To Be or Not To Be

Staff Writer: Alexandria Weaver

Your individual rights, established in the Bill of Rights of the Constitution, guarantee rights to certain freedoms without interference from the government or other individuals. However, should there be more than just those 10? Specifically, one about a woman’s right to do what she deems necessary with her body?

Jane Roe

Norma McCorvey (left), the Jane Roe of the Roe v Wade case. Photo Courtesy:

Abortion is the ending of pregnancy due to removing an embryo or fetus before it can survive outside of the uterus. On Jan 22, 1973, the Supreme Court ruled that state laws that banned abortion was unconstitutional in the Roe v Wade case. This ruling established a woman’s right to have an abortion without unjustified restrictive interference from the government. Is the Court’s ruling enough?

Henry Wade

Henry Wade, district attorney of Dallas County from 1951-1987. Photo Courtesy:

According to, most states have a restriction where abortion cannot take place after 20 weeks unless the mother’s life or health is in danger or in cases where rape or incest was involved. However, some states have heavier restrictions than this.


The state of Iowa has one of the most restrictive abortion policies in the United States. Photo Courtesy:

In the state of Iowa, abortion procedures are banned after six weeks except in cases such as rape, incest, or if the mother’s life is in danger. In most instances, a woman won’t even know she is pregnant until around or after six weeks.

If the Roe v Wade case is overturned, abortion will automatically become illegal in the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, North Dakota and South Dakota. There are many reasons people believe and defend their reasons for being opposed to abortions.

As stated by, “The pro-life movement is often characterized as an effort by men to control women’s bodies. But in fact, some studies have shown women to be more pro-life than men.”


The Finn family, pro-life advocates and their signs. Photo Courtesy:

They believe there are no true “unwanted pregnancies.” Even if the birth mother does not want the baby, someone else would be willing to adopt them. Approximately 560,000 couples are currently looking to adopt.

The website also addresses the fact that some supporters do not see the fetus as a person with rights although they are human beings. For that matter, “pro-lifers” believe it is their duty to recognize our common humanity at all stages of development, therefore, even in the womb, the fetus has basic human rights.

Many people see this issue as a matter of “pro-life” instead of doing what may be best for the mother and what may be in the best interest of the future child. “Pro-choice” doesn’t mean you advocate death or disregard the meaning and circle of life. According to, people who are pro-choice believe that women have the basic human right to decide when and whether to have children, based on their own moral and religious beliefs, even though they themselves may not choose abortion as an option for an unplanned pregnancy.


Pro-choice advocate at a rally in Illinois. Photo Courtesy:

Sometimes there are just cases where a mother cannot bring the baby to term and that should be protected on a constitutional level.

As stated by BBC, incidents where abortion might be necessary: for the sake of the mother’s health, including mentally; the pregnancy is the result of a crime, such as rape, incest, child abuse; where the child would have an unacceptable quality of life (serious physical handicaps, genetic problems, mental defects); social reasons including poverty, mother unable to cope with a child or another child, mother being too young to cope with a child; and abortion as a matter of governmental policies.

No matter how you may feel about abortion personally, whether on a moral or religious basis, some women may feel the necessity to get one. The choice is hers. She should have the right to feel that way as well as the right to act upon it.


  1. This is actually a topic with such a wide range of views to ponder on. You have accounted it very well in this post.

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