Letter: Measure 1 is a Pandora’s Box

As published in the Bismarck Tribune on 10/30/14

by Kari Monson, Dickinson

There’s been plenty of kafuffle over Measure 1. It’s one of this election’s hottest topics. The opposition hasn’t really been heard, and I’d like to change that.

“The inalienable right to life of every human being at any stage of development must be recognized and protected.” This sentence could open a veritable Pandora’s Box of complicated consequences. Its vagueness leaves too much room for interpretation. This could jeopardize a myriad of choices.

Measure 1 could bring an end to in-vitro fertilization. Do not resuscitate orders and living wills are at risk, too. The amendment’s broadness could also obliterate emergency contraceptives. Instead of a vague statement, there should be an entire clause structured to encompass what can and cannot be affected.

People tend to throw around the terms pro-choice and pro-life. Fortunately for us, it’s black and white. You’re either for it, or against it. I’ve heard numerous people say they’re against abortion, but they believe it’s OK in certain situations. Believe it or not, these people are, in fact, pro-choice.

Our freedom of choice isn’t the only thing at stake. Back alley abortions would reappear, which is a prime example of societal regression, not progression. What about the couple within the 0.1 percentile of birth control failure? Should they be reprimanded for being safe? What about the woman who has survived a rape? Why should she have to bear her perpetrator’s child and be forced to relive the tragedy indefinitely? What about the woman whose life is threatened by her pregnancy? Should she have to die because the child has a right to live?

If we allow Measure 1 to pass, there will only be one option for women, and that’s not enough. The freedom to choose for yourself is on the line. Don’t let anyone else choose for you.