Abortion rights have been the talk for decades, jeopardizing women’s rights and freedoms for religious beliefs. Many choose to believe that a woman must carry out a pregnancy term, but enforcing religion-based opinions should not remain an option. A woman’s body is hers, and the decision of wanting an abortion is her choice, and religiously based laws refuse her of those rights.
Some governors, like Governor Kay Ivey who signed into law the most restrictive abortion laws in the nation, invoke their faith. While it may sound feasible, considering the majority of people in Alabama practice a religion, let’s consider the 47 percent who don’t. ‘To the bill’s many supporters, this legislation stands as a powerful testament to Alabamians’ deeply held belief that every life is precious and that every life is a sacred gift from God.’ It sounds very heartful and deep, but that’s not the case. The law prohibits abortions in cases of rape and incest. Imagine having to experience the torture of being raped and then going through the pain of knowing that you’re bearing the rapist’s baby. That’s what leads many women to go through extreme measures to abort.
Women go to many states to make sure they carry out the abortion they want. Some even resort to dangerous methods like drinking bleach, jumping from the top of the stairs, and inflicting harm to the abdomen region. According to the World Health Organization, every year 21.6 million women worldwide have unsafe abortions. Approximately 47,000 women each year die from complications from unsafe abortions. The number isn’t low compared to the estimated 40,000 people who die from car accidents in the U.S.
Abortion laws contradict the primary aspect America was founded on. A place where religion can be freely practiced but cannot be established. ‘Though the intention is not easily gleaned from this history, the Court in an early consideration of the Establishment Clause concluded that ‘neither the federal nor state governments can pass laws which aid one religion, aid all religions, or prefer one religion over another.’ By putting into law abortion restrictions with the mindset that it goes against their religion, it defies the Establishment Clause. With very restrictive laws that violate basic human rights and privacy put into action, it’s no shock that the people and the government are always in dispute.
While having some religious laws in certain places of the U.S might work and provide extra help for its community, sometimes it doesn’t give its benefits to all the people in the area. That’s what’s wrong.”The governor of Mississippi, Phil Bryant, signed a sweeping bill, HB1523, that allows businesses to refuse service to gay couples based on religious beliefs, amid opposition from equal rights groups and businesses.” That bill apparently helps people with religious beliefs, but not gays or transgender. Everyone must be included in the process of passing a law and not just a single group. Laws passed that are biased towards an individual group opens the door to many unfair laws in the future.
In the end, it all comes down to the leaders we elect, but religion-based laws against abortions shouldn’t be an option. It leads to disputes between people and favors one group over another. Even if the law was put into action, women would still get abortions, using methods many women would do to miscarry. Meanwhile, having laws that aid a religion defies the very purpose the founding fathers set the constitution on. Abortion laws should not include religious perspectives because, in the end, it’s her body, not yours.