An Editorial Essay For The Illegalization Of Abortion


Many have pondered upon the meaning of abortion. The
argument being that every child born should be wanted, and others
who believe that every child conceived should be born (Sass vii).
This has been a controversial topic for years. Many people want
to be able to decide the destiny of others. Everyone in the
United States is covered under the United States constitution,
and under the 14th Amendment women have been given the choice
of abortion. In 1973, Harry A. Blackmun wrote the majority
opinion that it\'s a women\'s right to have an abortion. Roe v.
Wade legalized abortion. Even though these people have been
given the right, the case is not closed. Pro-life activists
carry a strong argument, and continue to push their beliefs.
They feel so strongly about these beliefs that violence has
broken out in some known instances. Pro-choice activists, on the
other hand, also carry very strong points. They believe that the
child inside them is their property and it\'s life doesn\'t be
until birth. In 1973, the United States Supreme Court decided
that as long as the baby lived in the womb, he or she would be
the property of the mother. Because of this decision almost
every third baby conceived in America is killed by abortion, over
one and a half million babies a year (Willke vii). Many
countries have followed our decision on the abortion issue and
some of these include Canada, England, and France. Other
countries still believe abortion should be illegal, they include
Germany, Ireland, and New Zealand. Although many believe that
abortion is a women\'s choice, abortion should be banned because
its immoral and life begins at conception.
Abortion is the choice of a women whether or not she want\'s
to receive one. Under the 14th Amendment\'s "personal liberty"
women are given the right to receive an abortion. The 14th
Amendment\'s concept of "personal liberty" and restrictions on
state action is enough to allow a women\'s decision whether or not
to terminate her pregnancy. The right to choose to have an
abortion is so personal and essential to women\'s lives that
without this right women cannot exercise other fundamental rights
and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution (Paltrow 72). The
state can\'t interfere in the private lives of a citizen. Without
the right to choose an abortion the 14th Amendment\'s guarantee of
liberty has little meaning for women. With the right to choose
abortion, women are able to enjoy, like men, the rights to fully
use the powers of their minds and bodies (Paltrow 73). A
man can withdraw from a relationship as soon as he finds out
about a pregnancy. There is no question of his involve t after
that, he has made his choice. It is only fair to say that women
should be given the same choice. If one doesn\'t want to hold the
responsibilities of a child than she should be able to have the
choice of abortion in her options." Because contraceptives fail,
and because they are not always available or possible to use,
abortion is necessary if people are to be able to determine
whether and when to "bear or beget a child"(Paltrow 72). Couples
choose the alternative of abortion so they can start or expand
their families when they feel most ready and able to care for
them. Women choose to have an abortion because pregnancy and
childbirth can prevent them from keeping their jobs, from feeding
their families, and from serving others in ways they consider
necessary and appropriate. Pregnancy and child birth may
determine whether a women ever gets to start or complete her
education, which will significantly influence her ability to
support herself and her family. The availabilit y of abortion
makes it possible for people not only to choose the number of
children they want, but also to create the kind of family life
they have always wanted for themselves, to meet their
responsibilities. If a women cannot choose to terminate an
unwanted pregnancy, she is denied the right to the "possession
and control" of her own body. One of the most sacred rights of
common law is to choose and if a women can\'t do this than their
most important possession is taken away. Abortion isn\'t only a
women\'s right, it\'s a women\'s choice.
However, allowing abortion to be legal is immoral. A pre-
born child is given the status of a "product of pregnancy" and
never seen as the miracle only a women can create. Compassion
for the small one is drowned out under a demand for "rights", but
what about the rights for the unborn. "A women has