Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Your Bodies are owned by the Feds, Ladies

The Supreme Court came down on the abortion issue today, upholding a ban on partial birth abortion. In case you aren't familiar with this term, it is an abortion usually occurring after the 21st Week of fetal development. The cervix is dilated. Then the doctor goes into the uterus with medical tools to pull out the fetus. This is a very rare procedure, usually done with great hesitance and with immediate health risks to the mother.

I am not one to comment frequently on issues that concern how women use their bodies. That is not my issue as it is not my body. Women should be allowed to do what they feel is necessary to ensure their own well-being, which is what partial birth abortion does. While the child may be lost, the woman will be able to survive and possibly conceive again if they so please.

On this issue, President Bush said that the ban on partial birth abortion will allow a culture of life to be developed in America. Where do I start with this? Firstly, I thought that we, as Americans and as granted in the Declaration of Independence, are allowed liberty and the pursuit of happiness in this thing we call life. How does stripping women of a procedure that they can use to keep their lives uphold the principles upon which this country is founded?

Also, I don't know what right a bunch of men, with their non-birthing bodies, have to make decisions on the behalf of women. If you want to know what a woman thinks about this issue, you should read Ruth Bader Ginsburg's dissent, who is the only woman left on the Supreme Court bench. Whether you agree with her politics or not, you have to agree with the idea that the Government has no business in governing women's bodies and depriving them of a service that they could need to ensure their lives.