What is this case all about?
- The Mississippi law, which makes most abortions illegal after 15 weeks of pregnancy, is a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade.
- Roe, is the 1973 decision that established a constitutional right to abortion and barred states from banning the procedure before fetal viability.
- At stake is the state’s right to legislate abortion. Is abortion really a constitutionally protected right?
According to New York Times reporter, Carl Hulse, the Supreme Court is likely to release its decision in the case at the end of its term in June or early July. In the meantime, America is talking about women’s rights and the rights of the unborn child. At least we’re talking about it. And that’s my point. We should be talking about it.
At some point, we have to think about what abortion really is before we can honestly decide how we feel about it and judge its merits. We can’t shut out reality just because we have good reasons to help out a woman with an unwanted pregnancy.
In my view, whether it happens at 15 weeks gestation or 24 weeks, it’s still taking a human life. Does anyone argue with that? And that’s the real issue, isn’t it? Should it be legal to take a human life? Should it be a constitutional right?
We have to lay the cards on the table. We have to look at all the facts, not just the ones that support our opinion. We must carefully consider the evidence provided by both sides.
Although it is tragic if a woman dies from an illegal abortion, it is still important to look at some of the facts we may rather not face.