Print In Aprilabortion was thrust onto the center stage of U.
Print In Aprilabortion was thrust onto the center stage of U. Supreme Court prepared to hear Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which threatened to severely restrict women access to abortion. In the lead-up to a mass protest planned for Washington, D.
This article first appeared in the April issue of Socialist Worker. IN THE early s, the women's movement demanded that abortion be legalized as part of a larger movement for women's rights. It was clear that, without control over their own reproductive lives, women couldn't be the equals of men--no matter what advances women made in the job market or in higher education.
This is why socialists argue that all Abortion the womans choice deserve the right to control their own bodies, without interference from anyone.
And in the s, the women's movement demanded legal abortion as a right which should be available to all women--no matter how poor or how young, married or not.
Today, however, the entire terrain of the abortion debate has been shifted. For more than a decade, the right to abortion has been steadily eroded, so that now the debate is over who should be able to pre-empt a woman's choice to terminate an unwanted pregnancy, laws now exist which allow parents, husbands or state governments to prevent pregnant women from having abortions.
Increasingly, abortion has been transformed from a right to a privilege, denied to ever greater numbers of women. Thirty-seven states do not provide abortion funding for poor women's abortions. And 32 of these won't even fund abortions for poor women who become pregnant as a result of rape or incest, or in cases of a severely deformed fetus.
Thirty-five states have laws requiring women under the age of 18 to notify or obtain the consent of a parent before they can have an abortion. A Pennsylvania law now being reviewed by the Supreme Court requires married women to notify their husbands in order to get an abortion.
This law also requires that women receive counseling on "alternatives" to abortion and then be required to wait 24 hours before they are allowed to have an abortion. And Louisiana, Utah and Guam all have passed laws virtually banning abortion. These cases haven't yet reached the Supreme Court, but when they do, they will provide the Supreme Court with the opportunity to overturn its Roe v.
Wade decision, which made abortion a legal right. The legal obstacles that already exist affect millions of women across the U. Wade from being overturned, it isn't enough to simply keep abortion legal.
It is legal now, but inaccessible to millions. The Freedom of Choice Act now before Congress should be viewed in this light--an important first step in restoring abortion rights in the U.
The Freedom of Choice Act would guarantee legal abortion at the national level, no matter what the Supreme Court decides.
At the same time, the Freedom of Choice Act doesn't even mention the issue of restoring abortion funding for poor women, nor does it explicitly guarantee the right to choose for women under age But until we win back those abortion rights that have already been lost, abortion will continue to be a privilege rather than a right, in the U.
Abortion is a class issue Whatever restrictions are placed upon legal abortion, all women do not suffer equally.
In fact, some women don't suffer at all. Social class has always been the deciding factor in the right to choose an abortion.
Wealthy women can always afford access to abortion, even if it once again becomes illegal. In the century during which abortion was illegal, rich women could still obtain abortions because they had the money and the private physicians, which enabled them to travel or get around the law.
Yet those women must desperately in need of the right to choose tend to be young and poor. The single most common reason why women have an abortion is not being able to afford the cost of raising a child.
Poor and working-class women account for the vast majority of abortions. Race is also an important factor in the U. Black women and other minority women are more than twice as likely as white women to seek abortions. Similarly, when abortion is illegal or not funded, Black and other minority women suffer disproportionately.
Beforewhen abortion was legalized in New York City, 80 percent of all women who died from botched illegal abortions were Black or Puerto Rican. Since the mids, when attacks on abortion rights began in earnest, poor women have been the most frequent targets.
In m Congress initiated the first attack on abortion, when it passed the Hyde Amendment, which eliminated federal abortion funding for women on Medicaid. Barely a month later, a Medicaid recipient named Rosie Jimenez, a single mother of two, bled to death in her Texas home after obtaining an illegal abortion--the first victim of the funding cuts.
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Abortion would be a sacrament. - Florynce Kennedy We worry so much about the womans . In the grand scheme of things, abortion is a woman’s choice. A woman has the choice to raise her child, give him/her up for adoption, or to abort it.
This decision cannot be controlled by the pressures of peers and the constant debates in the political world. This mode of argument culminates with the conclusion that it is this "freedom of choice" that enables a woman to compete equally with a man.
Abortion supporters compare unfavorably the life of.