Dear Future President,
I am writing to you today because I am very concerned that during your Presidency you will be appointing a Supreme Court Justice that will be the deciding vote in either upholding or overturning Roe v. Wade. I think it is very important to keep abortion legal for the health and safety of women across America.
Abortion is a medical procedure used to end a pregnancy, usually an unwanted pregnancy or an unhealthy one. Whether or not abortion should be legal is a very divisive issue currently in the United States. It affects the United States because women would not have legal control over their own bodies and may be forced to be in unhealthy situations with unsafe medical procedures and might be forced to have children that they don’t want or can’t afford.
Roe v. Wade was passed by the Supreme Court in 1973. The bill ruled that it was unconstitutional to have a state law that banned abortions. It legalized abortion across the whole country and over the last 43 years, there have been less unsafe abortions and women are healthier.
I know this will be a difficult decision for you because people in both parties are very divided on this issue and you won’t be able to satisfy everybody. According to a Pew Research Poll, over the past two years 65% of Democrats and 43% of Republicans say that abortion should be legal in all or most cases. According to a PBS article by Alex McBride, when Roe v. Wade was passed, it was very controversial and it remains one of the most debated Supreme Court decisions today, so I know this will be a very difficult but very important one.
Before the bill was passed, most states severely restricted or banned the practice of abortion. This forced many women to get abortions in secret and in unsafe ways. The Guttmacher Institute reported that in 1955, experts estimated 200,000 to 1,200,000 illegal abortions took place that year. This wide ranging estimate was revised in 1967 using better statistical techniques and it was determined that 800,000 abortions were taking place annually. This goes to show you that women will have an abortion no matter what the law is so we should make it safer and healthier for women.
I think abortion should be kept legal because no one should decide what to do to your body. This is especially important to me, because my sister and I soon will be the age of having children and I can’t imagine somebody making the decision for me.
Once you’re elected, you need to appoint a Supreme Court judge that supports abortion. Do not choose a person that will overturn Roe v. Wade. If you believe in a better future for our kids, then once they grow up, they should be able to decide what’s best for them when it comes to having an abortion. The government shouldn’t choose for them. Give women a choice and those that are against abortion don’t have to get one.
Thank you for your time.
I hope you make a good president,
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McBride, Alex. "Roe v. Wade (1973)." PBS. PBS, n.d. Web. 05 Nov. 2016 <http://www.pbs.org/wnet/supremecourt/rights/landmark_roe.html>.
Merriam-Webster. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 05 Nov. 2016. <http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abortion>
"The Public Health Impact of Legal Abortion: 30 Years Later."Guttmacher Institute. Guttmacher Institute, 04 Mar. 2016. Web. 06 Nov. 2016 <https://www.guttmacher.org/about/journals/psrh/2004/01/public-health-impact-legal-aborti on-30-years-later>.