Target: John R. Kasich, Governor of Ohio
Goal: Condemn laws that limit access to abortion while shaming women who opt for one
Despite abortion being legal according to federal law, Ohio State Governor John R. Kasich has taken measures to make a difficult choice even harder by passing restrictive laws on the practice within the state. Some of the laws are intended to shame women into rethinking their choice, while others are aimed at limiting access to safe medication and procedural abortions. These laws affect not only a woman’s right to choose, but also how safe that choice will be.
Whether or not to have an abortion when birth control measures have failed is a extremely difficult decision to make. Now, when a woman finalizes her choice to opt for one, she is forced to decide whether or not view an ultrasound, as well as hear the heartbeat, because of a new state law requiring clinics to suggest each to their patient. Furthermore, all patients must receive mandatory counseling followed by a 24-hour waiting period, during which the state hopes the patient will reevaluate her original choice.
Another avenue Ohio is taking to deter women from getting abortions is to use outdated procedures that are deemed less safe and less effective by doctors. For instance, in 2011, Ohio won litigation establishing a mandate to follow original Food and Drug Administration guidelines, which call for three times the drug dosage considered standard and effective now, and only authorize the regimen through seven weeks of pregnancy, although later tests have concluded that nine weeks of the regimen are safe. Because Governor Kasich disagrees with abortion, the state is overdosing women and giving them second-rate medical care. This is a cruel tactic that prioritizes an anti-abortion political agenda over women’s health.
These laws seem to do nothing more than harm women’s health and shame them into making decisions that are not their own. Furthermore, the implementation of the law is an exercise in futility as there is no evidence suggesting the number of abortions in Ohio has decreased. Condemn these laws that only seek to disgrace women’s choices and prevent them from receiving safe and adequate abortion procedures.
Dear Governor Kasich,
The laws you have created on abortion in your state are cruel and ineffective. Not only do they impose more guilt on those who have already made a difficult decision, they put unnecessary strain on women’s health. These laws are simply an incremental approach to ultimately undermine federal laws protecting women’s rights and abortion.
By mandating that clinics use outdated procedures, you are both limiting the parameters under which a woman can obtain a medicine abortion as well as administering excess medication to these women. Furthermore, the shaming tactics now mandated by law are designed to deter women from their choices, even though there is no evidence suggesting this has contributed to a fall in abortion rates. Instead, you are simply creating more emotional stress for a woman who has already been faced with the burden of failed birth control, and the resulting difficult decision.
Even worse is the fact that you are deliberately providing women with second-rate medical care because you do not agree with their choices. It is not your place to determine how others are treated. As governor, you should be protecting all citizens rather than depriving those you disagree with of their human rights.
You are not actually affecting the change that you view as necessary and right. We condemn these laws that force women to reevaluate time and again a choice they have already struggled to make, as well as those laws that pertain to procedural limits on abortion. They are arrogant and not in keeping with federal law.
[Your Name Here]
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