Is Abortion Wrong or is it Right?
Abortion is one of the most controversial topics of all times. The fight between pro-life and pro-choice supporters has been long and brutal. Many people believe abortion is a moral issue, but it is also a constitutional issue. It is a woman's right to choose what she does with her body, and it should not be altered or influenced by anyone else. This right is guaranteed by the ninth amendment, which contains the right to privacy. This right guarantees the right to women, if they so choose, to have an abortion, up to the end of the first trimester. Regardless of the fact of morals, a woman has the right to privacy and choice to abort her fetus. The people that hold a "pro-life" view argue that a woman who has an abortion is killing a child. The "pro-choice" perspective holds this is not the case. Before the 1973 landmark Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade, whereby abortion was effectively legalized, women died by the thousands at the hands of back-alley butchers. Since Roe, less than 1 woman in 100,000 will die from an abortion. Some believe our society should respect women’s independence and grant them the freedom to decide what is right. This issue is important to several women because history has shown that restricting abortions, not only undermines women, but can also be very dangerous.
The recent "day-after" or RU-486 pill, now add a new aspect to the abortion issue. Where do we draw the line between humane and inhumane, necessitated death and murder? When does a woman’s right over her internal reproductive organs become that of the government’s?