A priest, a rabbi, and a doctor walk into a bar.
The rabbi says, “Doctor, do you think that women know enough to make moral, financial, and medical decisions about their lives?”
The doctor says, “Borensteinbergenthal, good question! I’ve seen it time and time again, and it’s so very sad. When women terminate their pregnancies, they get depressed, poor, and cancerous.”
Then the bartender says, “Wait a second. Didn’t you catch Annaee Newitz’s piece on new research indicating that women who seek abortions are correct about what childbirth would do to their lives, finances, and bodies?”
And the priest says, “But what would happen if we let women make their own choices about their lives?”
The bar shushes contemplatively. A few women turn red and poke at their ice with skinny straws.
Check it out, friends. The first longitudinal study comparing women who get abortions and women who wanted to but were turned away. We’re only 2 years into the 5 year study, but so far we’ve learned that “turnaways” are more likely to be on public support, to have experienced domestic violence, to be unemployed, and to have medical complications from pregnancy and childbirth.
So far, it looks like women actually know what they’re doing when they make these decisions. Even low-income women.
Legislate that, Mr. Anti-Choice Politician.