Is the government over reaching and over stepping its boundaries with these new strict and anti-abortion laws? When I first heard about these laws I just thought a few politicians were just trying to make a name for themselves and now that these laws are gaining so much steam I just can’t believe that women’s rights are being attacked like this in 2019. I am just truly baffled by these new pending anti-abortion laws. Abortion has always been a hot bed topic with heated disagreements and rightfully so but the government hasn’t interjected like this since Roe v. Wade. What has started in Indiana has since traveled to Missouri, Ohio, Louisiana, Alabama, and many other states across the country and it really needs to be stopped in its tracks before women no longer have any rights at all.
There are many reasons why woman get abortions and it’s quite frankly their right. However two of the main reasons why women get abortions according to a study conducted by John Hopkins University is when they become pregnant due to being raped or incest. According to the study 91% of women who become pregnant in these horrific ways terminate their pregnancies with abortions. Now with these new proposed laws abortions would be illegal for the 9 out of 10 women who decide that they don’t want to have a baby against their will. This is absolutely ridiculous and disrespectful to women.
I have spoken to many rape victims and they all have said that being raped was the most traumatic and damaging experience of their life. These women say that there was no way in hell that they would have carried the baby of a rapist! However I was also able to speak with a few women that did happen to get pregnant after being raped and all of them felt that becoming pregnant only made things worst. Each one of them got an abortion. These women felt that the joy of being pregnant and motherhood was stolen from them. They didn’t want to bring a child in this would that they didn’t have any love or emotional feelings for. This is one reason why women need to have an option for termination.
Women who are victims of incest are faced with the same dilemma as women that were raped and became pregnant. What makes their situations different is that they are victims to a member of their family. Incest is practically rape by a “close” relative. Psychologically it’s damaging and genetically it’s impossible to predict how the baby is going to turn out. There isn’t any reason to force a woman to go through with a pregnancy that is unhealthy for her mentally or emotionally.
Health care in this great country of ours is a privilege and not a birth right, so if it’s our responsibility to take care of ourselves then why should the government be allowed to dictate how we go about it. Medicaid doesn’t cover abortions unless the child’s birth is detrimental to the mothers’ welfare. This isn’t a government issue. Abortion isn’t adding to the nation’s debt. If the government was providing health care to everyone then I could understand some sort of regulations but abortions are paid out of pocket by consenting women.
I believe that it doesn’t matter if you are pro-choice or pro-life because it’s your right. These personal life decisions are based on the individual and their personal beliefs. Too often in America we try to force our opinions and beliefs on others because we believe it’s right but it isn’t. We have choices and getting an abortion is a tough decision a lot of women choose to make. Some politicians and pro-life supporters attempt to force their religious beliefs into whether abortion is correct. However the decision to get an abortion is not a decision based on religious beliefs for the majority of women who get them. Women should be able to get them for whatever reason they feel as long as they understand and can live with the decision. There is no way that anyone’s religion should be forced upon someone no matter what.
As a nation we all must stand up and speak up for each other’s rights. We can’t only acknowledge the rights that affect us directly. If we are going to be a nation that prides itself on accepting each other’s differences then it can’t be limited to race and sexual orientation. Women should have a right to do as they please with their bodies. Roe v. Wade gave women protection when it comes to abortion rights but if we don’t come together to help protect them then women will become voiceless. To ban abortions for rape and incest victims is very callous on the part of our lawmakers. You never know or can predict when someone close to you may be faced with a situation like that and can’t do anything about it because the law doesn’t protect them. Now they are mandated to recover and piece their lives back together in 9 months to care for a baby that they are forced to have. We can agree to disagree but ultimately each woman should have the final decision when it comes to what they should and shouldn’t do with their body.
One final note, as pro-choice as I am and an advocate for women’s rights I do agree with one aspect of these new abortion bills. I agree with the elimination of late term abortions. I believe that there should be a time frame on how long a woman can wait to terminate a pregnancy for personal reasons. This doesn’t include rape, incest victims, or for health reasons to the child or the mother.