Our Thoughts On The Abortion Ban

Photo Credit: Flickr    Evgenia Rigaut

Photo Credit: Flickr Evgenia Rigaut

We need to talk about the elephant in the… womb.

If you haven’t heard, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey along with 25 Republican males signed into law an extreme abortion ban. The passing of laws in an favor and not in favor of abortion is not new. 7 other states have abortion restrictions but not a total ban like Alabama. Simply put, they just don't want you having abortions - period.

And today we just found out that Missouri's House passed a bill that would ban abortions after eight weeks. The measure passed in the Senate yesterday. This ban is less restrictive than the Alabama ban as it would ban abortion after eight weeks of pregnancy. Or in other words, it bans abortions after a heartbeat is detected. It allows exceptions for medical emergencies but not for pregnancies caused by rape or incest. But the problem with this law is that women don’t even know they are pregnant until they are 6 to 8 weeks along. Which as a result adds on to the pressure and lack of time for a women to make a decision about her own body.

Overall, no matter what laws are made, we believe any kind of restriction when it comes to a woman making a decision on her own body is immoral. And why do men care so much when it comes to what women do with their bodies? People are dying everyday from more threatening actions like gun violence or police misconduct. If all lives matter like stated from supporters of this ban - when black lives matter protests spark, people shouldn’t turn a deaf ear. We think Tupac Shakur said it best with his verse in Keep Ya Head Up, “And since a man can't make one. He has no right to tell a woman when and where to create one.”

This ban only proves that abortion should be out of the hands of politics and in the hands of individuals.

Camisha Ballard