Earlier this month, Oklahoma lawmakers passed Senate Bill 612a near total ban on abortion, making it illegal to perform an abortion, “except to save the life of a pregnant woman in a medical emergency”, and punishable by up to 10 years in prison federal state and/or fine up to $100,000.
The near-total ban is a mistake and undermines women’s reproductive rights, a choice no man should make for a woman.
Communications professor and associate at the Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality, Dr. Kate Cady believes the abortion ban is driven by the religious beliefs of elected officials.
“I think someone who has a religious belief should have it, but there’s a problem when someone’s religious belief that I don’t adhere to affects me, and they say ‘you have to have the same beliefs and practices than me’.” Cady said. “Not all women in the country have to have the same religious beliefs as the right to life groups.
Some of those who seek to terminate a pregnancy do not have the resources to provide the quality of life a child deserves.
“A lot of times women make rational economic decisions like I want to be able to provide the kind of life I want for the child or the child I already have, and I can’t afford to do that if I’m leading this term pregnancy,” Cady says.
North America has a long history of abortion as it was performed frequently throughout the 1600s. However, once several bans on this act were put in place, women began to seek out illegal abortions and dangerous, as explained Planned parenthood.
Women who feel the need to have an abortion will not be stopped by a law prohibiting their religious or non-religious practices, they will find other ways to get what they seek.
This was the case for Texas women who traveled to Oklahoma to access safe abortions before Senate Bill 612 was signed into law. Now they will have to travel further to states like Illinois, Minnesota, Nevada or California.
The majority of those seeking an abortion do not have the money to take time off work, travel to another state, and obtain a safe abortion.
“Women of lower socioeconomic status and women of color in the United States have higher abortion rates than women of higher socioeconomic status and white women,” according to a study published by the National Library of Medicine.
Oklahoma is just one of many states to pass a bill further restricting women’s abortion rights, alongside Texas and Florida which have increased their restrictions.
We are seeing a wave of new unconstitutional abortion restrictions in the South as they challenge the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade, 49 years old.
All women should have the right to decide for themselves what is best for their health and their families, whether that means carrying their pregnancies to term or having an abortion, and the government is obliged to allow remedies for clean and safe abortion. for women across the United States.