With almost half the nation divided among their views, abortion remains one of the most controversial topics in our society. Since Roe v. Wade, our views in society as well as following court cases have been progressing toward the woman’s right to choose. The precedent set by Roe v. Wade made the Supreme Court acknowledge that it cannot rule specifically when life begins and it also affirms that it is the woman’s right to have an abortion under the 14th Amendment. In the 1st Amendment, the Establishment Clause forbids the government from passing laws “which aid one religion, aid all religions, or prefer one religion over another”. Many Christian pro-lifers use their religious beliefs to dispute when life begins.
Originalists and minimalists continue to challenge the ruling of Roe v. Wade, even till present day. Minimalists believe that the court approached the issues of the case through a unnecessary approach. Besides granting abortion rights to women, the court also implemented a complex trimester system, which specified what is and what is not allowed during each three-month time interval of a pregnancy. The Texas law that was challenged in Roe v. Wade, was extreme to say the least. It banned the right to an abortion even in difficult situation where the pregnancy results from rape or incest, and pregnancies that would potentially lead to detrimental health concerns for both the mother- to be and the fetus.
Since the Roe vs Wade case in 1973, the issue of a woman’s decision to have an abortion has been legalized at the federal level. States do have the right to place restrictions on obtaining abortions. In 2013, Texas passed abortion clinic regulations that reduced the clinics in number from forty-one to nineteen. The right to life of an unborn child should be guaranteed and abortion should be outlawed. It is inhumane to end a defenseless human life if the mother’s life is not endangered.
Legally, there have been split views as to whether taxpayer dollars should go to Planned Parenthood and its overall funding in government. On one hand, abortion is a controversial topic that not everyone agrees with. The idea of taxpayers paying to fund an organization that supports this is unacceptable to many pro-lifers. In January of 2016, “…the U.S House of Representatives voted 240 to 181 in favor of defunding abortion giant Planned Parenthood” (Freiburger). The reconciliation bill, which will end taxpayer dollars going into Planned Parenthood, is a large step for pro-lifers.
Abolish Abortion Did you know that just in the United States over 3,000 people have abortions every day? An abortion is when a woman is injected with a fatal substance to kill their unborn baby. It is legal in all 50 states except one type of abortion procedure; Partial-birth-abortion. Women have abortions for many reasons, some being that they are not ready for that kind of commitment or they have been raped and got pregnant. An abortion should never be an option in any case because it’s considered as murder, it causes pain to the person and baby during and after the procedure, and there are other choices to choose from including adoption.
Roe v. Wade legalized abortion in the greater United States, which was not legal at all in many states and was limited by law in others. Prior to the case it was the state that determined the legality of abortions. Jane Roe, (alias), was an unmarried and pregnant Texas citizen in 1970. She wanted to have an abortion, but Texas abortion law made it a felony to abort a fetus unless “on medical advice for the purpose of saving the life of the mother.” Roe filed suit against Wade, the district attorney of Dallas County, Texas to challenge the law outlawing abortion. At the time, many states had outlawed abortion except in cases where the mother’s life was in danger.
There have been many controversial court cases in the United States. One of the most divided cases that people cannot agree on is Roe V. Wade. This case as described by Henretta is a “landmark decision, the justices nullified a Texas law that prohibited abortion under any circumstances, even when the woman’s health was at risk, and laid out a new national standard: Abortions performed during the first trimester were protected by the right of privacy.” (Henretta,2012). This is something that Americans really have a hard time coming to an agreement on. People in this country have strong opinions on this matter.
However, Roe delivered her baby before the decision was made. The majority ruled that the case required close observation regarding the laws about abortion. However, dissenting reasoning that the Judicial power being used took away state power given by the government and the constitution. Roe v. Wade was a landmark case because of the focus on such an important and long debate on the subject matter of abortion. It brought about the building blocks and foundation for Planned Parenthood.
Ethical Considerations on Should Catholic Hospitals be Allowed to Deny Abortions Introduction and Background While writing this paper, the purpose is to explore the debate on whether Catholic hospitals should be allowed to deny abortions. American’ attitudes toward abortion have often been characterized as “ambivalent,” meaning that most people’s beliefs about abortion are not consistently pro-choice or pro-life (Strickler & Danigelis, 2002). The support for legal abortion has declined in recent years, while the support for restrictions on abortion is on the rise. Abortion rights opponents have promoted this sentiment to advocate for laws that focus on influencing a woman’s abortion decision. As of March 2012, 26 states had a waiting period
My opinion about the movement changed when my neighbor’s daughter was raped a few years ago. She had a pregnancy scare and the rapist, although behind bars, threatened to kill her and himself if she kept the child. It was then that I started analyzing the pro-choice rhetoric and the values the supporters hold. Nevertheless, this is not to say that a woman should procure an abortion any time she wants. The pro-life movement uses most of its rhetoric to punish women who consider abortion According to Graham, pro-lifers explore the pregnant woman’s rights vs. the fetus’ rights, which are two types of rights in one body.
It is clear by acts like The Unborn Victims of Violence Act of 2004 that many people see the murder or a pregnant woman as a double homicide, and therefore should see abortion as a murder as well. It is also clear that Roe versus Wade stepped over its limit for constitutional authority, and denies the states the rights they deserve under the United States principle of federalism. Finally, the moral reasoning behind why abortion should be illegal are clear. Especially when those in the health care field, who are trained to perform abortions, see that this is