State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.
The Family Research Council (FRC) has published some very revealing quotes about abortion attributed to David Ogden, President Obama’s nominee for Deputy Attorney General. The FRC writes:
“In a brief for the American Psychological Association in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, he wrote: ‘Abortion rarely causes or exacerbates psychological or emotional problems. When women do experience regret, depression, or guilt, such feelings are mild and diminish rapidly without adversely affecting general functioning. The few women who do experience negative psychological responses after abortion appear to be those with preexisting emotional problems ....’
Ogden also wrote: ‘In sum, it is grossly misleading to tell a woman that abortion imposes possible detrimental psychological effects when the risks are negligible in most cases, when the evidence shows that she is more likely to experience feelings of relief and happiness, and when child-birth and child-rearing or adoption may pose concomitant (if not greater) risks or adverse psychological effects’ ...."
Ogden’s blithe dismissal of the post traumatic impact on women having had abortions along with his suggestion that women experience “relief and happiness’’ are appalling.
During the previous legislative session I proposed legislation to prohibit coercive abortions, and I documented extensive data about the physical and emotional damage women suffer. The President’s nominee for one of the highest legal positions in the country should check his facts before making the offensive statement that a woman having an abortion “is more likely to experience feelings of relief and happiness.” The comment speaks volumes about the new administration.
Here are details from the FRC.