President Bush recently passed the bill to ban
late-term abortions. This huge restriction on pregnant women
creates a dangerous standard for government interference in
the health of all women. If reelected, Bush will urge legislation
to take away a woman’s right to choose to terminate her
pregnancy in the first trimester.
Late term, second and third trimester abortions are relatively
more complicated than early term, first trimester abortions.
The late-term procedure is used in cases where it is safer
than inducing labor. It also protects a woman’s future
ability to deliver a healthy baby.
Many pregnancies are wanted, but not every pregnancy goes as
planned. Some women find in the third trimester that their
fetus is extremely deformed or that they are in danger of dying
they continue their pregnancy. The bizarre fact about the bill
Bush signed is that it makes no exception for the health of
the mother. Anti-choicers describe women having late-term abortions
assert that their excuses are convenient. But, if the fetus
too premature to live outside of the womb, and the woman’s
health will be damaged by the full-term delivery, which may
kill both the mother and the child. Where is the life being
The ultimate goal for Bush and his practically all-male administration
is to end first-term abortions. In the Supreme Court, the woman’s
right to abortion hangs on a single vote. If a pro-choice justice
steps down from the bench, then President Bush has said that
he will appoint a judge opposed to abortion which will secure
a 5-4 anti-choice vote.
A few careless women might use abortions for contraceptive
purposes. Most, however, are careful. But accidents happen.
result from incest or rape. Why should anyone other than the
pregnant woman decide what she should do with her body? Why
should a government of men dictate the future of women? It