"Local political leaders" should decide on abortion says Mehmet Oz.
OZ SAYS ABORTION DECISION SHOULD INCLUDE “LOCAL POLITICAL LEADERS”: In the only debate of Pennsylvania’s election for U.S. Senate, Mehmet Oz made clear his stance on abortion: he believes that abortion should be a decision between “women, doctors, and local political leaders.” Oz continued to dodge accountability for his anti-abortion position in the debate. He declined three times to answer whether he would vote for a national abortion ban.
Politicians, whether in the state house or in the U.S. Capitol, do not belong in our exam rooms. The only candidate on the stage last night who truly believes that was John Fetterman, who boldly proclaimed his support for abortion rights, saying, “I believe abortion rights are a universal right for all women in America. I believe abortion is health care, and I believe that is a choice that belongs with each woman and her doctor.” - Planned Parenthood
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Extreme Republican positions
- Pennsylvania: Democratic nominee Josh Shapiro, the outgoing attorney general, has vowed to protect abortion if elected, while Doug Mastriano, his opponent backed by former President Trump, said following the Supreme Court decision that “Roe V. Wade is rightly relegated to the ash heap of history”. He’s also previously said that people who have abortions should be charged with murder.
- Wisconsin: Since then, Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul has refused to use resources from his department to prosecute abortion providers and has encouraged district attorneys in Wisconsin to follow suit. Kaul is running for reelection against Republican Eric Toney, who has promised to enforce the pre-Roe ban if elected, and even advocated for district attorneys to be able to prosecute abortion cases across county lines.
- North Carolina: Gov. Roy Cooper (D) is the only major obstacle blocking Republicans in North Carolina’s state legislature from restricting abortion in the state. Since the overturning of Roe, Cooper has been adamant in his defense of abortion access, even signing an executive order protecting patients who traveled to North Carolina from states where abortion was banned from being prosecuted at home. Republicans in the state legislature need to flip just five seats to gain a supermajority, which would make Cooper’s veto pen impotent. Three additional seats in the House and two in the Senate would give the GOP the necessary three-fifths majority. - The HIll
Criminalizing abortion does not stop abortions, it just makes abortion less safe
Abortions undertaken by a trained health-care provider in sanitary conditions, are one of the safest medical procedures available, safer even than child birth. But when governments restrict access to abortions, people are compelled to resort to clandestine, unsafe abortions, particularly those who cannot afford to travel or seek private care.
Regardless of whether abortion is legal or not, people still require and regularly access abortion services. Preventing women and girls from accessing an abortion does not mean they stop needing one. That’s why attempts to ban or restrict abortions do nothing to reduce the number of abortions, it only forces people to seek out unsafe abortions. Unsafe abortions are defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as “a procedure for terminating an unintended pregnancy carried out either by persons lacking the necessary skills or in an environment that does not conform to minimal medical standards, or both.”
Criminalization and restrictive laws on abortion prevent health-care providers from doing their job properly and from providing the best care options for their patients, in line with good medical practice and their professional ethical responsibilities. It results in a “chilling effect”, whereby medical professionals may not understand the bounds of the law or may apply the restrictions in a narrower way than required by the law. - Amnesty International
What happens when politicians criminalize abortion? Ask The Janes.
In Chicago in the 1960s, abortion, which was considered a felony homicide, was run by the Mafia. Until 1968, when the Janes decided to take matters into their own hands. Dorie Barron understood that what she was doing wasn’t safe, but she recalls, “I had no other options. I wanted it over with. I didn’t care how it was done. I was that desperate.” She was able to get a phone number from a friend and told she had three options, “A Chevrolet” for $500, “A Cadillac” for $750, or “A Rolls Royce” for $1,000. Barron could only afford the Chevrolet (for comparison, the average monthly rent at the time was $150), and she was given directions to a motel. “They spoke all of three sentences to me the entire time,” she remembers, “Where’s the money?’ ‘Lie back and do as I tell you.’ And ‘Get in the bathroom.’” She and another woman were left, “Out in the middle of nowhere, bleeding.” - Women's Voice For Change
“Abortion is the most intimate decision for a woman, when, if, or with whom she wants to have children. It is one of the most important freedoms in our lives. There is no reason for a politician to come between a woman and this very personal life decision,” said Heather Booth, founder of The Janes. “This means destroying women’s freedom and the hope they have for their future and the children they have now or hope to have."
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From our freedom to decide if and when we grow our families, to our freedom to vote, to our freedom for our families to thrive, Trump Republicans want to control us, use violence to overthrow elections, and block the policies we favor. This November our rights, benefits, and freedoms are on the ballot. Democrats will protect our freedoms, to breathe clean air, to get the affordable health care we need, and to decide whether and when we grow our families. This election is a clear choice, between Americans who work for a living and care for our families, and Trump Republicans who incite violence and try to take away our freedoms. - Way To Win
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