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options. This bill wasn't about then oppose regulations designed abortion. It's purely politics.” to protect those women.” You’re not alone, sir. Actually, sir, it’s the height of Kate Neary-Pounds, Regional hypocrisy for the anti-abortion Development Director at Planned side to pretend it cares about safe Parenthood of the Heartland, abortions when it really wants to needed a few days to calm down send the doctors who perform before she was able to write me them to the hoosegow and cloak back: “The absurd thing about the women who get them in these bills, other than that they brown hooded tunics and scarlet assert to ‘protect women's health,’ letters. is that the authors of the bills Ritze continued: “In the United understand nothing of the compliStates, regulations on abortionists cated issues around reproductive have made the procedure much health and abortion care. Also safer than in developing countries, interesting, and even more madthough there is much anecdotal dening, is that the very politicians evidence – such as Kermit Goswho continue to put forward this nell and Planned Parenthood of legislation also campaign on the Delaware – that abortion clinics platform of individual liberties here fall far short of accepted and limited government – except safety and cleanliness standards when it comes to regulating womfor medical clinics.” en's private medical decisions.” Come, Rep. Ritze, you’re not That’s crazy talk, Kate, and Rep. really going to take credit for Ritze is surely hurt by it, shocked America’s abortion protocol, are that you would question his motives. you? As for Gosnell, an abortion From Ritze’s I-legislate-fordoctor in Philadelphia sentenced your-sins editorial: “It seems to to life in prison for the murder be the height of hypocrisy for the of a baby born alive in a botched pro-abortion side to claim that procedure, is no more represenabortion must be legal in order to tative of Planned Parenthood protect the health of women, and T:4.375”than Adam Lanza is of Oklahoma

hunters who don orange vests and do care about the start of duck season. And then there’s this: In an American Journal of Public Health study, published in 2013, on the safety of abortions when performed by nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, and physician assistants, it indicated that abortion is one of the safest medical procedures, with a complication rate of less than 0.05 percent. But, again, you’re a doctor, you know that. If you want to get pissy (and I do), there’s this: In a study published in a 2012 edition of the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, researchers found that women are about 14 times more likely to die during or after giving birth to a live baby than to die from complications of an abortion. Why doesn’t Ritze caution women about the dangers of childbirth? Why doesn’t he champion the cause of pre-natal care and universal OB/GYN access for the state’s expectant mothers? We interrupt this program to remind you of something Mas-

sachusetts Congressman Barney Frank once said: “For Republicans, life begins at conception and ends at birth.” Nothing Rep. Ritze has proposed will ever affect Rep. Ritze. No doctor will ever ask him to slide down, put his feet in stirrups, show him pictures of aborted fetuses, and then hand him a pamphlet describing the joys of adoption. His body won’t become a wholly owned subsidiary of the state after twenty weeks. He will never be sitting at home, isolated and recovering (at best) after being raped, and have to listen to a GOP legislator, like Missouri GOP senatorial candidate, Todd Aiken, on television mitigating the experience. “News from the Plains” appears each issue and covers Oklahoma politics and culture—the disastrous, the unseemly, the incomprehensible … you know, the day to day stuff. Barry Friedman is a touring stand-up comedian, author and general rabble-rouser.





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