Pregnant belly. Retrieved June 3, 2016 from http://www.growingyourbaby.com/wp-content/uploads/pregnant-belly-African-American.jpg
Pregnant woman silhouette. Retrieved June 2, 2016 from https://www.pinterest.com/pin/71846556530490263/
Pregnant woman silhouette. Retrieved June 2, 2016 from https://www.pinterest.com/pin/71846556530490263/

America’s constitution and way of life are a large part of what attracts Millions of people to flock here from all over the world either to visit or gain permanent citizenship. However, with our distinct liberties and freedoms comes a steep price when these basic life benefits are taken advantage of in controversial way.  One of these ongoing controversial issues is abortion. More recently, a new Bill has passed in South Carolina which bans abortions after 19 weeks, making South Carolina the 17th state to pass the restrictive ban.

The South Carolina bill is among several fronts abortion rights supporters say make having the procedure tougher. Abortion opponents have also passed laws in other states requiring clinics to get admitting privileges for doctors and banning a procedure commonly used in the second trimester, called the dilation and evacuation method. The sponsor of South Carolina’s bill, Rep. Wendy Nanney, said she’s hopeful the law is a step to eventually ‘get rid of abortion altogether,’” reported  by Seanna Adcox, Association Press by way of Black America Web. Pro-Choice organizations and supporters are upset with this new law because they feel it’s tampering with the decision-making process of the unwanted or confused pregnant women. Pro-choice groups strongly defend a women’s right to choose to abort or carry without federal interference. “Sen. Brad Hutto, a leading opponent, still believes it should be the woman’s choice. But he called the compromise he’s worked on since last year “the best we can get.” As it initially passed the House, the bill gave an exception only for the mother’s life,” per Seanna Adcox, Association Press by way of Black America Web.

Baby ultrasound and life size model of fetus. Retrieved June 2, 2016 from https://www.pinterest.com/pin/144115256799812907/
Baby ultrasound and life size model of fetus. Retrieved June 2, 2016 from https://www.pinterest.com/pin/144115256799812907/

Pro-choice supporters argue that sometimes women want their pregnancies but horrific life-altering abnormalities sometimes don’t reveal themselves until later in the pregnancy and the family may need to abort. “They are wanted pregnancies, but they find out there is a terrible abnormality,” Rep. James Smith, a Democrat, said Tuesday. “Wouldn’t it be interesting if we take dollar-for-dollar the money we’re going to spend litigating unconstitutional bills and put it into something that makes a difference in South Carolina? On average, fewer than 30 abortions yearly are performed at 20 weeks gestation or beyond, according to data since 1990 from the state’s public health agency,” retrieved from Seanna Adcox, Association Press byway of Black America Web. On the other hand, Pro-Life enthusiasts believe a fetus is alive and can feel pain at 20 weeks. Although, we know that some pregnancies stem from unfortunate travesties such as rape and incest, however, this particular bill does not allow any exceptions including rape and incest.

Finally, the ban has many details specifications and guidelines along with stiff punishments for doctors who violate. “The ban would affect only hospitals. None of the three abortion clinics in South Carolina provide abortions beyond 15 weeks. Most of the women are white, married and older than 24, according to the agency. A doctor who performs an illegal abortion under the bill would face up to three years in prison and a $10,000 fine,” taken from Seanna Adcox, Association Press byway of Black America Web. In summary, EGL wants your feedback on this bill. Do you feel it’s a good implementation to legislation and should be adopted nationwide?

Written by Bridgette Dowdell, Staff Writer, Modern Domestic

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