Morton East protects Roe V Wade

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Joselin Zuniga and Alberto Miranda Jr

Many students say they’re not for politics, however, most of them wish to protect Roe V. Wade, a politics issue concerning abortion rights.

According to CNN politics, a poll finds that 60% percent of Americans say Roe v. Wade should be upheld, while 27% say it should be overturned. Roe v. Wade protects a pregnant woman’s liberty to choose to have an abortion without excessive government restriction. The sponsors of this bill, the house bill in Mississippi, said that they’re doing it because they have new justice. Nancy Northup noted that 54,000 to 63,000 people get abortions after 15 weeks every year in the US and that if Roe were overturned, nearly half the states would ban abortion entirely. On the report of Guttmacher Institute, as of November 1st in Mississippi, the current abortion law states that abortion is prohibited except in cases of life or health endangerment if at 20 weeks or greater. If Roe v wade is overturned, it would mean lessening the abortion law by 5 weeks.  

In a survey of 100 Morton East students, 88 chose to protect Roe V. Wade while the 12 chose to overturn.

“Roe v. Wade needs to stand. Abortion is not a political issue. It does not belong in a political spectrum. Any politician who does not know the people who need to make this decision should not have any say in it. Abortion is a medical procedure. Doctors and the women involved are the people who need to make these decisions. If abortion is illegal, then women whose doctors tell them they should not bring their pregnancies to term, would not be able to do so. Women will die unnecessarily again,” English teacher Karen Judge said.

Judge also answered a question in regards to experience with abortions/non-abortions.

“I know people who have both decided to abort their pregnancies and keep their children. They all have personal stories. I cannot pretend to understand what they have gone through. I can simply support them,” English teacher Karen Judge said.

A student also agrees.

“Girls have the right to do whatever they want with their body, without the influence of the government,” one survey respondent who chose to “protect” Roe V Wade noted.

Another student disagrees.

“With abortions, teenagers are less careful with sexual acts and don’t think of the new life in them,” one survey respondent who chose to “overturn” Roe V Wade noted.

Another student completely disagrees and believes Roe V Wade should be abolished.

“Personally I don’t believe in abortion at all. I feel like I chose the right choice to have my baby. Why? Because I feel like I wouldn’t have that experience of being a mom, like yea I could [have] done it in my 20’s but I feel like right now it has a big impact in me because I get to see my own baby move in my belly and get to hear his little heart beat and seeing his movement and being able to feel his little kicks [sooner than later]. So I feel that it was a good thing that I’m having [a baby],” senior Jacqueline Martinez said.