Abortion Bills in Missouri and Kansas

by Vins

Woman’s E-News posted the article “Permission Slip Abortion Bill is Devious Strategy” on March 20th, 2015. The article reports on two laws being passed in Missouri and Kansas that stand in the way of a woman’s right to abortion. The bill that the state of Kansas is seeking to pass restricts second trimester abortions. In Missouri a bill (H.B. 131) has been introduced that prevents a woman from having an abortion unless the biological father of the child gives consent. This bill applies no matter what kind of situation the mother is in, including domestic abusive relationships. The courts say that the mother may obtain protective custody, yet many claim this is difficult to receive. This “permission slip abortion” law, as they call it, seems to protect the life of the unborn child, but may also endanger the mother and her child as well. So are these laws restricting abortion ethical because they prevent killing of an innocent life or unethical because they strip an individual of her right to choose?

Source: Edna M. Aguirre, “Permission Slip Abortion Bill Is Devious Strategy,” Women’s E-News, March 20, 2015, http://womensenews.org/story/abortion/150319/permission-slip-abortion-bill-devious-strategy.

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