By: Henry Berger
This summer history was made. After almost 50 years after the original ruling, Roe v. Wade was reviewed and overturned by the US Supreme Court. This sent many abortion advocates living in America into a frenzy.
Many Americans were mislead, allowing left-leaning propaganda to trick them into believing they had just lost their right to an abortion. I am here to tell you that is not the case. But before I do so, we must take a brief look back into the history of Roe v. Wade.
In 1973 Norma McCorvey, a woman from Texas, wanted to get an abortion. However, Texas law didn’t allow women the right to an abortion unless the mother’s life was in danger.
Norma McCorvey then decided to file a lawsuit against Henry Wade, who was her district attorney. She claimed that Texas’s abortion laws were unconstitutional and eventually the court case made its way to the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court ruled on Norma McCorvey’s side, thus resulting in one of the most controversial supreme court decisions in the history of America. The Supreme Court claimed that the right to an abortion was protected under the 14th amendment, which protects the “right to privacy.”
In 1992, a new court case was presented to the Supreme Court, titled Planned Parenthood v. Casey.
It wasn’t until 30 years later, on June 24, that the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. The decision was made because there is no substantial evidence to support the argument that abortion is protected in the constitution.
The Supreme Court’s job is to remain non-partisan, meaning they should not make a decision based on what they think is right. They must make decisions off of the exact words written in our constitution.
Because the constitution does not mention anything about abortion, or anything close to it, the 1973 desicion was a false precedent. The Supreme Court chose to rule on something because they felt it was right.
The right to privacy has nothing to do with terminating a fetus. Therefore, it should be up to each individual state to decide what is best for them. Because abortion is such a controversial issue, the decision should not be and cannot be a black and white solution.
For example, the majority of people living in California support more rights to have an abortion. Therefore, Californians will elect people who will represent their values and pass legislation allowing more abortion freedoms to Californians.
On the flip side, people who reside in states such as Texas, who have more conservative values, will elect people who will pass legislation to place more restrictions on abortion as that reflects their views.
As you can see, the issue with making abortion a federal issue is that people around the country have different views on ethical and moral dilemmas, especially when it comes to abortion.
Until the right to have an abortion makes its way into the constitution, the restrictions and rights must be up to each state. However, it is very likely that abortion advocates will successfully gain enough support in congress to get a constitutional amden
The legislation passed federally will likely contain details on how abortion is allowed in what circumstances, and will hopefully represent the values of the American people.
The 10th amendment outlines the decision the Supreme Court made for us, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
In relation to Roe v. Wade, this means that since the constitution does not mention anything about abortion, it is up to the states and the people living in those states to decide how they approach the topic.
For those who are upset that the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, I ask you to understand that your opinion is less valid than the constitution. The current Supreme Court recognized that and ruled on something that was falsely decided.
We can sit here and complain about how we feel about something, but at the end of the day if you want change, go enact it! Lobby your representatives on local, state, and national levels. Campaign for a politician who will support your values. Run for office!
The government is what you make of it. The Supreme Court is only supposed to defend the laws that are present in our constitution. It is up to you to decide what it is they defend.
At the end of the day, any scenario talking about protecting or terminating life should be highly regulated, monitored, and questioned. Whether that is assisted suicide, the death penality, or animal rights, there need to be laws regulating such things.
It makes no sense to me how a government protects animals more so than they protect a human fetus.
However, there are many situations where it is more ethical to have the right to an abortion such as any danger to the mother, incest, rape, and others.
With that said, when people use the phrase “women’s reproductive rights” we have to understand the implications of what is behind that. It is the termination of an innocent unborn baby. That is the fact behind “women’s reproductive rights.”
A woman should never be forced to bear responsibility for keeping a child. Adoption agencies, foster care, and many other programs are available to take the child and place it with another family.
Many families such as families in the LGBTQIA+ community seek adoption agencies out if they wish to become parents. Women and men who have issues becoming pregnant also seek out adoption agencies. Women who give birth to children, instead of terminating a life have helped that dream come true.
These adoption agencies, and foster care programs need to be heavily funded, and more sex education needs to be provided to the American people. Men also need to bear more responsibility for the children of the women they impregnate.
As you can see, abortion is such a complicated issue and there is a lot of ethical and moral dilemmas that come into play. As long as we show kindness and understanding of other people’s opinions and decisions,The world would be a better place. Every situation has a different “right” answer.