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Do women have a right to privacy concerning abortions?

In recent weeks, Alabama and Georgia have passed laws restricting abortions. They join 8 other states who have increased restrictions on abortions in 2019. State legislatures have passed these laws in the hopes that the Supreme Court deem them constitutional, a decision that would overturn the 1973 Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade. The justices who ruled in Roe v. Wade determined that the 14th Amendment grants women the right to privacy which allows them to have the liberty to choose whether or not to have an abortion.

Those who believe that women have a right to privacy when considering an abortion argue that the government should not be involved in this decision. They argue that an abortion is a form of birth control and that people should have the freedom to have one if they wish.

Those who oppose women having a right to privacy to have an abortion argue that a fetus has rights that need to be considered. This side contends that a fetus’ right to exist is more important than the personal choice rights of the mother.

What do you think? Do women have a right to privacy concerning abortions?

Current Standings:
Yes: 78%
No: 22%
  • Debra from Kentucky

    What anyone decides to do with their body -not just a woman who is getting or considered getting an abortion- should have zero government involvement. The right to privacy about someone’s health records should always protect anyone from worrying about people knowing about their decisions. It’s unfair to have a woman’s health plastered for everyone to know. Why did she get an abortion? It’s no one’s business. Any questions about a woman’s circumstances for an abortion is only the business of a woman and her doctor, not the public eye and certianly not the government. Privacy is one of the most important things, espeacially when it comes to a person’s healthcare. Let people keep their decisons about their bodies private.

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    What anyone decides to do with their body -not just a woman who is getting or considered getting an abortion- should have zero government involvement….

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  • Holly from New York

    Everyone should have the right to govern their own body. If you believe that no matter what the circumstances are regarding the pregnancy the mother should deliver the baby, then if the situation arises in your own life, you can take that path. If you believe that abortions can and should happen in certain circumstances based on the mother’s personal situation, then you can make that decision for yourself if needed. Regardless, no one else should be able to tell a woman who whether or not she should carry a baby. This especially goes for rape victims, those in tragically low income environments, or when the mother/baby’s life is in jeopardy. I agree that abortions should not be used as a type of “Plan B” to get rid of something that happened by mistake, but at the same time that is not a common reason for a woman to get an abortion. Women must think long and hard on their decision, and it most likely came with sorrow and regret. However, people who need abortions the most are those who are carrying a still-born/dead fetus inside of them. For these people, they are often past the mark of when a pregnancy can be terminated, and would therefore be forced to carry this lifeless child and give birth to it. While the fetus is in the womb, it has no feelings, thoughts, or traits. It simply is a growing mass of cells and is not yet a livable person. I think it is senseless to believe that the life of an unborn mass of cells is more valuable than a human already living and functioning.
    People think that no matter what the mother should birth the child and if she does not want it she can just surrender it to foster care. The foster care is a growing epidemic filled with more and more children who are desperate for a home but who never receive one. Adding to this problem is not “doing the best for the child.” You aren’t doing a favor for the child by making sure it is born, you’re creating more hardships for every party involved. While this is my personal beliefs, I can understand those who think all life, no matter how premature, is worth bringing into this earth. However, I cannot understand those who force their beliefs on others and believe they should have a say as to what happens to someone else.
    Depending on every single person’s situation, abortions might be necessary or not. What does not depend, nonetheless, is a woman’s right to choose. I might not be the most knowledgeable on this topic but I do know that strangers should not be determining what happens to an individual’s body. Some people may strongly believe in one way, and some may strongly believe in another. At the end of the day, both views can be valid and can cause disagreement. It is up to each individual person to decide what they want to do in their own life, and this is why I believe women have a right to privacy regarding abortions.

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    Everyone should have the right to govern their own body. If you believe that no matter what the circumstances are regarding the pregnancy the mother s…

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  • Manila from New Hampshire

    Anyone should have a right to their body. A baby takes 9 months to carry, and 9 months is not a short amount of time. Why should anyone but yourself care about personal choices made in certain circumstances we face. Good for you if you feel abortion is unlawful but you can’t choose what’s right for someone else if they are not you. Yes, aborting a baby is a very very awful thing, but sometimes it’s better than the child not being loved when they are being raised, being born with withdrawal since their mom is an addict. The endless amount of positions that women can face when bringing a new life to the world are endless and should be respected by everyone. Abortion is a right, it should be in the 9th amendment, and people should start to realize that it’s “my body my choice “.

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    Anyone should have a right to their body. A baby takes 9 months to carry, and 9 months is not a short amount of time. Why should anyone but yourself c…

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  • Blaine from Missouri

    When it comes to the issue of abortion, there are extremely intense feelings on both sides of the debate, and for good reason. I have had feelings about the debate, but in the end I have come to support the more pro choice side of the issue. There are several reasons I feel this way. First, in the case of rape or sexual assault, then the woman involved should have the right to decide whether or not to have an abortion. The reason for this is simple: The woman’s right to choose is being directly violated in this case. Some people will argue that if a woman dresses suggestively or becomes intoxicated at a party, then she is making herself vulnerable to being assaulted or raped. This is wrong, because rape or sexual assault is never okay, no matter the situation. The second situation in which a woman I feel should have the right to an abortion is when safety is a concern. If the woman’s life would be in danger if she gave birth, or if the unborn child would be killed in the process, then I see no reason why abortion should be prohibited in that case. Also, if the child, once born, would have a illness or medical condition which would destroy any chance they would have to any type of quality of life, then the female should be able to make that decision.
    While the above reasons and situations do happen, there is another main factor that could lead a woman to have an abortion, which is poverty. According to a recent article in The Conversation, a survey in 2004 by the Guttmacher Institute found of 957 women who had an abortion, 23 percent of them said that they could not afford to have a child
    (https://theconversation.com/who-are-the-1-in-4-american-women-who-choose-abortion-118016). I do think that poverty should be a valid reason to consider having an abortion. I also believe that in every situation where a woman or couple have to decide whether or not to have an abortion because they do not think they can afford to have a child, then the whole of society suffers. In my view, we are all in this together, and we should all support each other as much as we can. If a fetus is aborted because the woman or couple cannot afford it, then we as a society have failed. The reason for this is simple: If we as a whole cannot help a woman afford to have a baby, then who can we truly help? I firmly believe that Martin Luther King Jr. was correct when he wrote in Letter From Birmingham Jail that “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”
    (https://www.africa.upenn.edu/Articles_Gen/Letter_Birmingham.html). The same principle applies whenever a woman decides to have an abortion because she or the couple cannot afford to raise a child.
    Overall, I support women’s right to have an abortion for the reasons I have presented. However, I do not think that abortion should be legal in all cases, and according to Gallup polling, most of the public agrees (https://news.gallup.com/poll/1576/abortion.aspx). Abortion is an issue which will continue igniting fierce debates, and I think that those discussions are important to have. I also feel that pro choice or pro life is a false dichotomy, and instead of talking in vague generalities the public conversation should move toward discussing whether abortion should be legal or illegal in specific cases. These are my personal views, and you the reader are welcome to agree or disagree with them, in part or in whole.

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    When it comes to the issue of abortion, there are extremely intense feelings on both sides of the debate, and for good reason. I have had feelings abo…

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  • Avery from New Hampshire

    Women deserve to decide what they do with their body. Being pregnant and giving birth is a huge deal. It is painful and puts the body through an incredible ordeal that the woman might not be prepared to go through. Also many people bring up an excellent point of adoption. However some children may be put into a good happy family and live a good life, others may not. Children could be brought into an abusive family, or the family might not be able to properly fund the child. Still the option for adoption does not take into account the extreme strain put on the women. Rape is also a huge factor. If a woman is raped then she has already been through so much and putting child management on top of that is an outrageous demand. I have also noticed that some people believe that men need to have some say into weather or not a woman can have an abortion and that is crazy. Men do not control women, the government does not control women. Therefore they should have no say in how they choose to manage their bodies. If men can start giving birth, then I will accept their opinion. Rachel Green from tv show Friends said it best ¨No uterus, no opinion¨. How would men feel if women started telling them how to handle their bodies? We would not be having this debate. That is how you know that this is truly a war on women. All people deserve control over their body. All women have a right to an abortion no matter what.

