Monday, July 2, 2018

Abortion: A Sad State of Affairs

by Madeleine Kando

The majority of countries in the world do not allow abortions on demand. Only 32% have laws that permit abortion if the woman wants it. The United States is one of the 63 countries where this is legal.

The majority of countries in the world do not allow abortions on socio/economic grounds. They force women to bear children that they cannot support or that for some other socio/economic reason they do not want.

Half of all countries do not allow abortions in case of rape or incest.

A little under half of all world countries do not allow abortions when it endangers the mental or physical health of the woman. It is only when the woman’s life is in danger that abortion is legal in 96% of world countries. Still, some countries don’t even allow it in those cases.

Approximately 25% of the world's population lives in countries with highly restrictive abortion laws, which either completely ban abortion, or allow it only to save the mother's life. That means that hundreds of millions of women on earth are denied control over their own bodies.

This category of countries includes most countries in Latin America and the Middle East, approximately half of the countries of Africa, seven countries in the Asia-Pacific region, and two countries (Malta and Ireland) in Europe.
Latin America is considered the world region with the most restrictive abortion laws. Fewer than 3% of the women in this region live in countries with liberal abortion laws — that is, where abortion is permitted either without restriction as to reason or on socioeconomic grounds.


THE UNITED STATES

Since 1973, abortion has been legal in the US. It was modified in 1992 to prevent states from placing legal restrictions on the law. This law is still in effect today. Although this legal framework established by the Supreme Court is very liberal, in practice the effective availability of abortion varies significantly from state to state, as many counties have no abortion providers. This creates a paradox in the US, where the abortion law is one of the most liberal in the world, but de facto access to abortion services is quite poor in many parts of the country.

We can now expect the Supreme Court to be stacked with conservatives and there is a high chance that Roe v. Wade will be overturned. In that case, abortion in the US will exist on a state-by-state basis.

The fall-back position will be to fight like the devil to guarantee that as many states as possible continue to provide legal  abortion. These will, obviously, be liberal states such as California, New York and Massachusetts.

In time, abortion will once again be the law of the land. But for the next few years, the Supreme Court is likely to move further to the right than it has been in our lifetime.

Conclusion:

If you believe that all people are created equal with certain unalienable rights, the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, then you believe in a woman’s right to choose.

In a free society, abortion should be legal, simply because it is a choice, and what grows inside a woman’s body is hers. Of course, there are more effective ways to prevent pregnancy than abortion, but what woman in her right mind would choose abortion as a means of birth control? It is only in cases where other methods haven’t worked that abortion is necessary. It is time that we hold this truth to be self-evident. leave comment here