A new study from University of California, San Francisco found that the majority of women feel relief one week after having an abortion. However, Fox News contributor Erick Erickson feels compelled to mock and stigmatize women who make personal choices about their own bodies. I wonder how he will make this study into his next abortion joke.
Using data from 843 women seeking abortions from 30 clinics from 2008 to 2010, women were asked about 6 emotions: relief, happiness, guilt, regret, sadness, and anger.
While women reported mixed emotions after an abortion, 90% felt relieved, and more than 80% of women who felt negative emotions still thought they had made the correct choice.
The study warned, though, that state laws requiring women to seek pre-abortion counseling or undergo an ultrasound may exacerbate negative emotions about the procedure. These counseling and ultrasound programs are designed to make women second-guess their decision, and often spread misinformation on the dangers of abortions and the likelihood of post-abortion depression.
Another study was done by the Texas Policy Evaluation Project, which found that the mandatory 24-hour waiting period between consulting with an abortion doctor and going through the procedure causes excessive hardship, and leads to emotional and financial burdens for the patients.
Texas has recently passed the kind of massive anti-abortion bill these studies were warning against, and black market and self-administered abortions are expected to increase.
But some people apparently don't care about the health of women, choosing instead to mock them as they are robbed of reproductive health options crucial to their health. Last month, Erick Erickson though to offer some friendly advice to Texan women seeking abortions in the future, telling them to check out the link to a coat hanger supplier.
Mocking women who will be risking their health, and possibly lives, is callous and an affront to the argument that preventing legal abortions is about protecting women’s health.
But Erickson knew that wire hangers can lead to puncture wounds, infections, infertility, and death. He just thought it was a funny joke: "I am so sorry. I forget that feminists and other pro-abortion activists really are as humorless as they are stereotyped to be."
Erickson seems to thrive on being offensive and inflammatory. He defended Missouri Rep. Todd Akin after the congressman claimed that it was rape victims are unlikely to get pregnant, because: "If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."
Yesterday, Erickson called Texas State Senator and now famous abortion bill filibusterer Wendy Davis "Abortion Barbie."
After Davis admitted to not being well informed on Dr. Kermit Gosnell, the Philadelphia doctor convicted this May of murdering a child, Erickson tweeted that it is "a bit embarrassing that Abortion Barbie doesn't even have her facts straight on Kermit Gosnell considering abortion is her issue.”
Erickson is the worst sort of person to have on a news site, advising people on their political views, as he's only saying these awful things to get people's attention and gain higher ratings.