Abortion and the Individual
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Abortions & The Individual
For the first time in five years, the United States Supreme Court is questioning a major abortion case. The case sharply questioned whether a New Hampshire law, which requires parental notification for a minor who wants an abortion, is legal even though it doesnt include an exception for a health-related emergency. The case which involves the privacy rights of a fifteen year old girl in New Hampshire is one of the individual.
Many people will argue about the issues of life, murder, and a living breathing fetus, and how it should be allowed to have a chance at life. The truth of the mater is, the fetus is still completely dependant on the pregnant woman up until that umbilical cord is cut. It is true that the fetus is developing into a sustainable infant, but up until then the mother has to provide for the child. In a relationship that is so one sided for nine months, the losing participator, the mother, has the ability to end that relationship. The mother has the ability to choose whether or not she wants to carry the developing baby during that time.
Others will question the young girls decision making skills and maturity level in a situation of this magnitude. Although she is only fifteen years old, this generation of fifteen year olds is a more mature and able minded generation than those to come before it. Technology has changed the way people think and research. Not only that, it has also changed the type of information available. In years past, people could only access information that fell in line with the editors of books, magazines, and periodicals. Now there are teen chat forums, teen pregnancy hotlines, and public information about free clinics in the area. The truth is that times have changed and so have children. Instead of hearing about a blowjob at an R-rated drive in, they are practicing them on the back of elementary school busses, as was the case on the North Shore of Chicago, where the girls serviced all the boys on the chartered bus from the temple to the reception hall, after one of the boys bar mitzvah. Its not that I condone this, but rather I have learned to accept this, it is the time we are in, children are maturing at a much faster pace than ever before. These children have come to understand what they are doing and understand the true consequences of pregnancy. I full-heartedly believe