Target: Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III, Fourth U.S. Circuit of Appeals
Goal: Commend judge for defending abortion rights
A law requiring a woman to have an ultrasound before receiving an abortion in South Carolina has been struck down. The Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found the law to be restrictive and demanding of doctors and patients. Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson wrote in his decision that the law went beyond just encouraging expectant mothers to go through with childbirth and was “ideological in intent.” This law was just another attempt to police the bodies of women and make it harder for those that require an abortion to get one. We must commend this judge and his panel for this ruling to ensure that other cases end similarly and a precedent is set.
The most disturbing thing about this law was that it was based in ideology, but veiled as a protection of women by citing the ultrasound as “consent.” This consent required doctors to read and show the results of the ultrasound to the woman in question whether she wanted them or not, even if she were covering her ears and eyes. This type of lawmaking is absolutely disgusting and heartless. No woman wants an abortion. To force one to sit through the results of an ultrasound on the fetus that she must abort is just vile.
Restrictions and conditions placed on abortion are often misconstrued by mainstream culture. People forget that a woman’s right to choose is a fundamental part of gender equality, given that men do not have to carry or bear children. Restricting that right is just as heinous as not allowing women to vote. For all of these reasons, please sign to commend this judge and his panel for ensuring the rights of every woman in South Carolina and for setting a precedent that will hopefully spread to the rest of the nation.
Dear Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III,
I am writing to you in gratitude for your recent decision to strike down a restrictive abortion law in South Carolina. Many, if not all, challenges to abortion are based in some kind of ideology and have very little grounding in medicine; this case was no different. Your keen eye for rhetoric saw through the attempt to define the ultrasound as “consent” and it led you to make the right choice. Many forget that no woman wants an abortion, and that forcing a woman to sit through the results of an ultrasound for a fetus she intends to abort is heinous.
Abortion is more than just termination of a pregnancy—it represents gender equality in one of its highest forms. Putting restrictions on a woman’s right to choose is no different from putting restrictions on a woman’s right to vote. Thank you again for your fair and just decision. I urge you to continue to see through the lies about abortion that are spun by ideologues and make the right choice for women.
[Your Name Here]
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