It’s surprising to see how Judge Henry Hudson has decided what rights Virginian women would have over their own bodies. The trial on Virginia abortion law, which was initiated in May in the state capital Richmond, has now received another ruling that is a splendid witness of how the male dominating society decides and creates laws that violate the personal rights of females.
On Monday, federal Judge Henry E. Hudson sentenced a verdict that devoids women from getting abortions done from nurse practitioners and physician’s assistants. Furthermore, this verdict will also require women to have an ultrasound, 24 hours prior to an abortion.
It won’t be wrong to say that this might even give time to anti-abortion groups to protest against the abortion or force their will, violating the right a woman has over her body.
Virginia abortion law has been one of the prime reasons for the entire country to raise voice for what is right and support women’s call over their own bodies. In the past four months, every group has come to the realization of how these terms are not just extremely restricting but also make it difficult for women to have an abortion.
Looking at Hudson’s verdicts lately, he has time and again disappointed Virginians with his changed decisions like that of first trimester abortions. There is a possibility that the two laws upheld might get overturned, if Hudson begins to think about the severity of laws from a woman’s perspective.
However, after Monday’s ruling, Judge Hudson finally reversed two out of four controversial Virginia abortion laws.
One of the two overturned laws was the necessary obligation of carrying out second-trimester abortions to be processed at a licensed outpatient hospital. Another law, which was overturned, was the obligations of all clinics overseeing the first-trimester abortions to meet the criteria of general and surgical hospitals.
The lawsuit was filed to raise concerns against the TRAP laws also known as Targeted Restrictions on Abortion Providers, prompting country-wide debate on abortion laws.
Expressing discontent about the latest verdict, Rosemary Codding, the founder and director of the Falls Church Healthcare Center, said, “We’re disappointed that our patients did not get their constitutionally-protected right to accessing healthcare without legislative interference, which they are entitled to and they deserve.”
Amy Hagstrom Miller, president and chief executive officer of Whole Woman’s Health Alliance, also expressed discontent on how the judge “did not see clearly how the other restrictions it left in force are not supported by medical evidence and place undue burdens on families (in) the Commonwealth,” and ultimately failing to provide a better judgment in the Virginia abortion law.