Abortion: "Choice for America; An American Right at Risk"

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Abortion is one of the most controversial and emotional issues facing the U.S. today. This should not be surprising, given that individuals' attitudes about abortion are shaped by their convictions regarding religion, morality, human rights, public health and the status of women in society. Over twenty-five years ago the Supreme Court ruled that an anti-abortion law violated a woman's constitutional right to privacy. The right to privacy and the choice for abortion is solely dependent on the person(s) involved and should not be rescinded by a superior authority. The two following articles highlights the basic points of each oppositions sides on what the authors base their decision on.

In Which Way Black America? - Pro-Choice, Faye Wattleton describes what outcomes might take effect if this right is overturned. Of these, her main argument is that women will be forced away from safe and reliable sources and into the hands of unsafe and uncaring opportunists.

Part of the article shows how this is already being demonstrated by allowing states to impose severe restrictions on access to abortion services, particularly for poor women. Wattleton sums up her article by stating, "without the right to take charge of our personal lives and our destinies, our other rights are virtually meaningless."

On the other hand, in Pamela Carr's article, Which Way Black America? - Anti-Abortion, she writes that abortion is not a solution to break poverty or overcome planned goals to ones education and careers but that is undermines the ideals previous black leaders stood for. She relates to her own abortion and how it placed guilt and depression upon her. She quotes facts such as 400,000 black babies are aborted each year. In the United States, black people make up 12 percent of the population yet 25 percent of abortions are by black...