The consequences of abortions were devastating.
Since men have been getting women pregnant, complications have ensued. From a myriad of health issues to enduring moral judgements, pregnancies going to term aren’t always the best, or even safest, option. Abortion rights have always been a hot topic with people fighting bitterly for both sides. Though people will never fully agree on the issue, the future health of the pregnant woman must be at the forefront. Due to laws often made because of moral beliefs, women have been driven to do scary and unsafe things in order to obtain an abortion for whatever reason they had. The results have sometimes resulted in sterility, severe infection, and death.
In the most recent ruling on abortion, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg voted to protect current abortion laws in Texas because she refused to marginalize women who were in “desperate circumstances.” Though obtaining an abortion is somewhat easier today than 50 years ago, women still feel shame about their pregnancy and will do anything to stop it from going to term. Here are the stories from people who did illegal actions to save lives or to conform to society.
Right or wrong, people will always seek abortions.
The Supreme Court in Texas
The state of Texas was trying to uphold a 2013 law that would have essentially shuttered most abortion clinics in the U.S.’s second most-populous state. In a 5-3 vote, the law was deemed unnecessary and an infringement on the constitutional rights of women. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg stated, “When a State severely limits access to safe and legal procedures, women in desperate circumstances may resort to unlicensed rogue practitioners, faute de mieux, at great risk to their health and safety,” she wrote.
Victims of Circumstance
The misconception to many is that all women make a quick and simple decision to have an abortion simply because she doesn’t want a kid right now. Women have been told that having this child could kill her, could kill the baby, or could leave her sterile. Her boyfriend, husband, or father may insist on an abortion. Her entire community may disown her for having a child out of wedlock. A child could lead to extreme poverty. The pregnancy may be a product of rape. Due to strict moral judgements and laws of the past, even though a pregnancy was frowned upon, it was worse to abort it.
Though we have so many more ways of preventing pregnancy these days, which are also subject to moral judgements, unwanted pregnancies still occur and women seek abortions. But pro-lifers keep fighting to suspend them for their own reasons.