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Obama’s America: Abortion Deserts Across the Country

Will Michelle push for roadside stands?

Paula Bolyard


April 15, 2014 - 3:00 pm
The Daily Beast

The Daily Beast

The Daily Beast reports:

There is a nearly 1,200-mile-wide desert of abortion providers stretching from the western border of Idaho to the eastern borders of North and South Dakota. Across this five-state expanse, the total number of cities that offer any form of abortion access can be counted on just two hands. Montana used to be an oasis in that abortion desert, with four clinics in four different cities offering both surgical and medication abortion options, but not anymore.

Montana has gone from four surgical abortion centers in the last year to two in the wake of dedicated abortion provider Dr. Susan Wicklund’s recent retirement.

Even more troubling to the Daily Beast:

Between 2010 and 2013, one in 10 clinics closed across the country—and that was before Texas’s HB 2 began to go into effect, which will close another 20.

Emily Likins, communications director at the Blue Mountain Clinic in Billings, Montana (one of the state’s two remaining abortion providers) said, “We are busy here, and so overbooked. We are short on equipment, short on space, short on providers and short on nurses.”

Well that sounds really safe, doesn’t it? Are the butcheries having that much difficulty finding people to work for them?

She said they have to tell women, ‘We’re sorry, but we can’t get you in this week, and you’re only 9 weeks so we can wait until you are 10.’ We hate doing that,” Likins said. “We don’t want to force people to walk around pregnant when they don’t want to be.”

Not for one extra minute!  (But really, what difference does it make? They can charge more for the late-term jobs.)

The article notes that more than 100 bills limiting access to abortion have passed in multiple states since 2011. Many of these laws have been aimed at increasing the safety of abortion clinics in the wake of the horrific conditions discovered at Kermit Gosnell’s clinic in Philadelphia.

Despite the legislative victories for those who support the sanctity of life, the Daily Beast warns that they may be short-lived. “For states like Alabama, Mississippi, and Wisconsin, the only thing standing between losing most or all of their clinics are court orders blocking bills from being enforced.”

Because finding a sympathetic judge is way easier than winning legislative battles.

If that fails, maybe Michelle Obama can make adopting abortion deserts her new project for President Obama’s second term. Roadside stands anyone?

In addition to writing for PJ Tatler and PJ Lifestyle, Paula also writes for Ohio Conservative Review,. She is co-author of a new Ebook called, Homeschooling: Fighting for My Children’s Future. Paula describes herself as a Christian first, conservative second, and Republican third. She is also a member of the Wayne County Ohio Executive Committee.

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Face the facts. It is an abortion desert because it is a white-opia. Decent honest God fearing American patriots don't want to kill their children. God bless the righteous Americans who do what it takes to raise up the next generation of patriots. Pray for them every day!
45 weeks ago
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Would that the entire nation were an abortion desert!
45 weeks ago
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No matter what they call it and whatever lying and emotionally manipulative propaganda they put out in support of it, it remains that everyone who murders a baby, however small, is a murderer in the first degree and deserves to be executed.

If that's too difficult to understand for those low-information voter fools who put these psychopathic serial killers in power in the first place, maybe we should simply start calling for "post-seventy-fifth-trimester provider terminations" for these baby butchers to be considered a "reproductive" right and talk about how shocked and saddened we are by the bigotry of those who don't support our "right to choose" to have a post-seventy-fifth-trimester provider termination.

After all, if every provider were a WANTED provider, what a wonderful world this would be.
45 weeks ago
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They can't taste any worse than school lunch does now.
45 weeks ago
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Several thoughts come to mind.
1. There's no special right to live within 10 or 1000 miles of the provider of any particular service. If you choose to live in the Northwest Territory of Canada or between Bismarck and Williston, you're on your own for a lot of stuff.
2. There's a huge difference between laws to ensure the safety of medical facilities and their procedures and laws designed to make abortions more difficult. Group A is within the Roe v Wade decision and Group B is not. I can support Group A but not Group B.
3. Ms Bolyard, you indicate that you're willing to use legislation that pretends to be for women's safety in order to prevent women's choices. That's as underhanded as claiming that elective abortion is "health care."
4. The "abortion desert", as it happens, is an area in which abortion demand is low to begin with. Hardly zero but waaaay below the 50-60% in some poverty areas. There's little triumph in reducing the availability of abortion among people who mostly don't want it.
5. The real goal ought to be to reduce the desirability of abortion. I'm sad that anyone would choose abortion and I have no idea of how to change it. I will say that calling women "murderers" is probably a better way to raise funds than to win minds.
45 weeks ago
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MT Geoff:

"you indicate that you're willing to use legislation that pretends to be for women's safety in order to prevent women's choices. That's as underhanded as claiming that elective abortion is "health care."

First, it's not "pretending" to be about the safety of women. A LOT of these clinics are unsanitary and unsafe. I've read the health department inspection reports here in Ohio. They've been shielded from a lot of the laws and regulations that apply to other outpatient medical clinics for political reasons and women suffer for it.

I would have also favored regulating the gas chambers in Nazi Germany out of business. Killing human beings is killing human beings, whatever their age.

"I will say that calling women "murderers" is probably a better way to raise funds than to win minds."

But understand that one of the ways our culture has become desensitized to what actually happens to babies in the womb inside abortion clinics is by dehumanizing them -- calling them "blobs of tissue" or "clumps of cells." Dehumanizing is a common tactic of those who commit atrocities. Telling the truth is essential in ending this violent practice.

Also, one practical way to change this in the near future is to support pregnancy resource centers that provide counseling, medical care, food, clothing, and baby supplies for expectant mothers (both before and after the baby is born) (also, post-abortion counseling for both mothers and fathers who need healing). I wrote about PRCs here if you're interested:
45 weeks ago
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Howdy Ms Bolyard
There are two fronts on which to attack elective abortion: the moral and the legal.
Moral suasion is the method I can support. That includes PRCs, it included making sure my own son and daughter knew that I would rather help them through pregnancy than through abortions if they found themselves in such a situation, it includes charity to appropriate agencies.
On the legal front, it's appropriate to campaign for any restriction on abortion that you believe is right, but the only way to make restrictions specific to abortion stand up is to get a Constitutional amendment on the subject.
Expecting all medical clinics to have appropriate safety and hygiene standards is valid. Devising standards specifically for the purpose of stopping abortions and not other procedures is not valid. It's using the law to block the exercise of an established right. In fact it corresponds only too well to things like laws limiting owners to magazines of 7 rounds or less.
Your position is that it's okay to legislate against an established right via a back route. Mine is that it is not okay to legislate against an established right; you change the established right by the lawful method.
And before we get in a hurry to legislate against that established right, especially if we say we're concerned about the safety of the mothers, let's re-read some newspapers from the 1960s. I didn't learn about the problems of abortion prohibition in history, I learned about them in current events.
45 weeks ago
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Inconsistency alert: I don't know if the map is wrong or the text is wrong but the text says there are five states that have very very few abortion clinics while the map shows six states.
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