Perspectives on Abortion
Abortion is the deliberate killing of the weakest and most defenseless among us. Unfortunately, for the last few decades, the practice has been recognized as a fundamental human right by the highest court of the land. Many people are fervent supporters of abortion. Their reasons for support are varied. These readings include excerpts from the majority opinion of Roe v. Wade, as well as articles by two feminists-- Judith Jarvis Thomson and Serrin M. Foster--on the morality of abortion. Many people believe abortion is a moral issue, but it is also a constitutional issue. It is a woman's right to choose what she does with her body, and it should not be altered or influenced by anyone else. There are many risks that are involved with abortion that should be deliberated very carefully before making the decision to proceed. Also, there are many laws against abortion, but no one can prohibit women from having an abortion. There are several reasons why abortions should be legal and left up to a woman to decide. One a woman may decide to seek an abortion when the health of the fetus is at risk. Second may the health or welfare of herself. Third may be in the case of incest and/or rape. Concerning the first reason that abortions should be legal there is the health of the fetus. In my opinion, on July 28, 1868, the Fourteenth Amendment became part of the U.S. Constitution. The Fourteenth Amendment gave a new sense of hope and inspiration to a once oppressed people. It was conceived to be the foundation for restoring America to its great status and prosperity. The Amendment allowed “equal protection under the law”, no matter what race, religion, sex, sexual preference or social status. In fact, before the decision made in the famous court case of Roe v. Wade, abortion was morally wrong and was constituted as a crime that could lead to a prison sentence of up to five years. It was the U.S. Supreme Court that “legalized” abortion as a result of Roe...
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