The Conservative Stance on Abortion; Why They Are Wrong “It is unthinkable to allow complete strangers, whether individually or collectively, as state legislators or others in government, to make such personal decisions for someone else.”(Weddington) The conservatives have been bringing up the issue of abortion ever since it was legalized in the 70s. Conservatives believe that abortion should be illegal because they believe that abortion is wrong. They are deciding to make a woman’s personal choice for her and believe that they have the right to do so. Conservatives constantly talk about how much they value their personal freedoms yet they want to strip women of their personal freedom when it comes to abortion. Without the personal liberties granted by the constitutional amendments the entire country would run amuck. Although abortion is legal, the conservatives are trying to revoke this law …show more content…
By eliminating the option of abortion they would be stripping a woman of her personal liberties. The government would have control of a woman’s body. American government was based off the principles of democracy. Democracy emphasizes on the rights of the people. Their rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Is a woman’s right to choose what to do with her body not one of those rights? Does that choice not affect her life, her liberties, and her pursuit of happiness? Once the government has control over a woman’s bodily decision to have an abortion who says they will stop there? Who is to say they will not want to control the rights to vote or the right to a trial by jury? By giving the government the power over someone else’s body they turn the American democracy into the American dictatorship. Everybody has their rights, and by revoking the right to choose they are giving the government control over a woman’s body and personal
Every woman has the right to make any decision that involves her body. Our government has always respected the individual’s right to privacy. A woman’s reproductive system should not be regulated by the government. In the Supreme Court case, Roe v. Wade in 1973, the decision to make abortion legal came in effect (Frohock 1983). Before Roe, many women were pregnant were forced to weigh their respect for the law against their positivism that they were not ready to be mothers. Many women chose to break the law, putting their lives and futures at risk, and decided to get unsafe and expensive procedures.
Abortion is "the intentional termination of a pregnancy which may include the loss of life of an unborn entity". During the eighth week of pregnancy, the development of the unborn entity known as the Fetus- an unborn offspring- begins, where brain activity becomes detectable. Note, the fetus is not considered Viable until the twenty-fourth week of pregnancy (S. Morris MarquisHO). According to Professor Steven Morris, a fetus becomes a person when it has sentience, viability, brain activity, self-consciousness, etc. "While many people agree that a day-old embryo does not have rights, most people agree that a fetus has rights on the day before it is born". Analyzing the following case:
Abortion is a controversial topic in today’s society as many opinions from different social groups on whether it should be legal or not create the big question: should the government be able to take away a woman’s reproductive right if it is to protect a fetus? In the United States particularly, much of the debate since the 1970s has focused on the Supreme Court case Roe v Wade, in which the court proclaimed women's’ rights to abortion but declared that the states could limit and regulate the procedure. That means that currently, the state of California allows abortions, but many groups against abortion, mostly called “pro-lifers,” still try to fight against it and want it banned. Women have a right to their own body and should
Abortion is one of the most hotly contested social issue’s in American politics. It has been used as a political tool by the Republicans (conservative Right) to mobilize its opponents as a strong voting block within the party. On the other side, the Democrats (liberal Left) has use their pro-choice stance over the issue to mobilize women voters, along with other proponents who believe that abortion should be a viable option for pregnant women. It is in this context in which the political debate of abortion is framed in American politics. It is a highly polarized issue; in this paper, we will review articles from both the New York Times (NYT) and the Washington Post (WP) to see how these viable news organizations report on this very sensitive issue.
What if someone killed a mere baby, a person who hasn’t had a chance to truly live? What if a stranger, a complete outsider who is just flexing their “power muscles” decided to make pregnancies illegal? In these extenuating circumstances the Government oversteps their boundaries by determining whether or not a medical operation can occur. In the case of Roe v. Wade, these boundaries were overstepped, but it needs to be determined, whether or not to keep the ruling that allows abortions. The Roe v. Wade decision should be upheld because abortion saves women’s lives, it would violate women’s lives to outlaw abortion, and it also decreases the amount of dangerous “back alley” abortions.
There really cannot be a discussion about being pro-life or the pro-life movement without first discussing Roe v. Wade. This monumental Supreme Court Case, which was decided over forty years ago, is what has put the pro-life, pro-choice debate front and center. Some have even said that the two sides are “ensnared in a violent and deadly war” (Tomlin, 1994, 423). With the decision the pro-lifer’s were now in opposition to the status quo, while putting “pro-choicers within the established law” (Vanderford, 1989, 167). The case originally had its origins four years before the final decision in 1973. Norma McCorvey, aka Jane Roe, was the anonymous plaintiff in this case. She had become pregnant, and had been unable to obtain an illegal abortion. McCorvey was refereed to two young female Texan attorneys who eventually brought the case forward in 1969, when they decided to challenge Texas’ abortion ban (Munson, 2009, 83).
