Utah Legisalators Think 72-Hour Wait Necessary To “Think About What You Are Doing”


Utah Governor Gary Herbert recently signed into law the country’s second 72-hour mandatory wait period prior to obtaining an abortion. The law is believed to be highly unconstitutional, placing an undue burden on women attempting to terminate a pregnancy in the first trimester, and is likely to be challenged immediately in court.

But that doesn’t seem to matter much to bill supporters who think these young ladies need to be taught a lesson.

In case it wasn’t abundantly clear that mandatory wait periods are designed to chastise and punish women who chose to terminate pregnancies, the paternalistic statement of the spokesman from a conservative think tank that supports the bill makes it even more obvious.

“An abortion is a decision that can have lifelong impact on a woman and her family,” said [policy analyst Matt] Piccolo. “Given the emotional, physical and psychological impacts on a woman who has an abortion, we think it is reasonable to have waiting period so she can fully understand and think about the consequences of that choice.”

Think about the consequences of her choice? Will they send her to her room, or just make her sit in the corner while she thinks about it?

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