Many have pondered upon the meaning of abortion. Theargument being that every child born should be wanted, and otherswho believe that every child conceived should be born (Sass vii). This has been a controversial topic for years. Many people wantto be able to decide the destiny of others. Everyone in theUnited States is covered under the United States constitution,and under the 14th Amendment women have been given the choice ofabortion.
In 1973, Harry A. Blackmun wrote the majority opinionthat it’s a women’s right to have an abortion. Roe v. Wadelegalized abortion.
Even though these people have been given theright, the case is not closed. Pro-life activists carry a strongargument, and continue to push their beliefs. They feel sostrongly about these beliefs that violence has broken out in someknown instances. Pro-choice activists, on the other hand, alsocarry very strong points.
They believe that the child inside themis their property and it’s life doesn’t be until birth. In 1973,the United States Supreme Court decided that as long as the babylived in the womb, he or she would be the property of the mother. Because of this decision almost every third baby conceived inAmerica is killed by abortion, over one and a half million babiesa year (Willke vii). Many countries have followed our decision onthe abortion issue and some of these include Canada, England, andFrance. Other countries still believe abortion should be illegal,they include Germany, Ireland, and New Zealand.
Although manybelieve that abortion is a women’s choice, abortion should bebanned because its immoral and life begins at conception. Abortion is the choice of a women whether or not she want’s toreceive one. Under the 14th Amendment’s “personal liberty” womenare given the right to receive an abortion. The 14th Amendment’sconcept of “personal liberty” and restrictions on state action isenough to allow a women’s decision whether or not to terminateher pregnancy. The right to choose to have an abortion is sopersonal and essential to women’s lives that without this rightwomen cannot exercise other fundamental rights and libertiesguaranteed by the Constitution (Paltrow 72). The state can’tinterfere in the private lives of a citizen.
Without the right tochoose an abortion the 14th Amendment’s guarantee of liberty haslittle meaning for women. With the right to choose abortion,women are able to enjoy, like men, the rights to fully use thepowers of their minds and bodies (Paltrow 73). A man can withdrawfrom a relationship as soon as he finds out about a pregnancy. There is no question of his involve t after that, he has made hischoice. It is only fair to say that women should be given thesame choice.
If one doesn’t want to hold the responsibilities ofa child than she should be able to have the choice of abortion inher options. ” Because contraceptives fail, and because they arenot always available or possible to use, abortion is necessary ifpeople are to be able to determine whether and when to “bear orbeget a child”(Paltrow 72). Couples choose the alternative ofabortion so they can start or expand their families when theyfeel most ready and able to care for them. Women choose to havean abortion because pregnancy and childbirth can prevent themfrom keeping their jobs, from feeding their families, and fromserving others in ways they consider necessary and appropriate. Pregnancy and child birth may determine whether a women ever getsto start or complete her education, which will significantlyinfluence her ability to support herself and her family.
Theavailabilit y of abortion makes it possible for people not onlyto choose the number of children they want, but also to createthe kind of family life they have always wanted for themselves,to meet their responsibilities. If a women cannot choose toterminate an unwanted pregnancy, she is denied the right to the”possession and control” of her own body. One of the most sacredrights of common law is to choose and if a women can’t do thisthan their most important possession is taken away. Abortionisn’t only a women’s right, it’s a women’s choice. However,allowing abortion to be legal is immoral. A pre-born child isgiven the status of a “product of pregnancy” and never seen asthe miracle only a women can create.
Compassion for the small oneis drowned out under a demand for “rights”, but what about therights for the unborn..