Limitations of Religion in the United States
In the United States today, there are many inadequate arguments that attempt to limit human rights due to religious beliefs. These rights include abortion, gay marriage, and sex education in public schools. In America, religion is a deciding factor when it comes which politicians we vote for, bringing religion into the forefront when it comes to political decisions. As our country was founded on the principle of separation of church and state, it is unAmerican for legislation to base laws on beliefs stemming from any religion.
One of the most controversial issues in the United States today is the pro-life vs. pro-choice abortion debacle. The main disagreement between the two is when human life or “personhood” begins. While pro-choice reasoning stems from factual evidence, the foundation of pro-life reasoning is based on the religious belief that life begins at conception and abortion is killing that human. After Roe v. Wade in 1973, the decision was made by the Supreme Court, taking into account both a woman's right to make decisions about her own body and the state's interest in protecting potential life, that abortion is legal until the fetus is viable outside a woman's body. (Roe v. Wade) Nearly 9 in 10 abortions take place during the first trimester of pregnancy, and less than 2% due to complications potentially harming the mother are provided after 21 weeks.(CDC) It is scientifically proven that “the biological development (has) not yet occurred to support pain experience” during abortion, making the procedure not only safe for women but also for the fetus.(Derbyshire)
Abortions provided by licensed physicians are very safe procedures with minimal risks, yet there is still legislation working to limit women’s right to abortion. Ninety-six percent of counties in Oklahoma don't have an abortion provider; ninety-seven percent in Nebraska and Arkansas, ninety-eight percent in South Dakota, North Dakota...
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