A day doesn't seem so long for many of us.

In some cases, 24 hours can seem to fly by in an instant. But for a woman already struggling with a monumental decision, 24 hours can suddenly seem like a lifetime.

On June 10, Gov. Rick Scott signed a new bill into law that will now require women to wait a mandatory 24 hours before having an abortion.

The law passed through the Senate and House with strong Republican support earlier this year. With the new law in place, Florida will join the 28 other states that require a waiting period for women seeking abortions.

Supporters of the law say it will give women more time to make educated decisions about their futures. That is, quite frankly, one of the dumbest things I've ever heard. No woman suddenly wakes up one day and says, "I'll think I'll have an abortion." This is a decision that they have thought so much about that it's already driving them insane.

What this new law does is create just another hassle for women trying to make their own choices.

There are already enough worries to think about when trying to schedule an abortion, from asking for time off from work to finding day care services, that adding another day to that is completely unnecessary. On tight schedules and even tighter incomes, many women in our state now have even more to juggle, on top of the emotional strain and often-negative societal stigma that comes with this decision.

Of course, this isn't the first time legislation has infringed on a woman's choice to have an abortion. Since Roe v. Wade took effect in 1973, opponents of the ruling have been trying to chip away at the verdict any way they can.

In many states, they've blocked the entrances to clinics, enforced mandatory counseling and required parental consent in cases involving minors.

According to the New York Times, just this month, a Texas federal appellate court upheld multiple provisions to the state's abortion laws, requiring clinics to uphold the same standards as hospitals. This will force many clinics to shut down, leaving hundreds of women to figure out how they will be able to get to a clinic that is now miles away.

In my eyes, this is just another way that our society is telling women that they can't make their own choices. It sends the message that women are too rash, too emotional, to be trusted with such an important decision. It's demeaning.

No matter what you believe about abortion, whether religiously or morally, we can all agree that we should be the masters of our own bodies. Since the beginning of civilization, women have been struggling with other people telling them what they are supposed to think, say, dress and do.

But it's 2015 now. It's long past time for women to be able to make their own judgments regarding their bodies and their health. No man, or anyone for that matter, should tell us what we can and can't do when it involves a decision so deeply personal.

We, as a nation, have climbed so far up this mountain already, over obstacles and at some points barely hanging on to a shred of human dignity. But we'll never reach the top if the slope keeps getting more and more slippery. And do you know what happens to people standing on slippery slopes? Eventually, they fall.


Deanna Ferrante is a contributing writer for the Central Florida Future.

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