Abortion rights are under attack
The Supreme Court of the United States declined to block Texas’ law banning abortions in early September, effectively giving the SCOTUS the opportunity to overturn Roe v Wade. Roe v Wade is the historic case that made abortion legal in all 50 states.
So far in 2021, 14 states have passed laws that restrict a women's right to choose. However, Texas is the first to enact such a vastly restrictive law. It bans abortions past 6 weeks, which is a time when most women wouldn’t even know they are pregnant. This bill does not make exceptions for victims of rape or incest and allows individuals to sue those they believe to be involved in assisting an abortion.
The Supreme Court of the United States is expected to hear another case soon regarding an abortion ban in Mississippi, and it is widely feared that the ruling may overturn Roe v Wade because the Supreme Court has a conservative majority.
If Roe v Wade is overturned, each state will choose whether abortions
are legal. In this case, it is even more critical that state leaders understand why abortion rights need to be protected.
Restricting abortion access does not stop abortions
According to Guttmacher Institute, abortion restrictions do not decrease the number of abortions. In fact, regions that restricted access saw increases in abortions.
When people have access to safe abortions, they typically also have access to contraception, accurate sex education, and other reproductive healthcare. With better sex education and more access to medical care, unplanned pregnancies are less likely to occur. Banning abortions only bans safe abortions.
But when laws restrict access to safe and affordable abortions, people either have to get unsafe abortions or have to carry to term unwanted or unsafe pregnancies. Carrying a pregnancy to term could endanger the mother's life, deliver a baby "incompatible with life," cause long-term trauma or medical issues, perpetuate cycles of poverty, and more.
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