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RBG and Why Abortion Should Be Allowed

 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died at the age of 84 on September 18, 2020. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has a storied past, where despite the challenges of being in law, which is a primarily male job, she became the first woman to have tenure (a prestigious title where you can’t get fired unless you act morally wrong) at Columbia University. She taught there from 1972-1980. Also during the 70s, she was the head of a pro-rights woman organization that argued six major cases in front of the Supreme court. She also respected men’s rights and thought the law should not care what gender, race, etc you are. She even won a case in the Supreme Court arguing that the law did not fairly respect men rights, while making sure that women’s rights were also being protected. She was appointed to the Supreme Court by president Clinton in 1993, where she argued and protected womans rights, including the right to abortion. 

     I personally agree with her views on abortion, but I am not saying that Anti-Abortion is wrong and both sides do have merits to their arguments. I personally believe that women should have the rights to their body, which I believe is protected by the US constitution in the opening, which paraphrased, means that “Everybody has the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Women should be able to decide whether they want to have the baby or not because this experience is very painful and potentially life-threatening, with a total of 658 women in the US dying in 2018 due to pregnancy-related causes according to the CDC. Anti-abortion supporters argues that abortion doesn’t consider the unborn child rights, which is a fair point. 

     I contend that abortion actually does consider the unborn child’s rights, because it gives the parents the right to refuse to have this child, if they are not ready for it. I think everybody agrees that a child should have a good, loving home and if the parents think they are unable to provide that, abortion gives them option of making sure that child doesn’t suffer in a unsupportivehome. These supporters of anti-abortion also state that abortion negatively damages women, physchlogically and physically, who have them but this seems to not the be case with multiple studies including one by American Physchlogical Associastion proving that their is no credible research supporting that argument (“Abortion and Mental”). 

    In conclusion, I want to emphasize that both sides of the debate have valid points and that neither side is wrong or even right, like many things in life, it is more complicated than that. I agree with RBG when she said this regarding abortion, “It is essential to women’s equality with man that she be the decisionmaker{of having a child}.”  Finally, it is important that we honor RBG legacy with a woman who enforces women’s rights while serving on the Supreme Court of the United States of America.


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