Last week, students across the nation tackled one of the most controversial topics in America: abortion. In our #DoNowAbortion post, we asked students Should the government (federal or state) be able to stop a woman from getting an abortion? If so, why? If not, should there be at least some restrictions on abortion procedures? Why or why not?
In 1973, the Supreme Court legalized abortion in every state in Roe v. Wade. Despite this landmark court case, Americans still remain polarized on the subject. Does the government have the right to interfere with a woman’s choice? Is it morally wrong to allow it? In the past few years, pro- choice supporters have focused their attention on creating more restrictive abortion laws in individual states. In 2013, state legislatures approved 70 laws that restricted abortions, such as bans on abortions at 20 weeks or limitations on insurance coverage. According to the Guttmacher Institute, around one in three unintended pregnancies result in an abortion.
Throughout the week, students debated back and forth on the subject, pointing to a woman’s right to decide, safety concerns and how it’s morally wrong to abort an unborn child. The majority of students agreed that a woman has the right to decide.
It’s a Woman’s Choice
Many students stated that women have the right to decide whether or not to get an abortion.
— Gregory Massey Jr. (@GregoryMasseyJr) March 31, 2014
— Crystal (@cbatshon15) March 31, 2014
— Marissa Whitaker (@MarissaWhit15) April 1, 2014
Others argued that the government should not allow women to abort an unborn child.
— Kara Peterson (@karapetersonnth) April 4, 2014
— Christine Prichard (@drewisminesorry) April 1, 2014
— Sara Torstrom (@surfwavegirl) March 31, 2014
Students also disputed that states should enact restrictions to make sure abortion isn’t abused.
— Jaylen Sanders (@JaylenSanders24) April 3, 2014
— Sorayaa (@SorayaaM96) April 4, 2014
Legal Abortion Promotes Safety
Some also pointed to how keeping abortions legal ensures that women go to safe clinics.
— Andre Truong (@AndreTruong1689) April 1, 2014
— Laura Kastilani (@LauraKastilani) March 31, 2014
What About Other Options?
Some students suggested women should give the child up for adoption.
— jonathan (@__jmack) April 4, 2014
— Danielle (@daniwillks) April 4, 2014