Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Two New Laws in Nebraska

"Nebraska's governor on Tuesday signed into law two anti-abortion measures that proponents say protects women and their viable fetuses but opponents charge are aimed at halting abortions altogether.

"One measure requires doctors to screen extensively women seeking abortion, taking into account the latest scientific literature that weigh factors such as a mother's physical and mental health.

"The other state law bars abortions after 20 weeks gestation on grounds the 'unborn child can be capable of feeling pain,' Republican Governor Dave Heineman said in signing the measure."

I can't help but wonder who gets to decide if the mother's mental health is stable enough to get an abortion. Are there going to be some kind of standardized tests?

"He [Kyle Carlson, a lawyer for Planned Parenthood of the Heartland] said the screening law appeared to be vague and a "moving target" that could be challenged legally as it requires doctors to ask clients about 'any risk factor identified in any peer-reviewed (scientific) journal in the previous 12 months.'"

That's still kind of a vague description, even for a Yahoo! News article, where space online is really pretty much infinite. A better, deeper description of those risk factors would have been good.

"The general principle behind both bills is the same," Carlson added. "It is to try to intimidate women out of believing they have a choice they can make about their reproductive health."

See, that's what I'm thinking too. The bad thing, to me, is this: an idea like this takes seed in the heartland of the United States. From there, it can only spread across the country. State by state, American women will lose the right to decide what to do with their bodies...we're losing our reproductive rights and we can't sit idly by and allow that to happen. Do Republicans think we are too dumb to decide what's best for ourselves?

Granted, "banning abortions after 20 weeks gestation would not affect Planned Parenthood because the group does not perform abortions after 20 weeks." So that strikes me as an unnecessary law and a waste of time.

I don't want anyone to wonder. I've never had an abortion. I've never been in a situation where I've needed to consider it. I think they should be legal, because every woman has the right to decide her reproductive future. The only limitation that should be put upon the ability to have an abortion should be that 20 week mark. Beyond that, pregnant woman should have all the options laid out for them, and if they choose to have an abortion, then that is their decision.

Yes, I am pro choice. And if you are pro life, then that is a choice too. What may be right for one woman may not be right for another, but that's okay.

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