Politics Social Justice Opinion: Stricter abortion laws necessary By The New Political Posted on October 10, 2013 4 min read 0 0 452 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.