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With New Abortion Restrictions, Ohio Walks a Narrow Legal Line A new law that took effect in Ohio in October 2013, is making a woman’s right to choose abortion a harder decision for her to make. Under this law abortion clinics are required to offer a woman seeking an abortion the opportunity to see an ultrasound of the fetus and to see and hear its heartbeat. A woman who had an accidental pregnancy and wanted an abortion because she had a lot of complications with a previous pregnancy said that she feels it is unfair to pass these laws and make this already difficult decision even harder and make the woman feel guilty is unfair. Ohio has found ways to enact laws and push Supreme Court orders to extreme limits without actually violating them. Pro life advocates say that the last few years in Ohio have been really great for them getting pro life laws passed that can withstand scruitiny by higher courts. They feel that since you can’t outlaw abortion completely it is best to make it more difficult for someone to choose to do it. Abortion clinics have always had formal agreements with nearby hospitals that if something were to go wrong they could transfer patients there. Now there is a new measure in Ohio that bars public hospitals from signing such agreements. This could cause more of Ohio’s abortion clinics to close (there are only 11). Other anti abortion measures in this years budget bills include doctors telling a woman the odds that her pregnancy would successfully reach full term, a change in federal welfare money to these centers, new financing for rape-crisis centers on the grounds they do not provide abortion referrals and also stricter parental consent for minors seeking abortions. Whether a result of these laws or something else abortion rates in Ohio are down. I feel that these laws are unethical. If a woman wants an abortion she should be able to choose that option without being made to feel guilty. No one but the person seeking the abortion truly knows why they want this procedure and it’s not anyone else’s business what they do with their bodies. I do not think abortion should be used as a means of birth control but I do think that it should be a choice for someone in a difficult situation. The woman in this article had health issues of her own and wanted an abortion because of medical complications during her last pregnancy. She should not have been made to feel guilty over this choice. This is not a choice that I think any one makes without a serious amount of thought and to then make it worse once they make an already difficult decision seems unethical to me. These laws do not make things better for everyone involved they are strictly one sided and are only beneficial to pro life advocates. Also making it more difficult to receive an abortion in Ohio most likely is not going to stop someone who really has in mind that they are going to have the procedure. The pro life side says that this is a good thing because its making these people think more about what they are doing. They feel that making this more difficult and providing more incentive for adoption is a good way of beginning a long road to ending abortion all together. They are claiming that its only to make a person stop and think about the decision they are making and it’s not to make the person feel guilty about the choice. These laws are unethical because its taking away people freedom of choice and it is not benefiting all parties involved. I don’t think that everyone will ever be happy on these topics but I do feel that to intentionally make someone feel guilt over a choice they make is extremely unethical and should not be allowed to become a law.

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With New Abortion Restrictions, Ohio Walks a Narrow Legal Line A new law that took effect in Ohio in October 2013, is making a woman’s right to choose abortion a harder decision for her to make. Under this law abortion clinics are required to offer a woman seeking an...
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