The statistics on abortion continuously grow in the United States. Since 1973, fifty-three million unborn lives have been lost (Andrusko). In twenty-two years, the abortion provider rate had increased ten percent, and the women following through from withholding their child’s life increased another seven percent, as shown in the article, “Abortion in the United States: Incidence and Access to Services, 2005” by Rachel K Jones, etal. Jones and Kooistra write “In 2008, an estimated 1.21 million abortions were performed in the United States.” In 2000, 1.6 million unborn souls were taken in the U.S (Jones etal.). Statistics, a collection of numerical data; show what few or only the majority Barch 2
wants to hear. The numbers may have slowly increased, but increased nonetheless. The figures, also, show that the prevention of an unintended pregnancy would save taxpayers about half of $9,000; even though, tax payers should be saving a lot more. (Monea, Thomas). So, why is abortion legal in the United States when most, if not all, statistics are opposed to its rights?
Legalized Abortion first started almost 39 years ago on January 22, 1973. The U.S. Supreme Court handed down its landmark decision, Roe v. Wade, recognizing the constitutional right to privacy and a woman’s right to choose abortion. Was Roe v. Wade “balancing women’s right against the state’s legitimate interests” or “is abortion about something else altogether?” (Krause) The Fourteenth Amendments’ equal protection clause and the Constitutions’ text have never articulated the right of privacy (Krause), and, As the years have progressed, many abortion cases have come through the courts. In the early’ 90’s, in a case called Loce v. New Jersey, “a man sued the state for failing to stop his girlfriend from having an abortion” (Blustain). In 1992, The U.S Supreme Court stimulated the pro life movement, which opened a door to widespread abortion regulations, by the decision of the Planned Parenthood v. Casey case (Blustain). Then in 2005, the South Dakota legislators passed the “informed-consent law, which required doctors to tell their patients ‘that the abortion will terminate the life of a whole, separate, unique, living human being’”(Blustain). Two years later, in 2010, the Gonzales v. Carhart case was addressed. “The Hyde Amendment bans federal Medicaid funding for abortion in the United States except if a pregnancy resulted from rape or incest or endangers the life of the women”, happened in 2010 (Kacanek). After many more cases and arguments Barch 3
within the government, “the court is not at all prepared to overturn Roe v. Wade” (Blustain).
Professor Judith Blake printed a pro-abortion publication in 1977 when he concluded: “None of our time series on public views regarding abortion indicates that the Supreme Court decisions had an important positive effect on opinion”; however, “the general public perception is that anti-abortion sentiment is growing dramatically” (McFadden). Dr.Alan Guttmacher wrote in 1979: “I doubt that the U.S. is as yet ready to legalize abortion on demand”. Would Dr.Alan Guttmacher and Judith Blake...