Introduction: Detailed description of family of six living a life of poverty, illness and hunger, while moving from one homeless shelter to another and/or having to utilize public support services to survive due to lack of sufficient income and employment.
Statement of Background: 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court Decision
Attempts to pass legislation restricting/rescinding abortion rights
Current climate in America on this polarizing issue
History of Partial Birth Abortion ban in Congress
Federal judges at state levels rule the ban unconstitutional
Proposition: The national legislation banning partial birth abortion is unconstitutional. It protects the right of women to choose whether to have an unwanted or unsupportable child, and it places an undue burden on women seeking abortions. Furthermore, if the Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade is somehow violated by this ban, then the Partial Ban Abortion Act is a bad law and needs to be overturned.
Proof: Argument 1: Women possess the right to choose
R1: Why should that right be limited?
Argument 2: Women’s health and right of choice are endangered by the ban
R2: Partial birth abortions can solve many medical situations
Argument 3: The ban violates Roe v. Wade
R3: Like other legal constitutional changes in American history, (Emancipation
Proclamation, Restitution to Native American tribes, Women’s Suffrage, etc.), Roe v. Wade is an important law and should be upheld.
Argument 4: Abortion is a secular, not a religious issue. Those seeking to restrict
abortion are imposing their religious beliefs on others.
R4: Abortion is a human rights issue that is invalidated by the religious faith of
those who seek to protect the unborn. Subsequently, the ban on partial birth
abortions goes against the Constitutional tenet of Separation of Church and State.
Many other issues (Prohibition, Women’s right to vote) have been driven by those
motivated by their religious faith.
Argument 5: Restricting this type of abortion will lead to other restrictions based on
religious groups’ beliefs.
R5: There should not be restrictions on a woman’s choice. The ban on partial
birth abortions must be overturned or other restrictions will occur in other
Constitutionally mandated areas.
Refutation: Argument 1: The Constitution protects the right to life of every human being. Life,
liberty and the pursuit of happiness: Why life is fundamental.
Argument 2: Unborn children are human.
Development at time of partial birth abortions
Argument 3: Legislation already exists protecting the unborn
Unborn Victims of Violence Act
Conclusion: Citations from Declaration of Independence, National Organization for Women,
and Planned Parenthood. Final appeal to overturn Ban on Partial Birth Abortion
and continue to work for the continuation of Roe v. Wade and Constitutionally