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Women have every right to choose what they want to do with their body. The government should not have any right to control a woman’s choice to have a child or not. Every individual knows what is right for them, so why should the government interfere? In the past year, the state and government have been fighting to strip away women’sights with the new abortion laws that go against the Roe v Wade law. The proper care and facilities to have an abortion should be readily available to women through organizations that take the precautionary steps to make sure every woman is safe.
In the United States, the biggest providers of these opportunities are given by Planned Parenthood. We should not go back in time and put women’s life in the United States at risk again.
According to Alexandra Desanctics, “Favoring abortion rights isn’t about liking abortion. It’s a matter of supporting every women’s right to choose for herself.
” If a woman did not have the intentions to have a child, they should not be forced to give birth to it. Women who acknowledge that they are unable to take care of a child make the decision of abortion out of necessity. It is far more responsible to have an abortion if the woman cannot provide for her child. Guttmacher Institute is a leading research and policy organization committed to advancing sexual and reproductive health rights in the United States for fifty years, and they’ve said, “Seventy-five percent of abortion patients in 2014 were poor or low-income.
Twenty-six percent of patients had incomes of 100-199% of the federal poverty level, and 49% had incomesof less than 100% of the federal poverty level.” It is hard to imagine being forced to give birth to a child and not having the stability to take care of it. The government is not pro-life, but pro-fetus because they do not want to help take care of the child after birth. They are against federally funded maternity leave, which is a program that allows women to take care of her baby. They are refusing to give women time and resources to take care of the child, but they want to force a woman to give birth to a child. Guttmacher also stated, “The most frequently cited were that having a child would interfere with a woman’s education, work or ability to care for dependents. Seventy-four percent.” Having a child is a forever life changing decision that women have to take care of for the rest of their live. Majority of women who get abortions are from low-income families, so if they are trying to get through school and working a job at the same time how are women expected to raise an individual being without the time or necessity to do so. The government is setting them up for failure.
In the past year the states of Iowa, Arkansas, Kentucky, Ohio, and Mississippi have made it harder for women to have abortions by restricting the time slot that they have been given from the Roe v Wade law. According to Cornell Law School, the court divided the pregnancy period into three trimesters. During the first trimester, woman have the right to abort pre-viability without interference from the state, which is about twenty weeks. For the second trimester, the state could regulate, but not outlaw abortions in the interest of mother’s health. For the last trimester the state could outlaw abortions in the interest of potential life expectancy. The reason for Roe v Wade law was to protect a woman’s right to an abortion prior to the viability of the fetus. On May 4th this year, Iowa passed the Heartbeat law, which prohibits women to get an abortion after six weeks or after the detection of embryonic heartbeat. The government and pro-life believers state that at twenty-one days the heart begins beating, at eight weeks the brain waves can be detected and at twelve weeks all major organs are present and functioning. According to Monia Simons and Jyana Cuevas, two ob/gyn, at Every Woman Wellness :“Doctors measure pregnancies in terms of weeks since a mother’s last period. So for many women, six weeks pregnant could really just mean two weeks after they missed their period. That’s not a long time—especially considering that many women with a regular menstrual cycle don’t even realize they’re pregnant until after they’ve missed their period.” So a woman being pregnant may not even know until later on because their menstrual cycles can be irregular as well. With that being said, to get an abortion it is required in Iowa and many other states to attend two in person appointments with a counselor with a twenty-four hour waiting period between each session. The new laws being passed by these states to make the deadline at six weeks for an abortion; therefore, do not give enough time for most women to even be aware of their pregnancies, and much less have the opportunity to abort.
Since states in the U.S. are unable to overturn the Roe v Wade law, they are making it difficult for women to reach a clinic to obtain abortions. According to USA Today, “Only a single abortion clinic remains in six states– Kentucky, Mississippi, North and South Dakota, West Virginia and Wyoming– meaning that women must travel long distances to exercise this right.” The government is shutting down many women’s health care facilities that provide abortions, like Planned Parenthood, because they think that their only goal is to do monstrous abortions, but many clinics provide care to women and go through a process before they willingly decide to go through with termination of her pregnancy. Women have to go two in person appointments with a doctor to decide if she would like to have an abortion, but she is provided adequate and appropriate information. They also have a twenty-four hour waiting period between each session to let them think about it. Since the states are making it harder for women to access clinics nearby, that can make them take leave off of work for their required appointments. This will cause major inconvenience to low-income women that are 75% percent of abortion patients who are working part time jobs and get no sick days off. According to USA Today, “Laws in majority of states deny health insurance coverage for abortion in ways that fall hardest on women already struggling to make ends meet.”
Today we are more advanced in science and we have a variety of options for abortions that are available to many people, so it is easier to access than before, but taking a look at our history, there were many recorded deaths due to illegal abortions in the 1930s. Women decided to choose the option of getting an illegal abortion, “Abortion was listed as the official cause of death for almost 2,700 women– nearly one-fifth(18%) of maternal deaths recorded in that year.” If we change our laws and go back to having abortions being illegal, it could lead to many women making life threatening decisions because they are not allowed to choose what they want to do with their body. Women could decide to choose the option of getting an illegal or self induced abortion like they did so in the 60s. According to Planned Parenthood, “In 1965, illegal abortions made up one-sixth of all pregnancy- and childbirth- related deaths. A survey conducted between 1965 and 1967 found that 8 in 10 low-income women in New York City who had an abortion attempted a dangerous self induced procedure, but now that abortion is legal, it has become one of the safest medical procedures in the United States- with a safety record of over 99%”
I believe that women should have the right to choose whether they would like to have an abortion or not. Deciding if you should have an abortion or not is taking responsibility because they’re looking at the factors of whether they will be able to take care of the child or not. The government shouldn’t be able to dictate what we do with our bodies because this decision should ultimately be up to the women that is affected and they will know what is best to do for them self. We’ve progressed a lot with women’s health care and rights in the United States, so we shouldn’t be going backwards into history.
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