Ash Moore, Resident Blogger (’14, University of Oklahoma College of Law)
If you had three tries to guess “closest place to get an abortion,” I bet “Dutch boat” wouldn’t fly out of your mouth. But that’s exactly where Moroccan women can turn starting this week. The “abortion ship” will dock in international waters, keeping it legal despite the fact that abortion is outlawed in the Muslim-majority country.
With all the bad news coming from the American abortion front, it’s nice to see a shining beacon of hope bobbing in water. Last year, 92 restrictions on abortion were passed in the U.S. and with a new state Department of Health report revealing that abortions in Ohio dropped 12% in the wake of new, restrictive laws, there may only be more to come.
In the same study, we learn that most women who had abortions were unmarried, poorly educated, and under 25. I don’t know about you, but it sounds like a raw deal for a kid to me. All these people hollering about “best interests of the child” should really look at the mother’s situation and ask themselves what kind of chance for success a baby would have if the mother brought it to term.
I’ve known several women who had abortions not because they wanted to, but because they felt it was in the best interests of the fetus. Not just because they didn’t have the resources to take care of the baby once it was born, but also because they didn’t have the resources to care for the fetus. I don’t know what I would want to do if I turned up pregnant tomorrow (other than repent because it’s obviously the second coming). I do know I have a personal objection to abortion despite my unwillingness to deprive another grown woman of the option. But I also know that if I tried to have a baby now, it would hurt me and the baby.
All these right-to-lifers go up in arms and yell about adoption. Ok. How many kids have you adopted? How many have the people you know adopted? Now do you think that’s enough to cover all the kids already waiting for a family? I’m a law student, not a mathematician, but even I think the numbers don’t add up.
The organization running this abortion ship gives me hope. Hope that rationality and compassion will win out in the end. Hope that every woman will one day have access to all the reproductive health care she needs, no matter how controversial it is. Hope that America will stop passing draconian laws and nominating political candidates who believe women’s’ bodies can protect themselves from pregnancy after “legitimate rape.” This is my hope. Even if modern day pirates of the Robin Hood tradition have to take to the high seas to fight for what’s right.