24-hour abortion period better than lifetime of regret
Earlier this year, Gov. Rick Scott signed a new law that states that women considering an abortion are required to wait a period of 24 hours before making a final decision.
In a surprising twist, Florida judge Charles Francis blocked the law Tuesday, the day before it was set to take place.
Although the law passed anyway despite the judge's ruling, Francis' decision to block it was simply because the court failed to present any evidence as to why waiting a 24-hour period was necessary.
Even as someone who is 100 percent pro choice, I can see plenty of reasons why women should wait.
The fact that society has such a limited education on abortions because of its tabooed status is reason enough to take more time into researching the emotional and physical repercussions before making a life-changing decision. Despite the outcome, the woman's life will be forever affected by this decision.
What is the difference if she is required to wait a mere 24 more hours? A period of time, for some, that flies by so quickly that the events of the day aren't carefully reviewed.
The process for an abortion is not taken lightly. When the woman schedules an appointment, she is given some information about the abortion process. If she chooses to take the abortion pill, doctors are prepared to supply it to her right away.
How does that prepare the woman for the later emotional and physical attributes? How is that smart when the woman is just learning about the process?
Of course, the doctors will inform her of the physical risks that come with the aspiration, the most common in-clinic abortion. An aspiration can result in injury to the cervix or other organs, blood clots, severe pain, or infection. This new law will actually require doctors to provide women with more information about the abortion process in order to ensure accurate consent.
Women are already required to go through counseling before the procedure. According to Women's Health, the counseling session is an opportunity to ask questions, to talk about how this experience has been for them, and any emotional, religious, or relationship issues they may wish to discuss.
The best way to consider getting an abortion is to check with a doctor and learn the risks, appear in counseling to relieve emotional worries and then reflect privately at home on the information for 24 hours before returning to an abortion clinic. This will satisfy the privacy issue that are part of the top concerns for women with this new law.
I think that this new requirement may also relieve some of the negative social connotation that comes with getting an abortion. It will demonstrate that women are able to carefully weigh their decision before making a rash action.
In the end, the choice to get an abortion is still up to the woman. She will base her verdict off of what she feels is best for her and the fetus and, frankly, it is the woman's private affair that shouldn't affect anyone but her and the father.
Take a day. After all, what's 24 hours compared to a lifetime?
Tiffani Daniel is a contributing writer for the Central Florida Future.