Essay on Abortion : A Controversial Topic For Many Years

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Abortion has been a controversial topic for many years, some believing it is a privacy right for women, others believing it is murder. In 1971 Norma McCorvey filed a case under the name Jane Roe against the district attorney Henry Wade who enforced Texas law that prohibited abortion (except to save the life of the woman). She and other plaintiffs stated that the laws making abortion a crime were unconstitutional and violated the privacy rights of the women who sought to have abortions. The fourteenth amendment states “No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States …” This is the statement that Roe argued the Texas abortion laws violated. Her right to privacy was a privilege that she believed was being infringed upon because she wasn’t allowed to have an abortion. She also argued that the ninth amendment was being violated which states, “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.” This amendment is often used to provide and enforce rights not specifically listed in the Constitution. In this case it is argued that this amendment can be used to uphold the rights of Roe, and all women, to have an abortion if they so please. The Supreme Court took the side of Roe and declared that it is unconstitutional for abortion to be prohibited. However, the states are allowed to regulate abortions when they are in the…

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