Friday, October 4, 2013
22,286 Texas Women Could be Denied Abortions
Week #1, Article #1
Lindell, Chuck. (2013 October 2) Study: 22,286 Texas women could be denied abortions. Austin American Statesman.
1. Category of problem: Health; Women's Rights
2. Level of problem: State
3. The article concerns: Stricter rules and regulations that will require doctors to obtain special privileges in order to perform abortions nearby. Also, they now plan on "regulating drug-induced abortions" regarding distribution of the drugs themselves.
4. Why is this important to families/individuals OR how does it affect individuals/families?
a. Many individuals and families could be affected by this. Women will be forced to keep the baby, or to come up with their own solution to abort it. This could lead to many babies being malnourished and not properly taken care of.
5. What are your views on the issue/policy?
a. I feel very strongly that women should have the right to choose if they want to keep or abort their child. I know that many individuals and religions are against this; however it is not against my beliefs. Women should have the right to choose what happens inside of their body. The article stated that if these new rules and regulations go into effect, about 22,000 women will be denied their right to abortion. That is a lot of babies to bring into the state of Texas. However, the birth rate is not the issue at stake. Many women will have to be forced to take circumstances into their own hands. This will cause most women to have to travel across the state in order to receive treatment. Now this doesn't sound so terrible to the average woman, however to a low income family, this could be an issue. Supplying the amount of gas and obtaining the proper maintenance to ensue the vehicle can travel the distance could be costly. The article also points out the fact that less doctors will lead to a delay in treatment. This means that not only will there be longer waits in the waiting room, but it could also mean that women aren't receiving treatment until their second trimester. This is now a process that is more harmful to both the mother and the baby, as it is further along in development. Also costs skyrocket as the child enters the second trimester. Another issue that could arise is the fact that women many take abortion into their own hands. It sounds terrible to say, but women may "fall down the stairs" or take other harmful matters to abort the child. All and all, I feel that abortion should be readily available to any women that are in need.