One of the most well-respected OB-GYN programs in the country could be forced to stop teaching its students how to perform abortions, if the North Carolina legislature ends up approving a piece of legislation that was introduced this month.
Tucked deep in HB 465, an anti-abortion bill that would restrict the procedure in several different ways, is an obscure provision that stipulates that “no department at the medical school at East Carolina University or the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill shall permit an employee to perform or supervise the performance of an abortion as part of the employee’s official duties.”
Grimes called the proposed legislation to restrict abortion training “outrageous” and an “unwarranted intrusion” into doctors’ professional lives. “Some religious groups are also opposed to blood transfusions. So should the state legislature in North Carolina pass a law that would close down the blood bank at the university hospital?” he said.
Now they’re trying to stop doctors from even being trained to perform abortions at all. So what happens next? Women have to go to untrained doctors to get abortions, risking their lives and health? Before Roe vs Wade that’s exactly what happened- that’s when abortions WERE dangerous. Legal abortions are safe because doctors are trained and facilities are clean and regulated (abortion is currently far less risky than childbirth); but these so called “Pro Life” groups want to take us back in time to when women died because of unsafe illegal abortions. They don’t care about the risk to the mother, as long as the fetus lives… then when the fetus grows up and wants an abortion her rights evaporate. Where does it end? We’re already seeing women go to jail for “pregnancy misconduct” because their fetus has more rights than they do.
When it comes down to fetus vs mother, they both can’t have the same rights because a fetus is literally sharing the mother’s body. It’s not the same as an invalid or comatose person, because anyone could take care of them, but only the mother can grow the fetus. Giving a fetus the same rights as a mother is not fair because then the mother’s rights are automatically infringed upon. Until a fetus has been born, the mother’s rights must always take priority. Think that’s unfair? Imagine being literally forced to grow another human inside of you when you don’t want to be pregnant. Imagine how helpless and violated you would feel to lose autonomy over your body and entire life, being forced to endure risky childbirth and either give up a child or raise a child and have to give up your dreams of further education, that great career, etc. Some women are fine with that choice, but others are not, and it’s grossly unjust to force any women into a pregnancy that she does not want.
And no, having sex is not a contact to have children. Women are raped or pressured into having sex every day. And even consensual joyous sex is still not a contract for having children- birth control fails, passion in the moment happens, that does NOT mean the woman should be punished by being forced into motherhood.