Female Heartbeats

Hundreds of thousands march down Pennsylvania Avenue during the Women’s March in Washington, DC, U.S., January 21, 2017. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston – RTSWR2W

The “Heartbeat Bills” passed recently in several States are entirely unconstitutional. In 1973, the Supreme Court set precedent in Roe v. Wade, which stated that abortion and a woman’s right to her body is a constitutional right.

The precedent was challenged again in Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey, in which Pennsylvania legislation required minors to get consent from one parent for abortion and married women had to inform their husbands of their intent to abort the fetus. The Supreme Court severed the husband notification regulations, but upheld the parental consent for minors and reaffirmed Roe v. Wade.

Throughout history, one of the first actions taken by tyrannical and fascist regimes are restrictions on women’s rights and freedoms. The evidence is also clear about best practices and policies regarding sexuality and procreation, furthermore, it is also clear the more rigid and male-dominated a country is or becomes the worse conditions and results become for women and their health outcomes.

Politically there is a strong dichotomy in perceptions and support for many “women’s rights” issues including access to abortions, contraception, sexual abuse criminality, and social equality, which cleave along the liberal vs conservative bar.

The “Fetal Heartbeat” law supporters in America are overwhelmingly Republican, while the “Freedom of Choice” supporters are generally associated with the Democratic Party. The most incongruent element in the “Right to Life”, “Abstinence Only” and “Sanctity of Marriage” movements is the denial of legal rights and freedoms for women combined with an elevation of paternalistic privileges assumed by men.

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