The ruling made by Roe v. Wade is outdated, believes Grazie Pozo Christie of Newsweek. Science has given a completely new understanding of pregnancy that simply wasn't possible in 1973. Ultrasound technology has allowed us to see the development of the unborn, such as being able to yawn and scratch itches. There are new reports that suggest they have the capability of feeling pain at an early stage of the pregnancy. Currently, babies receive anesthesia at 21-22 weeks old when undergoing any form of intervention, to the extent that not doing so would be cruel towards them. New laws are required that factor in the latest scientific findings.
It is important for all women to have access to safe abortions, writes Richard L. Wittenberg in The Columbus Dispatch. Roe v. Wade enshrined that right in US law, improving the quality of life of countless women. Abortions were performed before it came into place, often in dangerous conditions and without proper supervision. While rich women are usually able to get a safe abortion, even if they live in an area that doesn't allow it, poor women suffer immensely and disproportionally. They are the most likely to turn towards unsafe alternatives, out of desperation. This is a private healthcare decision that women should be able to make themselves, freely.