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    Women deserve to decide what they do with their body. Being pregnant and giving birth is a huge deal. It is painful and puts the body through an incre…

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  • Morgan from New Hampshire

    I think that women have the right to their bodies and can do whatever they want. If a women gets forced to do something they don’t want to do or even go as far as being raped, they should be allowed to have an abortion. If the women wants to get an abortion it obviously means she didn’t mean to get pregnant.

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    I think that women have the right to their bodies and can do whatever they want. If a women gets forced to do something they don’t want to do or even …

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  • Peyton from New Hampshire

    Yes, because women should not have there bodies being taking control of, they should be the ones being in control not others, and if they don’t want to go through the pain of carrying a child in there stomach then having to go through giving birth they should have that choice.

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    Yes, because women should not have there bodies being taking control of, they should be the ones being in control not others, and if they don’t want t…

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  • Jo from New Hampshire

    A woman should have a right to her own body! Pregnancy and childbirth puts a huge strain on your body. Not only is it uncomfortable, it can cause a lot of health problems. Not to mention, many women are not in a position to care for a child, mentally or financially. Although some may argue that she could just put the child in the foster care/adoption system once it is born, this system is far from perfect and often causes a lot of problems in children in addition to the children not being happy there. Technically, the fetus isn’t even its own being yet. It’s an extension of the woman’s body. I personally think that the woman in question should get the chance to decide what happens to her and the baby.

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    A woman should have a right to her own body! Pregnancy and childbirth puts a huge strain on your body. Not only is it uncomfortable, it can cause a lo…

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  • Connor from New Hampshire

    Yes A woman does have her rights about it but after the heart of the baby is beating i consider it immoral plus murder

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  • Jason from Maine

    The law shouldn’t have the right over a woman’s body, the woman should. People get pregnant on accident all the time and we shouldn’t have consequences over mistakes like these.

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  • elianna from Massachusetts

    Yes, they should be able to hide if they had a abortion it is just common rights you should have. what if a young child gets pregnant if you were her you wouldnt want to tell a soul about how that stuff because it can hurt a lot.

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    Yes, they should be able to hide if they had a abortion it is just common rights you should have. what if a young child gets pregnant if you were her…

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  • ally from Arkansas

    To some people abortion might seem wrong because you are killing a living organism but, i believe that women should have the right to get an abortion if they want one. Women should be able to decide things on their own and decide what they want to do to their own body.

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  • Nicklaus from New Hampshire

    I believe that women do have the right to vote about this subject because if men have the right to vote, why don’t women, it doesn’t make sense to only have men vote because women matter to and not just men, they should have the right to vote on this subject, so here’s my vote.
    -Nicklaus Parker

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    I believe that women do have the right to vote about this subject because if men have the right to vote, why don’t women, it doesn’t make sense to on…

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  • Elizabeth from Florida

    Woman have the right to privacy concerning abortions both in moral/ethical terms and legal terms. Legally, Roe V. Wade established that woman have the right to privacy, which includes abortions. As the Supreme Court is the highest court in the nation, no person or state may act against its rulings. Legally, woman have this right. Morally and ethically, woman have this right as well. There is a reason that it is commonly heard it is “my body, my choice”. As do males, woman have the right to be in control of what happens to them and their bodies. This is a nonnegotiable topic that is senseless and harmful to debate. Woman have the full rights to their own bodies at all times.

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    Woman have the right to privacy concerning abortions both in moral/ethical terms and legal terms. Legally, Roe V. Wade established that woman have the…

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  • Mecca from Texas

    The government should not have the power to tell how people to govern their bodies or their personal lives. People with cervixes, such as women or transgender men should have the right to choose how to govern themselves. Contraception such as birth control, condoms, and Plan B are not always fully working devices against pregnancy, which leaves the person with a drastic decision to make. Abortion is a form of healthcare, allowing people who are either unready, ill-prepared and even those that do not want to have children, as a solution to a life-changing situation. Children are a lifetime decision, a decision that requires the guardian to be willing, stable, and able to care for the child. The discussion of the linguistics of this law is not whether you are killing a life, but whether you are stripping the basic rights of a living human being. Enabling a law, which restricts and imposes on the right of privacy such as these: grants the panel who decide laws superiority over women’s bodies and makes women feel controlled by someone’s sense of will. Passing this law, I believe this might increase the rate of suicide due to entrapment from traumatic events such as rape or incest but may also increase the number of children in the foster care system. The foster care system is grueling and painful towards the children within causing emotional and even mental turmoil. Many children face abuse, lack of care, and overall inhumane conditions, therefore forcing a mother to go through birth and knowing this may be the child’s fate is immoral when it would just be harmful to all parties. Overall, abortion is not a constitutional matter but a moral one. The government should not constitute what a woman chooses to do with her body.

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    The government should not have the power to tell how people to govern their bodies or their personal lives. People with cervixes, such as women or tra…

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  • Caleb from New Hampshire

    they should be have a choice whether or not to have a baby, the government should not be able to decide what you do with your body. also the male figure should have a say whether or not to have the child or to have an abortion.

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    they should be have a choice whether or not to have a baby, the government should not be able to decide what you do with your body. also the male figu…

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    • Connor from New Hampshire

      I agree with Caleb but ultimatley it is the womens choice

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  • gabby from New Hampshire

    There are already so many children in foster care, if the women wants one she should be able to get one. If they dont get an abortion then they will just put them in foster care. did you know the kids that dont get adopted when they turn 18 they get let out with nowhere to go. most can´t get a job because they don´t have the proper education. within 2 years 90% of them die. only 5% live for 5 years. 4% live on the streets for the rest of their lives which is 10-15 years if they are lucky. that other 1% gets lucky and find someone to live with but they still do not feel exaped. another thing is that NOBODY wants to be born that knows they are not loved. who there whole life understands they are not wanted and they should just die because there life is so bad. my last reason is that if you do not have the money to raise a child then they should just juve the child up so they don´t have to give the child the life they do not want .

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    There are already so many children in foster care, if the women wants one she should be able to get one. If they dont get an abortion then they will j…

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  • Kathy from New Hampshire

    All women have a right to control their bodies, and what happens to them. And in the case of a teenage pregnancy, they should have the right to privately get an abortion. No matter the cause, reason, or thought behind getting the procedure, all women should have this right.

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    All women have a right to control their bodies, and what happens to them. And in the case of a teenage pregnancy, they should have the right to priva…

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  • sarah from Arkansas

    A woman should have a right to an abortion even if others don’t support it. People can be pro choice without liking abortions. You can think having an abortion is terrible thing to do but still accept that it is the mother’s choice and no one else’s decision. You can try to get people to not have an abortion and tell them why you think it is a terrible thing but still accept that it is a very hard decision that a mother has to make. People should be able to do what they want with their body and it is not the baby’s body because at 6 weeks a baby is smaller than a penny and it doesn’t even care. If my mom got an abortion for me I wouldn’t care because I love my mother so much and would never want her to go through that if she didn’t want to of couldn’t handle it. I realize that the fetus is a person but so is the mother and taking away her right to not go through with it is treating her as less of a human being than a fetus and that is a terrible way to treat women.

