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As Roe v. Wade is challenged at the U.S. Supreme Court, some wonder what other people think about abortion



Pregnant women around the world experience different rights depending on where they live. Some states in the U.S. have some of the world’s most stringent abortion laws.

Emma Attig, Reporter

With the recent law change in Texas, there has been a lot of talk of people’s stance on abortion. I always want people to be educated before they make a choice, and also love sharing my own side.  

I am pro-choice. I believe that a woman has the right to decide on her own, this includes the choice being made by just her not her doctor or significant other. This is her body. I also believe that in some cases abortion is necessary. Now, mothers can do genetic tests to determine any biomarkers that create any risk for pregnancy or for the fetus, after birth. If one of these biomarkers shows a life-threatening disease or something that would make the child’s life miserable, abortion should be a viable choice. 

The key word in that is “should.” In today’s society, many people are pro-life. This means that they don’t support abortion in any form, for any reason. This astonishes me. With how far we have come in science and medical fields to determine when the fetus is actually “alive,” that people still believe that abortion, even early on in the pregnancy, is murder.  

The definition of fetus is as follows, “an unborn or unhatched vertebrate especially after attaining the basic structural plan of its kind [specifically: a developing human from usually two months after conception to birth]” Fetus Definition & Meaning – Merriam-Webster. This clearly states that a fetus is not alive until after two months of conception. Yet, people still are trying to bash, criticize and incriminate mothers around the world when they make a decision to have an abortion of an “unborn” undeveloped fetus.  

I have seen first-hand how children can be mistreated and not given the life they deserve. How can we as humans not set aside the fact of wanting another life, and just think about the fact that they might not get the life they deserve.  

I can’t even fathom the pain that mothers have to endure for thinking about abortion for various reasons. Those reasons could be money, health or even how the mother got pregnant. 

Those are the reasons I am pro-choice.  


Legislative concerns 

Abortion is still a controversial subject all over the world. Governments struggle to find a mid-point between for the pro-choice and pro-life adherents. This creates complex policies that vary from state to state. 

In Texas, the legislature passed a law that bans abortion after just six weeks, when many women aren’t even aware they are pregnant, without any exceptions for rape and/or incest. Although “heartbeat bills” have been presented and even passed in other states, the law in Texas is unique in that it relies on enforcement by private individuals through civil lawsuits. The law took effect on Sept. 1. 

This has frustrated many Texas residents, even causing protests and marches. Americans still wait for the Supreme Court’s decision on whether they will back the law or not. Even though, this law is a clear contradiction of Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey.  

Other states have strict abortion laws, like Georgia, Ohio, Tennessee and Louisiana, where abortions after six weeks are also banned. 

According to the Center for American Progress, examples of these complex and strict policies are overage restrictions (making it where abortions aren’t covered by certain insurances), Gestational bans (stating that an abortion is illegal so many weeks after the females last menstrual period), unnecessary medical requirements (waiting periods, visiting more than one clinic and biased counseling), and even as far as banning certain methods of abortions like D&E, “the safest and most common method of abortion care in the second trimester.” 

Since 1988, when the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that existing abortion restrictions were unconstitutional, abortion has been legal for any reason at any stage of pregnancy,” according to the Pew Research Center. The organization goes on to say that in some states it is required for the significant other of a pregnant person to “sign off” on the abortion. 

In other countries abortion is legal and most often covered by insurance. 

The Center for American Progress also states that in certain countries abortions are legal when absolutely necessary such as pregnancies that result from rape or other life-threatening conditions.  

Some people wonder why this is such a big argument. Saying that it is the woman’s body, so it should be her choice. This can be shown in the “My Body, My Choice” slogan, that was adopted by abortion advocates many years ago.  

On the other hand, others say that abortion is wrong. That you are killing a human being. That abortion is a crime and murder, Scott Klusendorf (thegospelcoalition.org) 

So, tell me. Where do you stand? Email us at [email protected] or leave a comment below.