What many Republicans seem to fail to recognize is that abortions will be performed whether they are legal or not. Wealthy people can send their daughters to other countries. Poor people will end up in back alleys. This way, not only will the fetus be aborted, but the mother will often die as well, or become infertile. When they pass legislation that requires more money or time for the woman, or that will make it more costly or impossible for the clinic to remain open, they say they are doing it for the safety of the woman. I don’t see this alternative achieving their stated goal.
Abortion should be safe, legal, and rare. Unfortunately, abstinence-only sex “education” programs usually result in a higher teen pregnancy rate. Even Bristol Palin, of the Royal Palins of Alaska, said that abstinence-only is “not realistic”. That is, until she was paid a quarter-mil to say the opposite.
Yet abstinence-only is often the preferred method for the people who oppose abortion. Go figure.