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South Dakota Decides Women Can’t Think For Themselves

So I guess women aren’t smart enough to decide whether or not to have an abortion and need permission from centers that are notoriously anti-abortion (I refuse to say pro-life because shouldn’t the woman’s life be valued above a fertilized egg?). Three days ago, South Dakota signed HB1217 into law, which will require women to get permission from “crisis pregnancy centers” before getting an abortion. There are so many things wrong with this, and I want to cry.

I am all for informed decision; in fact, it is a good idea to make information about abortion more easily available. If the purpose of the centers were to give women information about all of their choices and abortion itself in a supportive and caring environment, then it would actually be a great idea.  But these centers promote information that is likely to be flawed, biased, or simply untruthful. They can spread the false rumors about abortion causing breast cancer and all women having depression issues after an abortion. The centers are not staffed by licensed medical or psychological professionals; you don’t have to have any kind of a license to work there, or prove you are unbiased in any way. Oh, OK, because that makes so much freaking sense– let’s give random people power over women’s decisions and bodies? How is that any different than walking up to a stranger on the street and asking, “Should I have an abortion” and going with whatever they say, regardless of different beliefs or opinions?

Oh yeah, and the centers don’t actually have to see you at all. They can just delay your appointment until it is too late to actually have an abortion. Really, this is just too freaking convenient, isn’t it? After all, now you don’t even have to go to the fake pregnancy “help” clinic to be denied your rights to your own body. This pisses me off so much. I can’t believe that there are still people in this day and age who would value a fertilized egg over another human being. The belief that women are too stupid to know what we’re getting into in an abortion is also prevalent (and completely idiotic); so many people seem to think that women will carry this deep, dark secret at the bottom of their withered little souls forever. Because obviously a dumb woman wouldn’t know what she is getting into when she makes a major decision, right?

It is this kind of condescending, patronizing idiocy that makes me wonder how people can say sexism is nonexistent. Just look at how the government can control women’s bodies through b.s. like this– what parallel is there for men? There is none.

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