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Roe vs. Wade, decided in 1973, allows pregnant women the right to an abortion without excessive government restriction. Today, safe abortion could be in jeopardy due to the appointment of elected officials.

With tension rising, Roe v. Wade has become a trivial topic of 2020. 

As a woman, I believe Roe v. Wade is important now and will be important 20 years from now. The history to why this law was enacted into place is important when forming opinions over the matter.

This landmark law was set into place Jan. 22, 1973. It created women’s rights to a safe and legal abortion in the U.S. Though, this law has been controversial since it was established.

Before any laws were set into place regarding abortion, doctors in the 1850s prescribed women dangerous drugs in effort to induce abortions. This will likely be a woman’s reality again if Roe v. Wade is reversed. 

If safe and legal abortions are taken away, this will not stop abortion. This will only start a dark and deadly trend of black-market abortions. 

According to the Guttmacher Institute, through the 1950s and 60s, the estimated number of illegal abortions in the U.S. ranged from 200,000 to 1.2 million per year.

After Jan. 22, 1972, Justice Harry Blackmun declared that a woman’s right to an abortion was implicit in the right to privacy protected by the 14th Amendment. 

Roe v. Wade shouldn’t be looked at as just abortions. It is health care designed for women exercising their right to choose their best option. When thinking about how dangerous illegal abortion is, it’s important to recognize that illegal abortion made up to 1/6 of pregnancy related deaths. 

Access to legal abortions has become one of the safest medical procedures in the U.S. You can thank Roe v. Wade for that. 

According to Planned Parenthood, by overturning this law, this will put more than 25 million women at risk of losing access to abortion. This includes more than 4.3 million Hispanic or Latina women, 3.5 million black women, 800,000 Asian women and nearly 300,000 American Indian or Alaska Native women. 

Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation to the Supreme court might as well be the end to the safe abortion action that women have now. Their opinions regarding abortion is a danger to women. 

Roe v. Wade reflects the American ideals of being able to make your own choice. Nothing is more American than having peace-of-mind that your country will respect your wishes regarding your health. Taking away women’s rights is un-American. 

It is in danger now, and there is a real possibility that Roe v. Wade could be overturned. 

If Roe v. Wade is eliminated, states would be allowed to criminalize abortion. That decision right there will allow countless women to find other means of abortion, often dangerous and fatal. 

Roe v. Wade is pro-woman. This law gives women the right to make decisions for themselves, for their safety. Taking this away will put the lives of many women in danger. 

It’s important to remember the facts and the lives that will be endangered when electing officials into office who will strip women of their 14th Amendment right to privacy.

The Guttmacher Institute says that nearly one in four women in America will have an abortion in their lifetime. Think about women this and every election season. 

We matter, and our rights matter, too. 

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