Abortion and the Right to Choose

medical-563427_640The New York Times reported on pro-life/anti-choice “Representative Ben Ray Luján, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, [who] said in an interview this week, citing the party’s need to build “a broad coalition” to win control of Congress in 2018. “There is not a litmus test for Democratic candidates,” Luján told The Hill. “As we look at candidates across the country, you need to make sure you have candidates that fit the district, that can win in these districts across America.”” The author identifies with the panic which is our current political climate- “Nineteen hyenas and a broken vacuum cleaner control the White House, and ice is becoming extinct. I get it. I am desperate and afraid as well. I am prepared to make leviathan compromises to pull us back from that brink. But there is no recognizable version of the Democratic Party that does not fight unequivocally against half its constituents’ being stripped of ownership of their own bodies and lives. This issue represents everything Democrats purport to stand for.” The Hill reported that there are hardly any pro-life/anti-choice Democrats left and that in the 90’s there were 290 members of the house and one hundred plus were pro-life/anti-choice Democrat. Again, this report follow the interview last week of Luján who “said the party would not impose a litmus test on Democratic candidates running for seats in Congress.”

Chairman Lujan has now responded to people’s’ outrage of his interview comment “regarding whether House Democrats will consider a candidate’s stance on abortion rights a litmus test.” He defended his interview but publicly tweeted his support of pro-choice and organizations like Planned Parenthood. Due to the political atmosphere “many Democrats believe the path to flipping the House again could require openness to recruiting candidates in red districts with conservative views on abortion.”

The United States is not the only place in the world that is still figuring out the transition from traditional to practical. The world’s women are facing a long battle but everyone can agree women need proper health care resources.

BuzzFeed Australia did an article on how hard it is to get an abortion in your state following “A law that decriminalises abortion and legalises the medical termination of pregnancy was passed through the Northern Territory parliament earlier this year.” “Medical abortion drugs such as RU486 are now legal for up to nine weeks of gestation; abortions are able to be performed outside of hospitals in private clinics; and doctors who conscientiously object to abortion will have to refer women seeking the procedure to another doctor.” The Author discusses where to access clinics in various Australian states, but ultimately the decriminalization seems to be the first step of many in gaining access to legal SAFE abortions.

In the United Kingdom, women are also facing challenges with birth control and abortion because “More than half of women who got an abortion last year were using at least one form of contraception, according to data released by the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, a United Kingdom charity that provides reproductive health services, including abortions.” The author argues on the side of pro-choice her point being that birth control, condoms, etc. doesn’t always work. “When used perfectly, contraception can be 98% or 99% effective. Though those figures are commonly bandied around, it is less effective in real life use, with issues like human error and difficulty renewing one’s supply getting in the way, reproductive health experts told MarketWatch.” She references U.S. womens health care that “Contraceptives have also become far more affordable for U.S. women since the Affordable Care Act was passed, with the requirement that most health plans cover them.” As a woman who takes birth control pills, since Obama Care was passed, getting access to my doctor and ultimately my medication takes a lot longer and has become more and more difficult, additionally my premiums have gone up. However, O-Car is said to have helped many who can’t afford health care. In fact, a classmate informed me that Obama Care is how she is able to receive her birth control pills for free, which historically has been a challenge for females.

Another article discusses an international humanitarian group “better known as Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) [who] is also an abortion provider and vocal advocate for “safe” abortion.” They assist women in need of safe abortions “in the world’s hot spots, braving war, epidemics and disaster to bring live-saving care to the sick, wounded, and dying.” Although you may not agree with pro-choice, is it logical to agree that there are some places where controlling the population is a positive thing, or where women are targeted for sexual attacks.

In Chile their laws on abortion have become more progressive as of today when “Lawmakers voted to relax [their anti-abortion] law Wednesday, allowing abortions in three cases: when the pregnancy resulted from rape, when the mother’s life is in danger and when the fetus is unviable. President Michelle Bachelet, who has long fought to roll back the country’s abortion ban, says she will sign the measure into law.”

Overall, women are in need of protection, but which side do you fall on? Is the termination of a pregnancy murder or is it a woman’s choice to decide if she will have a child? I grew up in a very conservative town and it taught me traditional values, one being that sex and pregnancy are not things to take lightly and to choose your partners wisely. On the other hand, life has taught me that people are not always good, safe, smart, and having the right to make the decision to abort a child cannot be easy but must be an option. I believe in smaller government so I don’t believe it’s their business what me or any other woman chooses for their health care. I am pro-choice after years of thinking it’s wrong because I have gained both conservative and liberal perspective; thus, it is morally and economically more logical to have safe abortions accessible for females around the globe. Let me know what you think!

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/02/opinion/trump-democrats-abortion-litmus-test.html

http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/345231-anti-abortion-democrats-fading-from-the-scene

http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/344967-dccc-chairman-responds-to-critics-on-abortion-litmus-test

https://www.buzzfeed.com/ginarushton/this-is-how-hard-it-is-to-get-an-abortion-in-your-state?utm_term=.tdKr6w3oLV#.suypbNjxgP

https://www.buzzfeed.com/ginarushton/abortion-is-no-longer-a-crime-in-the-northern-territory?utm_term=.mxYEg7jN9b#.swV8g4AMyX

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/more-than-half-of-women-who-got-an-abortion-last-year-were-using-contraception-2017-08-02

http://www.nationalrighttolifenews.org/news/2017/08/international-humanitarian-group-promotes-and-provides-abortion/#.WYRZWYWcHWN

https://www.wuft.org/nation-world/2017/08/03/chilean-lawmakers-ease-abortion-restrictions-but-will-the-court-agree/

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2 Responses to “Abortion and the Right to Choose”

  1. I think that women should have the right to choose whether or not to have an abortion. We should be free to live by our own beliefs and values, but we should not push them onto others. If a woman chooses to have an abortion, that’s fine, and if another woman chooses to not have an abortion, that’s fine too. Who are we to decide if a woman should continue her pregnancy or not? There are multiple reasons as to why a woman would choose to terminate her pregnancy (such as financial instability, domestic abuse, et cetera), and we can’t tell her that her reasons are invalid because our beliefs say so.

    Instead of pushing pro-life/anti-abortions views on others, people should focus on sex education. Instead of abstinence-only sex education, teenagers should be taught about contraception and safe sex. Abstinence-only education is ineffective; teens will still have sex and are more likely to have unsafe sex because they have not learned about it. For example, Franklin County, Florida has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the state (28 pregnancies per thousand girls aged 15 to 17 years old), despite having abstinence-only education taught in schools from the 6th to 11th grade.* We should focus more on preventing unwanted pregnancies if we want to reduce the number of terminated pregnancies.

    *Site link: http://news.wfsu.org/post/high-teen-births-persist-franklin-despite-abstinence-only-education

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