At last, Bill Zedler’s one-man-abortion-requirement-machine is getting play in the mainstream media: the Dallas Morning News picked up the story on Friday, and today columnist Jacquielynn Floyd has a scathing take on what the Zedler requirements are really about: shaming, pressuring, intimidating and scaring women and doctors out of obtaining and providing legal abortion. I don’t often get the opportunity to describe anything in the DMN as “scathing,” but Floyd’s imagined continuation of Zedler’s questions is just that:
3. Please rate, on a scale ranging from “chagrin” to “abject humiliation,” the intensity of your shame.
3A. Which of the following methods would be most effective in maximizing the aforementioned shame? (Circle one).
a. Addition of costly, invasive, logically unwarranted medical procedures.
b. Ideologically biased “counseling” combined with mandatory delays.
c. Dissemination of your private medical information to your employer, your neighbors and that busybody couple that plays bridge with your parents.
Floyd’s questions number up to 10. I recommend reading them all.