Wim Van de Keere
English comp I
Prof. Fjordbotten

A matter of life and death

About 29 years ago, Norma McCorvey, who then adopted the pseudonym Jane Roe, became the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit to challenge the strict anti-abortion laws in Texas.The case was appealed to the Supreme Court, which handed down its controversial ruling on January 22, 1973.The decision legalized abortion in all fifty states and sparked a sociopolitical debate that remains charged to this day.However, McCorvey never had an abortion and eventually gave away the child for adoption.In 1995, she converted to Christianity and became a fervent adversary of abortion.The woman who had fought for women to have the freedom to decide what to do with their bodies came to see pro-abortionists as killers.
Let'sfirst take a look at some of the circumstances in which people may decide to abort a child.I think it's a misconception to think that people will only opt for abortion in cases of unplanned parenthood.Today's technology enables us to see at a very early stage of the pregnancy if the baby is in good health.If tests show that something is wrong and that the baby will never be able to survive or will only grow to be a certain age, parents often have a very difficult decision to make.In these cases, I think that parents definitely have the right to opt for abortion.I find it sad that, while those people go through a living hell, they are judged for their actions, often by people who obviously haven't been in their situation and judge them as killers who took an innocent life.It's far more complex than that.
Unwanted pregnancies remain the main reason to opt for abortion.Here again, the matter is very complex and there isn't a solution that is valid in every situation.If the pregnancy is the result of rape or sexual abuse, there should be no discussion.The victim has the right to choose for abortion…

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