There is a certain regression going on in women’s rights that should not even be an issue in the 21st century. But this isn’t about what my views or your views are, this is about choice slowly but surely being chipped away all over the U.S. Know what the topic is? Abortion.
There are various ways politicians have tried to take away the right to choose. It has been from a 24-hour waiting period beforehand, requiring a sonogram, cutting state funding for Planned Parenthood, or attempting a law stating that “life begins at conception.” Last year, there were a record amount of abortion restrictions enacted by states. According to the Guttmacher Institute, 162 new provisions were enacted in the first six months of 2011 alone that relate to reproductive rights. Of those 162, 80 actually restrict access to abortion in some way.
Along with the number of new laws, some politicians have habits of making preposterous statements. Senate nominee from Missouri Todd Akin is against abortion in any case and made headlines in August with his remarks about rape. He said, “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” To have such disrespect and belittle a serious issue is just baffling. But this is also the man who cosponsored the Sanctity of Human Life Act of 2009 with Paul Ryan. The bill states that fertilized eggs would have the same rights as a human being. However, a bill like that would be hard to pass, as it would require a Constitutional amendment in order to succeed. The issue at hand is that such bills are written in the first place.
In Georgia, state representative Terry England made his case against abortion by talking about farm animals. He did not directly call women farm animals, but in a twisted way he equated the death of pigs and calves to an abortion. It makes no sense.
The assault on abortion rights is occurring all over the country. Don’t support abortion? Fine. But don’t bring your personal beliefs up for a vote that will have serious consequences. Taking away a woman’s right to choose is terribly backwards. Regardless of the law, if a female wants an abortion, she will get one. So why not give them a safe place to have the procedure? It is between a woman and her doctor. When it’s gotten to the point that women are now crossing into Mexico to get medication that they hope will terminate a pregnancy, it’s a problem. This should be such a non-issue and that is the crux. I WISH I didn’t have to write about this topic at all. Not in 2012, not in an industrialized nation.