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Opinion: Stricter abortion laws necessary

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Over the past few months, Ohio has passed upgrades to the abortion laws already in place. These upgrades were just put into effect this month. They are now affecting many people across the state and are drawing national attention. These upgrades, while receiving negative feedback, are completely needed in the clinics and hospitals across the state. 

The new additions to the abortion law require that the physician performing the abortion ask the woman if she would like to see the ultrasound of the child and the heartbeat. The law already requires a pre-abortion visit and a 24-hour waiting period between the visit and the abortion itself. The physician must also provide information on the mental, physical and emotional risks of having an abortion. Finally, the physician must provide the stage and age of the child. 

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed suit, saying that this law violates Ohio’s “single subject” law, because these new abortion additions were a part of a budget bill. The ACLU also says that these new additions are an “insidious way to limit access to abortions and shame women” from getting abortions, since these women may already have to walk by screaming and shouting protesters when walking into the clinic.

These new additions are completely needed, not only in the state, but also across the nation. The woman is not forced to see the child; she is given the option. It reinforces that a woman is pregnant with a child, and that it is a life. Some women , especially in the early stages of pregnancy, forget that a pregnancy leads to a child. These additions can be considered a reminder to a woman that they are carrying a child. 

Furthermore, abortion-rights activists are upset because they believe these additions are a way of shaming a woman of having an abortion. Again, the viewing of the heartbeat and child are not mandatory; it is optional. Is there a valid reason that a woman should not be reminded that she is carrying a child? No, there is not.

These additions should be incorporated into every single state abortion law. Women across the country need to realize that there is a child inside their womb when they go to seek an abortion. Give them that option; who knows? The woman may not get an abortion after all. Give the child a shot at living and becoming an active member in society. These additions to the law can help the child get that shot.

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  1. buxi

    October 11, 2013 at 6:41 AM

    If a pregnant person turns down the ‘option’ to view the ultrasound, then it must be narrated for them – it is important not to omit this point. The required ultrasound is a problem even without these extra levels of participation, as the medical community agrees by and large that pre-abortion ultrasounds are usually medically unnecessary. What they DON’T agree on, though, is whether a fetus is a human ‘life.’ For non-experts to legislate around this debated assumption is irresponsible.

    There are plenty of other important points regarding the causes of outrage about this law that are conspicuously absent from your piece, but I am less concerned about those than about your apparent misguided beliefs that 1.) women don’t understand the mechanics of pregnancy and 2.) It is okay to apply your opinions – not knowledge – about the beginning of human life to other people’s bodies.

    Lastly: the pro-choice community is very interested in reducing the incidence of abortion – just by methods that actually make medical + logical sense, and are respectful of women and their bodies. Ponder this for a while.


  2. Jordan Wilson

    October 11, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Except the heartbeat and ultrasound ARE mandatory. Women do not have the choice to opt out of these procedures. It is a violation of a woman’s body (of anyone’s body, for that matter) to perform a medical procedure like an ultrasound on her (or them) without her (or their) consent, particularly during the early stages of pregnancy, when a transvaginal ultrasound wand needs to be used. Last time I checked, inserting an unwanted object (like a transvaginal ultrasound wand) into my body without my verbal, enthusiastic consent is RAPE.

    “Some women, especially in the early stages of pregnancy, forget that a pregnancy leads to a child.”
    Really? Do you really think women are “forgetful” of such things? Women who choose to have an abortion fully understand that their pregnancy will lead to a child–that’s why they choose to have an abortion. For whatever reason (all of which are valid), they feel unprepared to have a child, so they choose to terminate the pregnancy.

    I’m all for having your own opinion. But get your facts straight (and perhaps stop underestimating the mental capacities of your fellow women) before you start spouting off dishonest anti-choice propaganda.


  3. maggie

    October 11, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    women shouldnt be forced to have a child if they dont want to. its their body. their choice. its not complicated. yes there are adoption options but the woman still has to carry the baby for 9 months. still has to go through the pains that pregnany has and the cost of having a baby. also maybe the woman has a job where she has to be on her feet all day, like a police officer or a cashier at a grocery store? and what if having this baby results in her losing her job? then what? shes having a baby that she doesnt want for someone else and now she has no job. I respect your opinion but no one has the right to tell someone else what to do with their own body.


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