Should Abortion Be Legal? Essay

1626 Words Feb 26th, 2016 null Page
Abortion has been discussed for ages and up until the 1970’s it was in hushed tones. Even today, nearly 45 years after the legalization of abortion, people still want to criticize and judge its practice. Abortion is the process of terminating a pregnancy, usually done as an authorized procedure by a doctor. The problem with abortion is not about “life”, it is about being able to control half the population’s reproductive rights. Abortion should be legal in all cases.
Women should have control over their own bodies, and abortion is part of that right. In the Supreme Court case Gonzales v. Carhart, Ruth Bader Ginsburg says “Thus, legal challenges to undue restrictions on abortion procedures do not seek to vindicate some generalized notion of privacy; rather, they center on a woman 's autonomy to determine her life 's course, and thus to enjoy equal citizenship stature” (2007). Ginsburg comments on the idea that women are not seen as equals in a society where she is not entitled to privacy over her reproductive rights. To add on this idea, privacy is not enumerated in the constitution, but granted under the ninth amendment (U.S. Const. amend. IX). This amendment was used as a key component to the decision made in Roe v. Wade, the supreme court case that made abortion legal in the United States (1973). Since this landmark court case, a woman’s decision to have an abortion has been made in private, between her and her doctor. A woman’s body is not simply a host to what…

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