“Protection or Restriction: The Detriments of Abortion Decriminalization in New York and Proposed Feticide Law.” Family Court Review, vol. 59, no. 4, 2021, pp. 855–69, doi:10.1111/fcre.12614.
This article by Katie O’Leery shows how abortion and feticide laws are not protecting women but are in fact criminalizing and prosecuting them. The article starts by presenting two examples of women who were victimized for the termination of their pregnancy while they suffered both financial and physical abuse. One of the examples of how abortion laws victimize women is the case of Kenlissia Jones. After having her first son and giving her second up for adoption, Kenlissia became pregnant for a third time. She knew she wasn’t financially stable for another child resorted to abortion pills she bought online. This caused her excruciating pain that caused her to give birth to her premature baby. This story makes an important point of showing how dangerous self-induced abortions are and what leads women to choose to go through it.
I completely agree with this text. The reason I agree is because it is looking and investigating the issue of abortion laws targeting women. This article by Katie O’Leery supports my argument that women should receive education on sex on show how pregnancies could be avoided. Also, when a woman wants to have an abortion, it should not be hard to financially get one. She should also not be looked down upon by society because of her abortion. This article tries to shine light on this issue by including stories of many women. This is good because you are hearing real life stories. Even though this article is based in New York, I would have to look up information on feticide laws. I was unfamiliar to this term when I first read this article.
I found this article very informative because of the many examples that were given. The author gave stories of different women and even made a connection with suicide. I believe the way the author wrote this article they were able to gain attention and reach a large audience. The purpose is clear, and it is organized very well.
“However, while it is crucial to our society and women’s reproductive health that we protect this right, we must also find a way to hold people responsible for abuse or violence against pregnant women which results in the termination of a pregnancy.”(186)