Since Texas lawmakers banned abortions past 6 weeks last month, the world has been shocked and appalled at the archaic rule. Now, Texas solicitor general Jonathan Mitchell has offered a “solution.”
The new law bans women from legal abortions past six weeks – even in cases of assault.
Before the law passed, 90% of all abortions in Texas took place after this 6-week limit.
The Department of Justice has stated that this law violates the US constitution and filed a lawsuit against Texas.
Many fear that this ruling by Texas is the first step to overturning Roe v. Wade.
But many Texas lawmakers have backed their decisions, offering some frightening and bizarre insights into their thinking.
And one truly baffling statement has been reported in the Guardian this week.
“Women can ‘control their reproductive lives’ without access to abortion; they can do so by refraining from s**ual intercourse,” attorney Jonathan Mitchell has argued in a supreme court brief.
“One can imagine a scenario in which a woman has chosen to engage in unprotected (or insufficiently protected) s**ual intercourse on the assumption that abortion will be available to her later. But when this court announces the overruling of Roe, that individual can simply change their behavior in response to the court’s decision if she no longer wants to take the risk of an unwanted pregnancy.”
Michell made no reference to survivors of rape in the brief.
Understandably, people are horrified by the statement.
“Why, in 2021, are we still telling women what to do with their bodies? Why are we still telling women how they should handle their bodies? Why are we still shaming women, prosecuting women, and making demands against women, when it comes to their bodies? It’s disgusting,” wrote one Facebook commenter.
Another asked: “Why is no one suggesting forced vasectomies for men? Why not nip a pregnancy in the bud before it happens? Then when they’re old enough and can prove they’re mentally, emotionally, and financially competent to become a parent, it can be reversed. Oh but wait, we can’t talk about regulating a man’s body!”
Where do you stand on this debate?