Abortion - Political Science 1113 - American Government

1) What did the U.S. Supreme Court decide in Roe v. Wade?
They concluded, against the views of Texas justices, the word "person" in the Constitution is not extended to anyone who has yet to be born. Therefore, unless the unborn is capable of sustaining its' own life outside of the womb, the unborn is not a person. This overturned Texas ruling of criminalizing abortion. The federal ruling separated the woman and her doctor relationship from being managed by the state. Although, the state does have the option to rear its' head if they have substantial evidence to intervene.

2) What is a pregnancy trimester?  
It is a termed used to lump together the three perceived stages of fetal development. The first stage is the rapid growth from cell to embryo to tadpool. The 2nd stage develops humaniod features and a differientation between a sex (or not) is noticable. The 3rd stage involves rapid fetal growth, fusion of bones, and extensive development of nervous system.

3)What is the real name of the plaintiff in Roe v. Wade?
Her name is Norma McCorvey.

4)What is her stance on abortion today?
She believes that she was exploited by her two lawyers. She is now a pro-life activist. 

5) Is abortion the same as murder? Why? Why not?
No and Yes. Murder can be defined as ending someones' life unlawfully. Under federal law, abortion is not murder. It is also defined as taking another human beings' life. The fetus is attached to the females' placenta, which resides inside of a human beings' body. The fetus feeds off of a female human beings' body and is dependent on the female for life. Technically, until it is independently viable, the fetus is a parasite. A parasite is an organism that grows, feeds, and is sheltered on or in a different organism while contributing nothing to the survival of its host. Although it is not murder, the fetus is a living creature because it has living cells, so abortion is the act of ending a living entity's life. 

6) If you agree with a woman's right to choose, are you afraid that women will use the right as another form of birth control? If you disagree with a woman's right to choose, would you feel differently in cases of rape, incest, and/or to save the life of the mother? 
 The question isn't about whether it is a birth control or not, because it is birth control, but more about abuse. It is an emotionally taxing process, and many women don't go back for a second helping. If a woman feels the need to have 6 abortions, I can't say that I want her to have children. She's obviously willing to spend $500, frustrating emotional counseling, and 4 hours of her time doing it each time. The people, who are so active about petitioning abortion, should be more focused on the children who are abused or neglected because their parents couldn't afford an abortion. 

7) Do you feel that life begins at conception? Why? Why not?
Yes, sperm and ovums are living entities. When sperm reaches the ovum and fertilizes the egg cells immediately and rapidly divide. It then moves from the fallopian tubes to the uterus in search of nutrients. The simple act of searching for food to sustain life is a quality all living things have. 

8) Please explain Oklahoma's ultrasound provision? 
Oklahoma law does not require (like some other states) women who seek an abortion to go through the process of a doctor force them to have an ultrasound then explain the fetus in detail before they give an abortion. 

9) Who authored the bill?
Republican Lisa Billy
What is the status of that provision today?
It was ruled unconstitutional and will always be.

10) Should married women have to get the consent of their husbands before an abortion is given? Why? Why not?
No, the law should not have authority over personal property. By requiring that, it would open a flood gate for more provisions on abortion. It is a very personal matter and because it is a part of the women who has the physical burden to carry the fetus for 9 months. That is abuse. 

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