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    A woman should have a right to an abortion even if others don’t support it. People can be pro choice without liking abortions. You can think having an…

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  • NIck from South Dakota

    Women should have the right to be private about whether or not they want an abortion or not. They shouldn’t have to tell anyone that they are having an abortion Women should be able to decide if they want to have the kid they are pregnant with.

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  • Candice from California

    A woman should have the right to privacy concerning abortions and other situations. They should be in control of their bodies and how they handle themselves. An abortion is a difficult decision to make no matter the woman. With recent laws infringing the rights granted to them in Roe v Wade, women everywhere should stand up for their human rights. They deserve the chance to make decisions that benefit themselves, not harm them. It is a decision that shouldn’t be made public. They deserve privacy in order to not feel pressured into making decision they could regret in the future.

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  • Kelsie from Georgia

    The abortion law is a ban to prevent women from having an abortion. An abortion is the ending of a pregnancy and the removal of the unborn fetus. A woman should be able to make their own decisions about whether they want their baby or not no matter the circumstances. A woman could have many reasons for why they don’t want the child, but it’s not up to someone else to decide whether they should keep the child or not unless they personally are willing to raise the child. Some people might say a woman shouldn’t have had sex if she didn’t want to be a parent but what about cases of rape? Rape victims have no choice in whether they want to be parents or not and it’s not fair that they don’t have the option of abortion. About 92% of women have an abortion and the rest end up in adoption. Adoption centers are overpopulated with children, so if women are not allowed to have an abortion, these population rates will go up in foster care. Women should have their rights to privacy because ultimately it should be their decision and no one else’s.

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    The abortion law is a ban to prevent women from having an abortion. An abortion is the ending of a pregnancy and the removal of the unborn fetus. A wo…

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  • Kaila from Illinois

    America is the land of the free but this law goes against what this country lives by. There’s no way a women diagnosed with Hyperemesis Gravidarum (condition with severe nausea) whose lost all nutrition and strength in her body, shouldn’t have the option of her choice to make a decision to save herself.

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    America is the land of the free but this law goes against what this country lives by. There’s no way a women diagnosed with Hyperemesis Gravidarum (co…

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  • Megan from California

    Women should have the decision to make their own choices on whether or not they get an abortion. It is not the discussion of pro-life but pro-rights. How is it fair that a women, who may be unprepared, traumatic, unsuitable, or/and etc, is now required to take in a new being and care for them? Nurturing a child needs time, maturity, and the right mindset. The role of being a mother cannot not just be forced by due to some law imposed. It has to be accepted and embraced when the time is right. If it is not the time, it should not be enforced upon to do so. It is not fair to tell a women to take care of a child when they simply cannot whatever their reasoning be.
    Religion should also not be a factor. Even if our amendments allow us to practice the religious beliefs of our choosing, it should not mean enacting laws that combat with other people’s beliefs. No one should be able to mandate a law where it forces a human being to, without question, give up their right to their own body. That is shameful and saddening that at this time to have to defend and even speak about. A women should have the right, no matter the circumstances, to decide on future actions regarding their own body.

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    Women should have the decision to make their own choices on whether or not they get an abortion. It is not the discussion of pro-life but pro-rights. …

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  • Carrington from Georgia

    A woman should have the right to her privacy and not just concerning abortions. If a woman wants to abort a pregnancy then it’s no one elses business but hers. I understand the government wanting to stop abortions when a baby has a heartbeat but before that, it’s a private matter.

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    A woman should have the right to her privacy and not just concerning abortions. If a woman wants to abort a pregnancy then it’s no one elses business …

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  • Denice from Georgia

    A woman should have the right to make decisions about her own body. Recent laws are putting the life of a nonexistent child above the health and wellbeing of women.

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  • Kaitlyn from Arizona

    The constitutional question of Roe v Wade was whether the U.S. Constitution protects the right of a woman to obtain an abortion. Roe believed that a woman’s right to privacy is guaranteed in the First, Fourth, Fifth, Ninth, and 14th Amendments. It would be unfair to not allow women the opportunity to have abortions because many women who’ve had unwanted pregnancies (rape and incest), have had major impacts on their lives. Not allowing them to get legal abortions could be potentially endangering their careers or finances in addition to their psychological and physical health by being forced to carry a pregnancy to term. If abortion became illegal, some women would take a different route and begin getting illegal abortions, which would cause even more harm on the mother. I believe the court made the right decision both constitutionally and morally. Many will disagree, but even if the women were forced into having the babies, they will most likely end up used and abused in the foster care system, causing them more pain and stress than necessary.

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    The constitutional question of Roe v Wade was whether the U.S. Constitution protects the right of a woman to obtain an abortion. Roe believed that a w…

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  • Joshua from Oregon

    A woman has a right to privacy concerning abortion due to the medical nature of the procedure. HIPAA regulations establish a right to privacy regarding medical conditions and procedures. Women who undergo an abortion should be guaranteed this right all the same.

    I’d like to point out that most of the comments on the “NO” side and a few of those on the “YES” side are missing the privacy aspect entirely and are arguing about the morality of abortions without addressing whether the woman has a legal right to medical privacy when undergoing this particular procedure.

    Just as anyone has the right to keep their medical affairs private so too should a woman be allowed the keep the issues surrounding her pregnancy private. Medical privacy helps to protect a patient’s right to avoid harassment, and judgement. Medical privacy is crucial to protect the intimate relationship we all have with our own bodies and with our healthcare providers. This relationship and people’s very medical identities are delicate and would be made vulnerable to those willing to exploit them if we were not guaranteed a right to medical privacy.

    Without a right to privacy concerning abortions or any medical procedure for that matter we would see abuse of the knowledge of one’s medical history. For instance an insurance company could share a list of an individual’s past procedures to a third party lending company who could use this information to determine the conditions of a mortgage. This has broad implications ranging from giving more favorable terms to healthier individuals to denying a woman favorable refinancing because she had a medically necessary abortion, without which she and the fetus would have died. We might further see women discriminated against for even considering abortion as an option, simply by the inclusion of the word abortion in a woman’s visit summary from her physician may lead to retaliation even if the discussion was purely procedural and not actively considered as an option. Further, abusers that hold women in manipulative relationships would have access to the discussions the victim has with her physician and may retaliate violently against their victim for considering the option of abortion. This may sound far fetched, but when we consider that 1 in 4 women have experienced abuse at the hands of their partner or spouse it becomes clear that this scenario is more than a possibility, it is a likelihood if women’s medical privacy is not protected.

    Clearly the right to privacy concerning our medical affairs is extremely important. There have been dozens of state and federal laws passed to help protect this universal right and there are dozens of agencies employing hundreds of professionals to ensure that these laws are being followed closely. A woman’s right to medical privacy is indisputable and so too is her right to privacy concerning abortion.

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  • Uriah from Maryland

    Honestly I believe that women should be the only ones who has the freedom to decide whether or not to have an abortion. As much as I am disgusted about the procedure of ending an innocent life, rape and incest victims should have the chance to decide if they would want to take care of the infant or not. I also think this decision should be for women who may face a life threatening pregnancy that could also affect the baby.

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    Honestly I believe that women should be the only ones who has the freedom to decide whether or not to have an abortion. As much as I am disgusted abou…

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  • Maekaylia from Georgia

    As a mother women have to make many sacrifices and decisions to give their children the best life that they can possibly give them. It is most beneficial when women are prepared to have a child and are planning to have a child but in lots of cases women aren’t afforded the luxury of being prepared and planning for a child. Some teenage girls are found pregnant from making silly mistakes and not being fully educated on contraception, some women are raped and then end up pregnant by their aggressors, some women are unable to birth children without killing themselves, and there are many other situations that lots of women across the world find themselves in that either prevent them from having or raising children and because they are the sole caretakers of these children to have the child or to not have the child should be their choice. As a mother you may not always have the father of the child to help you raise the child and you’re lucky if you have supportive family members willing to help you out but for many people they will have no one to assist them and no resources to provide the baby with a good life so should they see it it fit that the baby be aborted, adopted, or raised by themselves they should be allowed to choose because when push comes to shove no law maker is going to help them take care of the child, no law maker will be there to ensure that every child that a mother was forced to have by a lack of options go unabused or unstarved. No law maker will be there to support these mothers forced to have children if abortions become illegal so to have the child or to not have the child should be up to the people that will be responsible of taking care of and looking after the child– which are women.

