The Power of a Woman's Choice

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The Power of a Woman’s Choice.
“Since the 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision that did away with all the laws regulating abortion, it has become one of our nation’s most controversial issues.”(Schwartz 243) Outlawing abortion is like imposing one individual’s moral values onto another. Most women who want to have an abortion will not be stopped by the law. Can I prevent someone from doing drugs because I think it’s wrong? Can I insist that two people stay married because I’m Catholic and I’m against divorce? The answer is no. Not only is it unconstitutional, but it’s unrealistic to believe that we have the ability control the lives of others just because their beliefs are different from ours. Abortion is a personal issue and should be dealt with by the child-bearing woman, not the government. The right to choose abortion is undeniably tied to other rights of “bodily integrity, and childbearing” whether it is the right to use birth control or the right to be free from the government coming into our bedrooms and private lives. If we lose the right to be in charge of our own bodies then we risk losing them all. There are two types of people that speak out against abortion. The first is the pro-lifers; they believe that abortions should be illegal. “Pro-lifers sometimes define abortion as an intentional interruption of the development process, at any time from conception to birth” (287). They believe that women should not be having sex unless they are prepared for the consequences and that pregnancy is a natural outcome of sex. Pro-choice has a different view to this whole abortion controversy. “Pro-choice believes that it is the individual’s right to have an abortion if they want to and that no one should interfere with that right. Pro-Choice also believes that it is the moral right for a person to be able to control their own body whether it is having a baby or destroying it. They feel it is the woman’s right to be able to do what she wants with herself and what she has...
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