Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union sued the state of Maine recently over a law requiring that only doctors perform abortions, according to the organizations themselves. The entities are challenging the law as “unconstitutional,” and claim that “qualified nurse practitioners and nurse-midwives,” among others, can effectively perform abortions, at least in the first trimester of pregnancy. (Forty-one other states currently have similar laws. Maine’s was enacted in 1979).
Nicole Clegg, the vice-president of public policy for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, said: “What people outside Maine may not realize is how rural our state is, and how hard it can be to access health care.” (Substituting “accessing health care” for “killing babies” is one of the all-time great euphemism ploys). She added, “A person’s ability to make their own personal decisions about abortion shouldn’t depend on their zip code.” Talk to the “fetus” about “a person’s ability to make their own personal decisions about abortion.”
The legal director of the ACLU of Maine, Zachary Heiden, chimed in, “Anyone who has made it through a Maine winter in a rural area knows that travel can be dangerous or impossible at times- it’s wrong to make a woman risk a journey of hundreds of miles to get an abortion when there are qualified providers nearby.” This is raising disingenuousness to a new level. We no longer travel by Conestoga wagon, Zach. Moreover, Maine is a relatively small state. Also, global warming is rendering cold and snow extinct, right? And, there aren’t really many “emergency” abortions. If a girl is delayed for a few days, it’s not like she’s going to be denied the opportunity to off her offspring.
But what the hell, I say celebrate inclusiveness. Let’s open up the abortion industry to anyone that wants to take a crack at it. Why limit the extermination of “fetuses” to qualified doctors? I mean, what difference does it make, in the end, to the aborted ones? Let’s let plumbers, fishermen, truckers, salesmen, athletes, entertainers, journalists, gigolos, professors, Congressmen, sanitary engineers, astrologers, bakers, attorneys, florists- and anyone else who is of an open mind- have at the unwanted tissue masses.
After all, a person’s ability to perform abortions shouldn’t depend on their occupation, should it?