Abortion may be one of the most controversial topics in America today. Abortion is defined as “the termination of a pregnancy after, accompanied by, resulting in, or closely followed by the death of the embryo or fetus” (cite dictionary). There are really only two sides on people’s opinion on abortion; pro-life which means abortion should be outlawed and pro-choice which means a woman should be able to decide whether she wants to keep her baby. Thousands of protests and riots have begun due to the fact pro-life activists believe abortion should become illegal. Both sides bring valid points to support their decision that could sway any person’s thoughts. The Roe v. Wade law has allowed abortion to be legal in the U.S since 1973 (Chittom & Newton, 2015). The law “gives women total control over first trimester abortions and grants state legislative control over second and third trimester abortions” (Chittom & Newton, 2015). Ever since the law was put in place, millions of people have tried to overturn it and still
For many years, the morality of abortion has been questioned by two perspectives: pro-choice and pro-life. While modern culture explains that abortion is a woman’s free choice if she does not want the unborn baby, the Catholic Church teaches the world that from the moment of conception there is a child with a soul within the womb, and to abort it would be to murder an innocent being.
Abortion is one of the most controversial issues in the United States today. According to oxford dictionary, abortion is the deliberate termination of a human pregnancy, most often performed during the first 28 weeks. The two factions involved in this controversy are poles apart in their views on abortion: where as the pro-choice movement contends that a woman’s right to abortion is absolute, the pro-life movement asserts that a fetus’s right to life is indisputable. The argument has become very pronounced since the U.S Supreme Court ruling in the year 1973 in Roe V. Wade, which legalized abortion. According to the ruling, a woman’s right to abortion outweighed the rights of a nonviable fetus and prohibited the State interference. In addition to the fact that pro-choicers have always praised Roe for recognizing that a woman’s right to control her body is more important than a fetus’s right to life, this idea is also supported by different organizations such as Alan Guttmatcher Institute (AGI) whose mission is “to protect the reproductive choices of all women and men in the United States and throughout the world.” (Par 1) While some people believe that abortion is immoral others argue that it is a woman’s right to have full control of her body.
The Democratic standpoint on abortion is strongly in favor of Roe V. Wade and it includes a woman being given the opportunity and right to abort her pregnancy whether or not she can afford it. They support movements to decrease the number of unwanted or unintentional pregnancies. The democratic party is hoping to overall reduce the number of abortions, but they don’t want it to happen at the loss of the mother’s right to choose. They also support sexual education programs that will help couples understand birth control options and help them obtain them.
Why is one of the biggest controversies in America abortion? There’s a lot of history behind why abortion is so controversial, mainly dealing with politics. Between Republicans views on it and why they believe it is immoral to the Democratic views and why they believe it comes down to what the woman wants. The main reason abortion is so controversial is because of the political views and how completely opposed they are for various historical reasons.
With so many women choosing to have abortions, it would be expected that it would not be so greatly frowned up, yet society is still having problems with its acceptance. Every woman has the fundamental right to decide for herself, free from government interference, whether or not to have an abortion. Today, more than ever, American families do not want the government to trample on their right to privacy by mandating how they must decide on the most intimate, personal matters. That is why, even though Americans may differ on what circumstances for terminating a crisis pregnancy are consistent with their own personal moral views, on the fundamental question of who should make this personal decision, the majority of Americans agree that each woman must have the right to make this private choice for herself. Anti-choice proposals to ban abortions for “sex-selection” or “birth-control” are smokescreens designed to shift the focus of the debate away from this issue and trivialize the seriousness with which millions of women make this highly personal decision. Any government restriction on the reasons for which women may obtain legal abortions violates the core of this right and could force all women to publicly justify their reasons for seeking abortion.
One of the most controversial issues in this day and age is the stance people take on abortion. The two main positions that people take are either of pro-choice or pro-life; both sides, although polar opposites, tend to refer to both the issue of morality and logical rationale. The pro-life side of the debate believes that abortion is an utterly immoral practice that should be abolished. On the contrary, abortion should remain a legal procedure because it is a reproductive right; its eradication would not only take away the pregnant person’s autonomy, but would also put more children in financially unstable homes and the adoption system, and would cause an increase in potentially fatal, unsafe abortions.
Human beings learn what is right and wrong from a very young age. As one grows into adulthood ethical principles are acquired and this is one way humans make decisions. Every decision made has a consequence, but does the consequence determine if something is right or wrong? Deontology theory shows that human beings are rational and do what is right based on what compels them to do morally good acts (Cherry & Jacob, 2014). This paper will illustrate my position to show the ethical principal of deontology would not support abortion for Marta, as well as give an overview for the opposing side which would support abortion.
Abortions have always been a very controversial topic. Over the years we continue to fight for or against it. One can say that is one of the most talked and argued topic in the United States. An abortion is when a woman terminates her pregnancy before the fetus is viable using various of methods. Some argue that abortions should be illegal and considered murder, while others, from a religious point of view, say that no one has the right to take away the life of a person, in this case the fetus. However, others insist, that abortions are a basic women’s right.