Missouri lawmaker compares getting an abortion to buying a new car or re-carpeting

During a recent hearing, a bill’s sponsor Rep. Chuck Gatschenberger made his case by drawing on his suggestion that decisions about ending a pregnancy need to be considered for the same amount of time as decisions about purchasing a car or remodeling a home  The Missouri legislature is considering an ultrasound bill that would triple the waiting period before having an abortion in the state of 72 hours (3 days). In order to explain the intent behind his bill, Rep. Chuck Gatschenberger (R) recounted a personal story about recent decisions that involved big purchases. He said that he recently visited a car lot and didn’t purchase a car immediately, and that he took a month to decide about whether to install new carpet in his home. Bk5MetvCAAEaTZZ


I’m considering maybe buying a new vehicle. Even when I buy a new vehicle — this is my experience — I don’t go right in there and say, I want to buy that vehicle, and, you know, leave with it. I have to look at it, get information about it, maybe drive it, check prices. There’s lots of things I do going into a decision — whether that’s a car, whether that’s a house, whether that’s any major decision that I make in my life. Even carpeting. You know, I was just considering getting some carpeting in my house. That process probably took a month… I was faced with a decision that I didn’t have very much information that I knew about. So I wanted to be as informed as possible, and that’s what this bill is, having them get as much information as possible.

Gatschenberger’s legislation would triple the current waiting period for the women in the state who want to have a legal abortion. They’ll be required to make an initial trip to a clinic, receive information about the risks of abortion and then wait 72 hours before returning the clinic to have the actual procedure.

If you watch the full video of the hearing recorded by Progress Missouri, you’ll hear that the response of a female colleague that comes right after. Gatschenberger had made a comment about how women like to put their ultrasound photos on the fridge, and his colleague points out that’s not always the case — when she had a miscarriage, she definitely didn’t want to see the ultrasound photo everyday. She reminds him, ”You probably haven’t seen a lot. There are probably circumstances and situations that women find themselves in that you’re not aware of and that haven’t been a part of your experience.”

This is so ridiculous to me, why in the world would this man think he could even begin to compare buying a car or getting new carpet to a women getting an abortion. I almost have mixed feelings of men being able to make legal decisions about these issues anyways. Because they could never be in a woman’s shoes of childbearing.

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