The woman’s right to choose is currently a hot button issue across the country. While I am sure the intentions behind the laws are for good reason, the reality is that the laws are no more than an attack on women’s rights.
Late last month, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a bill into law that will require ultrasounds before women can receive first-trimester abortions, this comes a year after former Florida Governor Charlie Crist vetoed a similar proposal last year. Currently there are 19 states that require an ultrasound before an abortion with Texas currently next in line to approve a similar bill. Prolife advocates and other supporters of the laws hope to see an in decrease in abortion rates.
As a woman and as mother I can openly admit that I am a prolife advocate for myself, however when it comes to other women, I support their right to choose what is best for themselves. But I am also a logical person who utilizes common sense. I realize that in a perfect world, all children would be loved by their mother, all mothers would assume responsibility for their children, and that all women would be able to emotionally and financially provide for any child they bore into this country. But sadly, this is not the reality and we do not live in a utopian society.
So what is the reality? There are some mothers who are not willing or ready to care for a child whether it out of pure selfishness or immaturity. Some women lack the emotional and economical support from family and partners, or better yet cannot do any of the above for themselves, yet we as a society expect them to do so for a child.
Requiring women to have an ultrasound as proof that there is a life inside of them is casting judgment and sentencing them to a cruel punishment. Choosing to end a life for whatever reason the woman has decided is not an easy one. I am sure that making the decision to do so is not easy and it is a personal guilt the woman will have to live with for a lifetime. Women do not need the approval of the government to make such a personal choice.