Hmmm.. I wonder if Elmer's Brother and the rest of our regressive, ignorant of the facts, cluessless Republicans will march right up to Capitol Hill and DEMAND that Republican Senator Tom Coburn tell them what abortions he is for and what abortions he is against. In fact, I DEMAND that they confront Coburn!
During this week's confirmation hearings for Samuel Alito's nomination to the Supreme Court, Coburn admitted to performing abortions on women when their health was in danger.
COBURN: And, as a practicing physician, I agree with that. I've actually performed abortions on women who were going to die if they did not have an abortion. So the choice was somebody alive versus losing both.
The court defined health as all factors physical, emotion, psychological, familial and the woman's age, relevant to the well- being of the patient. This exception effectively expanded the right to abortion for any reason through all the entire pregnancy.
Since that time, states have been trying to find ways to effectively regulate abortion without intruding on this health exception, but it has proven nearly impossible.
The absence of knowledge is something that Roe v. Wade, which I believe was wrongly decided, has hurt us immensely in this country. And the absence of informed consent on abortion has hurt us immensely.
And Mr. Chairman, I would like to enter into the record a study published -- a 35-year longitudinal study which was just released this January from New Zealand. It followed women, 600 women for 35 years, from the time of abortion, that studied ill health effects.
Note: An additional note about Sen. Coburn's time as a physician. It seems as though Coburn has been accused of performing sterilizations on women without their permission.
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