As states now seek to increase waiting periods for abortions from 24 hours to 72 hours, I was thinking today that the people who are demanding these restrictions are the exact same people who oppose any waiting periods for gun purchases. God forbid, that someone who wants a gun shouldn’t be able to get one immediately.
I believe a 72-hour waiting period for an abortion is unconstitutional. In many parts of the country, especially in the south and the mid-west, there aren’t many abortion providers, so women have to travel far from their homes. These waiting periods mean long trips back and forth; missing work; arranging child care; extra expenses for motels, buses, gas.
If a woman isn’t absolutely sure she wants to terminate a pregnancy, she waits and reflects until she is certain one way or the other about this most personal of decisions. Once a woman makes an appointment for the procedure, she’s sure, her decision should be respected, and she shouldn’t have to wait any longer.