Students react to partial Idaho abortion ban halt

Le’Dashia Orndorff said abortion ban will limit resources for women in need of abortions



“When I first found out [Roe v. Wade was overturned] it took a toll on me a lot.”

PUNEET BSANTI, Deputy news editor

Students’ opinions are mixed after an Idaho judge ruled on Wednesday, that the state cannot enforce a strict abortion ban during medical emergencies.

Le’Dashia Orndorff, a fifth-year kinesiology and pre-med major said she believes a woman has the right to choose what she can do with her body and does not agree with the abortion ban.

“When I first found out [Roe v. Wade was overturned] it took a toll on me a lot,” she said. “It’s sad that women have to go through this time where in different places they don’t know if they’re going to be able to live because of medical reasons in some states.”

Orndorff said she believes the judge halting part of the ban is good, but taking the right to an abortion,  in general, is still wrong.

Sabrina Johnson, a senior science and human development double major and president of the Students for Life organization agrees with the ban.

“I’m in favor of anything that stops abortion or makes getting an abortion more difficult,” she said. “It’s because I believe abortion intentionally kills an innocent human being by decapitation, disembodiment, dismemberment and/or  starvation.”

Johnson said she is sad about the halt in Idaho because she believes it will result in the death of hundreds of innocent human beings. However, she is not against medical emergency abortions, where both the mother and the baby would potentially die.

“I don’t know anybody who is pro-life that [is] against medical emergency abortions, keeping in mind that mother and baby will both die if it’s not performed, so we’re going to save one life versus losing both lives,” she said.

Orndorff said she is going into the medical field and has some background on different things that can go wrong with a pregnancy.

She said it is sad that those in favor of a complete abortion ban believe a woman should die for something going wrong in their pregnancy.

Johnson said she believes if the doctors can prove the mother will die if they do not perform the abortion, then that would not be a felony.

“If the doctors cannot prove that the mother will die, that’s when they are facing prison time and felony in their charges of criminal abortions,” she said. “Because you’re just killing an innocent human being for no reason if the mother is not going to pass away, then you’re just murdering it.”

Johnson said she does not believe WSU or University of Idaho students will be impacted, other than emotionally or mentally by the abortion ban.

“Washington is one of the most pro-choice states, so I don’t think WSU students are going to be impacted by this at all,” she said. “Maybe if UI students have a relative or family member wanting to get an abortion and now no longer can and are very upset about.”

Johnson said that pro-life individuals will be extremely receptive to the ban.

“We are very excited about this and I would say we’re impacted in a positive way mentally and emotionally,” she said.

Orndorff said she believes it will be hard for UI students because their resources will be limited such as their women’s centers and doctors who will not be able to tell them that getting an abortion is an option.

“I feel that’s where us as students have to stand up and ‘hey, the women’s center [at WSU] has Plan B’s that are free’ or they can go to Planned Parenthood in Pullman,” she said.

Orndorff said UI students should be welcomed with open arms and no judgment if they need to use resources on campus or in Washington.

“If a woman wants to get an abortion it’s her business, it’s not your business,” she said. “You don’t have to agree with it, but mind your business, simple. Don’t control what other people are doing.”