Letter: The abortion law problem

Published: 5/17/2019 12:01:35 AM
Modified: 5/17/2019 12:01:24 AM

As described in last week’s article “Governor signs early abortion ban” (Monitor Nation & World, May 8), Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp claims that the purpose of the “heartbeat” abortion ban is to “ensure that all Georgians have the opportunity to live, grow, learn and prosper.”

Now, however effective the legislature will be at reducing legal abortions is somewhat questionable but also beside the point. Should the ban be entirely effective at its methods of reducing legal abortions, there will inevitably continue to be women with perfectly good reasons to need an abortion, sometimes – if not often – without being covered by the exclusions provided in the ban, and since they can no longer access legal, safe clinics, they’re left to use illicit abortion clinics, if any at all.

That said, the fault, should there be any, does not seem to lie with the clinics that allow safer abortions, or the women placed into a situation where abortion is deemed a fully reasonable option. Rather, as someone who considers themselves fully in favor of abortion rights, I propose that the problem lies within such a culture that in itself would result in the unwanted pregnancies. Such a problem may require a more complex and difficult solution than writing “no more abortions” right above a signature or gathering at abortion clinics to jeer at those who need them, but at least it will do more to help than harm.

JAKOB INGERSOLL

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