A Woman’s Choice
Written and edited by: Laur Baird
It is a topic that comes up in countless debates and arguments between the supreme court and politicians. It is a topic that has very mixed reactions to it, and even stronger opinions for and against it. It has been this way for years and years. Why does it, though? Why do mostly male politicians have the right to make decisions on what a woman can do with her own body? Why do they have such a say in what happens to their future children, or lack thereof?
The answer? Well, there really is no straightforward answer to be given on the subject. It all gets mixed into politics and religion, places where it should not belong in the first place. Many people who come from religious backgrounds are completely opposed to abortion, which is very harmful to those women who need them. Yes, many women actually do need to get an abortion, for mental, physical, or for other important reasons. The problem is that many people believe that abortion in every sense, is basically the same thing as killing a child. They aren’t correct, though, and shaming women for it does more harm than good.
At the end of the day, the right to get an abortion comes down to basic women’s rights. The right to let a woman control her own body. Right now, a lot of politicians and supreme court judges do not like the thought of a woman doing what she wants with her own body, and they feel like they have to make it illegal.
Before I really delve deeper into this conversation, I would just like to clarify a few things. Being pro choice does not mean that you are pro abortion, nor does it mean that you want women to get abortions. It solely means that you support the woman’s right to choose what she does. Another thing, abortion doesn’t equal murder, yet it is the number one excuse that is used to try and sway women away from having safe and legal abortions.
Back in 1973, the Roe vs Wade Supreme Court case ruled that under the 14th amendment, a woman had the right to make her own medical decisions. This decision was a monumental success for women who could not give birth to children, but were forced to by law. Before 1973, it was illegal for a woman to get an abortion unless her life was seriously at risk by doing so. There were also hardly any abortion clinics around because it had always been illegal. In 2003, George Bush signed the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act, making it illegal to get an abortion after the second trimester. So far, the ruling has been attempted to be overturned three times, but it has not been successful either times. The problem is, now, they might actually be able to.
27% of people said that they want Roe v Wade to be overturned, and 67% of people said that they do not want it to be. President Trump has said that it will be a “long time” until the supreme court makes a vote, if ever. “There’s also a very good chance there won’t be a vote. We’ll have to see what happens. A case has to get up there. It could be a long time before a case ever gets up there.” This was a statement made by Trump, where he said that he understood why women would be afraid of the possible new legislature. Rightfully so, women are getting nervous that the recently picked new supreme court justice, Brett Kavanaugh, will be a deciding factor in this potential court case, and not in the way we are hoping for.
The statement, “getting an abortion is like murdering a human being” is simply inaccurate, and is used in a way of shaming a woman into not doing what is healthy for herself. A child does not start growing inside of the woman as soon as she has sex. The child is not “living” until months of pregnancy have passed. Therefore, it is not the “killing of a fetus,” it is just the restriction of women’s rights. As a result of these sometimes dangerous pregnancies, 700 women die a year during childbirth. The thought that making abortions illegal will somehow stop abortions from happening is ridiculous, and will only make them more dangerous, and will result in more deaths.
Simply put, if you do not support abortion, do not get an abortion, and do not shame and shun other women for doing what is best and healthiest for themselves.