Abortion has become worryingly one of the most polarizing issues among American voters. According to a Survey 2019 61% of US adults believe that abortion must be legal in all or most of the cases, while 38% believe it must be illegal in all or most of the cases.
Although the United States is classified as a developed country, abortion care is still incredibly inaccessible. This difficulty has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic as several state governors recognized abortion “Insignificant” This leads many women to resort to extreme measures to terminate their pregnancy.
The 2020 elections will be a determining factor in whether or not abortion law is promoted. Regardless, allowing politicians to make decisions about medical procedures is illogical, and thus abortion should not be regulated by the government.
Several anti-abortion politicians have used the global pandemic as an excuse to deny women the constitutional right to abortion. Recently, Senator Ted Cruz, R-TX, claimed pregnancy was never life-threatening while calling for the US Food and Drug Administration to ban the abortion pill. The latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention directly contradict this statement, as more than 700 women die each year from complications related to pregnancy and childbirth in the United States
Most politicians who seek abortion control do not have a medical background or experience in reproductive health care. According to the American Medical Association, doctors, not politicians, should make decisions about medical procedures. Unfortunately, politicians are unlikely to stop strictly regulating abortion unless Americans vote for the presidential candidate Joe Bidenwho swore in November to support the medical process in all circumstances.
Planned Parenthood was established under the administration of President Donald Trump defused several times and Title X funding has been removed from several reproductive health clinics. In addition, the Supreme Court sided with the Trump administration Trump versus Pennsylvania, Governing employers may refuse to offer free birth control to women, something previously done by the Affordable Care Act. This decision was nonsensical because access to contraception has been statistically proven to reduce the number of abortions. According to a Washington University study, providing free contraception to women reduced abortion rates by 62% to 78%.
Vice President Mike Pence, who also served as the 50th governor of Indiana, recently visited Gateway Women’s Care, a pregnancy and sexual health center in Raleigh, North Carolina. The center rejects abortion rights and falsely claims that abortions can lead to breast cancer. Healthcare providers like Planned Parenthood are forced to provide similarly misleading information, including the misconception that chemical abortions can be reversed. This harmful misinformation, countless refuted by academia and physicians, is another reason why politicians should not be qualified to meddle in medical procedures.
As mentioned earlier, abortion rights have been severely restricted under our current Republican administration. If the Democrats recapture the White House in November, it is possible that our government will finally rely on medical professionals to make reproductive health care decisions, rather than politicians who legislate based on their own belief systems.
As a woman and student in the largely conservative state of Indiana, the results of the upcoming presidential election regarding the right to abortion are incredibly important to me. It is important for students like me, who are affected by reproductive health laws, to understand the importance of voting for a candidate who will uphold our right to abortion 44% of the women who have abortions are between 15 and 24 years old, many of whom are college students.
When politicians impose strict regulations on abortions, abortions will not be reduced or women will be protected. Indeed, before the monumental Supreme Court trial, America saw Roe v. Wade a dangerous pattern of women performing unsafe abortions. From 1940 to 1954 more than 7,000 cases of unsafe abortions were treated at Bellevue Hospital in New York City.
For me, as someone so passionate about reproductive rights, it’s hard to understand how much misunderstanding there is about abortion. But until politicians withdraw from decision-making related to medical procedures, we must choose leaders who rely on healthcare providers who make decisions based on science, not conviction.
Rama Sardar (she / she) is a freshman studying media. She aspires to become a film director and screenwriter.