Is this a good idea?
In response to the reprehensible decision by the South Dakota state legislature to pass a blanket ban an abortion, one blogger suggests that women in the state learn how to perform abortions themselves:
In the 1960s and early 1970s, when abortions were illegal in many places and expensive to get, an organization called Jane stepped up to the plate in the Chicago area. Jane initially hired an abortion doctor, but later they did the abortions themselves. They lost only one patient in 13,000 -- a lower death rate than that of giving live birth. The biggest obstacle they had, though, was the fact that until years into the operation, they thought of abortion as something only a doctor could do, something only the most trained specialist could perform without endangering the life of the woman.She then goes on to describe in detail how to perform a certain type of abortion.
They were deceived -- much like you have probably been deceived. An abortion, especially for an early pregnancy, is a relatively easy procedure to perform. And while I know, women of South Dakota, that you never asked for this, now is the time to learn how it is done. There is no reason you should be beholden to doctors -- especially in a state where doctors have been refusing to perform them, forcing the state's only abortion clinic to fly doctors in from elsewhere.
My initial reaction to this was that it was a horrible idea - isn't the prospect of amateur abortions one of the reasons it is so important to keep the procedure legal?
But people whose opinion I trust have linked to the post with seeming approval of the basic idea (though not necessarily vouching for the specific information contained therein), so maybe my initial reaction was wrong.
I do know that in a sane world, this wouldn't even be an issue, so a big "fuck you" to all politicians who make it necessary to confront these kinds of dilemmas because of their backwards religious superstitions.