WIKIPEDIA: Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113, a landmark decision issued in 1973 by the United States Supreme Court on the issue of the constitutionality of laws that criminalized or restricted access to abortions. Argued: December 13, 1971 Reargued: October 11, 1972 Decided: January 22, 1973 Subsequent history: Rehearing denied, 410 U.S. 959 (1973) Majority: Blackmun, joined by Burger, Douglas, Brennan, Stewart, Marshall, Powell Concurrence: Burger, Douglas, Stewart Dissent: White, joined by Rehnquist Citations: 410 U.S. 113 (more)93 S. Ct. 705; 35 L. Ed. 2d 147; 1973 U.S. LEXIS 159 Ruling court: Supreme Court of the United States
Does the Constitution support a woman’s right to terminate her pregnancy by abortion?
The Court held that a woman’s right to an abortion fell within the right to privacy (recognized in Griswold v. Connecticut) protected by the Fourteenth Amendment. The decision gave a woman total autonomy over the pregnancy during the first trimester and defined different levels of state interest for the second and third trimesters. As a result, the laws of 46 states were affected by the Court’s ruling.
“Roe v. Wade grew out of not only efforts to legalize abortion but also out of earlier battles against statutes that criminalized birth control. When the U.S. Supreme Court in 1965, in Griswold v. Connecticut, voided such a prohibition as an outrageous intrusion upon marital privacy, it opened a previously unimagined constitutional door: the opportunity to argue that a woman’s access to a safe, legal abortion was also a fundamental constitutional right.”
So, out of decriminalizing birth control as “an outrageous intrusion upon marital privacy”, Satan guided those who would listen to him that abortion was also an intrusion upon a woman’s right to privacy of her own body. And, that slippery slope has snowballed into more than 60 million abortions in the US since abortion was legalized in 1973. Our world thinks it no longer needs to resolve the difficult question of when life begins.
More recently, from 2008 to 2014, the abortion rate dropped a full 25 percent, according to the American Journal of Public Health. It’s been suggested that the main factors driving the decline in abortions were improvements in contraceptive use, and/or teens having less sex.
But, in fact, pro-life advocates have made a lot of progress changing hearts and minds for life in the past decade. They work hard to make abortion unthinkable by providing hope, assistance and information to moms and their babies. Also, state laws passed in recent years have helped to ensure that women are now fully informed about their unborn baby’s development as well as their options, including material assistance for parents, before having an abortion.
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