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Abortion Should Be Illegal. Raymond J. Adamek.

Opposing Viewpoints: Abortion. Ed. James D. Torr. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 2006.



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Abortion Should Be Illegal
Table of Contents: Further Readings

"Roe v. Wade is ... characterized by poor logic, poor history, poor social science, and poor jurisprudence."

Raymond J. Adamek is a professor of sociology at Kent State University. In the following viewpoint he argues that the Supreme Court's 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade to legalize abortion is flawed. A majority of the public has never supported the decision, he contends. Adamek maintains that the number of women harmed by illegal abortion before 1973 has been exaggerated, and that the number of women harmed by legal abortion since Roe v. Wade has been downplayed by the pro-choice movement. Adamek concludes that abortion should be illegal.

As you read, consider the following questions:



  1. What is the largest percentage of the public that has ever supported legal abortion "if the woman wants it for any reason," according to Adamek?

  2. What three pro-choice myths has the public accepted as truth, in the author's opinion?

  3. Why is the right to privacy not absolute, in Adamek's view?

Roe v. Wade became the law of the land 29 years ago this January [2002]. Many who were teenagers in 1973 are now sending their own children off to college. Today's young adults, embarking on post-college careers or making wedding plans or counting down nine months to the birth of their own first babies, had yet to be conceived when Roe was handed down. Since January 1973, 14 congressional elections have been fought, six presidents have taken the oath of office, and eight of the original nine Roe Supreme Court justices have retired. None of this activity has rolled back the decision's broad license to abort. Since January 1973, over 42 million legal abortions have shrunk the numbers of post-'73 generations. Abortion on demand is a right seemingly so firmly entrenched in America that even its most grisly extension, partial-birth abortion, remains legal.1

And yet Roe v. Wade's days are numbered (or should be) for a number of reasons.





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