“Personhood” Oklahoma v. Barber

Of the many cases that are awaiting the consent of the Supreme Court in 2013-14, the case about abortion rights stands out to me the most. This case is called “Personhood” Oklahoma v. Barber. It askss the court to restrict access to abortion services. Activists want to add to the Oklahoma ballot, a “personhood amendment” that will define “an embryo as a human being from the moment of conception (Reuters Oct 2012).” The concept is that a fetus has the same rights as a human being outside of the womb. This is the issue that has been under discussion since the Roe v. Wade case in 1973. Should a fetus be considered a human being with rights?

I will first start by saying that i believe that under certain circumstances, a woman should be allowed to be in control of her reproductive system. In cases such as, rape or incest women should be allowed the right to abortion. I also agree that a fetus is a human being and has the same rights as a person outside the womb. However, I think that women should be granted a certain number of abortions- maybe one or two. After they  exceed that number they should be denied the right to abort. I say this because in some cases, teen pregnancy for example, the mother may not be prepared and in the right position for a child so they should be allowed to abort. Because a woman has the option of using birth controls, she should no longer be allowed to abort a child and she should have to go through with the pregnancy.

http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2012/10/politics/scotus.cases/index.html#abortion

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