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    As a mother women have to make many sacrifices and decisions to give their children the best life that they can possibly give them. It is most benefic…

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  • Katie from New York

    The abortion debate between advocates of a woman’s right to choose abortion and the right-to-life movement’s assertion that life begins at contraception and should be protected, remains as an undercurrent in state and federal policies. In 1973, Roe v. Wade determined that the 14th Amendment grants women the right to privacy, allowing them to have a say in whether or not to have an abortion. Women receive abortions for many different reasons, whether it be because of religion, family, health issues or even financial status. Women that have abortions, normally believe that is the better option for both the fetus and themselves. As far as I’m concerned, no woman wants to have an abortion, no one wants to give away something that is a part of them, but sometimes this may be the better alternative. Those who have abortions, tend to become depressed and desolute after doing so, as it is both mentally and physically draining. Also, in reality banning abortions will not stop abortions. It will stop women from legally having an abortion, causing those women who still feel it’s their best option to do so, to find a more dangerous way. This puts the woman’s life in danger as much as the fetus’s. Personally, I think that abortion can be a form of birth control for women, which is something I believe they should have the freedom to choose for themselves. I also believe that as determined in Roe V. Wade, women should be granted the right to privacy when it comes to abortions, as it is between a doctor and a woman, whose solely has her own choices to make regarding her decisions and actions. 

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  • Alyssa from Pennsylvania

    Women do have a right to have a right to privacy concerning abortion. Imagine that your litte girl comes home one day, 13 years old, and says “Mommy/Daddy, I was raped and I’m pregnant.” Just think of it, your daughter has already suffered enough. Why force this child to carry a baby for nine months that would only remind her everyday what happened to her. Also, why should we make the child she is birthing go through the near destroyed foster care system. You are putting the mothers mental state at risk and the child at question at severe risk of death and/or suicide. Men should not have the say on what a woman gets to do to her body because he is not going through what she will.

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  • jasmine from New York

    I believe medical records are our and our doctor’s business that’s its. I feel the government has no right to know my medical records and be able to go against me court because of it. I think it breaks our right to privacy.

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  • sofia from New York

    Abortion is a heavy subject, but it is also very broad. The topic can grow in numerous directions. However, I will focus on the reasons why abortion should be available and why privacy is important to women. When it comes down to it, women get abortions for many reasons such as rape, failed protection, or even if their baby is unhealthy. When planning an abortion, women often have the baby in mind; they are thinking about that is best for the baby. In all of these instances, women deserve complete privacy regarding their bodies.
    Unfortunately, rape happens and it is very real. In some cases women may find themselves pregnant after such an event. Not giving a woman privacy and choices after such a traumatic event is disgusting. No woman should be forced to carry the child of her attacker that she is most likely trying to forget about. It would be cruel and inhumane to put any human being though that type of emotional trauma and then expect her to live with it for another 18 years if it could have been prevented. As for adoption, there are only so many loving homes that are available out there for children. Also, a woman may not want to put a child though the system to forever wonder who their “real” parents are. It is saddening to think that so many people are quick to assume that adoption is the better choice over abortion.
    Regarding health, it is natural that parents want their babies to be healthy. Like i said, women want the best for their children. Someone may not want to have a child with Down’s Syndrome or a child who will spend a week in the nicu and then pass away, and that’s okay. Some people don’t have the time, money, or resources for these things that can be very costly. Everyone is entitled to their own train of thought and decisions as to what would be best for them/their baby.
    In conclusion, what do all of these subtopics have in common? Oh yeah, it’s none of your business what a woman wants to do with her body. Privacy and the right to make one’s own decision need to become more accepted in todays world.

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  • Kayla from New Jersey

    As Americans, some of our fundamental beliefs are rooted in the idea of the government not being involved in every aspect of our lives. For example, we have the constitutional rights to freedom of speech and freedom of religion because we believe the government doesn’t have a right to control what we believe in and how we express our thoughts. Therefore, following the same logic that allows us to speak and believe freely, abortion should be no different. There is no reason that the government should be involved in a woman’s decision about her body. We see this principal in practice with the government allowing people to refuse medical treatment because our society believes in people’s right to make choices about their own bodies in a private manner. Abortion is the same in following the basic principal our society holds of the right to privacy in terms of practicing one’s religion, refusing medical treatment, and getting an abortion.

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  • Autumn from New York

    Since we are young we are encouraged to be independent and make our own decisions. However that is only the case in certain situations. Creating antiabortion laws strip the rights of women away. Suffragists fought for the rights of women and we are still fighting. It is 2019 and the government is still trying to control what an individual does with their own body.
    The argument that women use abortion as a way of birth control is a radicalized gender stereotype. You are using an argument with no physical evidence that proves that. In order to prove the statement that women use abortions as a form of birth control you need to provide notarized evidence because I have never heard of such a thing.
    I know plenty of women who have had abortions but do not speak of it. They didn’t want to have them but they would have died without them and they don’t talk about it because they fear they will be demonized by the media. Hmm… I wonder why?
    We may not agree with everything others due but we don’t completely strip them of their right to choose because of it. If you have ever lost a child you know that the experience haunts you forever. You wonder what that child would have been like, what color eyes they would have and if they would do well in school. Women who have abortions don’t just entirely neglect that fact that they had a living human developing inside of them. They think of who that child could have been everyday. When ignorance takes over however, you send these women into a corner and make them feel as though they are no better then the dirt on your shoe.
    Yes, they had a choice and that choice saved either their life or their babies life no matter if they chose to have a legal abortion or decided to keep the baby. The important part is they got to choose what happens to their own body. If you want to choose whether or not to abort a baby or carry it to term,BE BORN WITH THE ABILITY TO HAVE ONE. If not step back and form an opinion on something that doesn’t come at an injustice to an entire gender.
    If you take a woman’s right of choice away you lose the trust of women and in turn the people that basically control the population, just saying. Abortions will happen it just depends on whether or not they are done legally. If you really think about it if you put abortion laws in place the government hurts no one but themselves. Drunk driving is illegal but people still do it. Murdering someone is illegal but people still do it. Assaulting someone is illegal but people still find a way. If abortion is illegal people will still find a way.
    Do the right thing. Step back and allow women to choose. Do not lose the trust of your citizens in an effort to force your beliefs on others. You win nothing and you create anarchy.

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  • Carmen from New York

    Abortion is not a great option for anyone. It is a difficult decision for everyone involved. The woman in most states today can choose to terminate a pregnancy because of stupid mistakes or legitimate medical reasons. If the baby were born and the mother could put them up for adoption and the baby could have someone to take care and provide a loving home for them. This is a very challenging issue and is not as black and white as some people make it out to be. If the mother is at risk for harm to herself for the baby then, yes, an abortion would most likely the best option for her and at risk mother could consider adoption. Rape and Incest are also horrible and should also be allowed abortions. However, if women use abortion as a form of birth control because they are unwilling to use other forms then, no. It needs to be somewhat regulated for there to be any morality to the issue. This may even be up to the states to decide. If a state pushes harsh Abortion laws then move to a more liberal state. Exceptions always come with controversial issues like this one and all options should be considered.

