Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Roe v. Wade

     I have always been interested by Roe v. Wade because of the controversy, and the arguments that each side takes, but before Mr. Doggett's presentation I did not know much of the history.  Roe v. Wade and the conversation of abortion is a 'hot button' topic that likely to create debate whenever talked about.  There are many topics that make the conversation so complex.  The topics range from when a life begins to religious principals.  Mr. Doggett took us through the evolution of Roe v. Wade. He began Skinner v. Oklahoma (1942) to Griswold v. Connecticut (1965) and finally bringing us to Roe v. Wade (1970).  One of the most surprising points of the presentation was what women would do when abortions where illegal.  Mr Doggett said that women would throw themselves down the stairs, drink, and punch themselves in the stomach to try to abort their baby.  The points Mr. Doggett made during his presentation further strengthened my views on Roe v. Wade.
     When I am asked for my position on Roe v. Wade I am often conflicted on how to answer.  On one hand I am pro life and abortions do not sit right with me.  However, on the other hand I understand and believe that they can be necessary.  One of my main problems with Roe v. Wade is that they define when life begins, and that is a difficult statement to make.  Through Roe v. Wade's language it says that life begins after the second trimester.  That is a difficult assumption to make because all pregnancies are different and there are many variables.  As a new Supreme Court Justice is nominated, I believe that Roe v. Wade will be open for discussion.  I believe that Roe v. Wade is just, however I do believe that there could be adjustments made to the legislation.

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