Abortion : The New Standard For Abortion Essay

1341 Words Oct 27th, 2016 6 Pages
There are a multitude of reasons, maybe better worded in this case as excuses, why abortion has remained such a polarizing issue in American society in the decades following the Supreme Court ruling, Roe v. Wade, in 1973. Roe v. Wade made abortions prior to the last three months of pregnancy legal and required “the state to justify any interference with the abortion decision by showing that it had a ‘compelling interest’ in doing so” (“Roe v. Wade - Then and Now”). In the case Casey v. Planned Parenthood (1992) the new standard for abortion rights came to include that a state cannot place “undue burden” on someone seeking an abortion (“Roe v. Wade – Then and Now”). It was a decision made in favor of women’s right to privacy and her right to a safe and legal abortion. However, many states have enacted regulations that make it almost impossible for someone to access an abortion, while federally it is still maintained that abortion is legal. This dichotomy between the federal decision and the states’ regulations has created two subsequent groups of advocates - there are those that call for an overturn of Roe v. Wade, coined pro-life and those who support the legality of abortion, coined pro-choice. Both sides have taken up various biological, psychological, and moral defenses of their interests. The interests of this paper are to dismantle some key arguments used against the legalization of abortion to exemplify the ill effects of allowing states to individually mandate…

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