Civil liberties are vital and valuable for the American society. The right of privacy is one of the most important rights that a person can have as an individual. The bill of Rights does not have an amendment that mentions a right to privacy, however “the first Congress had the concept of privacy in mind when it crafted the first 10 amendments” (Edwards, Wattenberg, & Lineberry, 2008, p. 131). “Today, one of the greatest debates concerning American’s civil liberties lies in the emerging area of privacy rights” (Edwards, Wattenberg, & Lineberry, 2008, p. 130).
Abortion is a topic of controversy, and I decided to write about abortion because abortion is the perfect example to describe a civil liberty. As a couple has the right to family plan, they also have the right to whether have a baby or practice an abortion. Abortion means the interruption or termination of pregnancy. “The idea that the Constitution guarantees a right to privacy was first enunciated in a court case in 1965, in which a family violated a Connecticut law by disseminating a birth control device” (Edwards, Wattenberg, & Lineberry, 2008, p. 132 ).
Pro-life believes in one of the most important American values, which is life and their opinion is that abortion should not happen because that means talking someone’s life. The Roe v. Wade believes in another important American value, which is liberty. The Roe v. Wade believes that women should have the choice to have an abortion during the first trimester; however abortion in the third trimester is ban “except when the mother’s life or health was in danger” (Edwards, Wattenberg, & Lineberry, 2008, p. 132). Public Funding for Abortion is a public policy named Hyde Amendment that was passed by Congress in 1976. The Hyde Amendment excludes abortion from the comprehensive health care services provided by to look income” (Public Funding for Abortion, 2004, p. 1). The Hyde Amendment policy is approved by the Medicaid program by certainly conditions, for example if a woman was raped, incest, or a woman’s life is in danger due to the pregnancy and it has to be interrupted to save her life. “Most states have followed the federal government’s lead in restricting public funding for abortion” (Public Funding for Abortion, 2004, p. 1).
Four states in the United States have voluntary abortion funding, and 13 states have an independent protection for reproductive choice and have ordered nondiscriminatory public funding of abortion (Public Funding for Abortion, 2004, p. 1). “The thirty two remaining states pay for abortions for low-income women in cases of life-endangering circumstances, rape, or incest, as mandated by federal Medicaid law. 3” (Public Funding for Abortion, 2004, p. 1). I support the conditions of the Hyde Amendment policy because it cares for the women’s health.
The Hyde Amendment policy shows care and respect for a women psychological health in case of been raped, and I support the agreement to abortion in these types of situations. On January 23, 2006 “President Bush assured protesters of Roe v. Wade gathered outside the Capitol in Washington, DC” (Gill, 2006, p. 1) that he supported and commemorated the declaration of Independence, which means that anyone is free to have an abortion, and if women considered being convenient, healthy or just had the desire to do it they have the right to do it. Sunday January 22, 2006 was the 33 anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, which made abortion legal in all 50 states” (Gill, 2006, p. 1). In various states abortion is severally limited, “for example, in 2000 98 percent of North Dakota had no medical provider with abortion services” (Gill, 2006, p. 1). Indiana, Georgia, Ohio, and Tennessee states restricted abortion to women unless a woman’s life was in danger. Indiana state legislature is poised to debate House Bill 1096 to have some abortion restrictions” (Gill, 2006, p. 1). Republican representative Troy Woodruff, wanted to appeal against Roe v. Wade to the Supreme Court because he believes that abortion is a crime and should not the legal in any state. Over all, abortion is a huge controversial act all around the world, but “the Congress of the Unites States have passed numerous statues forbidding the use of federal funds for abortions” (Edwards, Wattenberg, ; Lineberry, 2008, p. 32). I have learned the benefits of liberty as an individual and the controversy depth of abortion. The article provided information about how is abortion. “The Obama administration and Democratic leaders appeared near agreement with Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson late Friday night to provide the crucial 60th vote needed for Senate passage of health care legislation” (Senators make strides on abortion issue, health bill, 2009, p. 1). “A clinic in St. Louis challenged the law as unconstitutional, but in Webster v.
Reproductive Health Services (1989), the court upheld the law” (Edwards, Wattenberg, ; Lineberry, 2008, p. 133). Some states in this country have laws that require minors to have a parent’s approval before getting an abortion. In conclusion abortion is definitely legal in this country and in contemporary America, we need less protection against this liberty because a woman should know if she is capable to take care of a new human been or not.
There are many cases in the Unites States and all around the world about the abandon of new born babies, and is more harmful than an abortion itself. I strongly support the Ron v. Wade decision and the abortion restrictions; I also agree with it because this decision respects the society’s liberty on either keeping the baby or practicing an abortion only if the women had been raped, incest, or the women’s life is in danger. A woman should be responsible to decide whether practice an abortion is the best decision for the well