The fight for safe, basic healthcare is ongoing for women across the nation 

By Alexa Shrake

This past May, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed

a bill that almost completely banned abortion.

The Human Life Protection Act stated that if a doctor was to perform an abortion in the state of Alabama, they would be committing a Class A felony and sentenced to life in prison. There is an exception for women who would be at risk of serious life-threatening health conditions, but not in cases of rape or incest. 

Bills like these are stripping women of their basic healthcare needs. Without safe, regulated abortions, many women look to sharp objects or drugs to force the unwanted pregnancy out. 

Many women have different views on the topic. Although sophomore Abigail Davis said she’s against abortion, she respects women’s choices. 

“I do not believe abortion is the best option,” Davis said. “However, if a woman wished to have an abortion that is her decision, not mine.”

In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Roe v. Wade and said that if any state passed a law banning abortions, it would be unconstitutional. This precedent made it possible for women to have access to safe abortions. 

However, there are many states still trying to ban abortions. This past May, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed a bill called the “heartbeat bill,” banning abortion as early as six weeks. Yet, most women do not know they are pregnant until five or six weeks. 

When adults are determined brain-dead, but still have a heartbeat, family members are given the choice to unplug the patient from support machines. If that’s the case, why do lawmakers worry so much about a fetus with a heartbeat and no brain, while they are not blinking an eye at an adult with a heartbeat and no working brain?

Limiting the access to safe and legal abortions will only make it more common for women to take an alternative option. 

Abortions in Indiana are legal. They can be performed by a doctor during the first trimester. But first, a woman must have an ultrasound and then wait 18 hours before the procedure. The Indiana abortion law makes sure the woman is aware of the decision she has made and gives her time if she wants to back out. 

According to The Washington Post, 638,169 abortions were performed across the country in 2015, the most recent year in which data are available. 

The decision to get an abortion is not an easy one for any woman. Many women are forced to get an abortion by their family or significant other, or because of situations like rape or incest. 

Like many health procedures, abortions pose a range of side effects. According to the National Health Service, the United Kingdom state-run health provider, abortion can contribute to infection of the womb, abdominal pain, nausea and excessive bleeding, among other problems. 

But the risks increase when unsafe abortions are conducted. These will occur more often if a woman’s right to abort is taken away, leaving her with no other choice. 

Abortion is a basic healthcare procedure that should be provided for everyone. 

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