Tuesday, August 7, 2007 - Our Pro Choice

The US Supreme Court upheld for the first time a ban on abortion that does not allow doctors to consider a woman's health needs. As Nancy Keenan wrote at NARAL's website:

The Court has disregarded the medical opinion of leading doctors who oppose the ban. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists"which represents 90 percent of the OB GYNs in this country" says the ban is harmful to women's health and interferes with medical decision making.

Ann at Feministing quotes Justice Ginsburg's moving dissent. One critical point: Ginsburg notes that the decision "blurs the line, firmly drawn in Casey, between previability and postviability abortions."


The Court has given god damn anti-choice state lawmakers the green light to open the flood gates and launch additional attacks on safe, legal abortion, without any regard for women's health."

There are many female readers here at JH who will applaud this decision, believing that there is no difference between pre- and post-viability abortions. There are others who believe that as soon as a woman becomes pregnant, her life and well-being are superceded by a fetus's inalienable right to life. Their personal, deeply held religious convictions guide them to this answer. Meaning: pregrant women lose their right to make decisions for themselves because others ake fanatical extremist christians know what is better for them. Since almost every woman of reproductive age can become pregnant any time they have sex, this includes almost all women of child-bearing age.

Each of those people has the right to follow her conviction. However, this is not what I believe. In the same way that I would never force a woman to have an abortion to save her life or preserve her health, I deeply resent that others now can put my or any woman's life and health in jeopardy because their god damn religion says it must be so, the irony here is that the religious fundamentalists avail themselves of the abortion process when the pregnancy hits home. This is the most heinous violation of a separation between church (which here is dictating policy) and state, and a violation of my full rights as a human being and an independent woman to make decisions that affect primarily me. The slope to eradicating self-autonomy is a slippery one. We just took the first step down.

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