As Georgia and Alabama and Missouri passed their restrictive anti-abortion laws…much has been written about the exception written into the laws…and more pointedly those left out.

Most commonly included are clauses permitting abortion to save the life of the mother. But this isn’t always a given. There was literal screaming in the Alabama legislature…before they agreed to add such language to their extremely restrictive and obviously unconstitutional legislation.

And I don’t think any of the bills included exceptions for rape or incest…although discussed a number of times. But the media always makes a point to mention that these bills don’t include such exceptions.

Well…let’s stop talking about exceptions. We don’t want exceptions. It is no longer acceptable to have any conversation that implies that there are possible compromises around abortion anymore. Clearly the ‘pro-life’ team doesn’t believe that there is.

So let’s drop the topic and accept nothing less than the constitutional protections for abortion under Roe v. Wade at minimum. No exceptions! Women have a right to control their own bodies. Women have a right to make their own choices. Exceptions are no longer an option.

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3 Responses to Let’s Stop Talking About Exceptions in Anti-abortion Legislation.

  1. Nemo says:

    All abortion positions hinge on the answer to the one question: When does human life begin? Abortion before existence is a procedure, after (unless there’s a Trolley Problem)it’s premeditated murder. All the dogmatic discourse that side steps this interrogative will not change minds nor get us closer to the truth. Current science points to life beginning at conception. A woman has the right to a medical procedure. Nobody has the right to murder. Ed, you are absolutely correct. Exceptions are no longer an option.

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