Our state is in the news this week. A federal Judge ruled on one of the anti abortion bills passed by our recent North Dakota Legislature. The Judge not only ruled the bill unconstitutional, he added some critical comments.
Anti abortionists continue to come up with new definitions of ”when human life begins”. In current bills, it is when a heart beat is detected. Perhaps in the future it will be something about eyes or hair. One thing is certain, they will be creative.
Perhaps, those of us who support a woman’s right to decide what happens to her own body can be creative as well. It occurred to me stand-your-ground laws that allow someone to kill another could be used by women to protect their rights.
I don’t know much about the stand-your-ground laws, but I heard this: The Florida version says a person can kill another if he/she perceives danger to himself. Note the word, perceives.
We know one thing about pregnancy, it is dangerous. Giving birth is one of the leading causes of death to women worldwide. Historically, it has been about one death in 100 pregnancies. Last year in India preganancy to the lives of 56,000 women.
Just as behavior by someone an unarmed person can be perceived as a dangerous threat, it seems reasonable to me a pregnancy, that is, the fetus, can be perceived by some women as a threat to their lives.
Statistics show the threat is there.