[Today’s post is reprinted from Clinic Quotes, a website run by SPL member Sarah T.]
It would appear as though waiting periods (and the counseling that usually accompanies them) induce a more reasoned approach to the abortion decision, avoiding rash decisions on the part of the pregnant women. Better decision-making processes presumably lead to fewer regrets later on, lowering the incidence of depression and, ultimately, suicide. These results suggest mandatory waiting periods represent public policies that generate large welfare gains for women faced with unwanted pregnancies.
“I just think it is patronizing and unfair to women and women’s health.”
Delegate Clifton A. “Chip” Woodrum, Roanoke Democrat