Abortion Laws in Texas: Are They Really That Unfair?

Abortion laws in Texas may not be as restrictive as what some are trying to say.
Women gather outside to protest abortion laws that they perceive is restrictive.

The Texas abortion laws have caused an outcry among those on the political left. Many are screaming that the laws recently passed in the Lone Star state are unfair when the reality is they are actually in place to provide for a safer situation. This can be compared to children claiming a new rule or an extenuating consequence is unjust when parents were acting in the child’s best interests.

It all began in July when state legislators passed the law to require doctors who performed abortions to have admitting privileges in hospitals. This did not get passed without some controversy.  Those who would oppose it claimed that the problem with the abortion laws in Texas, was that it would restrict women’s rights. One state senator, Wendy Davis, stood up and filibustered the event in order to keep it from being voted on at a certain time. Though her actions were successful that day, it did eventually not only go before the legislature but was also approved. Those on the political right won the day.

The approval of the abortion laws in Texas, of course, has only made the protests louder. Those who oppose the legislation scream foul and claim that it keeps women from having the right to abort their pregnancy if they choose to do so. They claim that it is against their basic constitutional rights. They ascertain that it violates the woman’s right to choose what to do with her own body.

So, as is their constitutional right, they protested it. They appealed it to the higher courts. And eventually, it made it all the way to the Supreme Court.  Last Tuesday, Supreme Court justices ruled that the new Texas abortion laws were really not that unfair.  They voted 5-4 to allow a provision requiring doctors who work in an abortion clinic to have admitting privileges at hospitals that are local to them.  The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans still has the case under appeal. They are expected to hear arguments in January and the law will continue to be in effect until that time.

Conservatives are elated. Liberals are upset.  But really, are the requirements as stated in the law really that unreasonable? Is the Texas abortion law that has met such controversy nationwide really that unfair?  Stop and think about this and use what should be seen by most as common sense.

Say a young lady gets pregnant. Ever since 1973, it has been legal for her, if she so desired, to go and abort the pregnancy at a clinic.  Before that time, however, there were many young ladies who would have abortions illegally. Because of that, there were times that women were exposed to less than sanitary conditions while undergoing the procedure. In some cases, women died.  One of the arguments was that with it becoming legal, women would be afforded better and safer conditions if they wanted to abort a child.

So fast forward to today and you have a group of Democrats and liberals who are protesting that the Texas abortion laws recently passed are unfair because they are insisting on a doctor having proper credentials. Doctors must be recognized at a local hospital as a physician.

Why exactly is this wrong? Though it is not as common as it was in 1973, women have still suffered from major complications while undergoing abortion procedures.  Why would it be wrong to insist that a doctor who performs an abortion is knowledgeable in his field in such a way that a local hospital would trust him?  A hospital where one would probably send loved ones to, by the way.  It just doesn’t make any sense.

This writer’s biggest fear is that this is one more example of how idiotic our politics have become.  Not everybody is totally right all the time and not everybody is totally wrong all the time. The political left needs to understand that these abortion laws in Texas are really not as unfair as they may think.  Did the political right push these laws with the women’s health in mind? No, probably not, but they also knew that they could not make abortion illegal. They decided to at least make it safer.

Unfair? Hardly. It’s time to move on.


Editorial by Rick Hope

ABC News

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