Should the Supreme Court Strike Down Laws Increasing Restrictions on Abortions?
The 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision is still one of the most hotly discussed rulings in the history of the high court. Despite great efforts by anti-abortion supporters, the core tenets of that decision have remained in place for nearly 50 years now. However, these tenets are once again being challenged, as the Supreme Court recently heard arguments concerning a Mississippi law that would outlaw abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.
Those who support the Supreme Court striking down laws that increase restrictions on abortions argue that such laws are a violation of a woman’s right to privacy and the ability to make decisions about her body. This side may argue that an unborn fetus has not adequately developed yet to have rights and that therefore the focus should be on the woman’s right to choose what she wants done.
Those who support the Supreme Court striking down laws that increase restrictions on abortions argue that such laws protect the unborn’s right to life. They contend that the fundamental job of government is to protect the life of all, and an abortion is equivalent to killing a fetus. Therefore, they argue, the Court must not strike down laws that would increase abortion restrictions.
So, what do you think? Should the Supreme Court Strike Down Laws Increasing Restrictions on Abortions? Students can answer Yes, they should; No, they should not; or a nuanced answer in between!
Note: Ideal Think the Vote responses include the following:
- Address the question asked in a thoughtful and meaningful manner
- Use cited facts and constitutional arguments when appropriate to support their answers
- Are expressed in cohesive sentences and are free of distracting spelling, punctuation, and grammatical errors
- They address counter-arguments and opposing concerns in a respectful manner
- They organize their answer in a manner that flows logically and reads clearly
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