EXTREMIST ANTI-CHOICE LAWS PASS IN TWO STATES WHILE OREGON VOTERS REJECT ATTEMPT TO CURB ABORTION RIGHTS FOR LOW-INCOME WOMEN | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


EXTREMIST ANTI-CHOICE LAWS PASS IN TWO STATES WHILE OREGON VOTERS REJECT ATTEMPT TO CURB ABORTION RIGHTS FOR LOW-INCOME WOMEN

While rejoicing over Oregon voters' decisive rejection of a measure that would have left low-income residents and state employees without abortion coverage, reproductive rights advocates prepared for battles in two red states where extremist anti-choice proposals were passed on Tuesday night.

In Alabama, the passage of Amendment 2 will give a fetus the same right to life held by a person under the state constitution, paving the way to criminalize abortion with a "trigger ban" like the ones that exist in Louisiana, Mississippi, North Dakota, and South Dakota, should the Supreme Court overturn Roe vs. Wade. Access to contraception and the morning-after pill could also be restricted as a result.

The amendment passed by 18 points, with Alabama voters supporting a proposal that made no mention of exceptions in which a woman's right to abortion care would trump the rights of a fetus, like in cases involving rape, incest, or risks to a pregnant woman's life.

In Alabama, #Amendment2 passed, granting full legal rights to fertilized eggs while laying the groundwork to strip women of their legal right to make their own reproductive decisions.https://t.co/z95ded4vmx

— Rewire.News (@Rewire_News) November 7, 2018
"This amendment is so far-reaching that it would allow the state to prosecute women for using IUDs, emergency contraception, and IVF or even for missing prenatal care appointments or not being able to leave an abusive partner," said the National Abortion Federation (NAF) in a statement after the amendment passed. "Instead of protecting Alabama women and families, Amendment 2 jeopardizes their health and well-being.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but I never knew that this country actually HAD a National Abortion Federation, before reading this article!!

But the statement that ""This amendment is so far-reaching that it would allow the state to prosecute women for using IUDs, emergency contraception, and IVF or even for missing prenatal care appointments or not being able to leave an abusive partner..." absolutely jumps the proverbial shark.

I am, personally, pro-life.

But if a 17 year old young woman knocked at my door, crying that she thought she had skipped a period, I would encourage her to weigh all her options, before consenting to an abortion as "the only way" to deal with the pregnancy.

In my world, adoption is a beautiful thing, but I understand that it is not an option for every pregnancy.

I have actually known a couple here on Oahu who opted to adopt a baby whose mom was withdrawing from crack at the time of her delivery, and were holding her hands, when the baby was delivered. The little girl is just fine, thank you very much, and is growing up with love, structure, and a happy household. As she matures, she will make a positive contribution to society because of that.

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