Essay on Partial Birth Abortion and Federalism

2210 Words Dec 23rd, 2013 9 Pages
Cynthia Hill
March 24, 2013
Political Science
Partial Birth Abortion and Federalism

With the Supreme Court decision on the right of a woman to abortion in 1973, controversy still looms heavy in the opinions of the people of America. The State of Texas was the subject of challenge by a single pregnant woman (Roe) on the constitutionality of the abortion laws. This famous Supreme Court Case Roe v. Wade was concluded that the fourteenth amendment was broken by the state of Texas. Roe won her case and federalism is displayed. Federalism has been displayed throughout history and there have been good reasons for the federal government to get involved in
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It is not considered murder because the baby has not taken a breath of air into its lungs. This happens daily in the United States. Because the innocent life has not taken a breath into its lungs it has no Constitutional rights. This is a life a baby that is just waiting for their lungs to develop a bit more before making its way out into the world. As a parent we have an obligation to protect our children and do for them whatever need they have until they can do for themselves. If we abuse them there are laws to protect them and criminal charges against their abuser. But who is responsible for these innocent babies that are being murdered? And why is this accepted by our government? Our government that goes into other countries and dictates what is right and wrong. Federalism was needed in the decision of abortion. The states should have the right as to what they deem the bottom line as to when an abortion cannot be an option. The most recent case of federalism on the subject of abortion, particularly partial birth abortion, was in the state of Nebraska where they had exercised the partial birth abortion act and made them illegal. Abortion doctors decided to question the constitutionality of the partial birth abortion ban act and once again the Supreme Court decides that the ban was in violation of the federal constitution. So once again these abortions can be performed.

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