If you don’t have an opinion on abortion you should. This topic has saturated the news for many weeks now.
It seems that the anti-abortion forces feel that with new justices on the Supreme Court, Roe v. Wade will be revoked and the decision that affirmed the right of a woman to have an abortion ended. Several Southern states have enacted laws to make the procedure nigh onto impossible in their state and have declared that a fertilized egg has the legal rights of personhood. This movement has for 30 years worked to re-criminalize abortion and undo Roe v. Wade.
I must say that the concept of natal personhood leads in many directions. To wit; if the egg is recognized as a person with legal rights I gather that it must be counted in the census, that it has the right to be counted for food stamps, that if the mother (womb) does anything to endanger it the state must step in and protect it. This suggests how weird this line of thinking can go.
Yet other ramifications of the anti-abortion amendments are more far-reaching. No less than an evangelical preacher, Rob Schenk, who was a passionate anti-abortionist, has had an epiphany and now sees that anti-abortion legislation dooms the poor to poverty.
The white middle class and up can obtain an abortion if they can’t afford another child, but the poor cannot. If you are a mother with children and an absentee or disabled father, working to feed and house your family, another child can be disastrous. It can condemn a family to poverty, crime and incarceration, and a recurring cycle of social dependency.
Betsy Donaldson, Southern Pines