Does Roe V. Wade allow pregnant woman to choose to have an abortion at any point in pregnancy (simply because she wants an abortion)?
- Anonymous2 months ago
No is the short answer because you wouldn't understand anything more complicated.
- Ranchmom1Lv 72 months ago
Yes, abortion is legal in the third trimester for any reason a woman chooses. She may have to travel to accomplish her goal.
Beth Vial, for instance, found out she was pregnant at 26 weeks gestation, and traveled to a state which allowed her to have her child killed at 28 weeks:
She is very upset that she had to travel to get her child killed at that gestation. As she says, "A nation that acknowledges our constitutional right to abortion is not the same as a nation that makes abortion accessible to us when we need it. There are no rights without access."
It is completely incorrect that no doctor will perform a third trimester abortion on a healthy child. The abortionist Ms Vial chose did.
If a person is truly pro-choice, as Ms Vial is, that person needs to understand that logically there is no gestational point in pregnancy at which is becomes acceptable to force a woman to remain pregnant against her will.
Some will respond to this by saying that women don't go through entire pregnancies and then choose abortion (despite Ms Vial's situation) - but they do. Every year women deliver children, even after full term pregnancies, and kill them or leave them to die. If abortion were legal in the third trimester, these women would not be criminals but would just be exercising their right to bodily autonomy just as Ms Vial did.
- MissALv 72 months ago
No. Roe v. Wade attempts to balance the 14th Amendment's individual right to privacy with states rights to protect fetal life. It does this by splitting pregnancy into its trimesters, and saying:
-In the first trimester states may not restrict the right to abortion at all
-In the second trimester states may (but do not have to) enact reasonable restrictions around abortion that require a health reason
-In the third trimester states may (but again, do not have to) ban abortion entirely as long as the laws contain exceptions to protect the life or health of the mother
This is why in the US there is such a patchwork of laws around abortion, with some states having extremely aggressive restrictions and some having very few restrictions.
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- PippinLv 72 months ago
No. Roe v. Wade does not permit states to interfere with abortion rights during the first trimester. After that, it's up to the states. (And no state allows abortion 'at any point simply because she wants one. And, of course, no doctor would agree to abort a healthy, viable late-term fertus from a healthy woman.)