Before the Roe Vs. Wade case, abortion was illegal. Women interested in getting an abortion were forced to go against the law and risk the chance of getting themselves and the doctors arrested (Morton). The Supreme Court ruled that any state in the United States could restrict an abortion only in the last three months of the pregnancy. The last three months, as proven by doctors, is when the fetus can live a “meaningful life” outside the womb (“Roe v. Wade”).
Of course the case was well debated even after its ruling. Mainly by religious groups, such as the Roman Catholic Church, believe abortion is murder. But some groups, such as many Protestant Churches, supported the result pointing out that many unwanted children sometimes live a life of abuse and neglect (“Roe v. Wade”). Then again, it was not only religious groups that attacked the court. Many republicans also apposed the ruling. On the other hand the democrats supported it (“Roe v. Wade”) In 1940 till 1972, 2,532 women died from illegal abortions (Deaths from Legal and Illegal Abortions”). Compare this to the 68 deaths that occurred after abortion was legalized.
Is abortion murder? According to Merriam Webster’s dictionary, murder is defined as:
murder: (n) the crime of unlawfully killing a person especially with malice aforethought
Abortion is not a crime. It is a right and is usually not done with malicious intent. I am not saying abortion should be used often or used as a form of... [continues]
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