Clash of Religious Views on Contraception and Aboprtion Essay

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The Clash Of Religious Views On Contraception and Abortion “Freedom is dear to us. Hence it is often a winning strategy to speak broadly in favor of choice, to tell people they have a right to decide for themselves. In the abortion controversy, those who use the expression “pro-choice” to represent the side that wishes abortion to be legitimate have a powerful verbal advantage” (The Pope John Center, 13). In 1973, the United States Supreme Court made a landmark decision on the issue of abortion. Through Roe vs. Wade, the Court held that the constitutional right to privacy extends to a woman's decision to have an abortion, but that right must be balanced against the state's two legitimate interests for regulating abortions: protecting prenatal life and protecting the mother's health. Noting that these state interests become stronger over the course of a pregnancy, the Court resolved a balancing test by tying state regulation of abortion to the mother's current trimester of pregnancy.1 In disallowing many state and federal restrictions on abortion in the United States, Roe v. Wade prompted a national debate that continues today, about issues including whether, and to what extent, abortion should be legal, who should decide the legality of abortion, what methods the Supreme Court should use in constitutional adjudication, and what the role should be of religious and moral views in the political sphere. Roe v. Wade reshaped national politics, dividing much of the nation into pro-choice and pro-life camps, while activating grassroots movements on both sides. 2 While this ongoing battle continues today, one may wonder where these forceful and intense opinions originate. In many cases, it comes down to one’s religious beliefs, which for most have been in grained since childhood. Even if they did not practice their religion growing up, chances are they were

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