[OP-ED] Roe v. Wade: A key issue for the 2024 election
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The order that this court took more than a year ago was described as a true setback in the defense of civil rights, a political position with religious overtones that goes against the freedom that each woman has to decide.
Despite the fact that the right to abortion throughout the United States was considered constitutional, the Supreme Court continues to perpetuate a harmless debate around a decision as personal as this one, promoting a distorted message of these events.
Saying that a woman has the power to decide over her own body is not the same as sending a message to make the practice a daily matter. Although Roe v. Wade has made it more difficult to access medical centers that offer these services legally, this does not mean that the number of abortions has decreased, since several women have traveled to other states, and even to other countries, to perform the procedure, relying sometimes on clandestine operations.
"For my safety and my ability to treat my patients, I knew as soon as Idaho started passing laws criminalizing transportation across state lines and all that kind of stuff that it wouldn't be a hospitable place for me to practice medicine. And that's kind of heartbreaking, right?" a medical resident who fled the state told CNN, asking not to use her full name for safety reasons.
And so it begins the witch hunt that should put any nation claiming to be free and democratic to shame. State measures bordering on fascism, where for example health care providers had to sue the state attorney general after he wrote in a legal opinion that Idaho prohibits medical providers from referring patients outside its territory for these services.
Allowing these decisions to be made by state authorities, which are governed by the political interests of those who are fighting for power, is putting up for auction, under the control of merchants of liberties and rights, a decision that should only be under the control of those who put their physical and emotional integrity at stake with this procedure.
Alabama, Arkansas, North Dakota, South Dakota, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia, and Wisconsin are the 14 states where abortion is prohibited in all cases or with few exceptions. For the time being, next year's elections will indicate whether this number grows painfully or, on the contrary, is reduced.