By Annabel Simpson
The editorial on Oct. 8, titled “Abortion bill good for Texas women,” is vastly misinformed and highlights only one side of a complex argument.
I would like to see the research that supports any one of these claims.
The reality of this bill is that it is some of the most restrictive legislation to be passed, and puts women in more danger than before.
The main objectives of this bill are that abortion clinics must upgrade to become ambulatory surgical centers, guidelines for the drug RU-486 must be tightened, and doctors who perform abortions must have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic in which the abortion is being performed.
Women that live in rural and poor areas are not likely to be able to have abortions anymore, because the number of abortion clinics will fall dramatically, making it a long drive to the nearest one.
That is not just an inconvenience. These women do not have the time to take off work, nor the funds.
The guidelines concerning RU-486 will decrease the availability of the drug under the false pretense that it is for health concerns.
The stipulation requiring doctors have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic in which the abortion is being performed does not, in fact, aim to raise the standard of care for women, but to restrict their access.
Lastly, the political cartoon featured in the editorial is barbaric.
The comparison of this bill to seatbelts in a car is a gross oversimplification and exemplifies the abundant miscomprehension surrounding abortion and women’s health.