Terri Proud's Idea to Force Women to Watch an Abortion Before Having One: Yay or Nay?

Some people writing emails to Republican state Representative Terri Proud about their concerns over Arizona's "fetal pain" bill got some interesting emails in return.

Proud's response was essentially that she's in favor of the abortion bills up for considering, but would like to take it a step -- or many steps -- further.

"Personally I'd like to make a law that mandates a woman watch an abortion being performed prior to having a 'surgical procedure,'" the emails say. "If it's not a life it shouldn't matter, if it doesn't harm a woman then she shouldn't care, and don't we want more transparency and education in the medical profession anyway? We demand it everywhere else."

Since making laws is kind of her job, she could obviously propose something like this and add to the nationwide "Arizona is crazy" narrative.

But who actually wants to watch medical procedures before having them done?

As we provided as a counterpoint yesterday, try getting someone to watch a video of a manual disimpaction while their bowels are backed up like rush hour on the I-10.

Proud didn't return New Times call for explanation of her watch-an-abortion bill, but posted on Facebook that somehow Democrats were responsible for all this.

"I always try to answer every email that I receive - friendly or hostile," she posted. "I don't apologize for emails I state are my personal opinion. I may not be cut out to be a politician, but I am cut out to be a Representative and it's sad that the left like to play 'I gotcha' games through emails while sitting in my office. Some legislators don't even respond to emails for fear it's just another 'gotcha' moment - thank a Democrat for that."

Our question for this morning -- as if we really have to ask -- is Proud's idea for forcing women to watch abortions a good idea?

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Matthew Hendley
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