By: Diane Sori / The Patriot Factor / Right Side Patriots on American Political Radio
“I am strongly Pro-Life, with the three exceptions – Rape, Incest and protecting the Life of the mother – the same position taken by Ronald Reagan.” – President Donald Trump’s tweet after Alabama passed the most restrictive abortion law in the the country
Recently I wrote an article regarding abortion titled, A Heartbeat and a Ruling…Planned Parenthood Ain’t Happy at All…and this article followed two previous abortion articles I’d written, Remove Northam…But Not For A 35-Year Old Photo and New York’s Descent Into Hell. These three articles addressed not only abortion in general but reiterated my support of what’s called the “Heartbeat Law”…in fact I’ve been saying such a law was needed in all 50 states for well over a decade. And while some on the left claim this law was solely “designed” to give the Supreme Court an opportunity to overturn “Roe v. Wade” nothing could be further from the truth as precedents regarding abortion has already been set, and the newly seated conservative justices have stated they will not overturn precedents.
So why then am I writing yet another article on abortion when, as stated, I support the “Heartbeat Law” as well as supporting the justices alluding that they will not overturn “Roe v. Wade”…because the “Heartbeat Law” as written in certain states…Alabama (who effectively banned abortion altogether), Georgia, Ohio, and Missouri for example…I believe…have crossed a Constitutional as well as a morally wrong line in denying a woman an abortion in the case of rape or incest.
How so…rape and incest are violent crimes perpetrated against innocent women, and by denying these women the right to an abortion even after a heartbeat is detected actually transfers a modicum of guilt and shame onto the already traumatized victim. And while some will say that the victim of rape or incest should have immediately reported it to the police, and where in turn the “morning after” pill could be given to prevent such a pregnancy from ever taking hold, what these folks forget is that many in today’s society still think both acts are somehow the fault of the woman…the victim…which most assuredly it is not…and thus they must live with the consequences…live with the consequences even in cases of gang rape.
And these judgmental sorts also forget that many times the trauma of either such act is so all-consuming that the victim either fears her rapist returning to rape her yet again or has been so mentally violated as well as being physically violated that she tries to put such happenings out of her mind in the hopes that by not thinking about it, it never happened… that is until she can no longer physically deny the truth. And more times than not that truth happens well past the six week time frame for an abortion in those above mentioned states. Also, not to be forgotten is that to carry such a violently ill-conceived child to birth is a constant reminder for these women…these victims…that their perpetrator’s crime…even if they do end up in jail…sees in such children a living testament to the wrong done to them from which they can never be allowed to escape or heal.
And something else being overlooked is that many times victims of rape and incest are but children themselves… children now being forced under certain states version of the “Heartbeat Law” to carry to term and give birth to a child not only conceived in violence, but a child who will be but a few years younger than their already extremely young selves.
Simply, children having children never works out well for any parties involved.
So while legislators and governors in some “red states” are working to pass strong anti-abortion laws similar to that of Alabama…laws that will not only become “Heartbeat Laws” but laws they mistakenly believe will aid in the overturning of “Roe vs Wade”…what seems to be left out of the political discourse is that Alabama’s new law shows no compassion whatsoever for those pregnant through the violent and criminal acts of rape or incest. How so…Alabama’s version of the “Heartbeat Law” law allows abortion only if the mother’s life is in jeopardy…period. And with no exceptions for rape and incest Alabama has now stated, as per the provisions of its law, that any doctor performing an abortion on someone pregnant for more than six weeks is guilty of a “Class A” felony which carries a minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum sentence of up to 99 years in prison no matter the circumstances of how said woman became pregnant.
Draconian mindset of the very worse kind…Alabama should be ashamed of itself for even its own citizens say their lawmakers have gone too far. In fact, according to a late 2018 statewide poll, only 31% of Alabama residents were in favor of an abortion ban that lacks a rape and incest exemption, meaning 69% wanted said exemption put into any abortion law that Alabama was to pass…and as we know they did not.
So with Missouri now becoming the eighth state to enact a “Heartbeat Law” this year alone, some other states are seeing the abortion timetable quite differently with Utah and Arkansas voting to limit abortion to the middle of the second trimester, while most other states are continuing to follow the standard set by the Supreme Court’s “Roe v. Wade” 1973 decision…a 7-2 decision stating that a woman’s right to choose an abortion was protected by the privacy rights guaranteed by the Constitution’s Fourteenth Amendment, thus allowing abortion in other circumstances besides just the life of the mother.
