Abortion : The United States Via The Court Case Of Roe V. Wade
11 December 2015
In 1973, abortion was legalized in the United States via the court case of Roe v. Wade. The debate over whether or not abortion should be legal continues to divide Americans after the US Supreme Court’s decision on Roe v. Wade declared the procedure a fundamental right. In his article, “How Roe V. Wade Was Written,” David Garrow, a research Professor of History and Law, discusses that the Roe v. Wade case made abortion a woman right. He effectively states:
The Court ruled that the states were forbidden from outlawing or regulating any aspect of abortion performed during the first trimester of pregnancy, could only enact abortion regulations reasonably related to maternal health in the second and third trimesters, and could enact abortion laws protecting the life of the fetus only in the third trimester (Garrow 912).
The beliefs and opinions of people are generally divided into two groups, those who call themselves pro-choice and those referring to themselves as pro-life. Pro-choice people argue that abortion should be legal because it is a woman right. Pro-life individuals believe that a fetus is a human from the moment of conception and therefore, abortion is immoral.
When dealing with abortion, both parties want what is best for the mother and her fetus. No one wants to see a pregnant women and her fetus suffering. There are many reasons on why people want abortion to be legal. Pro-choice individuals…