Wyvern’s Tale

Editorial

This Wyvern’s Tale is going to be very different from my last one because right now there are crucial political issues going on that need to be talked about. I did promise that at some point I would return to my roots of political writing, and here we are with yet another pressing issue in the United States. Many probably are aware of the recent issues around abortion, more specifically Roe v. Wade possibly being overturned. As a community and individuals, it is important that we all continue to be informed of the situation. We also need to recognize that although we live in Connecticut, which is a relatively safe state for abortion rights, we cannot be passive about the possibility of Roe. v. Wade being repealed. 

The very thought that Roe. v. Wade could potentially be overturned is unthinkable and worrisome thought for our country. If you are unaware, Roe. v. Wade is the 1973 Supreme Court decision in which it was decided that the right to an abortion is a protection that is afforded to people under the Constitution. More specifically, it was stated that the due process clause of the 14th amendment, grants women the right to privacy, and thus the right to choose whether they want an abortion or not. 

Now, before I continue, I want to make my stance very clear (in case it somehow isn’t), I am unequivocally pro-choice, and I have been for as long as I can remember.

If Roe. v. Wade is overturned, and the United States will effectively be taking steps backward in terms of abortion rights and going backward as a whole country. How does it make sense that someone else should get to decide what another person is able to do with their own body? Women have spent years fighting for equality, and repealing a landmark decision would set women back decades. Roe v. Wade runs so much deeper than just conservatives disliking abortions, it becomes an issue of reproductive health and women’s health. Women could be denied life-saving healthcare and will be restricted in ways men could never imagine.

I sincerely wonder if conservatives think that repealing Roe v. Wade will actually stop abortions. I am sure this has been said numerous times, but banning abortions doesn’t stop them from happening, it just prevents the safe ones. 

Of course, there are those who call themselves “pro-life,”  but in reality, they couldn’t care less about the “lives” they claim to be fighting for. If they genuinely cared about the lives of the unborn fetuses, then maybe they would look at the fact that if a mother is forced to carry out an unwanted pregnancy. The child could end up in foster care or could be unwanted or the mother is unable to care for the child financially. Anti-abortion individuals couldn’t care less about the actual lives of these unborn children, they just want to continue to impress their absurd beliefs onto others.

Many anti-abortionists argue that abortion goes against their religions, but why should people who don’t follow that religion be forced to adhere to the rules of a religion they don’t believe in? Not even that, no one is forcing abortions onto people, hence why it is called being pro-choice. You don’t have to choose to get an abortion yourself, but what on earth gives you the right to stop someone else from doing so? It’s almost like me saying, “I don’t eat meat, so no one else in the country is allowed to either.” It makes no sense, and it’s unfair. 

Furthermore, if Roe is overturned, it becomes up to the states to determine legislation about abortion. That is dangerous for numerous reasons. All you have to do is look at a state like Texas. In September Texas passed a bill that makes it illegal to get an abortion after a heartbeat is detected (which is sometimes as early as 6 weeks), and there is a $10,000 fine for “aiding or abetting” an abortion. This insane Texas law also gives private citizens the right to sue anyone they think has violated the laws in regards to abortion. Some people don’t even know they are pregnant at 6 weeks, and this bill doesn’t take into account miscarriages. Texas is just one of many southern states who wouldn’t hesitate to enact harsher laws if they had the authority to do so, and repealing Roe would give them this ability.

What’s even more absurd is when republicans make the argument that if someone wants to have an abortion after being raped, it is taking an oppurtunity away from an unborn fetus. What about the person, who is alive, what about them? Have they even considered how traumatic it could possibly be for someone to carry a child that is the product of rape or incest? I’ll answer my own question; they probably have thought about it but don’t care. They care more about controlling and regulating what people can and cannot do than they do about their lives. 

With everything said, I implore all of us to think about the consequences of Roe v. Wade being overturned. The Supreme Court will announce the official decision at the end of June, and for the sake of our country, I truly hope Roe v. Wade will remain.