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The Blue & Gray Press | February 26, 2018

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Opposing Viewpoints: Women's Privacy Trumps Abortion Ban

What lovelier way to decorate campus walk than with the anti-abortion sentiments of outdated ideals and arrogant philosophies? If you do not agree with today’s legal precedent on abortion, then do not get one. As if abortion is an easy decision for any pregnant woman. It is a personal decision to be made by the individual, not by authoritarian legislation.

Two major concerns seem to structure the abortion debate: politics and morality. Politically, does the government retain the right to tell a woman what she can do to her uterus? Morally, and more controversially, when does life begin? Does protoplasm—a few cells clumped together—have the same rights as an adult.

To deal with the former, the government has no right to extend its power to the female reproductive system and has not retained such power since 1973, in the Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade. Using the 9th and the 14th amendments, the Supreme Court extended a woman’s right to privacy to involve abortions.

The most recent legal precedent involving abortion is Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which occurred in 1992. This case limited access to abortions and placed burdens on pregnant women seeking an abortion. This case upheld a woman’s right to an abortion but transferred power to the states in determining restrictions and burdens on the woman.

Even if abortions were illegal, this would merely stop doctors from executing the procedure. It would surely not end women terminating the pregnancy by their own means. Many of today’s pharmaceuticals, while intended for other purposes, are capable of terminating a pregnancy and are vulnerable to abuse.

On the morality of the issue, science thus far seems inadequate to answer when life begins. Subjective and biased tests will undoubtedly yield results in favor of those performing them. This issue is perhaps too complicated and personal to ever gather a unified voice from American citizens. Whether you are against abortions or not, it is irrelevant to the woman who is receiving the operation. Ultimately, the decision is hers to make.

What the pro-life camp does not fully comprehend is the life of the woman. According to author Ayn Rand, “Rights do not pertain to a potential, only to an actual being. A child cannot acquire any rights until it is born. The living take precedence over the not-yet-living.”

To those with a conscience, does it seem that the pro-life argument emphasizes the wrong life? Women who are forced to take the pregnancy to term are sacrificing their own lives. Nine months of labor, and if they keep the child, perhaps an entire future surrendered to the desolate misfortunes of unwanted parenthood.

More importantly, what right do politicians, self-righteous in their agendas, have to condemn a woman to such an intolerable choice?
Raising a child is a tremendous responsibility, and one who is unwilling to bear such a burden should not have to. Especially in extreme circumstances, like rape or incest.

Comments

  1. Jess

    In a newspaper that seems to spit out a slew of anti-choice sentiment, this is beautifully written.

  2. Rose

    “To those with a conscience, does it seem that the pro-life argument emphasizes the wrong life? Women who are forced to take the pregnancy to term are sacrificing their own lives. Nine months of labor, and if they keep the child, perhaps an entire future surrendered to the desolate misfortunes of unwanted parenthood.”

    1. A woman does not die when she has a baby. Of course her life will change, but she does continue to live, unlike the baby she can legally choose to kill.
    2. A woman is usually in labor for 5-12 hours.
    3. If she does not feel ready to raise a baby, she can give it up for adoption.
    4. “The desolate misfortunes of unwanted parenthood” is so pessimistic. Patricia Heaton said, “Women experiencing аn unplanned pregnancy аlѕο deserve unplanned joy.” I know several young women who became pregnant and are now very thankful for their new baby, even though their lives have gone in a completely different direction than they would have chosen. If we tell women that they will be miserable if they keep their baby, than they will feel obligated not to. If we tell them there is hope and support for them, then maybe they will.
    Remember, even you and your best friend used to be a clump of cells. Rather than arguing which life is more valuable, I say we should love them both.

  3. Jacob

    “On the morality of the issue, science thus far seems inadequate to answer when life begins.”
    1) There is a life within the mother.
    2) It is of the same species as the mother and the father (scientifically speaking).
    3) It is neither the mother nor the father (unique DNA)
    4) Therefore it is a new human life.

    Sorry pal, its a life, an innocent life that is being terminated for the sake of…. Can you find a reason to justify it?

  4. Kate

    To those of you saying women should never abort babies, please tell me:

    If a woman who is three months pregnant with a baby she can’t afford to raise has been drinking and doing drugs her entire pregnancy, should she still have the baby? Despite the fact that the baby, if it survived, would likely be born miserably ill? Despite the fact that in many states the woman can be arrested for child endangerment as soon as the baby is born? Despite the fact that no one wants to adopt a chronically ill baby with probable mental deficiencies?

    Is it really still the best thing to give birth to a child in these circumstances? That child would spend it’s young life in horrible pain, and would likely be shuffled into a string of foster homes. The woman would be left with a pile of hospital bills and likely jail time. So who wins by letting that baby live?

  5. Ellen

    I think that unless you are personally willing to have your taxes raised to support all the single mothers out there and you are personally going to adopt one or more crack babies, babies with fetal alcohol syndrome, deformed or mentally handicapped babies, then you really have no right to speak out against abortion. As Kate said, no one wins in these sad situations. Not the mother, not the child, and not society at large who then has to support these children and these mothers. Sometimes abortion is just the better option for everyone.

  6. the one and only Dre' White

    yo i dont really give a f**k…..im juss playin