Editorial: Roe V Wade Supreme Court Anniversary Stirs Emotions

Ayla Faullin

Forty-nine years ago, Saturday, January 23, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of protecting the right of abortion in the case of Roe v. Wade. They believed that the absolute prohibition of abortion without consideration of the stage of pregnancy went against the 14th Amendment. The case was decided 7-2 and made abortion a legal practice. To this day, however, many people are divided on the subject, and both sides continue to fight for what they believe is right. 

Let’s talk about this: When is a baby considered a human being? Many pro-choice advocates believe that the baby isn’t considered a person until the third trimester or even after being born. However, studies have shown that at six weeks, the baby’s heart is already pumping its blood at a time when many women don’t even know it’s there. At 13 weeks, a baby has its fingerprints, and its face can make expressions. At 20 weeks, the baby is fully capable of feeling pain. In eight states in the U.S., late-term abortion, which takes place after 14 weeks, is legal without state-imposed thresholds. 

Many people support abortion without ever realizing what the procedures are. Different methods depend on the pregnancy stage, but two procedures can be done after the first trimester when the baby is fully capable of feeling pain. One such procedure is called dilation and evacuation, in which a doctor pulls off the limbs of the baby with forceps then crushes its skull to remove it from the womb. Another one is partial-birth abortion, in which the baby is partially born, and then scissors are used to cut a hole in the baby’s skull and remove its brain, all of which the baby is alive. In many ultrasounds, the baby can be seen struggling and moving away from the forceps used. There have even been some cases in which the baby’s organs are sold for a hefty price afterward. 

Pro-choice advocates believe that abortions may save the lives of women who would otherwise risk doing it illegally, prevent more child abuse in homes that do not want children, and help victims of rape and incest. But according to statistics, only 1% of women terminate a pregnancy due to rape, and only 0.5% because of incest. The main reason, for most women, was because it would interfere with work or life or that they did not want to have other children. 

Forty-two states have banned abortion after the first trimester. In every state, breaking or damaging an eagle egg can result in a 10,000 dollar fine and a maximum of five years in prison. Why? Because the law protects eagles, they know an unborn but alive eagle in that egg, and they want to protect it. If we would go so far as to put people in jail to save the unborn life of an eagle, then why will we not preserve the life of an unborn child, a human life worth so much more than an animal? So I implore you to think about what life means before you decide that you are pro-choice and if human life is worth more than that of an eagle.