Abortion ‘My Body My Choice’

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“My Body My Choice” is the slogan for the issue of abortion with pro-choice groups. Those same words have been used by people who are anti-vaccine. These are two completely different things and should not be used by anti-Vaxors and Lawmakers like Jim Jordan in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Some Evangelicals and Catholics have spoken out against abortion by saying ‘My body, my choice’ is wrong because it affects another life. Bob Sullivan, who also appears to be pro-life, wrote on his church website lincondiocese.org that it is not only the woman’s life at stake when deciding to have an abortion. However, Sullivan does not realize that a woman’s life changes dramatically during and after pregnancy. The physical and emotional changes a woman has to go through should be considered just as the chances of survival for a woman and the fetus during and after childbirth. If a child is born disabled mentally or physically, there are going to be challenges for that child to overcome, and it will be challenging for the mother to make the right decisions for her child. Sometimes abortion is the only logical choice.

In Ohio and Texas, there are no exceptions for rape or incense in their abortion laws. An exception should have been made for a  ten-year-old girl in Ohio who was raped on two separate occasions and became pregnant. According to Ohio law, abortion is illegal after six weeks from conception. Unfortunately, the girl did not find out until a few days after the six-week deadline.

Dave Yost, Ohio’s attorney general made a public statement that doubted the young girl’s innocents after the Indianapolis Star first reported it. Ohio’s own Representative Jim Jordan tweeted, saying it was “another lie.” He was forced to delete it after the paper reported the suspect was arrested.

In Los Angeles, California, a group of anti-vaccine protesters rallied against the last of the mandates for COVID-19. Some people held up signs or wore T-shirts with the pro-choice abortion slogan “My Body My Choice.” Sullivan voiced his opinion that it is wrong to use the abortion slogan in such a manner. That is a correct assessment; their decision not to wear a mask or vaccinate affects others. They could potentially cause someone else to contract the virus because they may have it and not know. Many people do not have any symptoms and do not feel they are sick, so they are more likely to pass the virus to others. An abortion is usually about the woman because a fetus is not classified as an individual.

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When it comes to the issue of abortion, it has always been more of a religious belief, which is why the First Amendment should have been more of a consideration in the abortion case before the Supreme Court ruling watering down Roe v. Wade. Thomas Jefferson and James Maddison argued that the state should not govern with their religious beliefs. The Establishment Clause in the first amendment, or as it is more commonly known, “The Separation of Church and State,” was created because the Baptist religion was concerned about government interference in their beliefs not for abortion, but it does apply.

Justice Hugo Black, who was nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1934, said the Establishment Clause built a solid wall between the state and the church, which must be kept impassable. He stated this after the 1946 ruling on Emerson v. the Board of Education of N.J. on whether or not a law to reimburse the school board for transportation costs violated the Constitution. Whether the issue is abortion or the school board, the Establishment clause must stand strong.

Abortion is a serious issue that is not to be taken lightly. The states and the U.S. Supreme Court should consider the phrase ‘Separation of Church and State’ and what it means to all Americans, especially women. A ten-year-old rape victim should not have to travel across state lines to have an abortion. Lawmakers are obliged to all the people they represent not to impose judgment on accessing a medical procedure.

Written by Katherine Miller


California Healthline: ‘My Body, My Choice’: How Vaccine Foes  Co-opted the Abortion Rallying Cry; by Rachel Bluth

Southern Nebraska Register: IN LAYMAN’S TERMS – BOB SULLIVAN ‘My Body My Choice;’ by Bob Sullivan

Yahoo News: Suspect indicted in rape case of 10-yer-old Columbus girl who got Indiana abortion; by Bethany Bruner

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