Wednesday, June 13, 2012

A Modest Proposal to End Abortion

Finally, a practical solution that would work...and leave it to an ob/gyn to devise it.

Make men responsible every time they impregnate a woman. Dr Evan Evans' brief 3-page is summarized: 

  • Restrict elective abortion to the first 16 weeks.
  • Require DNA testing to determine paternity of all out-of-wedlock children, even aborted.
  • Require the father to establish a $50,000 trust fund to care for any out-of-wedlock child, even if adopted. If the child is aborted, the fund is used for sex education.
  • If the father can’t pay, he joins the military and uses his enlistment bonus and salary to pay.
  • No man can avoid paternity claiming “she seduced me,” or that she claimed she was on the pill, had her tubes tied, whatever.
  • Man under 18? His parents are responsible.

  • Send it to every legislator who feels compelled to limit women's reproductive rights.

    Evans, a retired Ogden OB/GYN, came by his disgust for abortion in a horrendous three-month stint in the pathology/obstetrics ward at Cook County Hospital in Chicago in the 1950s when he did his residency.
    Abortion was illegal but very common.
    Rich women went to Europe, or Mexico, or had a friendly doctor take care of them.Poor women had to seek local “help,” and many, bleeding from a botched or self-administered abortion, would show up at Cook County, “nearly dead. I’d give them a shot of morphine and complete the abortion, then transfuse them.”
    In that three months, “I completed a lot of back-door abortions.”
    More than 500, which works out to six a day, give or take. And he was just one doctor, in one hospital, and those were the survivors.
    When abortion was illegal, more than 100,000 women a year died from botched abortions.They will again if Roe v. Wade is overturned. That’s a hard fact abortion opponents, who claim they are saving lives, choose to ignore.
    Lose the fetus, or lose the mother? Evans says he once asked Utah’s Catholic bishop, “Which is the proper Christian murder?”
    You say neither? Funny thing, so does Evans.
    However unlikely this proposal has of ever becoming law, it absolutely is on the right track, and anyone who says they want to restrict abortion by any other means is just playing politics (IOW, they're full of shit.)
    He continues:
    “No boy would dare have sex without wearing three condoms,” he said, because one might break, and two can still leak.
    His law, he proudly says, would completely shut down abortion clinics.
    All pro-choice and pro-life forces need to do, he said, is “join forces and preach contraception and hold the boy responsible.
    We’d put them out of business because they’d have no business.”

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