This article is titled "Everything That is Wrong with Ohio's Heartbeat Abortion Bill" while it should be titled "Everything is Wrong with Ohio's Heartbeat Abortion Bill."
Let's start by explaining the bill a little, shall we?
This bill moves to "generally prohibit the abortion of an unborn human individual with a detectable heartbeat..." It can be determined that there is a detectable heartbeat around 6-7 weeks. According AmericanPregnancy.org, weeks four through seven are when most women discover that they are pregnant. It can be then inferred that we didn't just make abortion illegal after six-weeks, Ohio was the third state to just make abortion illegal.
Abortion is a sensitive topic, that can be understood. It's all about basic human rights, giving that fetus the opportunity to live. Life, a basic human right. People across the nation are advocating for this basic human right for a fetus that has yet to fully develop a single body part, while ignoring other the basic human right of choice.
A common argument in support of this bill often is: If a woman doesn't want a child, she should give it up for adoption. While, on any given day there are 415,000 children in foster care. In 2014 alone, 22,000 children grew out of the foster care system without a permanent family, and are therefore have a higher likelihood of experiencing homelessness, unemployment and incarceration as adults. So yeah sure, let's take away a woman's right to have an abortion, put that child into the foster care system and watch it fend for itself.
But let's get back to the root of the problem of this bill. It's taking away a woman's right to make a decision about her body. Instead we are passing a bill that forces a woman to have a child no matter the case. This bill has no exceptions in the case of rape, incest, or to protect the health of the woman. In order to save an undeveloped fetus, we as a state are saying that we are okay with sacrificing the life of the woman, and she therefore has no way to save herself, legally.
Let's just look back at the prohibition of alcohol, that stopped no one. Outlawing something won't stop it from happening, it just gives another reason to incarcerate.
So when it comes to abortions, we are doing more than taking away a woman's right to choose, we are taking away her right to a safe abortion. Making abortions illegal won't prevent them, it will just make it a lot more dangerous for a woman to get one.
The first amendment of the United States states, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion from government intrusion." Now I would like to use this amendment to support my cause, but in the way you're thinking it doesn't. This amendment doesn't protect the government from religion but rather protects religion from the government intrusion. Yet, we are more than okay with allowing the government to "intrude" on a woman's right to make a decision about her body, before she even knows that she might have to make that decision. That just doesn't make sense. It's kind of like saying that you have to decide on what college you want to go to, before you even get accepted.
I will never care what your opinions are on abortion, ever. Because those opinions should never take away my right to chose what is best for me as a human, and what is best for my life, and what is best for my body. Everyone acts like abortion is a decision a woman makes on a whim, and maybe some do, but I could never imagine the struggle that a woman has to go through in order to make that decision.
In the end, we could argue about what's right and wrong until we go blue in the face. But this isn't even an argument worth having. Because unless you plan on having an abortion, it will never be your decision to make for someone else.