Abortion, the Erosion of Our Fundamental Rights

Topics: Law, Roe v. Wade, Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution Pages: 3 (519 words) Published: February 9, 2013

Our founding fathers stated in the Declaration of Independence, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness”.

Today, those “inalienable rights” declared in our country’s foundational documents have been tarnished.

The issue of abortion has caused an erosion of our fundamental rights.

The foundational rights designed to be protected by the government.

Inalienable/Natural Rights, our “sacred” rights (Declaration of Independence).

“Life”: a right that every one is endowed” with.

The definition of personhood: when does life begin?

Where does the medical field define the beginning of life from?

What does the Bible say about the unborn child?

Legal/Civil Rights found in the amendments to the constitution.

First Amendment- freedom of religion. Pro-life advocators with religious convictions are forced to fund abortion against their beliefs.

Religious institutions are being forced to provide birth control and abortion for their employees.

Taxpayers are funding abortion in a “round about” way.

Roe V. Wade (the “birth” of the abortion movement, and the erosion of our freedoms.)

Leading up to Roe V. Wade, Griswold V. Connecticut

Issue: Griswold (an executive director of the Planned Parenthood League of Connecticut) broke an “anti-contraceptive” law. She appealed her conviction to Supreme Court. The court interpreted the constitution and voted Connecticut’s law unconstitutional.

Majority opinion:

Justice Douglas searched the constitution and “discovered the ‘right to privacy’ in the 1st, 3rd, 4th, and 5th Amendments (Pushaw 520).

Dissenting opinion:

Two Justices, Black and Stewart, accused colleagues of ‘overstepping’ their rights and usurping their authority.

The Result: the new phrase ‘right to...
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