I want to speak against Alito's Law to strike down Roe v. Wade forcing over 630,000 women each year out of the workforce and back in the home to complete an unintended pregnancy or face the prospect of going to prison in some states.

Quoting Rabbi Mara Nathan: "The Torah, the Mishnah, the Talmud and later rabbinic sources consider the woman's physical and emotional health before that of the fetus. Until the baby is born, Judaism considers the fetus to be part of the woman's body. She is never the villain when difficult choices need to be made"

Facts to consider: The risk of dying in childbirth is 14 times higher than the risk of dying from an abortion performed legally by a skilled practitioner.

Banning abortion is ineffective at reducing abortions since countries with the most restrictive abortion policies have higher rates of abortion.

According to the Guttmacher Institute, 25% of women will undergo an abortion before the age of 45. The bulk of patients are in their 20s. Women of all races and religious affiliations choose to end their pregnancies. And, more than half of them are already mothers.

As a man, think about laws forcing your daughter, sister or wife to have a child if they become pregnant, especially if it happened from rape or incest. Having to live with an alien being growing inside their body for nine months only to give birth to a day in, day out reminder of their rapist.

With birth rates declining, more country's are adopting policies that coerce women into having more children. Some states are already crafting legislation to outlaw IUD's, Plan B and even Condoms.

Policies that coerce or force women to remain pregnant and give birth are unconscionable, cruel and dangerous. This has got to be stopped.

 

Gordon Clay

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