Texas Abortion Ban

Anyssa L.

         Since early September, the debate has risen on the Texas abortion Ban. This would do the strictest law regarding abortion in the country.  

The new law contains factors such as:  

  

  • Abortion banned at 6 weeks when fetal heartbeat is detected  
  • Physician or any persons associated with an abortion can be fined “10,000 for each abortion  performed later in pregnancy” -NPR  
  • No exceptions for rape or incest  

  

          While this is a severe violation regarding a women’s body and her ability to care for a child, this should not  be a politicized matter; yet we are constantly being thrown into the battles and labels of “pro-life, anti women, anti-baby, pro-choice, pro-abortion” etc…. 

         Although the “pro-life” community is still a part of our society and we recognize the beliefs and feelings about protecting the unborn, these beliefs should not be forced onto women who are already struggling  with a difficult choice that should ultimately be left to them.  

          Abortion being banned at 6 weeks is a tactical play on women. Yasemin Sakay and Julia Ries on  Healthline write, “ Pregnancy is counted from a person’s last menstrual cycle. That means once a person  misses their first period they may be considered 4 weeks pregnant whether or not conception actually  occurred 4 weeks prior.” The human body and biology are unchangeable proofs that detecting a pregnancy  at 6 weeks is unlikely and to seek an abortion in that time frame would be nearly impossible.  

          No exceptions for rape or incest. According to News4sa, Texas is ranked #15 for “The most dangerous  state for rape and incest” with 55.2 rapes and sexual assaults per 100,000 people. Out of how many of  these victims are impregnated? Out of how many try to seek abortion for a child? A child resembling a  perpetrator. The Texas abortion ban is spiking stress and uncertainty for women at their most vulnerable.  This can feel like a target and attack on women because, while Texas is not one of the top ten for assault  and rape, these crimes still occur and cannot be dismissed. This should raise the question to many, was this even considered during the solidification of the law? Why can’t we focus on reducing these crimes?  This is the bigger conversation.  

What is the bigger conversation?  

Instead of stripping away the legal access to abortion for a women we should be introducing more  preventative options.  

Options such as:  

  • Focus on and reduce the rape incest crime rate  
  • Proper sex education taught in all schools  
  • Free birth control and contraceptives provided to all who seek it  
  • Improving our adoption and foster system  

          Refocusing the conversation to these elements not only will bring peace to many but eliminate the direct  attack on women. Opening up to these options and bringing these ideas to a new debate will better our  outcomes on many issues that link women, pregnancy and abortion with success rate, health outcomes,  financial stability, etc… 

          Through the Texas abortion ban, 1973’s Roe v Wade will either be reaffirmed or overturned, raising  uncertainty to the lives and health of women, while embedding distrust in our government regarding the  protection of human rights. The Texas abortion ban will foster many other states into forming these  restrictions; Florida has already seen a similar bill introduced last week. The debate does not end here.