Monday, April 22, 2013

Time For Common Sense Abortion Control

Over the past few weeks those who read or listened to anything except the liberal media have caught story after story of new horrors perpetrated by Kermit Gosnell in his so-called abortion clinic, including, according to recent testimony, drowning at least one baby in a toilet. We've also learned that, like other serial killers, Gosnell liked to keep trophies of his kills.

In contrast to the uncomfortable silence from the MSM about Gosnell, we had practically wall-to-wall coverage in favor of gun control.

The right to keep and bear arms is a fundamental right under the Second Amendment. It is expressly set out in the Constitution. Abortion, on the other hand, is derived from an implied Constitutional right  to privacy. Even the court in Roe v. Wade acknowledged that "[t]he Constitution does not explicitly mention any right of privacy." Id., 410 U.S. 113, 152 (1973). "This right of privacy, whether it be founded in the Fourteenth Amendment's concept of personal liberty and restrictions upon state action, as we feel it is, or, as the District Court determined, in the Ninth Amendment's reservation of rights to the people, is broad enough to encompass a woman's decision whether or not to terminate her pregnancy." Id. at 153.

Yet, for some reason, abortion--twice removed from any actual text of the Constitution--is granted far more protection than the express right to keep and bear arms. However, why shouldn't they be treated similarly? To borrow the favorite argument of the left, "if its saves just one child," as any restriction on abortion would inevitably do, "it is worth it."

Here is my proposal, in no particular order, based on the current regulatory environment for firearms:

1.  All abortion providers must be licensed by the Federal government after an extensive background check, including fingerprinting, pay an annual fee, and be subject to inspections. Even minor violations of paper-work requirements (such as transposing numbers) can result in suspension or revocation of an abortion provider license.

2.  Abortion clinics may not be located within 1000 feet of a school.

3.  States may impose additional restrictions on the licensing, operation, and location of abortion providers.

4.  A special Federal agency will be created whose primary purpose is to monitor abortions and abortion clinics.

5.  In order to obtain an abortion, a person must present a valid government issued photo-id, such as a driver's license, and fill out a lengthy questionnaire on their medical history.

6.  Such person wishing an abortion must also undergo a background check.

7.  States may impose additional restrictions, such as waiting ("cooling-off") periods or requirement to obtain state approval to obtain an abortion. There is no requirement that States issue an abortion permit just because a person wants one--it would be perfectly legal for a State to deny an abortion permit because the person could not show sufficient need or justification.

8.  You must be 21 years of age and an American citizen or permanent resident in order to obtain an abortion.

9.   Provision of an abortion without a license, or attempting to illegally obtain an abortion, will be a felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison.

10.  Abortion providers are required to report "suspicious" abortion applications to law enforcement.

11.  States may limit the number of abortions a person may undergo or receive, or the frequency. 

12.  The person paying for the abortion must be the one receiving it--no third parties (including insurance) may pay for an abortion for another person.

13.  A person may not cross state lines to obtain an abortion in a different state, or travel to another country to obtain an abortion without special government permission and purchase of special Federal tax stamps.

Any other similar restrictions you can think of?

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