Erin King lives in Missouri, but she travels across the border to Illinois every day to work as an abortionist.
King wrote a column for the Riverfront Times this week criticizing the Missouri legislature for passing laws to protect women and babies from abuses in the abortion industry.
She laments how Missouri is not like Illinois, which has very few restrictions on abortion. King criticizes the pro-life laws in Missouri, and even blasts Missouri’s parental consent requirement, which mandates that girls under age 18 receive at least one parent’s permission to have an abortion. The common sense law has wide public support, but King and her fellow abortion activists would like to see it overturned.
With regards to abortion access, Illinois has outperformed Missouri for years. In 2011, 38 percent of Illinois women lived in a county with no abortion clinic, compared to a whopping 74 percent of women in Missouri. Missouri has only one abortion clinic for its 3 million women. Illinois, on the other hand, reported 26 clinics in 2011.
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I see patients every day who have come from Missouri. At least 38 percent of the 9,027 Missourians who received an abortion left the state to do so in 2012. And that was even before some of the harshest abortion restrictions in the country became law in the state.
It is almost as if the fact that women in Missouri are having fewer abortions grieves King. In 2014, after Missouri passed two pro-life bills, including a 72-hour time of reflection after counseling before an abortion, King began advertising her Illinois abortion business to women in Missouri.
She told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch at the time:
“’We are prepared to handle women from Missouri that come over the river from Missouri because of the restrictions,’ King said. ‘We are able to accommodate some extra volume … if it becomes a lot higher than, yes, absolutely we would hire (more) people.’ That would include both clinical staff and counselors, King said.
“King said her group tries to provide as much information about women’s options and the state-imposed wait times on its website.
“’I think a lot of people don’t realize that the restrictions are state-based and not put in place by the facility,’ King said. ‘We do spend a fair amount of time on the website trying to explain (wait times) so they can tell what their options are, and, hopefully, will be able to access care when they want instead of having to wait.’”
In the new column, King criticizes a whole list of abortion-related regulations, including the 72-hour waiting period because she said it creates an extra burden on women seeking abortions. She never mentions how these waiting periods help protect women from being rushed through the abortion clinic without counseling or time to consider all of their options. These laws, coupled with informed consent laws, ensure that women have access to information about the life-affirming options available to them, the risks of abortion and the facts about their unborn baby, and time to consider them.
Other abortion clinic workers have admitted that they rushed women into having abortions with little or no counseling. Jenny Higgins, who worked at an abortion facility, felt troubled that she “rarely had the time or resources to give women the clinical or psychological care they needed or deserved. Counseling sessions were strictly time constrained, sometimes allowing only 5 minutes per patient.”
I had to rush women out of the procedure room within minutes – sometimes seconds – of their termination so that we could quickly prep the room for the next patient. This hustle meant another missed chance to provide follow-up counseling, or assistance to help these women avoid future unintended pregnancies.
Many post-abortive women report similar experiences. One research study of post-abortive women found that 90 percent said they were not given enough information to make an informed decision. According to the study, 52 percent to 71 percent said the abortion facility’s counselor either did not answer their questions adequately or trivialized them.
This callous, rushed assembly-line approach brings in more money for abortion clinics. Women who aren’t given a second chance to think or review information about their situation can be pushed through the process and out the door – leaving their money and their aborted baby behind. For many women, though, regrets and grief follow them for the rest of their lives.