Abortion is Healthcare

Update: This article was originally written before the United States Supreme Court ruling taking away a woman’s right to choose. It was published in the May 2022 issue of The Nicholson Nugget. If you are a pregnant woman and want to know your legal options, please contact the Law Office of Mark Nicholson for a free consultation.

Roe v. Wade

Although many likely know what the case of Roe v. Wade is about, it is important to educate those that do not and give everyone an understanding of the issues that will arise if this landmark case is overturned. Roe v. Wade was a decision made by the U.S. Supreme court “in which the court ruled that the Constitution of the United States protects a pregnant woman’s liberty to choose to have an abortion without excessive government restriction.” Recently, a draft was leaked from the U.S. Supreme Court showing they are ready to overturn the previous decision that has set a precedent for years.

Unsafe Abortions

            The odds are many of us know or have heard stories about women getting an abortion, as it is not an unusual procedure. 1 in 4 women will have an abortion at some point. If this overturning of Roe v. Wade goes through, what could that mean for women? Currently, 26 states are certain or likely to ban abortion without the precedent of Roe v. Wade, and 12 states have “trigger laws” or bans that have been designed to automatically take effect if Roe v. Wade is overturned. This would cause women in the states where abortion is banned to 1) try to perform an unsafe abortion on their own or 2) travel hundreds of miles to receive a safe and legal abortion. These options are unrealistic and affect women of color and low-income individuals in a higher proportion.

            Not only could this force women to take extreme measures to have an abortion, but it could also affect women who are not pregnant. Many women take precautionary measures and are on some form of birth control. However, birth control could be banned or become hard to access in states that ban abortion. Some women have possibly had a “scare” and decided to take an emergency contraceptive, such as Plan B, which could also be banned. Lastly, it could affect trans-affirming healthcare and fertility treatments, specifically those that produce leftover embryos.

Old White Men

            So, how much more could these old White men with shriveled-up dicks be in a woman’s business? This should be, and continue to be, a women’s choice and no one’s business but her own. There are many reasons why women may choose to have an abortion. An entire list could be provided; it is unnecessary to do so because, again, all reasons women have abortions should be accepted and supported.

By: Paige White, Summer Intern 2022


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