By Jessica Englund
I have already posted on the Partial Birth Abortion ruling, but what I find the most disturbing is Justice Roberts’ opinion. He seems to feel that women shouldn’t be trusted enough to make their own deicisions about abortion. That decision should be made for them.
“While we find no reliable data to measure the phenomenon, it seems unexceptionable to conclude some women come to regret their choice to abort the infant life they once created and sustained,” Justice Kennedy wrote, alluding to the brief. “Severe depression and loss of esteem can follow.”
Given those stakes, the justice argued, “The state has an interest in ensuring so grave a choice is well informed.”
Great! Now, whenever a woman isn’t sure whether to have an abortion, give the child up for adoption or to keep it, she doesn’t have to decide! However, regardless of any depression or ‘loss of esteem’ resulting from an abortion, it should always be a woman’s choice. Having an abortion or having a child are life changing events. Some women cope better than others. This depression felt by women who have had an abortion could be the equivalent of Postpartum depression. Should the government then be able to stop women from getting pregnant altogether?
Why not give appropriate and accurate information to women before having an abortion? And while you’re at that, make some pamphlets about safe sex too because abstinence only education is obviously not working.