Abortion law con

Macy Jacob, Reporter

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In light of recent events, the debate over abortion laws has skyrocketed. The divide separating pro-choice and pro-life believers is at an all-time high, and neither side appears willing to compromise. Whether any specific person wants to have an abortion or not should be up to them personally, but these laws do not allow for a decision to be made. It is a woman’s constitutional right to decide what can happen to her body, and these laws bring women’s rights directly back to the Roe v. Wade court case in 1973, a time when sexism was at large.

The Heartbeat Bill, passed in four states so far, restricts abortion after six weeks of pregnancy. For those that do not know, a woman is only capable of conceiving during the five days of ovulation after her menstrual cycle. Many women do not even know they are pregnant until their next missed cycle, which is typically four weeks after the previous cycle. This means a woman would only be two weeks late for her cycle before she cannot legally have an abortion. Being late for a cycle is extremely common, meaning at six weeks, most women would not even know that they are pregnant.

On top of the four states that have passed Heartbeat Bills, Alabama will restrict anyone from receiving an abortion at any time, regardless of the circumstance. That means that a woman of any age that conceives through rape, incest, or undesired circumstances must follow through with the pregnancy and could be jailed otherwise. For example, an 11-year-old child and a victim of rape will be forced to follow through with the pregnancy and birth of her rapist’s child, and if she receives an abortion illegally, she will most likely be put in jail longer than her rapist. If this sounds like a nightmare, it’s the reality for women in Ohio, Kentucky, Alabama, and many other states now and in the future.

According to many pro-lifers, the woman is not the only party involved in the making of a child. While it does take two to conceive a child, none of these recent laws passed require the male to do anything at all before or after the child is born, and places all of the responsibility on the woman. In most cases of unwanted pregnancy or rape, the male is not present at any time, leaving the woman to care for that child alone, regardless of the mother’s age. If the woman must follow through with being a mother, then the male involved should have to follow through with being a father as well.

Now, pro-life believers may say that it does not matter the circumstance, but what about after that child is born? If that child is born disabled, gay, or of color, will pro-lifers care about their lives then? Or if they become one of the 443,000 children in foster care in America, will their lives be regarded with as high importance as when they were an embryo, a simple ball of cells? Forcing women to carry out their unwanted pregnancies will not solve problems, but create many more, like increased violence, mental health problems, and especially unsafe at-home abortions.

A person that cannot conceive a child should not have a say in what a pregnant woman can do, and if a pregnant woman disagrees with having an abortion, she should not get one, but the option should be available to her and all women. The solution to this problem is to make birth control more accessible to everyone, and allow women to make their own decisions regarding their bodies, instead of passing laws that take America back to a time when women did not have rights.

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