Abortion Bans Should America ban Abortions?

Why are abortion laws/bans a changing now?

The Federal Government has debated for years over what to do about abortion, whether to make most types illegal, to outlaw them in most states, or to ban them completely. As soon as Donald Trump was sworn in as President of the United States, he decided to do the latter, choosing to ignore the countless arguments and battles regarding the issue. “In March 2003, Congress passed the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, and it was signed by President George W. Bush in November of the same year.” (Source 5). Ever since 2003 doctors have had to administer different types of abortions to wanting women. Now, the federal government is debating whether it will be a good thing to ban all abortions once and for all. “Gov. John Kasich vetoed a bill Tuesday (Dec. 6th) that would have forbidden abortions once a fetal heartbeat could be detected.” (Source 3). This made a lot of people angry, but there’s more to think about than religious views. While most people are caught up in the battle of rights that may or may not be being taken away, many don't even know the difference from one type to abortion to another.

How do abortions affect a woman's health?

Abortions can have many effects on a women’s health, varying from depression to actual physical harm, depending on what type, how far along in the pregnancy she is, and who/where she gets the abortion from. “Unsafe abortions are a major cause of maternal mortality and kill tens of thousands of women every year.” (Source 2). Even so, most women still want to have abortion be their choice as a free american. If the US keep abortions legal, then less women will die or get injured from illegal abortions or unsafe/unsanitary ones. According to Molly Redden,when women have control over their reproductive health, it improves the long-term health of mothers and children and creates a lasting economic benefit.

What is the "Global Gag Rule"?

The global gag rule makes it so that doctors cannot talk to their patients about the procedure, prior to or after, an abortion. Now that abortions may be banned,“the rule will put thousands of international healthcare workers in the difficult position of deciding whether to continue to offer family planning care that includes abortion at the expense of a critical funding stream.” (Source 2) “The gag rule also prevents health workers in foreign countries from advocating for abortion rights, which includes testifying about the impacts of illegal abortion.” states Molly Redden, a senior gender equality reporter. If Abortions are banned in America, it could affect more than just the American people.

How is America helping other countries with sex education and contraceptives?

America sends representatives into poorer countries like Africa and India to teach about contraceptives and sex education. They inform about and hand out different forms of birth control, and even have doctors that can perform check-ups. If abortion is banned in the US, then we won't be able to send people to help in other countries. “The US is the single largest donor to global health efforts, providing nearly $3bn toward health efforts through the United States Agency for International Development (USAid) alone.” (Source 2). America had already tried to potentially ban abortions once, and “Bush-era cuts resulted in more than 20 developing countries in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East losing access to contraceptives provided by the US.”, states EngenderHealth, a global women’s health organization.z

GLOSSARY

Gag Rule

-a regulation or directive that prohibits public discussion of a particular matter, in particular.

Infectious

-Likely to spread or influence others in a rapid manner.

Lame Duck Session

-A lame-duck session of Congress in the United States occurs whenever one Congress meets after its successor is elected, but before the successor's term begins.

Enacted

-make (a bill or other proposal) law.

Viability

-ability to survive or live successfully.

Partial Birth Abortion

-a late-term abortion of a fetus that has already died, or is killed before being completely removed from the mother.

Extraction

-the action of taking out something, especially using effort or force.

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