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Roe v. Wade still strong after 40 years

EDITORIAL

Published: Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Updated: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 00:01

Tuesday marked the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court case resulting in the legalizing of abortion. The ruling states that laws violating a woman’s right to privacy are prohibited. Even though the decision was made lawful, the abortion debate is far from over.

Decades since the ruling was made, a very common argument in the world of politics is whether or not someone is pro-choice or pro-life. Each side has their argument – fair enough, but that does not change the fact that the law says abortions are legal, and a woman has a right to decide what it done with her body, and no one else should be able to make this decision for her.

So why is it still an issue 40 years later? Why should a man care about what a woman they don’t know does in her private life? It doesn’t make sense.

If we take away a woman’s right to decide what to do with her own body, what’s next? Taking away her other basic human rights? A man does not understand what it’s like to be in the position of a female during a pregnancy, so they should not pretend they know what it is like in her mind and make a decision for her.

Abortions are going to happen, legal or not, so think of it this way: would you rather an abortion be executed in a safe way, ensuring the safety of the woman? Or would you rather them try to find ways around an unconstitutional law and possibly harm themselves?
Instead of arguing about who should tell a female what she should do in case of an unplanned pregnancy, or any other issue not directly involving anyone else, let us celebrate the fact that they have this ability to choose and the ability to keep their personal lives out of the public eye.


 

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