The fifth circuit court has recently voted to close thirteen abortion clinics within the state of Texas. This leaves only seven clinics left to go to within the entire state and all are concentrated within urban areas. This has become an increasingly difficult situation for doctors who are forced to find other options for their patients. Many cannot afford the procedure AND travel expenses if their neighborhood abortion clinic has shut down. The law that is now in effect in Texas requires all abortion clinics to become ambulatory surgical centers. Most of these clinics cannot afford the extensive renovations. Another portion of the law requires all abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a local hospital, even if there is no hospital in the area willing to grant these privileges.
It has become all too common to see ideology slip into politics in a way that negatively impacts women. It’s unsettling to think that women are being deprived of procedures that they have a right to pursue. Republican lawmakers and anti-abortion activists claim the law is intended to protect women’s health. However this seems untrue considering the demands they are making are the reasons the clinics are forced to shut down in the first place.
This is why it’s incredibly important for young females to stay educated and informed about issues in politics. At first glance issues might not seem to affect our lives or impact us in any real way. However we have no idea what the future holds for us or what we might need, therefore making sure our rights are being respected is the key to equality. Take advantage of the information that is so readily available to you and share your opinion. Being involved and knowledgeable guarantees that you will be able to speak on social justice issues and help others understand how important politics really are. Every single one of us is affected by the decisions that politicians make. Their decisions and policies are funded by us therefore we should be aware of the actions being done in our name. In order for positive change to occur, politicians must be prompted by public opinion. We should never look at politics as a typical boring topic that we don’t have to be involved in because it “makes no difference”. The silencing of women in a public conversation about their own health and bodies is unacceptable.