texas legislation _abortion 09/13/21

Washington, UNITED STATES: Pro-life demonstrators (R) confront pro-choice counterparts (L) 23 January 2006 in Washington, DC, as tens of thousands of pro-life and pro-choice opponents rally marking the 33rd anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling on abortion. Abortion has been legal in the United States since the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade on 22 January 1973. AFP PHOTO/Karen BLEIER (Photo credit should read KAREN BLEIER/AFP via Getty Images)

On Sept. 1, Texas legislatures passed a ban on all abortions after six weeks, with no exceptions to rape or incest. This resulted in a wide range of reactions throughout the nation.

Although opinions seemed scattered on social media, students at Illinois State University seemed to have common beliefs about the bill.

Sophomore Jazmine Neely previously lived in Texas before deciding to study nursing and continue her gymnastics career at ISU.

“My belief is that Texas should not have a law that dictates what a woman can and cannot do with her body,” Neely said. “This is not a matter of pro-life or pro-choice. This is more of an issue where men are making a law in order to restrict women. Men don’t know what it’s like to be a woman.”

Senior history major Erik Lynch also spoke about how this bill controls women.

“Any restriction on a woman’s right to choose is fundamentally wrong,” Lynch said. “I’m totally opposed to the bill.”

Lynch also mentioned that the Texas government has continually supported repeals of social welfare programs and reduced lunch costs in the past.

“It’s apparent that they’re really not pro-life once the baby is born,” Lynch said.

Freshman interior design major Jaye Mack also said that women should have the right to an abortion.

“I just think it’s crazy. I don’t know much about the bill, but abortion takes away a woman’s rights,” Mack said. “A woman deserves to have a choice, especially when she doesn’t know if she’s pregnant. It’s wrong.”

Junior social science education major Nick Pierson recently transferred to ISU from the University of Alabama. Pierson said that the bill is a way to contradict Roe v. Wade. 

Roe v. Wade was a Supreme Court case in 1973 that counts all restrictive state regulation of abortion as unconstitutional. The Court established that criminalizing abortion was infringing on a woman’s constitutional rights.

“I hate this bill. I think it’s more despicable to do this than to just outright ban abortions,” Pierson said.

Pierson also spoke about the dangers of this bill beyond the issue of women having control over their own bodies.

“The Texas legislatures are putting citizens against other citizens. They’re turning normal people into bounty hunters for their moral game. It’s not right, and people need to see that,” Pierson said. 

KAYLEE SUGIMOTO is a News and Features Reporter for The Vidette. Contract Sugimoto at ksugim1@ilstu.edu. Follow Sugimoto on Twitter at @kayleesugimoto1 

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