Should Abortion Remain Legal? Con

Hannah DeVoe, Sports Editor

Ignoring the biggest issue, killing a human being before it has the chance to live, an abortion can inflict suffering on a fetus, and even the mother.

With the case of Roe v. Wade in 1973, the  United States Supreme Court ruled that the Fourth Amendment protects women’s rights to make decisions about their own bodies and the Fourteenth Amendment protects their privacy, but many people, also known as “Pro Lifers,” still believe that women should not be able to get abortions at all

Since the  decision was made nearly 50 years ago,  many have suggested that  Roe v. Wade be revisited on moral as well as legal grounds.

According to an article in Rewire.News, published in 2012, even former  US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who served from 1982 to 2016, stated that the right to privacy defended in Roe v. Wade is “utterly idiotic” and should not be considered a binding precedent, stating that: “There is no right to privacy [in the US Constitution].”

But Scalia’s wasn’t the only dissenting opinion.

United States Congress passed the Unborn Victims of Violence Act in 2004, which recognizes an embryo or fetus in utero as a legal victim, if they are injured or killed during the commission of any of over 60 listed federal crimes of violence, according to National Right to Life.

Ever since women were given protection to have an abortion in 1973, the number of abortions have increased tremendously.

According to the National Right to Life statistics, over  700,000 to 1 million of abortions have been performed since 1973.

A common argument of proponents is that abortions are necessary in certain medical situations and in cases involving rape.  But according to Abort73, an organization which seeks to “protect women and children from the violence,” 4% of abortions happen because of the fetus having medical problems and less than 1% of abortions happen due to the mother being raped.

Another common argument of those who favor abortion is that the fetus does not feel pain while the abortion is being performed. However,  experts disagree.

According to Maureen Condic, an Associate Professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy and Adjunct Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Utah School of Medicine, as reported by the  “most primitive response to pain, the spinal reflex,” is developed by eight weeks’ gestation, adding that, “There is universal agreement that pain is detected by the fetus in the first trimester.”

Out of the 50 states only 13 states in the past year have passed anti-abortion laws. These states include Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Ketucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, Utah, Tennessee, and Texas.

Allowing abortion has made it clear that people believe the killing of an innocent baby is not the same as killing a grown person. Banning abortion will give that baby a chance to live a long life.

In 2017 more than 800,00 abortions took place and that is 800,000 lives that could have been saved.