The Controversial Issue Of Abortion

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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. Although through the Free Exercise Clause they are free to practice their beliefs, other religions such as Judaism and Islam do not share the same strict values and this is where the Establishment Clause takes effect. We as a group agree with the ruling of Roe v. Wade, that it is the woman’s choice as to what she should do with her body opposed to the law and other people’s beliefs controlling her right to privacy. In 1971, the Supreme Court agreed to her the case filed by Norma McCorvey, better known as Jane Roe, against Henry Wade, the district attorney at that time. Henry Wade enforced a Texas law that prohibited abortion except in the circumstance where a woman’s life may be at risk. Two graduates from the University of Texas Law School, Linda Coffee and Sarah Weddington, brought this lawsuit on the behalf of Norma McCorvey. Their argument was that under the Bill of Rights, a woman has the right to terminate her pregnancy and that it is improper for a state to deny anyone their right to privacy. Additionally, no cour... ... middle of paper ... ...gnancy often end up having a child with disorder or birth defect. Having an abortion, prevents lifelong risks, and is an alternative to dealing with permanent suffering. Even though abortion may be one of the most controversial topics in society, it is clear women should not be denied their right to do what they want with their body. Women get abortions for many different reasons. Some women who are victims of rape do not want to keep their abuser 's child. Others may suffer from poverty and are not financially stable to raise a child of their own. It should be up to the woman herself to get an abortion if that 's what she wishes to do. Like Jane Roe, a woman has a constitutional right to privacy so what she does to her body is her own business. No other person should be allowed to tell a woman she can 't get an abortion because it is her right to and it is her body.

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