Missouri Republican lawmaker David Sater made a questionable comparison recently between knee surgery and a woman's decision to get an abortion.
Missouri republicans are currently trying to pass a law that would make all women – rape victims included – wait 72 hours between consulting a doctor about having an abortion and actually having the procedure done.
When introducing the bill, Sater said that making women wait for an abortion was the “same thing” as him waiting to have his knee surgery done.
“Next Tuesday, I’m going to see my orthopedic surgeon because I’ve been having some extended knee problems, and we’re going to get an opinion on what I should do. It would be elective surgery,” Sater explained. “And so, he will give me some time to contemplate about my decision on whether not I should have surgery or not, and we will probably make the best informed decision that we can.”
“Having an abortion is an elective procedure, elective surgery,” he continued. “It’s the same thing. And I want the patients to have plenty of time to be able to have an understanding of what they are going to have done in the elective surgery.”
When questioned by a Democrat lawmaker, Sater confessed that the only reason he has to wait for his knee procedure is because of his doctor’s availability.
The Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive rights organization, says Missouri’s Republican-controlled state senate has put forth an unprecedented amount of anti-abortion legislature this year. Guttmacher Institute state issues manager Elizabeth Nash says bills like the 72-hour waiting period one ignore the fact that most woman already have their minds made up when they make an appointment with an abortion clinic.
"This really burdens women,” Nash said. “We know that a woman has made up her mind before she even picks up the phone for the appointment.”