A Woman's Right To Abortion Analysis

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“Does the Constitution embrace a woman’s right to terminate her pregnancy by abortion?” (Oyez)Abortion is the termination of an unwanted pregnancy. This was the question asked during the trial of Roe v Wade, because Jane Roe wished to terminate her pregnancy even though Texas law prohibited it unless to save a mother’s life. According to the Supreme Court, the answer is yes. The Roe v. Wade decision in 1973 determined that a woman 's right to an abortion fell within the right to privacy, protected by the Fourteenth Amendment (Oyez). Despite the decision of the Supreme Court, many women still face opposition when exercising their right to legal abortions in the United States. Some argue that abortion is morally wrong, but this is not the case. …show more content…
In the Roe v. Wade decision, it was determined that a woman had total control over her pregnancy during the first trimester, so if a woman wishes to have an abortion during that time, the federal government should protect that right. (Oyez) However there are still unfair and unconstitutional restrictions on abortion throughout the country. “Since 2010, abortion opponents have passed more than 280 restrictive laws..” (USA Today). States continue to decrease the number of abortion clinics available to women in need. According to USA Today, Texas had 41 abortion clinics in 2012, but that number has dropped to fewer than 20. Mississippi, North and South Dakota as well as Wyoming all have only one abortion clinic (USA Today). If these abortion opponents continue their attempt to restrict women 's access to abortion, some states may be left with no available clinic at all. “If the Supreme court upholds the Texas law that most notably mandates that abortion providers obtain medically unnecessary hospital admitting privileges, Mississippi could become the first state with no abortion clinic.” (Parker) Many of the restrictions on women getting abortions are completely arbitrary and unnecessary, and they interfere with a woman’s right to have legal access to …show more content…
This means that women should have access to abortions in the first trimester, no matter what the reasons for her decision. When states cut away at these rights by decreasing the amount of abortion care clinics and enforcing arbitrary rules such as the mandatory counseling appointment and wait period between that appointment and the actual abortion service (USA Today), they are violating a woman’s right to choose to get an abortion for her own personal reasons. The argument that abortions are a moral issue and that women who decide to get an abortion are making an immoral choice is completely unfair for women, most of whom want what 's best for them and their family and feel that an abortion is the only way to achieve that goal. Therefore, abortions opponents have no real case against abortion and cannot violate the fourteenth amendment by preventing women from having access to

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