Alabama Abortion Law- Has It Gone Too Far?

Abortion. A topic that will always divide people. Some are pro-choice, others pro-life. But who is supposed to decide what is right? Law makers? Men? Women? Nobody? Recently, law-makers have decided to take it in their hands, deciding what a woman can and cannot do, deciding what is best for a woman. In my opinion, they need to butt out.

Do I think there should be regulations on abortion? I most definitely do! Do I think that some of the recent bills have gone too far, again I absolutely do!

Lets start, for those who maybe do not know, with defining abortion. Abortion is the deliberate termination of a human pregnancy, most often performed during the first 28 weeks of pregnancy. Women usually have different reasons for having an abortion, and though, in my opinion, aren’t valid reasons, none are anyone else’s business.

Let me first say this, I do not PERSONALLY agree with abortion. I could not get one myself unless it was under certain circumstances. I personally believe that if you are sleeping around and end up pregnant, give birth and give the baby up for adoption, or raise it. You want to play like an adult, take adult responsibility. Some people will argue, “I used protection but it failed,” well, its not fool proof, you still know that the risk is there when you “play”. I do think that abortion maybe could be an option if the woman is raped, a victim of incest, or if there are medical issues that may arise during the pregnancy or birth. But here is my biggest belief, it is not my right to push my thoughts onto other women. Just because I am a Christian and believe the way I do, does not mean that “Sally” believes the same way, and that is her right to believe that way. I can express how I feel but I am not about to force it down her throat and judge her.

This new bill in Alabama is the most restrictive this country has seen thus far. Other states have bills or laws that are strict called “Heartbeat Bills,” that basically say you can not get an abortion if the heart beat is detected, which is usually around 6 weeks. Now, the problem with this is that most women do not even know that they are pregnant until about 6 weeks, sometimes even further along than that. One state that has a bill like that is Georgia. Missouri has a bill that does not allow one after 8 weeks. Alabama, however, has gone even more strict than those.

Alabama has been in the news a lot lately because of this new abortion bill. It does not allow for abortion under any circumstance. They will make an exception if the health of the mother is at stake or if there are fetal fatal anomalies. There is no exception for rape. There is no exception for incest. Women are exempt from criminal charges if they do get an abortion, however, they are saying Doctor’s can be given up to 99 years if found guilty. Again, why is it a bunch of old white privileged men’s right to say what a woman can do with her body. In this case, a 10 year old girl who is raped and impregnated, would be forced to give birth. Can you imagine giving birth at 10 years old? I was 20 when I had my first child and could barely handle it. A woman who is date raped and become pregnant would have to have the child. A girl raped by her dad or brother or uncle and became pregnant, would have to give birth. Now, I totally understand that it is not the child fault, but isn’t this bill really double punishing girls/women? If they are raped or a victim of incest, that is one strike of them not being in control of their own bodies, then they are told by these old privileged white men that they can’t take control of the outcome either.

This is the modern day and age. It is time to realize that we cannot control each other. I do think that abortion should be allowed if a woman is raped, a victim of incest, or if there are health issues that may arise. But I do not think that women who are out there with their legs open wide should be able to just get an abortion willy nilly. But again, that is my opinion. Im mature enough to know not everyone thinks like me. Our country was founded on the principle of separating Church and State, so why is this even a political issue? Furthermore, banning abortion really does nothing but make it more dangerous. In places where abortion is banned the rate of abortion is 37 in 1,000. In places with no ban the rate is 34 in 1,000. Now, having contraceptives readily available has been shown to decrease the rate of abortions 62-78%. This is just something to think about, something to get a conversation started. The biggest thing you can do is reach out to you representatives if something is going on in your state that you are not happy about. Be that voice, use what you were given. Do not let them take anything away from you.

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