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Roe v Wade Gone, onus back on States

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People in the USA are very angry right now. The Supreme Court has overturned the Roe v Wade decision, citing the fact it was decided on the flimsiest of reasonings in the first place.

The argument comes back to Section 1 of the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution

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.

The key piece I have put in bold. The Pro Life argument is that an unborn baby is still a "person" and therefore deserves this protection. The "pro abortion" argument comes back to the first sentence of the section that says "All persons born..." as being the important part. Well, at least for those that actually pay attention to the legal aspect rather than the "women's rights" aspect.

I want to be careful here. I am neither pro-life nor pro-abortion. I think this is a decision that must be up to those involved in the situation. I think women should be able to have an abortion when it's required, but I am also against using abortion as a form of contraceptive. There should never be a situation where an 11yo victim of rape is refused an abortion by the state. I'm also not happy for some 25 year old to have an abortion just because she decided she didn't like the idea of keeping it after a one night stand. Responsibility is a huge part of the issue for me. It should not be used to enable a lifestyle, but it should not be illegal either.

I think the court made the right decision though. This issue is so important that it should not be determined by a case that was shakey at best. This absolutely an issue the Federal Congress needs to resolve. And if the Democrats were smart, they'd be using this as an issue for the Federal Midterms later this year.

Let the gnashing of teeth begin. I welcome the hate this post will bring. Take me on!