The right to vote is guaranteed to every single United States citizen over the age of 18, that’s common knowledge. What if one state, say Iowa, was trying to change that? Maybe they decided that in their state people had to wait until they were 20 to vote. In their mind, they’re not breaking the law; just refining it.
A few months go by and Iowa decides to add some more measurements to their voting law. You can still vote when you’re 20, but you just have to wait a little while. Instead of being able to vote as soon as you turn in your voting registration papers, you have to wait 72 hours; to make sure voting is something you really want to do.
Still a few more months go by and the local government isn’t seeing the decline in voting that they wanted to, so they decide to institute new regulations. Now when you go to vote, the person running the voting both must tell you that voting causes cancer. Even though there is absolutely no crediable proof that voting does cause cancer, you must be told that before you are allowed to vote.
Sounds crazy, right? Well laws such as these are currently being put in place in an effort to regulate abortion. So maybe abortion is a little more controversial than voting, but the same principal is in each. Roe v. Wade protects a women’s right to abort her fetus into the second trimester, the same way that the 26th amendment protect a US citizen’s right to vote at age of 18. Several states, including Iowa, have been trying to challenge that and pass laws that make abortions illegal after 20 weeks. They’re still keeping abortion legal, but adding restrictions on how late into pregnancy abortions can be preformed.
The list of absurd laws goes on: South Dakota has a new law that forces women to wait 3 days before having an abortion and Indiana even has a bill working its way up to the governor that would force doctors to tell women in writing that abortion causes cancer (yet there is medical no link between the two). Abortions cause cancer the same way voting causes cancer: it doesn’t.
These attacks are not only immoral, some should be considered illegal under Roe. For more information about your states laws and restrictions on abortion, the Guttmacher Institute breaks it down state-by-state in an easy to read chart here.