Making abortion unsafe and legal

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | Jun 11, 2019

The headline read:

Maine governor signs abortion bill allowing non-doctors to perform procedure

Thought experiment: Take the word “abortion” out of the headline, so that it reads:

Maine governor signs bill allowing non-doctors to perform procedure

You’d still know which “procedure” the legislators had in mind, wouldn’t you? Nobody is suggesting that nurse-practioners should be allowed to do tonsillectomies, or that dental hygienists should do root canals. Nor is anyone suggesting that because the hygienist doesn’t do root canals, I’m being denied appropriate dental care. On the contrary, regulators would say that by insisting that only licensed dentists should do the work, they are ensuring that I do receive proper dental care.

Just days ago the head of Planned Parenthood was saying that before Roe v. Wade, thousands of women died each year because of substandard abortions. (There is zero evidence to support that claim, but it was dutifully relayed by the compliant mainstream media.) How is it, then, that a bid to reduce medical standards for the procedure is classified as a measure to protect women’s health?

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: dmva9806 - Jun. 16, 2019 12:12 PM ET USA

    Very apt argument - but only true for those already convinced pt its truth; to be totally ignored by those already convinced of their own correctness. Only one totally innocent and seeking truth might be converted. But they are not likely to be reading this. Let it be, do good, fast, and pray. At least, you are doing your job well.

  • Posted by: Cory - Jun. 12, 2019 10:28 AM ET USA

    Well doesn't that just expose the lie that legalization is supposed to make it safe. One way or another the devil emerges from behind the cloak.