Holly Lawson
Holly Lawson

The AP Government students of Van Wert High School will be submitting a weekly editorial to inform the public on a variety of issues. They have been encouraged to research, take a position, and defend their reasoning for having such thoughts. The purpose of these editorials is to provide awareness and knowledge for the community and to be thought provoking. The views expressed in these editorials do not represent Van Wert High School, and are written solely by the student author.

Faced with the decision of life or death, I will always choose life. Will you?

Approximately 1.21 million abortions are performed each year in the United States, and 3,288 abortions take place every single day, which calculates to 1 abortion every 26 seconds. In the 1973 Supreme Court case of Roe v. Wade, it was ruled unconstitutional of a Texas state law to ban abortions except in order to save the life of the mother. It was ruled that this state law would be an infringement of the mother’s right to privacy protected under both the 9th and 14th Amendments.

The decision of Roe v. Wade remains one of the most controversial and most heatedly debated Supreme Court decisions today. After a woman gets pregnant, it is no longer just her body; there is another body inside her that must be protected. Abortion isn’t protected by the Constitution, but the baby’s right to life is.

What is scary is that our government and representatives aren’t protecting these innocent lives. Under Obamacare, insurance plans may cover abortion unless a state passes a law prohibiting them from doing so. The plans offering coverage for abortion, however, cannot use federal funds to pay for it; they have to make sure the funds to pay for it are separated from federal money. In addition, the Hyde Amendment bans Medicaid coverage of abortion.

Although abortion remains a legal medical procedure in most cases, it’s subject to increasing restrictions in many states. Today, 23 states have already barred abortion coverage, including Ohio. Abortion has two sides: Pro-Choice and Pro-Life. Many people overlook abortions and say it isn’t truly a human being in the first couple weeks of the pregnancy. At the time of conception, the unborn child possesses its own human DNA and only 18 days after conception, the baby’s heart is beating.

Many women don’t even realize they’re pregnant in that amount of time, yet a new human life is maturing inside of their body. I believe it’s time for Congress to propose a Right-to-Life Amendment to the Constitution and end this controversial debate.