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Abortion - Right To Choose

Abortion - Right To Choose

Many people believe abortion is a moral issue, but it is also

a constitutional issue. It is a woman's right to choose what she does

with her body, and it should not be altered or influenced by anyone

else. This right is guaranteed by the ninth amendment, which contains

the right to privacy. The ninth amendment states: "The enumeration in

the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or

disparage others retained by the people." This right guarantees the

right to women, if they so choose, to have an abortion, up to the end

of the first trimester. Regardless of the fact of morals, a woman has

the right to privacy and choice to abort her fetus. The people that

hold a "pro-life" view argue that a woman who has an abortion is

killing a child. The "pro-choice" perspective holds this is not the

case. A fetus is not yet a baby. It does not posess the criteria

derived from our understanding of living human beings. In a notable

defense of this position, philosopher Mary Anne Warren has proposed

the following criteria for "person-hood": 1) consciousness (of objects

and events external and or internal to the being), and in particular

the capacity to feel pain. 2) reasoning (the developed capacity to

solve new and relatively complex problems) 3) self-motivated activity

(activity which is relatively independent of either genetic or direct

external control) 4) the capacity to communicate, by whatever means,

messages of an indefinite variety of possible contents, but on

indefinltely many possible topics. 5) the presence of self-concepts,

and self-awareness, either individual or social, or both. (Taking

Sides -Volume 3). Several cases have been fought for the right to

choose. Many of these have been hard cases with very personal

feelings, but the perserverance showed through and gives us the rights

we have today. Here are some important cases: 1965 - Griswold v.

Connecticut - upheld the right to privacy and ended the ban on birth

control. Eight years later, the Supreme Court ruled the right to

privacy included abortions. Roe v. Wade was based upon this case. 1973

- Roe v. Wade: - The state of Texas had outlawed abortions. The

Supreme Court declared the law unconstitutional, but refused to order

an injunction against the state. On January 22, 1973, the Supreme

Court voted the right to privacy included abortions. In 1976, Planned

Parenthood v. Danforth (Missouri) ruled that requiring consent by the

husband and the consent from a parent if a ...

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