Texas Abortion Threatens Rights of Women

Kristin Taylor, Staff Writer and Page Designer

  On Sept. 1 of this year, Texas passed a law that bans abortions after six weeks into pregnancy. This law, also called the “Heartbeat Bill” doesn’t just prevent women from getting abortions after six weeks, but it also discusses the consequences for those who help women get an abortion or perform it themselves.

  On Jan. 22, 1973, in the case of Roe vs. Wade, the supreme court made a decision that guaranteed that women had the right, nationwide, to get an abortion until viability. This means that a woman can choose to terminate a pregnancy until the fetus is big enough to be able to survive on its own, which is usually at about 24 weeks. That is four times the amount of time that the new law in Texas is giving women.

  The “Heartbeat Bill” forces women to carry a pregnancy even when they don’t want to, the law also makes no exceptions for rape, incest or any other traumatic circumstances.

  I believe that this law is unconstitutional. I believe that the entire discussion about abortions being legal or illegal is unconstitutional. The people who are trying to make abortions illegal are violating women’s rights everywhere. If it is not your body I very strongly believe that you then have absolutely no say in what happens. Falling in love or having a one night stand and making a mistake is NOT the only way a woman can get pregnant. Women who are raped have to carry and give birth to a child that was created from violence and trauma. That child risks never being loved. Women who make a mistake and end up pregnant have to carry and give birth to a child they don’t want. That child risks never being loved. Adoption is not always an option. Because just like some people are against abortions there are others against giving up a child. Even one they don’t want. That child risks never being loved.

  The people standing up telling women what they can and can not do with their bodies aren’t thinking about the risk. Giving birth, making it through nine months of pregnancy, this isn’t an easy thing to do. Pregnancies can, and often do, completely change a woman’s body. Not just anyone can get pregnant and live to tell about it. But the “Heartbeat Bill” doesn’t care about that. They don’t care if a woman dies because her body physically can’t give birth, they don’t care if a woman dies being forced to carry a child to term. Most who are against abortions call themselves “pro-life” but that isn’t always the case. Because while they are fighting to keep an unborn fetus, a group of cells, alive they could be killing the woman they are forcing to do so.

MY body, MY choice.