Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court’s 1973 decision to effectively legalize abortion, should be overturned, argues Megan McArdle of The Washington Post. Mandating that the whole country allow abortions this way polarized debate on this issue as it went against the views of many Americans. Abortion is viewed differently in New York and Alabama. Roe v. Wade gave the most religious developed country one of the most liberal abortion laws. States would be better off debating the issue themselves openly and deciding what is best for them. This would ensure fairness for those who are for and those who are against abortion.
Roe v. Wade falls in line with US constitutional values in that it respects the right of individuals to make choices for themselves, suggests Kim Wehle of The Hill. Legal precedent suggests that certain rights are constitutional and shouldn’t be removable. The government should only have certain rights over an individual’s choice. Like with guns, it should be able to regulate some things, but not ban them outright. Personal freedom is a cornerstone of American democracy. Punishing women for deciding what to do with their bodies goes against the values of individual choice and freedom. Roe v. Wade ensure certain basic liberties are upheld.