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As humans, it is our right to make decisions about our own bodies. By 1880, all abortion was made illegal in the U.S., but the Supreme Court changed that in 1973 with the Roe V. Wade decision, making abortion legal everywhere in the U.S. Abortion should remain legal everywhere in the U.S.
All people have a right to their own body. The Constitution protects your liberty and privacy under the Fourteenth Amendment. Eliminating the choice for a woman to get an abortion and make her choice is invasive and intruding. There aren't any laws restricting a man from getting a procedure he wants, so why should there be for women?
Not only do you deserve privacy and the right to your own body, but there are many valid reasons why a woman would feel the need to get an abortion. Teen pregnancy is considered to currently be one of the biggest problems. Each year nearly 1 million teens get pregnant and are among the 70 percent of people who drop out of high school every year. Our government spends $40 billion each year on families that began with teen pregnancy. Banning abortion will only make these statistics higher and make matters worse.
Another issue is abortion rights being affected by religious views. The Constitutional rights around abortion legislation includes the religion clauses of the First Amendment. The First Amendment prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion. People's religious beliefs affect their views on abortion and the choice a mother should be allowed to make.
All around banning abortion could make situations worse and unsafe. It could cause rebellion and unsafe abortions, possibly resulting in death.
One woman dies every minute around the world due to unsafe illegal abortion. Frankly, what a mother does to her body and child is her business. Our world is overpopulated, our nation's in debt, and having a child at the wrong time isn't a smart choice for the mother or child.
There are many reasons why abortion should be legal everywhere in the U.S. Women have a right to privacy and their own body, it eliminates escalating problems for people and our country, and laws cannot be influenced by religious beliefs. If our country symbolizes freedom so strongly, than why not allow it?
Editor's Note: This is the first in a series of 10 essays that will be running weekly in the Capital City Weekly. Each year for the past 10, students at Floyd Dryden Middle School compose, edit and pick editorial essays for publication in the CCW. Essays are picked by a student editorial board, and the Capital City Weekly is pleased to donate space for these young writers. The students who served on the editorial board are Andyn Mulgrew-Truitt (Editorial Board Leader), Gabrielle Scales (Editorial Board Leader), Cassie Dzinich, Matthew Edwards, Mason Fowler, Janessa Goodman, Taia Hadfield, Dang Xue Loseby, Luis Medrano, Cierra McCain, Emily Mossberg, Gray Price, Maxie Saceda-Hurt, Abby Schmidt, Anthony Simpson, Colton Tersteeg, Jillian Tracy and Kasey Watts. The words shared here are their opinions, not necessarily those of the Capital City Weekly.