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  • Hayden-Grace from New York

    I believe that abortion is completely up to the woman and her own personal issues. Whether or not a woman has the choice to make an abortion, the ultimate decision should not be made by groups of men that will never have to experience anything closely related to pregnancy. Pregnancy and raising a child is a huge responsibility and undertaking. If a woman does not feel ready to have a child, or is not living in an ideal situation for a child to be raised, the woman should be able to choose whether or not she wants to bring a child into this world. When the woman isn’t ready to have a child but is forced to give birth because of abortion laws, she may end up putting her child in foster care. Foster care is already a huge issue in which over 400,000 children are living without a family in the United States. If a woman has been raped, at any age, she should not have to carry the rapists child. Do you really think a child wants to grow up knowing that their father is rapist? It is not constitutional that we punish a woman for her and the baby’s own safety rather than punishing those that put other’s lives at risk. If a woman is pregnant but carrying the baby to term will kill her, does she suddenly not have the right to her own life? Not allowing her to have an abortion is taking away her right to live a healthy life. If a woman is pregnant but the fetus passes away, why must she carry it to full-term when she will not be given the joy of having a child? All of these questions can show that making abortions illegal is unconstitutional as well as immoral. Even if we make abortion illegal, we are not guaranteeing that women will never attempt abortion in unhealthy ways. Abortions happen for many reasons that the woman cannot always control. However, it is ultimately up to her and how she wants to handle the situation. Whatever she thinks is best for her and her child is the right decision.

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  • Jennifer from New York

    A women should have the right to privacy concerning abortions because of the physical and mental exhaustion of pregnancy. Many of women get pregnant willing or not and end up having a kid either they can’t support financially or a kid that they wouldn’t bother to support or love. Millions of children are put in fosters home and have trauma and a family that wouldn’t care nor love them. Women should be able to get an abortions but also keep them if they want. Women sometimes have to deal with complications and could end up with a stillborn or even risk their health trying to have the baby. Miscarriages are another type of risk for pregnancy and could infect them. There are many ways older individuals can adopt instead of trying for kids and making more health risks. Any individual should have rights and women have these rights to feel the need to put themselves over the baby, for any reason if they have health risks for the baby or the mother carrying. A cell inside a body is not worth risking any individuals health. If the baby does have a heartbeat and doesn’t have any complications then it should be done.

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  • Summer from New York

    A woman should have privacy when having an abortion. If a woman is raped, or the child is known to be stillborn, it is important that a woman has the right to choose. She should be able to have privacy, because it is a hard thing to go through when you lose a child. If the woman does not want to let people know that she has had an abortion, she should not have to.

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  • Catelyn from Illinois

    Only a woman can know the changes that a pregnancy can induce on the body. Men will never experience the back pain, the cramps, the emotions, the cravings, the nausea, the discomfort, etc. A woman should not bring life into this world if she is not ready or comfortable, if she does not wish to. Millions of children are put into foster care because some woman do not believe in abortions (which is fine because that is their CHOICE) but those children rarely get adopted, they tend to get put into homes that don’t care about them and are forced to grow up experiencing more trauma than any child should. Legalized abortions should be a given right for woman because without them, more and more kids will die in the system. So what’s worse? Removing a few cells to prevent them from becoming a neglected human being. Or having living children starve, beaten, or worse because the foster system is so over populated already that the government pays unqualified people to take care of children who don’t have parents?

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  • Karli from Tennessee

    The woman has a right to choose. A fertilized egg is not a person with rights yet. The woman, however, does have rights that should not and can not be messed with by the government.

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  • America from Illinois

    Absolutely. Although a baby’s life does matter, a woman should not be constituted as a murderer for the ability of having a choice. Under any sort of circumstances, only the mother truly knows what is best for her, regardless of other external factors. The government should not be involved in private matters such as these because the technicalities of pregnancy are far beyond principles of legislature. Pregnancy and motherhood are far too complex to be placed under the power of a broad bill.

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  • Ashiya from New Jersey

    Women do have a right to privacy concerning abortions. A woman’s body will endure lasting consequences of a pregnancy that often times remain with her for the remainder of her life. Health wise, a woman should have a say in what will happen to her body if there are options available. These effects are irreversible and to force that upon a woman who could have had a choice removes liberty and the pursuit of happiness as natural rights to that woman. Additionally, there could be numerous reasons as to why a woman must abort regarding health and safety. Take a woman who miscarried within the first trimester, for example. If she is denied an abortion, she must carry a dead fetus within her system for months. The emotional toll as well as the health risk implications extend far beyond the reasoning to keep a woman pregnant without choice.
    If a husband is told his wife will die if she continues with the pregnancy, and the law forces her to do so, he will be forced to watch his lover and his future disappear in less than one year and have to arrange her funeral as well.
    A daughter is raped, and the parent is forced to see her suffer through her pregnancy. She could be as young as twelve or as young as thirty, but the results of carrying a pregnancy caused by rape has the same results upon the mother and her family. The pregnant female may harm herself attempting tactics that could rid of the fetus before the birth as a means to protect the newborn from enduring the truth of their existence. A conceived “rape baby” will have to live their life knowing the reason for their existence is purely forced and unwanted. The baby of a raped female may become a particularly large liability. The foster care system is not a reliable solution as it is not a perfect system with rare cases of higher success rates.
    A fetus may have a heartbeat, but there is no developed brain. A fetus is no person of his or her own without the proper development to have opinions or process information. The heartbeat connects the fetus to the mother, and it is ultimately the mother’s health, safety, and survival that creates the life that the laws against abortion are trying to protect in the first place. Care for the mother is the utmost priority to regulate a healthy and safe pregnancy. The right to privacy belongs to the mother; the choice as to whether or not her pregnancy will allow the fetus their natural rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness can only be guaranteed if the woman bringing the fetus into this world is in one hundred percent agreement as well.

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  • Cassandra from Texas

    The woman has bodily autonomy. It is her body. If she doesn’t want a baby or can’t support the baby, she shouldn’t have the baby. According to bodily autonomy, we can’t take organs from dead people without consent from when they were alive-even if it would be life-saving to another person. The same goes for abortion. If the woman doesn’t want to give up or have her uterus used for 9 months, she doesn’t have to.

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  • rylie from Alabama

    it is her body, she can do whatever she wants with it.

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  • Jeremy from Pennsylvania

    It is a women’s choice either she wants her abortion to be known or not, it is their body being affected after all. People do not know everything about a person, especially such private acts, but f they want to talk about, it has to be their choice. The fact that this issue deals with abortion makes it even more so to give the women the right to privacy, they are the one’s carrying the fetus. Even though abortion has a touchy connotation, everybody has their reasons of why they do it, and should not be condemned for it. Nobody should be forced to reveal anything they do not wish to dispel if it is no true harming anyone, if anything, revealing someone is having an abortion is harming them.

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  • Cynthia from New Jersey

    Women do have a right to privacy concerning abortions as established by cases even before Roe v Wade. Griswold v Connecticut saw the Supreme Court strike down a ban on the sale or use of contraceptives to married couples as it violated their right to privacy. Eisenstadt v Baird extended the precedence set in 1965 to include contraception to unmarried couples; stating that the right to privacy as “the right of the individual, married or single, to be free from unwarranted governmental intrusion into matters so fundamentally affecting a person as the decision whether to bear or beget a child.” In other words, the right for a women or man to use birth control should not be regulated by the government. But even if these precedences were not set, the right to abortion should always be the decision of the women as they are the ones who carry the child, should they choose, for nine months. Furthermore, they are also the ones who raise these children once out of the womb. Not the state and not the pro-lifers, and certainly not the people protesting at Planned Parenthood everyday.
    If the idea that a fetus’s life is more important that the choice of a women as so claimed, how come the issue of frozen eggs, frozen zygotes and embryos are not included in any of the bills passed by “Pro-Life” states? These frozen eggs, zygotes, and embryos are thrown away if not used. Is this not the equivalent of an abortion? So where is this circumstance outlined if the life of an unborn embryo is so important? This in itself shows how the issue of abortion is not the morals of the life of a fetus, but rather the rights of the female population in a patriarchy. But ultimately, I believe abortion comes done to this: it does not concern anyone other than the person who will carry and raise the child and because it is a women’s body, it should be a women’s choice. In the same way that the government does not regulate the usage of Viagra or force men to have a vasectomy, women should have the freedom to do what they choose and do it at their own discretion.

