The recent upsurge over Texas abortion laws has caused a plethora of controversy — according to the New York Times, pro-life advocates were eager to pass a law that would force abortion clinics to abide by standards which, in turn, would result in increased cost of abortions and ultimately a mass shutdown of abortion clinics in Texas.
Judges finally ruled this law unconstitutional because it was medically unnecessary and unfair to women in need of an abortion, but pro-life advocates appealed to the court to have the law reinstated.
Gov. Rick Perry expressed his wishes to eradicate abortion completely, regardless of the circumstances.
Personally I am a strong supporter of the saying “no uterus, no opinion,” but that argument is often overused, so I will simply acknowledge the issue and move on to new ones.
The issue with the pro-life stance is it assumes all women who get abortions are promiscuous heathens who feed off virgin blood and baby tears — maybe I’m hyperbolic, but you get the idea.
They are ignorant to circumstances involving incest or rape. In instances such as these, abortion should always be available. A rape victim especially should not be forced into anything else against her will.
But the issue isn’t within abortion itself; the true problem lies within sex education. While sex education has allowed itself to extend beyond its traditional Puritanical beliefs in recent years, it still does not address what to do if you get pregnant.
States that focus solely on abstinence rather than proper in-depth sex education have a significantly higher rate of teenage pregnancy. These women may then feel hopeless and trapped when faced with this issue.
In order to decrease the number of abortions, more pre-pregnancy and postpartum options must be readily available to young women. The stigmatization of these subjects only further condemns women in need of help.
The reason the abortion issue cannot be resolved is due to the blatant ignorance of the pro-life argument.
It is not feasible to believe that the eradication of abortion will end the possibility of illegitimate pregnancy.
Whether we like it or not, abortion is a necessity. By continuing to condemn women who get abortions, conservatives are only succeeding in the further polarization of the argument and eventual alienation of women.
Ultimately one’s personal experience is vital in determining stance on abortion.
Those who have never been in this situation lack empathy and ignore real-life consequences in favor of their own self-righteous moral law.
— Courtney Willett is a freshman from Marietta majoring in pre-journalism