Pro- Choice vs. Pro-Life? What’s Going On?

Riley Osborn, Journalist

The debate on abortion has been very apparent for quite a while now. This year it heated up even more so.


It’s been making headlines all over. Pro-Choice or Pro-Life?


Pro-choice being a woman’s right to choose if they would like to abort a fetus that they are carrying or if they’d like to keep it.


Pro-Life being people who are generally against abortion and believe that women should go through with the pregnancy.


This has been a very hot topic this year and will continue to be as new laws begin to pass and protests keep ramping up.


States like Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, and Utah have passed different abortion laws to ban it to a certain extent whether the public is for or against it.   


Alabama has been drug into the limelight as of recent when a law banning abortions to a very extreme extent.


Since 2011 there have been hundreds of laws passed that subtly ban abortions.


Georgia and Alabama have passed the most restrictive laws on abortions, but those states had made it hard to get abortions way before that.


There are only 5 clinics in Alabama that do abortions, spread across 52,419 miles.


In 2015 59% of women in Alabama live in counties without a clinic. In Georgia, 58% of women lived in counties without a clinic in 2014.


Only one clinic in Alabama is open on the weekend meaning women who don’t live in the counties with clinics possibly have to take off work to go spend a day or two there because of mandatory counseling and waiting periods.


Alabama and Georgia require patients to wait at least 24 hours between the session and abortion. According to the US Government Accountability study, mandatory counseling can include information that tries to dissuade women from getting an abortion.


In Alabama, they have to go to two appointments and two trips to a healthcare provider. They then must undergo an ultrasound and be offered to see the picture.


In Georgia, the counseling requirement is waived in case of an emergency and they can get their information over the phone or through a website.


Georgia’s law is that the baby cannot be aborted after a fetal heartbeat is located, which can be as early as 6 weeks. While Alabama virtually bans abortions, even in cases of rape or incest.


All states in America require consent to make sure the choice is voluntary. While consent is important, new laws are going against the majority of the public’s opinions and making it extremely difficult for women who do wish to have an abortion.


The Pro-choice vs. Pro-life debate will continue as these laws pass and will certainly gain more steam as we continue forward.