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  • Savannah from Virginia

    According to the 14th Amendment, it’s stated that any citizen of the United States may not have certain “rights or immunities” taken away from them by the government. In the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, doctors and medical providers are required by law to keep all medical records of patients private unless given expressed permission by the patient to share information or in a few very specific circumstances outlined in HIPPAA. Because of this, under the law women should automatically have the right to privacy in any medical situation, including when it comes to obtaining an abortion. A fetus’s “right to life” does not supersede the right of the woman to chose because of bodily autonomy/bodily integrity, which means that you have the right to choice when it comes to decisions that effect your body, health, and future, and is an inherent right of citizens in the United States and protected by the 14th Amendment. The right to bodily autonomy protects brain dead patients from their organs being removed for donation unless expressed consent by the patient before brain death or by an immediate family member; so similarly, a woman’s right to bodily autonomy prevents a fetus from having a right over her uterus because she did not give consent to it being there and thus has a right to evacuation of unwanted pregnancies. Up until a certain point in it’s development, a fetus cannot live on it’s own outside of a uterus, meaning that it would be leeching off of a woman for the duration of it’s development without her consent, and violating her inherent right to bodily autonomy. If a woman consents to sexual intercourse, it is not the same as consenting to hosting a pregnancy. Consent must be given to each party (both for sex and for pregnancy), and even then consent laws state that consent may be revoked at any time.

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  • Sara from Virginia

    The government should not be allowed to control what a woman can or cannot do. It is their own, personal right to decide what to do with their bodies, and having an abortion is a personal decision that should not be taken away by politicians. Even in the Declaration of Independence, it states that “all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Taking away a form of birth control from women is taking away their unalienable rights. The court case Roe v Wade is still in affect, which means it is STILL unconstitutional for a state to ban abortions. If you look at the whole picture, these new abortion laws are basically put in affect to be taken to the Supreme Court. That way, a debate will be had to either keep Roe v Wade in affect or overturn it. This is the only chance people who are pro-life will have a chance to overturn this court case. In the 14th amendment, it states that, “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law” This is exactly the OPPOSITE of what Georgia and Alabama have done by passing these abortion laws. Since women are not able to have an abortion after six weeks of being pregnant OR cannot travel outside the state without facing criminal charges, dangerous things can happen. Women may turn to unhealthy ways to personally abort their baby, which will lead to health risks. That, as well as turning to illegal businesses and processes to get rid of the unborn fetus, which can be dangerous as well. These new abortion laws are unconstitutional, a startup to get Roe v Wade overturned, and a health risk.

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  • Connor from Virginia

    I think women have the right to privacy concerning abortions because they are free to choose what they think would be best for them. They also are given their 14th amendment right which grants women the right to privacy and in turn gives them the liberty to choose whether or not to have an abortion. They should choose using their best judgement because if they are forced to have the child, what if they can’t financially support their child and must live in poor circumstances? They will not be able to support the child they were forced to have.

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  • Freya from Virginia

    I believe that women do have the right to privacy concerning abortions. One reason I believe that women have the right to privacy concerning abortions is because the right to privacy itself is alluded to in the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution. It is stated that people should be secure in their “effects” which can allude to personal, private situations like abortions. Another reason I believe that women should have the right to privacy concerning abortions is because Roe V. Wade stated that the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment provides women with the right to privacy when choosing whether or not to have an abortion.

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  • Mya from Virginia

    I do think women have privacy concerning abortions. No one has to know that you had an abortion. It is your right, no your liberty to decide what to do with the information, on your reproductive status or abortion status. And this is supported by the fourteenth amendment.

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  • Julia from Minnesota

    A zygot, embryo, or fetus, at any age of gestation is still a human child. They may not be able to live independently of their mother, but they have every necessary aspect of human life according to science. The unborn child has it’s own unique body and genetic code. It grows by reproducing cells, it can metabolize nutrients and can react to stimuli. Additionally, the child is an organism, an individual whose structure is part of an hierarchy of cells, tissues, and organs that work together as one. This organism, this unborn child, is simply at its earliest and most vulnerable stages of human life, making it no less than at any other age.
    When a born person is murdered, the murderer is not subject to privacy of the matter, but is instead taken through the public court systems. Whether you believe that abortion is ethical or not, it certainly means the intentional death of a developing human which is defined as murder. Because the murderer of born individuals is not subject to privacy, why should the murderer of the unborn be protected of theirs?

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  • Anna from Pennsylvania

    The Constitution is the supreme law of the land, but sometimes judges interpret it wrongly. For instance, in Dred Scott v. Sandford, the Supreme Court ruled that state laws forbidding slavery deprived slave owners of their “property” and were thus unconstitutional. Today, thankfully, we recognize that African Americans are people, and that depriving them of their liberty is a far worse offense than depriving someone else of supposed “property”.

    In Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court made a similar, equally grave, mistake. Section 1 of the 14th Amendment requires that no state shall “deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the law.” By contending that the only person involved in an abortion decision is the mother, the Supreme Court decided that the right to an abortion must be one of the liberties contained in a “right to privacy”. (This phrase is never found in the Constitution itself, although the Fourth Amendment protects the right to freedom from unwarranted bodily searches.)

    However, scientifically, constitutionally, legally, and philosophically, the unborn must be “persons” as well. Biology tells us they are the same type of being as we are, and unborn children can be considered homicide victims in 38 states. Additionally, there is evidence that unborn children were considered persons in 1868 when the 14th Amendment was ratified. There is no legitimate basis for making a distinction that a child in the womb is not a person while a child outside the womb is. Personhood is not something bestowed on us by the government, nor it is based on our age, consciousness, or physical or intellectual abilities. A person is what we are, not what we can do. Just as it is unthinkable to deny the personhood of an entire race of human beings based on the color of their skin, it is unthinkable to deny the personhood of a millions of children based on their physical characteristics.

    Far from enshrining a right to an abortion, the Fourteenth Amendment requires states to pass laws that protect the life of every single person.

