Carlmont students shed light on the abortion debate
June 1, 2019
Anti-abortion legislation is continuing to spread across the United States—and it’s no different at Carlmont High School, where news of every bill is sweeping through like wildfire. In the hallways, students swap opinions on the legislation, while on social media, they keep each other updated.
Two of the most notable bills were those signed in Alabama and Georgia; the first proposes the full criminalization of abortion including cases of rape or incest, while the Georgia bill prohibits the procedure after the fetus’ first heartbeat is detected.
Although the laws differ in their severity and restrictions, they tend to have a common factor: each reflect the opinions of religious conservatives in their respective states.
Concerning backlash over the state’s recent bill, which aims to ban the abortion procedure after eight weeks, Rep. Holly Rehder of Missouri even said: “To stand on this floor and say, ‘How could someone look at a child of rape or incest and care for them?’ I say we can do that with the love of God.”
However, many religious students at Carlmont don't appreciate the religious affiliations to such viewpoints
“While I myself do not agree with abortion and do not actively support it, I do think that the punishments are unnecessarily harsh,” said Seema Wadhwa, co-president of Carlmont's Christians in Action Club (CIA). “I believe that because Jesus gives us a choice to do anything, even if it is wrong, and I should not be one to take away that choice.”
This view is mirrored by CIA Vice President Nathaniel Pon.
“[Although] I am pro-life, I am a firm believer in the freedom to decide whatever is right for yourself, ” Pon said. “The way Alabama and the other states are going about forcing their own beliefs on others is the wrong way to achieve their goal.”