The “lack of access to abortion” complaint manifests itself again (and again and again), this time, in American jails.
Incarcerated women wishing to terminate a pregnancy face numerous challenges; among them are facilities’ ad hoc responses to abortion requests, difficulties in making transportation or financial arrangements, and the requirement of obtaining a court order.
These intrepid policy types are clearly leaving no stone unturned.
Question: If I go for a long canoe trip in an isolated provincial park, perhaps Killarney or Temagami, what’s my access? Stay tuned for the soon-to-be-released “Abortion access on remote-area canoe trips: Females face delays, forced to return to civilization for abortions, while men just get to paddle on.”
Tanya has a few more “access” concerns: What about if I fall down a well or get stuck in a mine shaft? And will this ‘service’ be available during my 3 week Carnival cruise?
To be honest, I’m sort of comforted by the idea that getting an abortion while incarcerated is not the easiest thing in the world. For those women who suddenly find themselves in that unfortunate situation (of being imprisoned while pregnant) abortion may seem to some like the only reasonable thing to do. How much more so if the access is facilitated.
Brigitte evidently just fell off a turnip truck: Am I the only one who had no idea unintended pregnancies in jail were a big problem?