Abortion Life Or Death Essay Research Paper — страница 2

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have today. Here are some important cases involving abortion rights: 1965, Griswold v. Connecticut, upheld the right to privacy and ended the ban on birth control. Eight years later, the Supreme Court ruled the right to privacy included abortions. Roe v. Wade was based upon this case. 1973, Roe v. Wade, the state of Texas had outlawed abortions. They recognized abortion as a fundamental constitutional right and made it legal in all states. Thus, The Supreme Court declared the law unconstitutional. On January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court voted the right to privacy included abortions. In 1976, Planned Parenthood v. Danforth (Missouri) ruled that requiring consent by the husband and the consent from a parent if a person was under 18 was unconstitutional. This case supported a

woman’s control over her own body. Justice William Brennan stated: “If the right to privacy means anything, it is the right of the individual, married or single, to be free from unwanted governmental intrusion into matters so fundamentally affecting a person as the decision to bear or beget a child.” Abortion is one of the most controversial issues in the world today. Everyone has his or her own individual opinion. A woman’s body is hers and hers alone. Nobody has the right to make her do something that she does not want to. The Supreme Court has stated it is the women’s right to have an abortion, if she so chooses, according to Roe v. Wade. In later cases however, the Court has upheld Roe in Planned Parenthood of Pennsylvania v. Casey (1992). In the same ruling,

though, the Court gave states new powers to restrict access to abortions. Abortion deals with one’s private life and should have nothing to do with the government. However, abortion should not be used as a means of birth control, but if a fetus will be unwanted, it is better to be aborted than to be abused or neglected. Many people try to force their beliefs on others and judge them for their actions. These people need to judge themselves before they start to judge others. The bottom line is no matter what anyone thinks the laws speak for themselves. It is a woman’s right to privacy to control her body guaranteed by the constitution. Although there are some restrictions on abortion, due to the states’ rights, it is still ultimately the woman’s choice. It is not a

requirement for some states to fund for abortions, therefore, especially in these states it should be the woman’s choice. Abortion is an issue of women, and so it should be the woman’s right to choose. She has the free will to consider others views and opinions such as that of the father, but it is her ultimate decision guaranteed by the law as to what she does with her baby and her body. 334