In the midst of Alabama's new abortion ban proposal, I came across this news article today. British Judge, Nathalie Lieven, has ordered a young woman in her 20's to have a late-term abortion on the grounds that she is not mentally fit to be a mother. Despite the fact that this woman, her mother, and the woman's social worker all disagreed with the Judge. Judge Lieven stated that, in her opinion, having a child would be more traumatic for the woman than a late-term abortion would be.
Here's where the problem lies, creating abortion ban laws are a slippery, slippery slope. For the time being, let's put aside the arguments of when life begins, bodily autonomy, responsibility, back-alley abortions, dead-beat fathers, etc. Let's focus on what laws like this would ACTUALLY mean. Alabama lawmakers have proposed a bill that would completely outlaw abortion unless the mother's life was threatened. Who decides if the mother's life is at risk? Oh right, Doctors. The women who are carrying these fetuses would have zero say.
But as we all know, it doesn't end there.
Allowing the government, or even doctors, to decide our own medical choices would allow, as we've seen, judges to order women to have forced abortions. In the Judge's OPINION, abortion is less traumatizing than giving birth. What happens when "in the judges opinion" a woman is too poor to give birth? Or too fat? Too much of a hippy? Too black? Too religious? Judges are now forcing abortions on people based on personal opinion.
I've never met a judge with only one opinion.
Whether you agree with abortion or not, I can safely assume that you believe it is your right to choose your own medical treatment. Right now we are at a cross-roads with our health care rights. Right now is when we, as a people, decide who chooses what is right for our individual needs and wants. Abortion bans are just the tip of the metaphoric iceberg, below lies a much bigger issue.