The State of Abortion Laws In Today’s America (2019)

In recent weeks the topic of abortion has made headlines around the nation. The Roe V. Wade doctrine states the following, the Supreme Court ruled that women had a constitutional right to abortion, and that this right was based on an implied right to personal privacy emanating from the Ninth and Fourteenth Amendments. Specifically, several states are seeking to create and uphold anti-abortion laws while challenging the Roe decision. These states are Alabama, Arkansas, North Dakota, Georgia, Mississippi and Ohio just to name a few.

I looked at Alabama’s recently signed anti-abortion law and was absolutely shocked that Alabama’s law makers would agree to such an egregious doctrine. Here is some of the language from Alabama’s Anti-Abortion law; First, Alabama has makes abortion illegal giving this law felony status. Secondly, Alabama justifies its law with the statement from the bill itself; “Abortion advocates speak to women’s rights, but they ignore the unborn child, while medical science has increasingly recognized the humanity of the unborn child” (Gore, 2019). Medical science also refutes this statement. This portion of the law only recognizes one side of the argument. The argument is overruled because of the Roe V. Wade doctrine.

Third, “As early as six weeks after fertilization, fetal photography shows the clear development of a human being. The Alabama Department of Public Health publication “Did You Know”, demonstrates through actual pictures at two-week intervals throughout the entire pregnancy the clear images of a developing human being” (Gore, 2019) . Again, this claim is one sided. I could understand if Alabama cited several resources outside of the state, but the Alabama Department of Public Health publication cannot be a standalone reason to criminalize abortion. Most Planned Parenthood facilities are in urban neighborhoods; this bill targets minorities and seeks to criminalize them harshly. Lastly and frankly this comparison argument is a bit absurd.

Alabama’s law makers compare abortions to the Holocaust and states that abortions are the equal to the Nazi’s attempted to exterminate 6 million Jewish people (Gore, 2019). I believe this law cannot stand and must be challenge on its merits. Several states across the nation are trying to follow the same suit. This cannot be allowed. Both men and women have a huge stake in this matter. No one has the right to tell a woman what to do with her body!

Alabama law makers claim that their bill “protects” women and unborn children, but this is not true. This bill criminalizes innocent women for make decisions they are entitled to make. This bill fails to take into consideration how an abortion has an effect on the woman getting the abortion, that woman’s family and friends. The decision to get an abortion is not an easy one. Many factors go into it. This bill fails to understand the human element of abortion. As advocates against anti-abortion laws, we must continue to voice our displeasure to ensure that innocent are not place in prison for making sounded life choices.

I feel that in order to reduce the number of abortions in our communities, men must step up and take care of their children. We must also some understanding and empathy. Understanding when it concerns the possibility of being a parent whether in the household or not. Empathy when it comes to the decision of abortion and how a woman feels when making the decision and acting on it. I can image the situation being difficult emotionally, physically, and mentally.

As men, we must be there for our women during times like these. As men, we must ask ourselves how it feels to know that your unborn child will not get the chance experience life and ask ourselves if we contribute to that fact by our unwillingness to be men and parents. I believe that the best anti-abortion remedy is men willing to be dads, not just fathers. Any boy can be a father but it takes a man to be a dad.

 

Written by Troy K. Hughey- Political, Legal correspondent/Editor for AVOF

Thank you for your attention to this very important matter in our community and as always, it takes a Village!! Personally want to thank our founder Derek Bernard for granting me the opportunity to write this article.

 

References

Gore, L. (2019, May 15). Alabama abortion law passes: Read the bill. Retrieved from al.com:

https://www.al.com/news/2019/05/alabama-abortion-ban-passes-read-the-bill.html

Guardian, T. (2019, March 14). Revealed: nine more US states considering hardline anti-

abortion bills. Retrieved from The Guardian:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/14/six-week-abortion-bans-faith2action

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