The Abortion Debate

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Mokhtar Awad � DATE \@ "M/d/yyyy" �2/22/2006�


President bill Clinton once said "a woman has the right to chose whether to have an abortion or not, it is her constitutional right." Therefore I agree with the resolution that an American woman has a right to an abortion. My value for the round is justice. Justice is defined by the American heritage dictionary as what is socially right. Justice is my value because a woman is guaranteed the right to have the freedom to choose what best for her. The government doesn't have the right to tell the woman what's best for her. My criterion for the round is protection of rights. It's my criteria because abortion symbolizes women's freedom, and the government restriction is unconstitutional.

I offer these following definitions from the American heritage dictionary: rights and abortion. Rights are defined as a just claim to a title. And abortion is defined as the terminating of unborn fetus, for the greater goodness of the carrying mother.

My first contention is upholding the constitution. In Roe v. Wade, 410 U. S. 113 (1973), the U. S. Supreme Court determined that the Constitution protects a woman's decision whether or not to terminate her pregnancy. In a companion case, Doe v. Bolton, 410 U. S. 179 (1973), the Court held further that a state may not unduly burden a woman's fundamental right to abortion by prohibiting or substantially limiting access to the means of effectuating her decision. 1967 saw the first victory of an abortion reform movement with the passage of liberalizing legislation in Colorado. The legislation was based on the Model Penal Code. Between 1967 and 1973, approximately one-third of the

States had adopted, either in whole or in part, the Model Penal Code's provisions allowing abortion in instances...