Abortion Laws On The Rise

States Introducing Measures Against Abortion.

Maleiah Ewert

States Introducing Measures Against Abortion.

Maleiah Ewert, Staff Writer

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In the news we see bills and new abortion laws popping up left and right in states across America including Alabama, Ohio, Missouri, Georgia and others.  This leaves us to the question that we need to answer for ourselves and fast. Should we be redefining what abortion rights means in this new conservative environment?

The definition of abortion is a procedure to end a pregnancy.  People are questioning if this is murder. Doctors have come out of the shadows and started saying abortion is not murder because the embryo or fetus cannot survive on its own. Even celebrities have came out of the shadows telling their abortion stories or opinions on the matter.

Recently people have been protesting states that have made their own abortion laws trying to surpass the Roe vs. Wade.  Roe vs. Wade was a decision made by the U.S. Supreme court ruling the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides a fundamental “right to privacy” that protects a pregnant woman’s liberty to choose whether or not to have an abortion.  

A lot of the pro choice protesters have been upset with the state of Alabama.  Alabama has made new abortion laws challenging the Roe vs. Wade. Alabama’s new laws are the strictest in the nation and lawmakers in Alabama and other states are hoping it’ll be enough to take down Roe vs. Wade.  Alabama nearly outlawed all abortions. Politicians in Alabama are looking to criminalize abortion. Individuals who are found guilty of an abortion, or performing an abortion may be subject to a 99 year prison sentence.

Georgia and many other states have followed Alabama lead criminalizing abortion.  Some states as of Georgia, Alabama, Missouri and Texas have even went so far as to consider a death penalty for women who obtain abortion or even miscarry.  President Trump even reached out on twitter tweeting, I am strongly Pro-Life, with the three exceptions — Rape, Incest and protecting the Life of the mother — the same position taken by Ronald Reagan.”  People upset about Alabama’s abortion law are surprised by Trump’s response thinking he would side with Alabama’s new abortion regulations.

 

Though abortion is ‘legal’ in all states, 43 states have restrictions on getting abortions.   States have restricted abortion after a number of weeks/months and allows abortions in situations of rape, incest or harm to the mother/fetus.  States like Alabama, Georgia and Missouri have made the most strict regulations against abortions but other states like Oregon, has made abortion legal under every circumstance and even allows immigrants to get abortion as well.  Other states like New York and California are starting to follow Oregon’s lead in making all abortions legal.

Kansas abortion laws are among some of the strictest regulations. The regulations on abortion in Kansas include, women must go to state counseling that holds information designed to discourage her against abortion and wait 24hrs afterwards, abortion is only covered with insurance if a life is endangered, abortion can only be performed in the first 22 weeks after last period unless health is severely compromised and many more.

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