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    • Lili from New Hampshire

      I can acknowledge and appreciate the fact that you wrote that and it is very well done with examples and facts, but I have to disagree with you on this one. The fetus in the womb is not more than just a fetus. It is a bundle of cells. Even if it has a heartbeat, (which even some pro-choice people think is at a point where you shouldn’t abort it) it is still just a bundle of cells. As far as we know, the fetus can’t feel pain and can’t realize the fact that their “life” is ending. So why should woman, or girls, lives be ruined and changed forever because a bundle of cells? It’s not like every woman is getting an abortion, in fact most women probably won’t. So why not give that option to the women that want and need it. It isn’t fair to generalize abortion as “baby-killing” and make that decision for her. Nobody but herself knows the situation she is in and therefore nobody but her has the right to choose what happens to her. What if she got raped. What if she is 11. What if she doesn’t have a job and she’s still in school. She would have to quit school to support this child, but without a degree she will end up working a minimum wage job, which will make life for her and her child hard. She might still be in school which means trying out drugs or doing dumb things with her friends. Now the baby has a physical or mental disorder. She doesn’t have enough money for a home so she moves into a bad neighborhood. Her and her child are now living in a dangerous environment and they aren’t happy with their lives. Now picture that she gets an abortion. She finishes her school, and maybe goes to college. She now has a diploma and possibly a college degree. She has a good job and a home. She is in a place mentally and physically to have a child. Both her and her child live a happy life. What if she is raped. Just like before she is definitely not in a place to have a child, as it is not her fault that she got pregnant. Obviously the man leaves, and just as before she is stuck in this position where she can’t afford a baby, and she know has to change her entire life, for this awful man’s baby. A constant reminder of the man that raped her. An absolute life changing thing that she doesn’t have a decision about. She is in an awful mental place because of her trauma and now her and her child have an awful life because she is not ready and they cannot afford much. Now imagine that she got an abortion. She now doesn’t have to change her life. She can get the abortion, go to therapy, finish her life and move on. She will always have the trauma with her, but now she doesn’t have to change her entire life for it. As I said before, you don’t know her situation. Don’t try to make decisions for her. It is her body, it is her life, it is herself. Why doesn’t she get a say?

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  • Joseph from Tennessee

    Murder is to kill an innocent human being. Abortion is to kill the fetus, and surely noone would argue for the guilt of a fetus. Thus, if a fetus is a human being, the mother has no right to kill it, no matter her circumstances. Surely it is better to be alive, even with a bad life, than to not live at all. Even in the case of rape, if a fetus is indeed a human, then abortion is wrong, since it would answer a great evil, rape, with an even greater one, murder. The only biological difference between a newborn and a fetus is the level of development. The difference between an embryo a moment after conception, and the sperm and egg a moment before, is far greater, because only after conception does the fetus have the full genetic code which determines the development of the body. Thus, the “dividing line,” before which abortion might be permitted, ought most consistently to be placed at conception, where the greatest difference exists between the fetus before and after the “dividing line.” After conception, there is no other point at which a fetus can be deemed a human, but not a human before that moment, without an arbitrary decision. Such a point would only divide based on a difference in degree, while at conception, the division is based on kind. Because of this, a fetus should be treated as a human from the moment of conception. As a human, it is guaranteed the right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Abortion denies it all three of these inalienable rights. Therefore, a mother has no right to have an abortion.

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  • Alice from Virginia

    We are all made with dignity and deserve the right to life. It is not the woman’s choice because it is not her body that is being aborted or not. Everyone deserves a chance at life. A child of rape, foster children, or a child of disability are not any less valuable than any other child or human. Life is the right of every child not the privilege of the “fortunate planned” or “perfect.” “If you don’t like abortion then don’t have one” is like saying “If you don’t like slavery then don’t have a slave” or “If you don’t like murder then don’t murder.” Some choice are always wrong. To talk about one’s rights while taking away another’s life is simply hypocritical and wrong.

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    • lili from New Hampshire

      Slavery and murder are completely different. Having a baby can change a woman’s life forever. Murder is killing a grown human with a life and a family. Slavery is keeping people to do your labor. Abortion is a woman deciding that she doesn’t want to have a baby. Why doesn’t she get the choice of what happens to her body and her life. I agree that everyone is equal but so many kids end up in foster care and have terrible lives. You talk about the right to be born, but what about the right to your own body? Before you’re pregnant you get the choice if you want to have a kid or not but once the fetus is in there it is now not up for discussion? She is still at step 1 of having a baby and you want to take away her rights so soon? It is a bundle of cells in her body that she now doesn’t have any say in. If she gets raped or accidentally pregnant , for the most part, she is not in the right mental, financial, or physical place to have a baby. So why should she have to take that on. It is not like it is just 9 months of pregnancy and it’s over. It is her entire life being changed. Her entire life has to switch and she didn’t even get to have a say in it!

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  • Connor from Delaware

    The right to life is superior to the right to choose, in most cases.

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    • callie from New Hampshire

      It is not the right to life, the child is only cells if you abort before the heartbeat which should be the law. If you were a 14 year old girl still in middle school and you get raped by a man you don’t even know and you don’t have a job or a place to take care of the baby should that girl have to have the child and ruin her whole child/teen life.

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      It is not the right to life, the child is only cells if you abort before the heartbeat which should be the law. If you were a 14 year old girl still i…

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    • Sara from Virginia

      Since we are Americans, I think adhering to what is constitutionally appropriate is the most superior thing citizens can do. Not allowing women to have abortions is taking away their unalienable rights. That, as well as completely ignoring the 14th amendment which specifically states that, “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States”. Georgia and Alabama are going against Section I of the 14th amendment. Roe v Wade has NOT been overturned. It declared that woman have a fundamental right to privacy, which makes abortion constitutional.

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  • Grace from Tennessee

    Technically, the United States’ Constitution doesn’t mention the right to privacy. Although, it should be noted that the Amendments to the Constitution provide guidelines that are relevant to human rights issues. Section 1 of the 14th Amendment of the Constitution states this: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws” (https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/amendments-11-27). Analyzing the text given, it is important to consider the intent of the message presented in this document and the intentions of the writers.
    As many may note, the Constitution of the United States of America can be interpreted by judges in different ways, creating and nullifying different laws. This, in turn, creates conflicting laws that are later overturned, modified, or rejected. This creates issues within the justice system and causes instability within national courts. In the 14th Amendment there is a clause that states “all persons born or naturalized in the United States” are citizens. Although the vast majority of people understand what naturalization is, Webster’s Dictionary also explains the word “naturalize” as this: “to bring into conformity with nature” (https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/naturalize). Interestingly, it can be mutually agreed upon that pregnancy is a natural occurrence and that the unborn child will be brought into conformity with nature and be born. Although this may seem a bit of a stretch, it should be noted that the Amendment also states that it is forbidden for States to “deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law”. In this excerpt the phrase, “any person” doesn’t just include citizens, it includes all people.
    If there were a bag of apple seeds in a bag in a farmer’s barn, and someone took those seeds and destroyed them, that farmer would lose his whole orchard of apple trees. Why? Well, because those seeds were his apple trees. Although those seeds hadn’t fully matured, they would grow into apple trees, nothing else. If something is naturally growing, that means that it is living. In the same sense, if a fetus inside of a mother’s womb is growing, then it is living. That child is human because it can become nothing else. Just because we cannot see the human, doesn’t mean that the baby should be deprived of its human rights. The law clearly protects the rights of these babies being aborted. The 14th Amendment prohibits the deprivation of life, liberty, or property without the due process of law. In turn, these babies that are being aborted (killed) should be given the rights and due processes of law before the mother decides to terminate that child’s right to life. If a judge and jury can find the fetus guilty of something, then maybe the laws that were created by a misinterpretation of the law should be reconsidered.

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  • Sidney from Virginia

    Abortion is a topic that has been widely debated in past months. Some women believe that they should have the right to abortion however, I am on the other side of that spectrum, and do not believe that. A common slogan that has been widely accepted in the abortion movement is, “My body, my choice.” However, this is a misguided and untrue statement. When a woman is getting an abortion, she is not aborting HER body, she instead is aborting her CHILD’S body. Though the child may be dependent on the mother, it is NOT the mother.
    For example, if a woman is pregnant with a male child, is she male? Is her body male? No! Of course not! The child inside the mother would be its own separate entity, or body. Not convinced? If the child inside the mother is a male, the child is characterized with an XY chromosome, henceforth the child is male. The woman, though carrying this child, would still be characterized as an XX chromosome, making her female. It is biologically impossible for a human being to be both fully male, and fully female. This scenario makes it clear that the child is not the mother’s body, it is its own.
    Since the beginning of this country, every american citizen has been guaranteed the right to LIFE liberty and the pursuit of happiness. No one can take that away. Why should someone get to determine the right to life to a child when it is already guaranteed? They shouldn’t.
    According to http://www.ncsl.org, 38 states consider fetuses to be “persons” when in relation to a homicide charge. This means that the murderer can be charged for both the death of the mother AND the child if both die during the attack. Why is it not the same if a mother purposely kills her child? Does it make it more ethical somehow? Of course not! By having an abortion you are effectively terminating the life of a separate body, the same thing that happens during a homicide.
    All in all, abortion should NOT be a fully legal, easily accessible option. There are exceptions in most laws for extreme cases but generally, there should be NO excuse to take a human life. There should be NO excuse to terminate a separate human life. There are many flaws in the logic of those who argue for the right of legalized murder. It is not their body, it is not their choice.

