In the 1973 case of Roe vs. Wade, our Supreme Court ruled it is a woman’s right to have an abortion until the time a fetus is viable. It defined viability as the ability of a fetus to live outside the womb. The Court said this usually occurs between 24 and 28 weeks after conception. Each year, nearly half of the 3 million American women who have unplanned or unwanted pregnancies choose to end these pregnancies by abortion. Between 1973 and 2008, nearly 50 million American fetuses were legally aborted. About 90% of these abortions were performed during the first trimester, or prior to the 13th week of gestation. The main reasons women give for having an abortion included their inability to afford a child (75%) and that having a baby would interfere with school or work (75%). Health problems were responsible for 12% of these decisions and about 1% of women who chose to end their pregnancy reported they were the survivors of a rape. Pro-life advocates want all abortions outlawed because Row vs. Wade does not take into account the welfare of the unborn. They claim life begins at conception and aborting a fetus is comparable to murdering a person. Pro-choice advocates claim life does not begin until very late in gestation, or even until birth. They do not believe abortion takes the life of a person. They say only a woman knows if she is a ready to become a parent and that abortion helps insure the birth of children who are wanted. Pro-life and pro-choice advocates also disagree as to whether a woman’s right to make this decision is protected by our Constitution. Studies have found the current rate of abortion is at its lowest level since the 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision, a sign that contraception is now more effective than ever in preventing unwanted pregnancy.
S.138 & H.R.447 – Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA) of 2013
H.R.3062 – To require assurances that certain family planning service projects and programs will provide pamphlets containing the contact information of adoption centers
I oppose reforming current abortion policy and wish to defeat S.138 & H.R.447, H.R.3062
I support imposing criminal penalties on anyone who knowingly or unknowingly attempts to: perform an abortion knowing that the abortion is sought based on the sex or gender of the child, use force or the threat of force to intentionally injure or intimidate any person for the purpose of coercing a sex-selection abortion, solicit or accept funds for the performance of such an abortion, or transport a woman into the United States or across a state line for the purpose of obtaining such an abortion, and wish to pass S.138 & H.R.447
I support requiring family planning service programs to provide pamphlets containing the contact information of adoption centers, and wish to pass H.R.3062