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Roe v Wade is undoubtedly one of the Supreme Courts most controversial decisions Handed down in January of 1973 the Court declared by a vote of 7 to 2 that abortion was a right guaranteed by the Constitution under an implied Justice Harry Blackmun the author of the majority opinion stated that the Constitution does not explicitly mention a right to privacy but in varying contexts the Court or individual justices have indeed found at least the roots of that right The right to an abortion was then considered an extension of this privacy right As Blackmun statedThis right of privacy whether it be founded in the Fourteenth Amendments concept of personal liberty and restrictions upon state action as we feel it is or as the District Court determined in the Ninth Amendments reservation of rights to the people is broad enough to encompass a womans decision whether or not to terminate her pregnancy This decision made it unconstitutional for any state to restrict abortion in most circumstances Because of this decision I continually hear pro-choice advocates claim that my and others opposition to Roe is uninformed and misplaced since Roe gave women a constitutuinal right to an abortion However Roe v Wade the very case which made abortion a constitutional right is in fact not based in the Constitution The Courts decision is riddled with contradictions law-making decisions which the Court is not supposed to do and rather strange Constitutional interpretations Lets start with the Fourteenth Amendment -- how does it supposedly relate to Roe The Fourteenth Amendment deals with procedural limitations regarding life liberty and property While we are guaranteed such rights without government interference the government can indeed infringe upon our life liberty or property as long as
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