This year marks the thirty-seventh anniversary since the United States Supreme Court ruled that women across the country have an constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy. Since the 1973 ruling, it is estimated that 50 million fetuses have been aborted, and pro-life rallies and marches, such as the March for Life, have occurred since 1974, when the anniversary arrives.
Those against abortion believe that not only does abortion terminate a possible life that could make a difference in the world, but could do some harm to those who have abortions. Deirdre McQuade, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops spokeswoman, was reported by a CNN reporter in saying, “We want to change people’s hearts and minds and help them to know that abortion … is not necessary and really undermines the rights of women. We’re working towards the day where abortion will not only be illegal but unthinkable.”
Others, however, feel differently about this issue. Those who are for abortion rights may not feel that fetuses are actual human beings. Terry O’Neill, the president for the National Organization for Women (NOW) was quoted in saying “A fetus is not a life, sorry. And no, nobody’s religious conviction justifies taking women’s ability to shape their own futures away from them.”
Either way, there is one thing that activists on both sides agree on: with a conservative-leaning Supreme Court, there is a chance that this ruling will be overturned. There has also been questions about abortion rights that has helped play a key role in the health care reform. It is believed by a number of abortion rights supporters that a bill that was passed in the House of Representatives in November does not – and possibly will not do – enough to provide access to reproductive services. There are many abortion rights opponents, however, who say that legislation approved by the Senate in December does not go far enough to ensure taxpayer dollars are not used to fund abortions.
Anyway you look at it, people will have to realize that this country has roughly 50 million people less than where the population is at now, which is pretty much one generation. It could have been a generation in which there could have been more doctors, lawyers, teachers, scientists, politician, law enforcement officers, etc. That is a generation in which 50 million voices will never be heard. It is something that I am pretty sure of that most people will regret doing later in life.
The full story can be found at: http://www.cnn.com/2010/POLITICS/01/22/abortion.rally /index.html#cnnSTCText