With controversial laws being passed in states like Rhode Island and Georgia, both sides of the abortion debate seem to be gearing up for a national clash. Under most circumstances, I would recommend that more conversation is the best method to combat the inevitable whirlwind of belligerence. But, I can no longer in good conscience do the same when it comes to abortion. Continue reading “Abortion is the Worst Political Issue”
Missouri’s Republican state Senate passed a bill banning abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy. This includes cases of rape or incest, similar to the recently-passed Georgia abortion ban. The bill is not yet law, still requiring approval from the House and Governor. It is likely the bill will pass, as the House and Governorship are controlled by Republicans. This would make Missouri the eighth state to pass a comprehensive bill on abortion in the past few weeks.
Even before the historic Roe v. Wade ruling, abortion has been a topic of contention for ages. So, it is not a surprise that on May 8th this year, just a week ago, Alabama pivoted on a controversial abortion bill. Alabama and Georgia are both involved in implementing legislation that would ban or criminalize abortions state-wide. Alabama’s bill would have banned any abortion for any reason other than to protect the life of the mother. Georgia’s bill, which is in the process of appeal, would ban all abortions full stop. The social climates of these two states make clear that abortion must be approached seriously and objectively. Those who care at all about the laws governing them or anyone else must decide their position on this issue, clear of ideology or personal demagoguery.
A bloc of female democrats has introduced the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH) Woman Act. Senators Tammy Duckworth and Patty Murray introduced the Senate’s version of the bill as well. The bills primary aim is to repeal the Hyde amendment.
What Does This Bill Entail?
This bill was originally introduced in 2017 under the same name but has now been reintroduced. The bill suggested that “No woman should have the decision to have, or not to have, an abortion made for her based on her ability or inability to afford the procedure.” and calls for the federal government to “ensure coverage for abortion care.” Furthermore, it said that state and local governments could not restrict abortion coverage. This is a clear violation of the Tenth Amendment which states “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people”.
The Hyde Amendment
The EACH Woman Act also aims to repeal the Hyde Amendment. This law prevents the use of federal funds for abortion, with the exception of cases where the mother’s life is in danger. However, with the largest provider of abortion services Planned Parenthood receiving 500 million in federal funding each year, there have been questions as to how well this law has been followed.
But this new bill proposed by the Democrats would clear the air. If EACH passes, pro-lifers will have to pay for the abortions they oppose to greatly. Repealing the Hyde Amendment was part of the Democrat Party’s 2016 platform.
In 2017 the Republican-controlled Senate attempted to pass a bill that would make the Hyde Amendment permanent, as stated by former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. However, the bill died in the Senate.
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This week the Senate failed to pass Ben Sasse’s (R-NE) bill which prohibited infanticide and mandated that babies born after a botched abortion receive proper medical care. When this happened, I found myself in a weird position. Though I disagree with the reasoning the Democrats had to vote no, and I am extremely pro-life, I would have voted no too. This is because although I believe it is a great moral issue that must be solved, it is not a federal issue. It is a state issue, and we would be wise to remember that just because it is morally good, does not mean it should that all levels of government should do it.