Roe v Wade is a woman’s right to privacy & liberty.
In 1973 the Supreme Court decided in the Roe v Wade case that an American’s 14th Amendment right to privacy & liberty gives a woman seeking to abort a pregnancy a legal option to act in most cases. Previously, all abortions were illegal. Since then, it has been the law of the land, without ever becoming law. There are now two opposing positions, Pro-Choice, that agrees with Roe, and Pro-Life that totally disagrees with the decision.
There are some very important points to mention about this and why I decided to make this issue the first article.
The Republican Party message is less government intrusion. This is glaringly opposite to that message. Less government intrusion, except in the most intimately private decision any American can make.
Three Republicans and four Democrats agreed the Constitution supersedes the moral outrage of the action.
The Supreme Court precedent is sound and just. Since 1980 more religious influence has taken control of the Republican Party. We’re approaching a time when the voice of most Americans needs to be heard and acted on regarding the right for a woman to abort a pregnancy.
The Supreme Court recently heard a case that challenges the length of time a woman has to decide. Generally, Roe v Wade sets that deadline at viability, the time a baby is likely to survive outside the womb. The new Mississippi law that is being considered after being rejected in two lower courts sets the deadline at 15 weeks.
A Texas law that sets the viability deadline at six weeks, among other laws, has been allowed to stand, despite it being contrary to Roe.
It’s difficult to tell what the Supreme Court’s motive for hearing the case might be. It’s my hope they want to uphold a woman’s 14th Amendment right to privacy & liberty and put an end to speculation that a 1973 SCOTUS decision would be be overturned and strip away that constitutional right. It’s horrifying to consider their motive could be to use the Republican majority to erode, then overturn the right.
I turned 12 years old in 1973 and recall adults around me discussing Roe v Wade. I formed my pro-choice opinion at that early age by understanding that decriminalization of abortion moved a morally objective act out of the shadows and into the mainstream. Women without legal choices were getting abortions in secret, non-medical rooms and at times abortions were self-inflicted. Women and girls were dying.
The issue has divided us. Roe keeps women safe by allowing abortion as an option. Forcing a woman to reveal that she’s pregnant, carry to full term and give birth to an unwanted child, plus pay the cost isn’t fair to the woman or to the child. Most Americans agree and so do I. Criminalizing abortion will not stop the act. It will only force it into the shadows.
The 118th Congress should commence an amendment to the US Constitution to decriminalize abortion. We can never return to the way it was before 1973.