Abortion Update

Updated: Nov 5, 2019

I know I have written a piece about abortion before, and I recommend that you check it out, but I feel as though such a serious topic deserves to be discussed multiple times. The conversation cannot simply end, it needs to be spread and action needs to be taken. Women are facing serious stakes of losing a right, or having that right compromised in some way, in the coming years. Five states have already passed laws to ban abortions after six weeks of pregnancy: This is barely enough time for women to realize that they are pregnant, let alone make a decision about what to do. These states include Ohio, Georgia, Mississippi, Kentucky, and Iowa. Ohio passed a 'fetal heart beat' bill, which effectively bans a women's right to an abortion as soon as a heart beat can be detected, which can be as early as five weeks. Ohio tried to pass this bill twice before but its former governor refused to sign. The latest Ohio governor, Mike DeWine, signed it as soon as it got on his desk. Georgia has passed a bill (HB481, Living Infants Fairness and Equality {LIFE} Act), but has yet to have it signed off by their governor. If signed and made official then all abortions would be banned after six weeks, including pregnancies caused by rape or incest. Mississippi signed a bill similar to Ohio's, which bans abortion after a fetal heart beat is detected at five or six weeks. Iowa passed a bill that makes abortion illegal after six weeks, except in cases of rape or incest. North Dakota enacted a bill in 2013 that bans abortion once a heart beat is detected.

Luckily, these laws are constantly fought against by the 73% of Americans that are pro-choice. These kinds of laws have been passed before and were then brought to the supreme court where they were shut down and repealed. Unfortunately, more and more state representatives (who are coincidentally white men) are pushing for stricter abortion laws.

Powerful men are taking control of women's bodies and choices via their law making. Currently, with Justices Brett M. Kavanaugh and Neil M. Gorsuch on the Supreme Court, there is a 5-4 majority opposed to abortion. Our own president is pro-life and pushing to have Roe V. Wade overturned.

It is terrifying to be a woman facing the potential of losing a right that roughly 1/4 women take advantage of in their lifetime. If Roe V. Wade really were to be overturned then it would result in over 25 million women losing abortion access, as 15 states have some form of 'trigger laws' in effect. Trigger laws are put in place to either completely outlaw or make laws stricter surrounding abortion in the events that Roe V. Wade be taken away. We would go back to women accessing unsafe and illegal abortions, which used to be the cause of 1 in 6 pregnancy related deaths.

Having conversations with my friends makes me realize just how real this threat is. The women I speak with are scared. I am scared. What is this country if we do not have freedom over our own bodies?

It is time to speak out and rally together, to fight to keep our right to a choice. And being pro-choice does not mean you are pro-abortion: It means you respect each women's decision to do what she wants or needs to do with her own body, regardless if you would do the same with yours.

Being pro-choice means you respect and care about the millions of women in the United States, and beyond.

Sign this to try and keep abortion safe: https://www.prochoiceamerica.org/take-action/






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