Reproduction and Politics (1): Idaho and Georgia Want to Ban Abortion Based on Gender or Race
Idaho and Georgia Want to Ban Abortion Based on Gender or Race
Lawmakers in Idaho want to make it illegal to have an abortion based on race- or gender-related reasons. Georgia, too, is expected to vote on a bill that would make performing an abortion based on those same reasons a felony, which fellow Women’s RIghts blogger Pema Levypointed out would intimidate providers into not offering abortions to any women of color. These bills disturb me, not only because they represent another encroachment on a woman’s right to choose, but because they deals with the unpleasant business of making certain thoughts — not actions — worse than others.
Think about it. Two women of the same age, same race, same socio-economic background, who are each 16 weeks pregnant by their respective boyfriends, can walk into a clinic and request an abortion. The first woman’s choice is honored, no problem. The second woman is declined and told she will be forced to remain pregnant against her will because she said she didn’t want to have a son. The only difference between the two women is their thoughts — yet, legally, whatever the first woman’s reason happens to be is legitimate, while that of the second is not.