I hate the word abortion. With all the legal volleying of the last 50 years – it’s such a divisive word. It’s a conversation-stopper. It’s the verbal equivalent of stuffing cotton in the ears of your audience. Most people already fall on one side or another – with beliefs so ingrained in upbringing and religion it’s difficult to change anyone’s mind.
For that reason, as a journalist, I hate writing about it. Any piece I’ve written whether factually focused or opinion-driven receives unproductive comments and feedback.
But all of that being said – today is a victory for women. Regardless of how you feel about the “A” word – the highest court in the land ruled in favor of the rights of women to make a very difficult and informed choice. It will be days, and months before we all fully understand what this means for women in North Carolina, but from what the legal experts are saying, the decision is based on a broad-reaching case. What that means is that the ruling in the Texas case very likely will provide a standard by which other state laws surrounding abortion will be measured.
Our challenge as women of North Carolina, is to make sure we work together to support the ruling and any subsequent cases that spring from it in this state. This is about supporting women, and trusting them to make a decision on what is best for their life and their unborn child.