With all of the fuss over the retirement of Justice Kennedy and the fear mongering of the abortion industry, Democratic Party politicians and their supporters I feel it necessary to clarify a few things.
I’d like to cover 3 points here:
- If Roe v. Wade were to be overturned women will not be made criminals and arrested for having an abortion.
- Abortion will not suddenly become illegal – the whole issue will go back to the states to decide. The federal government, as it should be, is getting out of the abortion business.
- Women will not lose “their ability to control their reproductive lives”, as stated in the Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey case.
To point number one, most likely, the Supreme Court would simply reverse it’s Roe decision and negate the federal constitutional right to abortion created by the Court in Roe. The consensus among legal scholars is that a “personhood ruling” from the Supreme Court, which would protect unborn children as “persons” under the Fourteenth Amendment, is unlikely in the foreseeable future.
Overturning Roe would effectively return the abortion issue to the states. So, if Roe were overturned, abortion would still be legal in the majority of the states because only a few have enforceable abortion prohibitions still on the books. In the short term, abortion would remain legal in between forty and forty-five states until twenty weeks’ gestation or fetal viability.
Going forward, each state would be obliged to analyze and evaluate its current laws, as most of them already have, relating to abortion.
On a personal note, at the age of 18 I was in the unfortunate position of making this difficult decision. Number one, I NEVER expected anyone else except my fiancé and I to pay for this procedure. Number two, I was lied to that their was not after effects of the procedure, “life could get back to normal”, “it’s really no big deal”, “it’s not a baby yet, just a blob of tissue”, they said at the clinic. Telling women lies like this to appease the doubts and fears of the situation does not serve women well at all.
Secondly, to force all taxpayers to fund this sham of deception by funding abortion on demand, especially in light of all we know now of the risks, complications and causal links of abortion on women’s lifelong health and wholeness, is not longer justifiably sane.
We must take a collective giant step back, take a deep cleansing breath and look at this issue through a broader spectrum like a telescope vs. a microscope, zeroing in on one tiny aspect of the greater picture of humanity, reproductive health and wholeness.
Speaking of which, the above mentioned narrative from the PP vs. Casey case in #3 above is quite interesting. How have we come to justify abortion as the only solution to provide women the ability to control their reproductive lives?
I think we’ve done a pretty poor job in our education system if this is how we truly justifiably see abortion, the ending of another human’s life, to be the only way to control a woman’s reproductive life. Wow, really?!
To really understand a woman’s reproductive life cycle we must go back further, before a pregnancy happens, to fully embrace a healthy approach to fertility awareness and family planning. An approach we can all benefit from which prevents the potential risks, complications and causal links of abortion on a woman’s health and wholeness, preventing harm to woman and child in the broader scope of things. How can we truly justify pitting women against their own children, women against men, men against their own children? These are important relationships for society, and each of us as individuals.
Women’s reproductive health is an important topic but how much do women and men really know about the female cycle and the normal hormonal changes that occur? Studies show the majority of women are not very familiar with their fertility or when they ovulate (time in their monthly cycle where a pregnancy can occur). But the majority would be interested in learning more if given information about them.
A woman’s cycle is a carefully orchestrated series of events under the influence of key hormonal changes. These internal hormonal changes produce observable external signs or symptoms that a woman can learn to identify and chart to better monitor her reproductive and overall health.
Unfortunately, most medical professionals are not familiar with how to read fertility charges or identify potential problems that abnormal charting observations may indicate. In fact, only 3-6% of women’s health physicians are familiar and knowledgeable with modern evidence-based FABMs (Fertility Awareness Based Methods).
An understanding of the fertility cycle and recognition of the external signs that determine each phase has led to the development of more environmentally friendly and highly effective forms of family planning and ways to monitor women’s health.
I invite you to look closer at this very important aspect of the discussion of women’s overall healthcare and wholeness by visiting http://www.FACTSaboutFertility.org
In light of the bigger picture we now have of abortion’s true impact on women’s overall health and wholeness I think it is time, as I mentioned in the opening statement, to take a collective giant step back, and a deep cleansing breath.
In 1973, we didn’t know then what we know now. Numerous, well-documented studies in peer-reviewed medical journals demonstrate that abortion poses significant medical (and mental health) risks for women. These health risks undermine the false narrative promoted by the abortion industry, namely that the abortion debate requires choosing sides between women/mother’s and their unborn children.
In fact, a Journal of the Royal College of General Practitioner’s study concluded that immediate medical complications effect approximately ten percent of women undergoing abortions, and approximately one-fifth of these complications are life-threatening.
In addition, there is a growing body of international, peer-reviewed medical studies riding that the long-term physical and psychological consequences of abortion include an increased risk of subsequent pre-term birth, placenta prevue, negative psychological sequelae, breast cancer (as a result of a loss of the protective effect of a first full-term pregnancy), miscarriage, and death.
And, over 110 studies have documented a significant correlation between abortion and psychological disorders including depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation. One long term analysis found that women whose first pregnancies ended in abortion were sixty-five percent more likely to score in the “high risk” range for clinical depression than women whose first pregnancies resulted in a birth, even after controlling for age, race, marital status, divorce history, education, income and pre-pregnancy psychological state. One review published in the British Journal of Psychiatry documented that based on numerous studies, ten percent of mental health problems suffered by women are directly attributable to abortion.
These facts are just the tip of the iceberg when we enter the conversation of abortion’s risks, complications and causal links of abortion on women’s lifelong health and wholeness.
When Roe v. Wade was decided back in 1973, as well as PP vs. Casey in 1992 we didn’t know then what we know now. Not only that, upon legalization of abortion in 1973, there was no national system put in place for comprehensive abortion data collection, analysis, and reporting; none existed in 1973, and none exists today. The reporting of any abortion data to the CDC is entirely voluntary. And the abortion industry and their allies have fought against making that happen for decades.
It’s time for an Abortion Reality Revolution for the benefit of ALL women, including the generations of women to come. It’s our responsibility and it should honestly be something we can all collectively support for the good of all.