A Woman’s Right to Choose

A Woman’s Right to Choose
by Ken Sobel

Women who find themselves with an unwanted pregnancy face a difficult choice.  The only options are to carry the baby to term and either raise it or give it up for adoption; or terminate the pregnancy by having an abortion.  The psychological ramifications of these choices are profound.  A woman may not be financially or emotionally ready to raise a child.  If forced to do so, the child may be raised in a less than optimum environment, resulting in harm to the child.  Giving the baby up for adoption may have detrimental effects on her own emotional stability.

Democrats understand these issues and want women to be able to make this difficult choice without interference.  Republicans, on the other hand, have a much more narrow view, and want to take this choice away, even in the case of pregnancies resulting from rape or incest.

In 1973, the Supreme Court issued its landmark decision in the case of Roe vs. Wade, which legalized abortion throughout the country.  This decision made it illegal for states to prevent a woman from having an abortion.

In the past few years, Republicans have continuously tried to reverse this decision. After many failed attempts in Congress to restrict abortions, the states have now passed laws that restrict the right to an abortion.  Although there have been some successful cases to rule these laws illegal, most are still in effect.  According to the Guttmacher Institute, states have enacted more than 230 restrictions on abortions in just the last four years.

Republicans, in control of state legislatures, have passed draconian laws resulting in the closing of almost all the clinics that provide abortions.  After the sweeping gains the Republicans had in the 2014 elections, they have garnered even more power.  In 2015, already over 100 new bills have been introduced in 28 states. It seems that Republicans can care less about a woman’s right to choose, and instead, are trying to eliminate this right.  However, these clinics provided much more than just abortions, including mammograms and other cancer detection procedures, pre-natal care, and other services.  The closing of these clinics deprives woman of the proper health care they deserve.

People in this country have a right to their opinions, but trying to impose one’s morals on others is not right.  One seeming contradiction is that part of the Republican platform is for less government.  But they are willing to use government to control women’s bodies and rights.