The Battle Between Legality and Morality: An Abortion Dilemma

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Abortion is inherently immoral because life begins at conception and therefore abortion is murder and infringes on ones unalienable rights to Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness stated in the Declaration of Independence. Abortion also takes a physical and emotional toll on both the fetus and mother and therefore the sanctity of life must be protected. Although pro-life advocates argue the moral side of abortion— the killing of the innocent is immoral, pro-choice advocates argue the legal standpoint—the illegalization of abortion is a breach of privacy and therefore is unconstitutional. In each debate one must recognize there are never two distinct sides however, for abortion two sides tend to be more common: pro-life advocates argue the issue is very black and white; do you support life or the killing of the helpless. While pro-choice proponents see the issue as part of natural human rights, each woman should have the ability to choose to do what they want with the pregnancy. The battle between legality and morality has been actively debated and has found precedence in the Supreme Court. The legality behind abortion differs from state to state, but universal law was enacted in 1973, when the Supreme Court case, Roe v. Wade gained strong recognition. Roe, a single pregnant mother living in Dallas, Texas was on the hunt for a legal abortion, stating it would be given from a certified physician. However, her attempts were hindered because at the time Texas law stated—the mother’s life must be at risk during pregnancy in order to legally terminate the fetus. (Case Law) Roe disputed the issue declaring that her constitutional rights were violated. “She claimed that the Texas statutes were unconstitutionally vague and that they... ... middle of paper ... ... Web. 12 Nov. 2013. NA. "Roe v. Wade 1973." Phschool. Phschool, n.d. Web. 06 Dec. 2013. NA. "State Facts About Abortion: Oregon." State Facts About Abortion: Oregon. Guttmacher Institute, n.d. Web. 12 Nov. 2013. Rossi, Marco Rosaire. "Nonreligious and pro-life: the new normal or same old, same old?" The Humanist Sept.-Oct. 2012: 32+. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 3 Dec. 2013. Roe v. Wade. 410 U.S 113. Supreme Court of the United States. 1973. FindLaw. Web. 6 December 2013. Smith, Nick. "Both Sides Have Highs, Lows in Abortion Battle." Bismarck Tribune. Bismarck Tribune, 08 Dec. 2013. Web. 09 Dec. 2013. Street Law. "Landmark Cases of the U.S. Supreme Court." Background Summary & Questions (•). Street Law Inc, n.d. Web. 08 Dec. 2013. Terzo, Sarah. "LifeNews.com." LifeNews.com. Life News, 2 July 2013. Web. 08 Dec. 2013. US const. amend. XIV. Section. I.

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