
I'm'a'gonna give you an example. This is risky, because I couldn't get ahold of the author (see above) to ask permission, but I'm thinking the "fair use" clause from the Copyright Act (17 u.s.c. § 101) will probably cover my butt. (I once had a two hour long conversation with a library director about the "fair use" clause, much to the annoyance of my boss, who hated the guy but was too polite to leave while I was still there talking to him). Anyway, this is one of the questions that the author would ask, if she were a pollster:
5. If certain methods are only acceptable for certain circumstances, please match the best method to each circumstance.
Not so easy to answer, are they? And here are a few I came up with all by myself:
If a woman is pregnant and continues to use illegal drugs, is it acceptable to imprison her until after birth?
What about legal drugs, like Ativan or Klonopin?
What about legal drugs, like OxyContin and Vicodin?
a. Should she be incarcerated in an actual prison, or would a hospital be more appropriate?
1. If a hospital, should she be allowed to refuse medical procedures, such as a glucose tolerance test, or should she be declared incompetent to make her own decisions?
2. Should she be allowed to get a second opinion, or should she be required to do whatever her doctor says?
b. If a prison, should the state be required to provide her with medical care, or is that her problem?
What about legal drugs, like something for depression, that might cause birth defects?
How about if she won't quit drinking? Smoking? Sky diving? Rocky Mountain climbing? Skiing?
Should a woman ever be allowed to give birth at home? Or should any woman attempting to give birth at home be arrested and taken immediately to the nearest hospital as soon as it becomes obvious that she's not going to go there of her own accord?
Under what circumstances should a pregnant woman be reported to Child Protective Services for failure to follow doctor's orders?
Hyperbole, you say? Not at all. Researchers found 413 cases of forced medical interventiosn on pregnant women, ranging from mandatory C-sections to actual imprisonment on the grounds of protecting the fetus. You know, that critter that's evidently so much more important than the born woman walking around with it that women are being stripped of their civil rights, especially in states like Tennessee and Alabama, on a regular basis. Because when a fetus is considered more important than its mother, then its mother becomes a container. Nothing else.
In closing, one final question: If an adult woman is capable of making her own medical decisions, how does the implantation of an egg in her uterus change her mental capacity?
But I suspect you already know the answer to that.