But on the flip side of the “Heartbeat Law” there’s the “blue states” who are going as far to the left as some conservative states are going to the right with New York…the east coast’s very own Sodom and Gomorrah of sorts…passing just this past January a measure that guarantees in its state a woman’s so-called “fundamental right” to an abortion at anytime during her pregnancy and for nearly any reason. Yet a February 2019 Rasmussen poll found that only 21% of New York voters support the “fundamental right” nonsense with 66% of voters opposing the law, including 44% who otherwise identify as “pro-choice.” Sadly, in New York it now seems that the minority rules what with butcher knives, suction vacuums, and infanticide being New York’s new norm.
And so the abortion divide continues on with two key questions remaining due to a time differential existing between states regarding up until when a pregnancy can be terminated…with the first question being what exactly constitutes the basis for the six week abortion cut-off date?” And the second question…what of those states whose legislators truly believe that life begins at conception…how do they justify their allowing abortion as per the time limit set by the “Heartbeat Law”?
The answer to the first question is that for states like Alabama…who just happens to call their version of the “Heartbeat Law” the “Human Life Protection Act”…it’s the Biblical argument that life begins at conception and that the Ten Commandments dictates “thou shalt not kill.” This reasoning assures…via their newly passed law…that no abortion, except to save the life of the mother, would take place in their state as most women don’t even know they’re pregnant until after the now six week cut-off date…and that includes the victims of rape or incest no matter they be an adult or a child.
Now comes the tricky part as the answer to the second question must answered with yet another question. And here is also where religious dogma must be separated from the tangible truths of both scientific and medical fact as well as from the legalities regarding what is and is not legally deemed murder. So while Alabama and the other states now following their lead will not allow abortion past six weeks gestational time except for the life of the mother, what about states whose lawmakers do see a fetus as a person from the moment of conception and yet still allow abortion up to the sixth week of pregnancy no matter how the child was conceived…seems those states want it both ways as in they can legally kill and get away with it up until to a certain point in time but not thereafter.
Enter now the most true of scientific facts regarding human life…without a beating heart a human being is simply not “alive” for without a beating heart we simply cannot live let alone survive outside the host’s body…as in the mother. However, once the heart of that which will sustain a baby throughout its life actually starts to beat… which is usually between days 18 to 21 after conception and becomes detectable by six-weeks gestation…we are now dealing with a human being no longer just a “clump of cells” as some pro-abortion sorts call what will in nine months time become a living breathing baby.
And as previously stated with many women not knowing they’re pregnant that early on…especially child victims of rape or incest…most do know by the time they’ve missed a period or two at which point a heartbeat is well established and would thus prevent them from having an abortion in those states with a “Heartbeat Law”…states that by using their Constitutionally given right of authority have now narrowed down and restricted “Roe v. Wade” to the nth degree while not actually overturning it. And they’re doing so via what many perceive as a cold-hearted and unreasonable abortion cut-off date.
But is this really fair to rape and incest victims…I think not…and not only for what I stated earlier regarding guilt being shifted onto the victim, but because now the religious beliefs of governors signing said law and legislators constructing said law sees them basically turning their backs on not just what the majority of their state’s citizenry want, but also on what has always been our country’s accepted tenet of separation of church and state.
A true conundrum indeed.
So while abortion still remains legal in all 50 states, we’ll continue seeing mostly “red states” passing some of the most restrictive abortion legislation in decades all in the hope of setting up court battles that could, in the end, redefine abortion access in the United States. And while those states will see their cases being legally challenged as well as being tied up in the courts for years, there is always this question, did those states with a “Heartbeat Law” actually have the authority to implement such a law? State authority is one thing, but so is the fact that even if such cases reach the High Court the justices could refuse to hear said cases sending them back to the very states they originated from. Or the justices could start chipping away at Roe v. Wade on their own while not overturning it outright, thus keeping all-important precedents in place.
And so the abortion debate is far from over while always being ignored is the fact that contraception “before” is the answer to unwanted pregnancy instead of abortion being used as an “after” form of birth control.
But no matter which side of the abortion debate you’re on…and know abortion is not a cut and dry issue as some on the far right and the far left make it out to be…my personal pro-life belief is that abortion must always be an option in cases or rape, incest, the baby being so medically compromised it cannot survive outside the womb, and if the mother’s life is in jeopardy. And while I might not agree with you my reader’s views regarding abortion I still respect that we are free to agree to disagree and do so without contempt.
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