With Trump becoming our nation President, many far right conservatives have more than ever expressed their views on abortion. With more talk about defunding planned parenthood and actions leading to remove most abortion clinics primarily in the south. Many women in the south have and will face difficulty in trying to receive this procedure. With states like Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming that only have one abortion clinic in the whole state, it’s hard for some women to be able to access the clinics. While we do have the right to have any beliefs we want, we shouldn’t take someone else right just because you believe it’s morally wrong. Just because you don’t like cigarettes doesn’t mean that you should stop others from smoking them.
There are countries that do not have any abortions clinics and women are forced to have unwanted pregnancies. Shouldn’t we as nation, even with our differences views on ethics, allow our women to have the right to do what they want with their bodies and their reproductive rights? We need to see how abolishing abortion would cause major complications for women in America and rethink this. For instance, Latin American countries like; Chile, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Honduras have anti- abortion laws. Even so if a woman in El Salvador had cancer and carrying the fetus would be causing her health damages; she would still have to carry the baby, because of the strict abortion law.
The State and Church care more and rather protect the life of a fetus than the person carrying the fetus. A woman by the name of ‘Beatriz’ was pregnant back in 2013 and she as suffering from lupus, and doctors knew well that her body could not maintain the fetus in her body because it would just cause damaged and it would ultimately take her life or end in her having in a miscarriage. Doctors tried to explain to the government that they needed to perform a therapeutic abortion on 'Beatriz' to save her life and the state denied them from performing the surgery. Although she needed the surgery, if they government told her no, doctors could not perform, because if found out she could face thirty years in prison and they would face about twelve years in prison and have their license revoked.
Innocent women are jailed because of 'suspicious' abortions, which most of the time according to the women who are jailed, it's a miscarriage not an abortion. And they're wrongly accused and spend months- years in jail just to await a trial and not many lawyers are willing to defend these poor women. The Salvadoran government doesn't believe the life of women are important, they disregard it as nothing. They are more worried about the life of a fetus than women or the men who rape women. Is this the way the U.S wants to become? I understand that religion plays a part for what we believe is morally correct, but we have to put that aside, especially when it plays a part in others' lives.
We need to rethink our views
Although many conservatives in the country believe that we should become a pro-life country, it just doesn't seem to be reasonable. We need to look at other countries who have these laws and see what their women have to go through; being mistreated by the courts and authorities. And also face being treated as criminals for a miscarriage. Everything looks swell on papers but when it effects the lives of women in a negative way, we need to rethink that.
Open Letter: Pro-Life Country