Roe V. Wade Essay, Research Paper
January 23, 2000 marked the twenty-seventh anniversary of the Roe v. Wade case. It all started out in a small town in Texas where a woman under the alias Jane Roe filed a case in district court for a woman?s right to choose abortion. At this time law in Texas prohibited abortion. Eventually the case moved to Supreme Court.
The attorneys for Roe argued that the law was unfair and unjust. They said that the unborn fetus id not a real person. They pointed out that a women should have the right to control their own life and body. They said it was a right of privacy and if women fell that it?s the right choice to abort a baby they should be allowed to make it. They also said that women should be able to abort a baby if the birth of the baby would endanger the life of the mother or the baby, they should have a right to abort it. They also argued that women have fundamental right to abortion.
The case, which was filed in District Court, was filed against Dallas District attorney Wade. Wade strongly opposed abortion he believed abortion was murder. Wade made the point that Fetus is human being and has right to life under the law. He also argues that the fetus is life upon conception. He said that abortion hurts women not only physically but psychologically. Abortion can result pain, discomfort, and unstable metal conditions. According to the fourteenth amendment a person has an undeniable right to freedom. They stated that the fetus has a right to freedom guaranteed by this amendment.
After hearing both sides of this case the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Jane Roe. They stated that women have a fundamental right to abortion. They also stated that the fetus wasn?t a life until the first trimester of pregnancy. Due to this case and the ruling of it all states have legalized abortion.
This case has greatly influenced the world today. The changed of the world due to this case are numerous. You here the mention of abortion daily whether it?s in daily conversation, political races, the Catholic Church and many other places. This topic is very much argued. Some people take the side of Jane roe and yet other believed in the side of Wade.
This topic is also argued in different religions. The Catholic Church believes that abortion is murder and no person born or unborn should be unwillingly killed. Murder is against the Ten Commandments and a serious crime. They believe that abortion is wrong and just as bad as murder. Many Catholic protest abortion by holding protests outside of abortion clinics.
Many events in world history are related to this case such as abortion clinic bombings. People believed that abortion was so wrong that they decided to bomb the clinic which they were preformed at which I believe is a bad judgement. Even though that abortion is wrong and it is unrightfully killing unborn babies. Bombing these clinic are also unrightfully taking away lives from people.
There are many ways to show your belief in Pro-life. You can join profile groups, send out awareness flier to people, and hold protests and sit-ins at abortion clinics. These are one of the many peaceful ways that you can show your support for Pro-file in not violent way.
A Follow up on the World After The Legalization of Abortion
In an interview on 8/10/95 with WBAP radio in Dallas, McCorvey announced, "I’m pro-life. I think I’ve always been pro-life, I just didn’t know it" (Reaves, DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 8/11/95). McCorvey, claimed before Roe that she had been raped, was 21 and pregnant when approached by attorney Sarah Weddington about suing for the right to have an abortion. McCorvey never had an abortion, because the decision came too late. She carried the baby to term and gave her up for adoption. McCorvey later admitted that she had not been raped (ibid., 8/11). ABC’s "World News Tonight" and "Nightline" featured exclusive interviews with McCorvey, in which she renounced her role in the abortion advocacy movement and declared that "abortion is wrong."
McCorvey spent time assisted the pro-abortion movement after the case by was treated poorly by pro-abortion leaders and haunted by simple things like empty swings in a playground." McCorvey: "They were swinging back and forth but they were all empty. And I just totally lost it, and I thought ‘Oh my God. are empty because there’s no children, because they’ve all been aborted’" ("World News Tonight," 8/10/95).
From Norma McCorvey: "Abortion has been founded on lies and deception from the very beginning. All I did was lie about how I got pregnant. I was having an affair. It all started out as a little lie. I said what I needed to say. But, my little lie grew and grew and became more horrible with each telling. Sarah and Linda’s (the pro-abortion attorneys in Roe) eyes seemed blinded to my obvious inability to tell the same story twice. It was good for the cause. It read well in the newspapers. With the help of willing media the credibility of well-known columnists, the lie became known as the truth these past 25 years."
"I did not go to the Supreme Court on behalf of a class of women. I wasn’t pursuing any legal remedy to my unwanted pregnancy. I did not go to the federal courts for relief. I went to Sarah Weddington asking her if she knew how I could obtain an abortion. She and Linda Coffey said they didn’t know where to get one. They lied to me just like I lied to them. Sarah already had an abortion. She knew where to get one. Sarah and Linda were just looking for somebody, anybody, to further their own agenda. I was their willing dupe. For this, I will forever be ashamed."