Abortion affected by new law

By Jeny Varughese
January 22, 2011

Conservative legislators are planning campaigns to limit abortions. The plan is to pass bills that would ban most abortions 20 weeks after conception.  The bills would also require the women who are trying to get an abortion to view an ultrasound.

Several states have already adopted this idea of banning abortion early in a woman’s pregnancy. Some of the states being affected by this include Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.

There has been several limitation put in place in the past for abortion. Some of the measures to be implemented in the near future include banning abortion early in pregnancy, forcing women to see an ultrasound and banning insurance coverage on abortions.

The 1973 ruling of “Roe vs. Wade” states that the government should not interfere in private family matter. Women choose to get an abortion for reasons such as being raped, not being able to support or care for their child and to end an unwanted pregnancy.

The Ninth Amendment which states that “the enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people” protects a person’s right to privacy.

I think it is wrong for the government to decide for women whether they should or should not abort the child they conceived. I feel it is the individual’s right to make their own decisions about her unborn.

Kermit Gosnell, a doctor in Philadelphia, described to have a filthy abortion clinic was recently charged with murder. He performed numerous illegal abortions causing several deaths due to complications and is reported to have had no training in Obstetrics or Gynecology.

If women had legal access to abortion, then they wouldn’t need to get the procedure done illegally and have a more severe risk doing the procedure. Also, the procedure can be done properly and in a safe environment with the proper equipment.

The abortion rate in 1981 was at 29.3 abortions per 1,000 women. Since 2008 the rate has decreased at 19.6 abortions per 1,000 women and has been at a steady rate, according to Guttmacher Institute research.

Some of the ways to reduce the abortion rates include education. There are several risks associated with abortion, as with any procedure, including certain types of cancers, infertility, death and even psychological risks. By better informing women of these risks as well as other options to be considered I believe it’s possible to decrease the rate of abortion.

Another way to reduce the rate is to reduce the rate of pregnancy especially among teenagers. I believe that all schools including colleges should better educate teenagers especially on abstinence, pregnancy and abortions. Education is the first step towards prevention.

Jeny Varughese

1 thought on “Abortion affected by new law”

  1. Donna Angelucci Verna, '88

    I am appalled that a newspaper from a catholic college would print a story in which the author supports abortion. It is not a woman’s right to “choose” to end her unborn child’s life. She made her “choice” when she had unprotected sex. Life begins at the moment of conception, and that life should be cherished and protected from that point on.

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