U.S. States are Making Moves Regarding Abortion

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U.S. States are Making Moves Regarding Abortion

Women in rally in support of Pro-Choice.

Women in rally in support of Pro-Choice.

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Women in rally in support of Pro-Choice.

Credit to The Times

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Women in rally in support of Pro-Choice.

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Currently, Iowa is trying to pass a bill that will ban legal abortions if a fetal heartbeat is detected. Although the ban did not go through due to Roe v. Wade (the constitutional right to safe, legal abortion passed in 1973) the Iowa legislators were hoping to be challenged so the bill would be brought to the Supreme Court. This would mean that the 5-4 conservative majority would likely rule in their favor.

Many women’s rights activists are enraged by the state’s ruling, as the fetal heartbeat can be detected as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. Planned Parenthood’s State Executive Director of Iowa stated, “Planned Parenthood will continue to stand up for Iowa women and fight back against the Legislature’s attacks on reproductive health. We will do all we can to make sure abortion continues to be safe and legal in our state—no matter what.” On the flip side, Governor Kim Reynolds has expressed how she is “incredibly disappointed in today’s court ruling because I believe that if death is determined when a heart stops beating, then a beating heart indicates life.” Like many of her supporters, Reynolds expects the Supreme Court to be ruling in her favor.

Alongside Iowa, New York is making some actions regarding abortions. However, the Big Apple has ruled in favor of legalizing safe abortions. The new law, which was signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo this past Tuesday, will allow a pregnant woman to get an abortion during any trimester if the women’s health is endangered. Previously, abortions were only legal up to 24 weeks into the pregnancy due to health complications. In a report to CBS News, Cuomo stated, “In the face of a federal government intent on rolling back Roe v. Wade and women’s reproductive rights, I promised that we would enact this critical legislation within the first 30 days of the new session—and we got it done.” Cuomo was joined by Sarah Weddington, the Texas attorney who successfully argued Roe before the Supreme Court, during the signing for which she thanked him on the behalf of women everywhere.

The current status of safe abortions for other states remains in a position of mystery. With the Supreme Court being ruled by pro-life conservatives, many states such as Ohio and Iowa are starting to gain the ability to strip a women’s rights to abortion regardless of Roe v. Wade. While many conservatives argue that abortion is a matter of life vs. death, the pro-choice supporters argue that this is a matter of women’s rights. Why should women not have complete control over their own bodies? On the other side, why should women be allowed to throw away the life of a fetus before it can speak for itself?