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  • Brady from Illinois

    Human life, born or unborn, is life. Abortion is murder. It is just given a nicer term that sounds like its not all that bad. People might say, “A woman has her rights to privacy and to do as she chooses with life.” People should not play God, deciding if they want an unborn baby to live or to die.

    Roe v. Wade was one of the most controversial Supreme Court cases in history. Even the defendant, Norma McCorvey, switched to the other side of the argument some years later. Sooner or later, the world will have to understand that being pro-life is not political but rather it is moral. Life is something that humans cannot waste. By taking the life of an unborn baby, the life of the person who will cure cancer might be taken and never had the opportunity to. Life is something that people hold very dearly. Sometimes we wish we had more days in our life and life in our days. To take away the opportunity for a person to do something great is immoral. Women should have the right to an abortion in circumstances defined accurately by a fair legislature and/or judicial body. Drastic circumstances are in the eye of the beholder. How would you feel if your mother had decided that she wanted an abortion? You wouldn’t exist. And yet, some people on the other side of the argument would probably be okay with that. Moral judgment is not something that is hereditary or can be learned in a school or university. Life is sacred and while women are protected under the 14th Amendment to privacy, Roe v. Wade should be overturned and abortions should become illegal in most circumstances.

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    • lili from New Hampshire

      You say that the baby might cure cancer. What if the mom might have cured cancer but she had to drop out of school to take care of this baby? It is not all about the baby, it is about the mother and her life. We shouldn’t be prioritizing an unborn cell over a real grown person’s life. It is not murder. It is not called murder for a reason. It is the extraction of cells from a woman’s body. It is her right to have an abortion because it her right to her body. You shouldn’t be generalizing abortion as baby killing because you don’t know the situation these women are in and therefore you shouldn’t get to chose the rest of her life for her.

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  • Haley from Ohio

    “For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb… My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they were all written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.” Psalm 139:13-16. These verses explain God’s divine love and preparation He has put into every human being. He knew me, He knew you, and had a plan for our existence before any of us were even born. An issue with many arguments from those on the side of pro-choice is, as a woman, they don’t want to be told what to do and, as a man, they don’t want to be accused of telling women what to do, and specifically in this sense: with their bodies. So the issue goes deeper than simply, “How can I make sure that no one is going to interfere with my choices?” and more along the lines of, “Is it acceptable to terminate an unwanted child?” As humans, none of us likes to be told what we can and cannot do, and we are very good a rationalizing to get what we want. As women, we have been told it is noble to fight for what we feel entitled to, in this case, a life free of the child that wasn’t intended, but in reality, that idea is selfish. A false sense of nobility; it’s the easy way out instead bravely turning the tide doing what is best for others and the baby inside the womb.

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  • Gregory from California

    Women’s privacy regarding abortion (which, essentially, is filicidal infanticide) has been put aside by such official organizations as the Oklahoma House of Representatives, who have panned abortion not only morally (labeling it as murder and having directed Oklahoma judges to not interfere with the protection of pre-born children) but religiously as well (stressing that all humans are creations of God and have the right to life as such). Even in such cases as rape or other instances of unintentional pregnancies, should we REALLY consider the child to be JUST as much a mistake as the pregnancy itself was? Does someone have the right to kill someone on the street just because they have been wronged in some way? And even if fetuses aren’t counted as human beings, it would still be like stomping on a bird egg in that it wouldn’t even get a chance to develop and live.

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  • Timothy from Texas

    A baby’s life matters too and it’s kind of selfish for a woman to kill a baby just because of her decision. This procedure should only be used in the events of rape and incest. The child should live nevertheless, and if the parent is not capable of taking care of the child they should put it up for adoption.

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  • Will from Illinois

    I think it is not the mother’s right to choose if the baby should die or not. Just imagine if it was you, and your mother never had you. Does that show you how much they care about you if they did that? You are basically taking away another human that could be apart of this world and could have done something spectacular or exciting, but you never got the chance to see who they are if the mother decides to have an abortion.

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    I think it is not the mother’s right to choose if the baby should die or not. Just imagine if it was you, and your mother never had you. Does that sho…

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    • callie from New Hampshire

      Well you are just cells you have no emotion or feeling, if the child is aborted it won’t affect the field at all. It’s the mothers choice its her body. Adoption is not common because it costs so much money and not many people have that much or are willing to adopt. Your statement made no sense by the way, i can’t imagine if my mom aborted me because i wouldn’t be alive. My mom was fit to have a child and raise it unlike some people who are not able to.

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      Well you are just cells you have no emotion or feeling, if the child is aborted it won’t affect the field at all. It’s the mothers choice its her body…

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    • Joi from Maryland

      It is a woman’s right to privacy concerning abortions to make the decision regarding her body. No man should have a say about the matter as they are not the child carrier, nor cannot understand the emotions, feelings, pains, etc that a woman is experiencing during pregnancy. By no means is abortion considered an “easy way out” of a pregnancy. But the right to privacy concerning the pregnancy or abortion remains the right of the woman.

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    • Jahzara from Nevada

      What if the mother was a 12 year old child that was raped with no family to help support for her child. You never know the person’s situation as to why they need an abortion. Also, the baby isn’t fully developed and we wouldn’t be able to imagine not being here because we actually ARE here. And we can’t necessarily have a say so in that if we’ve never experienced it .

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  • Joel from New Jersey

    The Declaration of Independence grants every one the right to life, liberty, and happiness. Abortion is basically getting rid of the right to life. Another reason is that an unborn child should not be punished for the actions of two adults.

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  • Paolo from New Jersey

    Ultimately, the Supreme Court vastly extended the fourth amendment and misinterpreted it in the landmark case of Roe V Wade. The Fourth Amendment secures the privacy of Americans from unreasonable searches and seizures. Nowhere on the amendment does it state that women ultimately had the right to abortion. This statement is supported even by Supreme Court Justices Rehnquist and White who themselves dissented in Roe v Wade and agreed that the whole issue of implicit privacy was vastly stretched. According to White, “I find nothing in the language or history of the Constitution to support the Court’s judgment. ” In that court case, the Supreme Court vastly extended their power of judicial review and set an unfounded and constitutionally unsupported precedent. To ensure that this right to abortion will be always upheld, I think an amendment explicitly protecting the right to abortion is necessary to reduce opposition.

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  • Jack from Virginia

    It’s the baby’s body, not hers, so she cannot choose simply because it’s not her choice to make.

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    • Dorothy from New Hampshire

      The baby’s not alive. Also how does it have a choice?

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    • Laney from Georgia

      Fetuses are parasites. Until they are born into the world, they rely on the mother because they do NOT have bodies. They are a great burden unto women and the fact that men in power want to impose that burden unto all women just shows that the government is misogynistic.

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    • Joshua from Oregon

      The question is concerning whether the woman has a right to privacy, not whether abortion is morally acceptable.

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    • Paolo from New Jersey

      This is a constitutional question, not a moral one

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