In 1973, the Supreme Court ruled in Roe v. Wade that abortion was legal. It based its decision on many factors including history, the Constitution and other documents of this country. However, through extensive research, I have come to the conclusion that the Supreme Court seriously erred in its decision; it was not legally correct. A legally correct decision will sincerely look at history and important documents from our country .Those trying to make a legally correct decision must ask, “What did the Founding Fathers believe on this subject? How did ancient civilizations treat it? What side does the Constitution actually support?” If these three questions are honestly and completely researched and answered, then the decision is legally correct. It can be proved, by looking at ancient history and important documents of the United States that the Supreme Court did not rule correctly in the Roe v. Wade case.
We will first examine the general history of abortion including what ancient civilizations held and see whether or not the Supreme Court did in fact rule correctly in Roe v. Wade. In the court case, the Supreme Court first brought to light ancient attitudes concerning abortion that they had researched. The Persian Empire, it stated, was one of the very few people who punished abortion. On the opposite end of the spectrum, however, they said the Greeks and Romans freely made use of abortion. The Roman and Greek laws did nothing to protect the unborn fetus; it had no legal rights. If abortion was punished it was only because the rights of the father were infringed. The Court also stated that ancient religions did not forbid abortions. However, the Court seriously misinterpreted the evidence it cited and it did not use all relevant and applicable evidence in deciding this case.
There were many ancient societies that had laws concerning abortion that were either overlooked or misinterpreted by the Supreme Court. The first and... [continues]
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