Carter Newson / Staff reporter
On July 4, 2004, Dave Steel member of UK parliament called in to shorten the time UK citizens can terminate pregnancies early. From 24 weeks to half of that, just 12. Meanwhile in the current year, on November 15, 2019 majority of cases for abortions in Alabama were almost illegal, because of a bill passed in May.
Abortion is the act of terminating a pregnancy early, but it seems Mr. Steel wants to have the process done earlier. 24 weeks is too much time according to Steel opting to 12 instead.
“Advances in medical technology mean that large number of problems and abnormalities are now detectable at an earlier stage than they were (in previous years)” said Steel. “Also, a fetus can survive at an earlier stage than it could in the past”.
The bill in Alabama was passed in May that cases most cases of pregnancies including rape and incest are banned. Only cases when the life of the mother is threatened can they get an abortion. “If it’s simply the decision of the mother then the limit should be 12 weeks. I personally believe it’s likely to happen” said Steel.
The bill was debated; however, it was never passed. And today in UK women can access more abortion options with little to no fees.
Rather than arguing his points against Abortion itself, Steel would rather find excuses to why abortion should be on a stricter time limit.
If women can’t get an abortion, a child can be born without the mother’s ability to take care of them. This can result in the child growing up in a poor or unsafe environment or a foster home. A child takes a lot of work to take a care of and that could interfere with their work or other responsibilities.
On May 14, 2019 the bill that would make abortions a class-A felony was passed by the senate by a vote of 25-6, and the women of UK could access more abortion options with little to no fees. The next day governor Kay Ivey signed the bill into the law which was supposed to go into effect on November 15.
Myron Thompson US district judge halted the law from going into effect on October 29, 2019.
“It [the bill] violates the right of an individual to privacy, to make choices central to personal dignity and autonomy. It diminishes the capacity of women to act in society, and to make reproductive decisions,” said Thompson.
It is unknown what will happen with law, if it will eventually get to the supreme court, or if the bill will be on hold for a while. It seems though there will always be a back forth with abortion.
Whether or not you agree or disagree, it’s clear there will always be a back and forth on the abortion debate.