Should Abortion Be Legal? Essay

1168 Words Dec 14th, 2016 5 Pages
The public policy issue I will be discussing in today’s paper is abortion. Abortion is one of the most controversial subjects to talk about in America today. This is because both sides have very strong opinions on the matter. One side of the issue feels that abortion should be the woman’s choice and that it is not right to deny a woman the right to do what she pleases with her own body. But the other side of the matter thinks that abortion, no matter at what stage, or for what reason is murder. Personally, I believe that abortion should be the woman’s decision because who are we to control what someone else does with their body? In 1821, Connecticut passed the first state law stating that abortion was a criminal offense. By 1900, every state had some sort of law about abortion deeming it a common law crime. It wasn’t until “January 22nd, 1973 when the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its landmark decision in the case of Roe v. Wade, which recognized that the constitutional right to privacy extends to a woman’s right to make her own personal medical decisions including the decision to have an abortion without interference from politicians.” This court case was followed by Doe v. Bolton, which was decided on the same day. “Together, Doe and Roe declared abortion as a constitutional right and overturned most laws against abortion in other U.S. states. Roe legalized abortion nationwide for approximately the first six months of pregnancy until the point of fetal viability.” With…

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