Should There Be a Constitutional Amendment Banning Abortion?

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“Abortion is the intentional termination of a pregnancy after conception. It allows women to put an end to their pregnancies, but involves killing the undeveloped embryo or fetus. For this reason, it is a very controversial subject in American politics” (Tom Head, 2012: 1). In my opinion, there should not be a Constitutional amendment banning abortion. A woman should have the right to abort her baby for any reason that she feels necessary. The United States Constitution does not recognize a fetus as a living being, so women should have the right to make their own decision whether to keep their child. This is her personal private decision; it is between herself, her physician and her God. Beside her, neither one else nor the government should be involved in this. Abortion can be seen a tool to protect the woman, which is a living being. In cases of rape, incest, and deformed fetus a woman should be able to decide to have an abortion. Banning abortion would lead women to back alley abortions, which can harm a woman’s health. Moreover, banning abortion would be like ban of alcohol during Prohibition. No one stopped drinking when it was banned; it is just that many died unnecessarily by drinking contaminated liquor sold illegally without government regulation. So this is a critically important policy decision for the United States whether to ban or not because this would affect more than one person. Not only will it affect the mother, it can also affect the husband, the baby, family, and the government. According to the article “Judge say Arizona’s abortion ban can take effect”, it said that abortion could be ban if it has been at least 20 weeks because that unborn child has the capacity to feel pain. This is the only alternative policy option that we can choose for abortion to be ban. Otherwise, if it is less than 20 weeks, there is no reason for the government to

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