The issue of abortion has been a hot one long before 1973, when the Supreme Court ruled on Roe v. Wade which supported the privacy of women to make personal medical decisions – including the decision to have an abortion without interference from politicians.
But abortion seems to be a political issue in every presidential election since then and it’s an issue in this election cycle as well.
Women have the right to decide what they do with their own bodies. This is not a political issue – it’s a personal one. If that right is abolished to only include rape and incest we turn back the clock to the wire-hanger era when abortion was done in secret in back rooms under filthy and unsanitary conditions.
Back in March, Donald Trump said that women should face some sort of punishment for having an abortion. When pressed if men should be punished as well, his answer was an emphatic “no.” He later recanted his statement to say that if Roe v. Wade was overturned and a doctor performed a now-illegal abortion they should be charged and not the woman. So, we’re right back to the wire-hanger back room-era where women were mutilated and scared and died from infection and blood loss.
Abortion should never be used as birth control and women need to be responsible for their sexual behavior as well as men. There are many options for birth control today other than the rhythm method or just plain abstinence or the diaphragm that people used back in the day.
I’ve known women who have had abortions and it’s not an easy decision to make. When I was in college back in the ’60s, I had a close friend who thought she might be pregnant. Her parents were deeply religious and she was in a total state of panic as to what to do if she was. There were under-the-breath discussions of where she could get one done. After about a week of tears and sleepless nights she got her period so it was a non-issue for her.
If the Supreme Court decision would ever be overturned to only allow rape and incest to be legal to obtain an abortion, it would often become a “she said, he said” situation when charges are brought against the accused. Many women are ashamed or just too frightened to bring charges that put them on display in a courtroom and some just want to put it behind them.
I feel strongly that counseling should be provided to women considering abortion. It’s a major moral, physical and psychological decision to end a pregnancy.
Some women have experienced negative counseling from abortion clinics when they are unsure of getting one. Some have felt they were being bullied by counselors to have the procedure. In today’s world, there is virtually no counseling afterward either. Most women are relieved that it’s over but some women suffer guilt for years.
I do have issues with women getting multiple abortions because they don’t take their sexual behavior seriously. Women who use drugs during pregnancy and are not on birth control and deliver babies who are addicted are beyond being shamelessly irresponsible.
Women’s rights to privacy should stay off the political podium. As a woman, I have the right to make personal medical decisions and not be dictated by government. It should stay in my house and not in the legislative houses.