A right-wing blogger, responding to my last post on abortion, wrote,
And this notion of “underground abortion providers” is a myth in the U.S. There are untold clinics in the U.S. providing abortion services.
Let’s see if I can explain this simply enough so that a garden vegetable, or maybe even a rightie, can grasp it.
Abortion is still legal in the United States. So, there is not much in the way of an underground abortion industry here, because women prefer to get abortions in nice, legal clinics and hospitals. In countries where abortion is legal, generally there are little or no “underground” abortion services.
However, in countries where abortion is illegal, abortions are performed by “underground abortion providers.” This was true in the U.S. before Roe v. Wade. It is still very much true throughout Latin America, which has higher rates of abortion than the U.S. even though abortion is illegal nearly everywhere in Latin America.
It is true of all countries in which abortions are illegal. Well, except maybe Ireland, where women can just take a ferry ride to Britain. I’m not sure about Ireland.
If abortion were criminalized in the U.S., there would be a thriving underground abortion industry in no time, just as there was before Roe v. Wade.
I hope that is clear.