I wrote a post last week with a theoretical account of why I think abortion is an equality issue.
I was reminded too of a post I wrote back in 2020, which dealt with the more practical aspects.
I think that, before legislators pass any law, they should consider “can we enforce it?” If the answer to that is ‘no’, then why waste your time?
I saw a post the other day – I’m sorry I can’t remember the author – which bemoaned this new Supreme Court justice in the USA, who I’ve also heard describes as ultra-conservative. One of their beefs was that abortion would become more restricted.
Let me tell you what happened in Ireland.
For years, Ireland banned abortion. It was only made legal – following a staggeringly one-sided referendum – in 2018. Even now, it is not particularly “available”. But at least, noit illegal.
The result of it being banned was that rich people travelled to England to have their abortions, where it has been legal since the late 1960s. Poor people, being unable to afford the transport cost, had to stay home and have their babies. Tough.
If you restrict abortion in the USA, rich people will go out-of-state, or disappear to Mexico or especially Canada for a few days…
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They’ll more than likely head for Mexico, where an already flourishing tourist trade in dentistry exists for a fraction of the price in USA. The business model will be easy to copy.
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