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ROE V WADE Roe vs Wade is probably the most famous court case in our history Three reasons have been explained in the article by Justice Blackmun delivering the opinion of the court which have been advanced to explain abortion laws and to justify their continued existence today The first argument is that abortion was made legal in order to discourage illicit sexual conduct This is an argument that the no court or any commentator has taken seriously A second argument is that abortion is a medical procedure and a dangerous one at that This argument was true only prior to Antiseptic techniques and the development of antibiotics This dispute basically is preventing a pregnant woman from submitting to a procedure that placed her life in serious jeopardy Modern technology has changed this matter The third reason the reason people are so opinionated is protecting prenatal life The justification for this to some is that life begins from the moment of conception Our right to privacy can be found in court cases dating back as far as 1891 in the Bill of Rights Fourth Fifth Fourteenth and Ninth Amendments These laws and decisions make it clear that our right to privacy is wide enough to include a womans right to decide whether or not she wants to terminate her pregnancy recognized in Griswold v Connecticut protected by the Fourteenth Amendment It was also found that the Fourteenth Amendment does not include the unborn the unborn are not considered a person The decision for this was that the Fourteenth Amendment says counting a person as a whole which the unborn are not a whole yet Decisions in court cases have been divided but scientist and physicians have focused on when the unborn is viable that is when it is able to sustain life without the mothers womb Viability is usually about 28 weeks or 7 months Viability is the compelling point of the
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