I think that the men in our legislatures do not see women as real people. How else could they be so cavalier about laws governing and affecting our bodies?
Pregnancy is a huge disruption to a woman’s body and life. The maternal death rate from live births in 2013 in the US was about 28 deaths out of 100,000 births. So the approximately four million live births in the US in 2013 caused about 1,120 maternal deaths. In perspective, there were 119 military deaths in Afghanistan in 2013. Yet, at the federal level, and more so at the level of the states, predominately male legislators have made it harder and harder for a woman to end a pregnancy.