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Reader's View: Abortion laws threaten women’s rights

Why is there a gap in abortion laws in the U.S., as was reported by the Washington Post at duluthnewstribune.com on May 19? Over the years, many states have strengthened protections for and tightened restrictions against abortion.

Why is there a gap in abortion laws in the U.S., as was reported by the Washington Post at duluthnewstribune.com on May 19? Over the years, many states have strengthened protections for and tightened restrictions against abortion.

States in the South have passed bans on abortions after six weeks, when most women don’t even know they are pregnant. In a way, I imagine this huge division in the U.S. was caused by what people believe in. In my opinion, abortion should be a woman’s decision. Men don’t give birth; women do. Recently, the state of Alabama passed a law making abortion a felony. This new law will make all abortions in Alabama illegal, even in cases of rape and incest. The only possible way an abortion would occur is if the mother’s life was at risk or if the fetus will not survive. But how is that fair to women? Think about teenage girls and women who are rape victims having to carry babies because they can’t get abortions.

As more laws are passed against abortion, they appear to be against women’s rights. I understand any human being’s life is important, but restrictions are helping to reverse women’s rights. The article stated that Alabama created the recent abortion law to “prompt the Supreme Court to reconsider Roe v Wade.” The goal is to reconsider what should be a woman’s decision. What if abortion becomes illegal in the U.S.? It would change women's rights in the U.S. forever.

Rachel Blais

Duluth

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Opinion by Rachel Blais, Duluth
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