The great debate

So the question is, what role does the U.S. President have in the legality of abortion. Hmm.

Back in the 70’s there was a pretty huge case called Row v Wade. In this case the Supreme Court found that women had “total autonomy over the pregnancy during the first trimester and defined different levels of state interest for the second and third trimesters.” In this case it was the Supreme Court that decided in a state where abortion had previously been illegal. This decision also effected 46 other states where abortions were illegal.

The ProCon site has a lot of great information obviously on the pros and cons of abortion, but I think also some that many don’t consider.

In March 30, 2001, Obama reportedly was “the only Illinois senator who rose to speak against a bill that would have protected babies who survived late-term labor-induced abortion.” In his objection he stated, “that if passed, and a nine-month-old fetus survived a late-term labor-induced abortion was deemed to be a person who had a right to live, then the law would ‘forbid abortions to take place.'” It was also found that during President Bush’s time in office that abortion rates decreased when they had previously thought to have risen.

In my findings it appears to me that since the 70’s legal abortion has been more of a problem with churches and people who believe themselves to be morally profound rather than the state. Whether Obama is using abortion as a means for ‘supporting infanticide’ or if he truly is protecting women’s rights, he is helping to keep abortion legal. That to this day upsets folks, but at the same time protects women. In a previously quoted article about the pros and cons of abortions, it is made clear the difference in safety for women when abortions are legal and not.

I believe the president has a firm hand in whether or not abortion remains legal or ever becomes illegal again. He or eventually she may not have direct say, but everyone has a strong opinion about this key topic and it’s not going away.


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