January 23rd, 2014
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Abortion: a polarizing, emotional debate 41 years after court ruling

Washington (CNN) – The abortion issue is far from settled. It's just as contentious today as it has ever been in the United States.

Wednesday's 41st anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court case, Roe v. Wade, which upheld legalized abortion before about 24 weeks, ignited the polarized, emotional battle.

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  1. Rudy NYC

    The real problem is that much of the right wing thinks that their beliefs trump The Constitution and the democratic processes.

    January 23, 2014 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  2. smith

    The right needs to let this go as far as at the national level. Gay marriage, abortion, gun laws, and pot laws should left for the states to decide. Each state should hold statewide votes on these issues and what the voters decide for their state is the law. If you don`t like the laws in your state move to another.

    January 23, 2014 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    smith

    The right needs to let this go as far as at the national level. Gay marriage, abortion, gun laws, and pot laws should left for the states to decide. Each state should hold statewide votes on these issues and what the voters decide for their state is the law. If you don`t like the laws in your state move to another.
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    Sorry, smith, but that just doesn't work out in practice. Suppose that a same-sex, married couple wants to take a vacation in a state where it is outlawed? They would correctly expect the potential for problems in getting hotel rooms, eating in restaurants, being seen in public, etc. They would experience all of the same issues that "the negroes" faced decades ago.

    January 23, 2014 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  4. I Got this!

    Abortion: a polarizing, emotional debate 41 years after court ruling really? abortion is aftermath of a great party and once we party lets take responsibility of our own actions. Well said Smith the federal government is too much enforcing social lobbyists wishes.

    January 23, 2014 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Each state should hold statewide votes on these issues and what the voters decide for their state is the law"

    Update yourself on the tragedy as it is happening right now in Texas. A dead women and her dead fetus being held as hostage to Texas lawmaking. Personhood rights isn't quite working out for this particular fetus.

    Roe vs Wade was settled 41 years ago federally. Get over it.

    January 23, 2014 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  6. jk sfl

    who cares what the braindead gop wants, the law is the law and your not going to change it . majority rules and the gop lost again and wait for the next election in November when you lose the house. the gops only hope is for a lite turnout, and that's just not going to happen.

    January 23, 2014 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  7. Wake up People!

    Thank you Lynda! Apparently I'm not allowed to comment this morning. We'll see what happens this time. Maybe I should do like just spewing lies and hate, and change monikers.

    January 23, 2014 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    The real problem is that too much of the right wing thinks that their morals and belief systems trump The Constitution and the democratic process. Just as there are those who think the SCOTUS made the wrong decision on Citizens United, there are those who think the SCOTUS made the wrong decision with Roe v. Wade.

    January 23, 2014 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  9. The REAL Truth...

    The religious extremists in the GOP having been whittling away at RVW for as long as it has existed. Their ideology is one of personal responsibility – as long as it is done the way THEY WANT YOU to. They have changed state level rules to enforce their myopic views upon those who disagree with them (so much for personal responsibility) by reducing time allowed, forcing docs to have admitting privileges at local hospitals..and so on. They are now FORCING THEIR VIEWS on the family of a woman (already declared legally dead) keeping her "alive" because she has a fetus in her. Are they going to pay for the hospital bill, the rearing and education of the resulting child (if it goes to term)??? Don't hold your breath.

    These same zealots are also targeting Wendy Davis as an abortionist (she's Pro-Choice, which is perfectly legal and NOT the same thing) as part of their ongoing smear campaign.

    January 23, 2014 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  10. wendel

    these bible thumpers need to stay out of peoples private business. This is not an easy issue and they make it harder. For a group that complains about government being to big and in our face they sure want to inscert their views into peoples lives. Go to church and pray and then mind your own business. Clean your own house.

    January 23, 2014 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  11. Silence DoGood

    @I Got this! " the federal government is too much enforcing social lobbyists wishes"
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    But I bet you would have no problem legislating Your Personal beliefs into law right? That is the problem: NO religious sub-sect should be dictating what someone can do with their body or who they can marry, etc.

    Roe vs. Wade could not use religion (that pesky Freedom of Religion thing) so they did the logical thing: defined it in terms of medical science. And you personally can believe and do what you want. How cool is that?

    “I am for freedom of religion and against all maneuvers to bring about a legal ascendancy of one sect over another.”
    ~Thomas Jefferson, letter to Elbridge Gerry, January 26, 1799

    January 23, 2014 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  12. smith

    @Rudy-No one ever said being gay should be outlawed. Your examples of discrimination are bogus at best. How would a gay couple be affected by going out to eat in a state that doesn`t have gay marriage?

    January 23, 2014 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  13. smith

    @Lynda- Im pro-choice but I respect a person or a states view that abortion is wrong. All Im saying is vote. We live in a democracy.

    January 23, 2014 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  14. Fair is Fair

    Rudy NYC

    The real problem is that too much of the right wing thinks that their morals and belief systems trump The Constitution and the democratic process
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    Not really... we just think that the protections given in the Constitution apply to the unborn as well. Nothing more, nothing less.

    January 23, 2014 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  15. Lynda/Minnesota

    "All Im saying is vote."

    Absolutely.

    January 23, 2014 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  16. Silence DoGood

    @Fair is Fair
    Rudy NYC

    The real problem is that too much of the right wing thinks that their morals and belief systems trump The Constitution and the democratic process
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    Not really... we just think that the protections given in the Constitution apply to the unborn as well. Nothing more, nothing less.
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    That is a religious belief and not held by a majority of people. Gallup poll – most people want some at least some abortion freedom. This is not a Theocracy (thank the founding fathers) and so we must judge "life" based on medical science viability as in Roe vs. Wade. You might want to move to Iran. They have a nice theocratic republic set up these. Sinners are regularly punished.

    January 23, 2014 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  17. Fair is Fair

    Silence DoGood

    @Fair is Fair
    Rudy NYC

    The real problem is that too much of the right wing thinks that their morals and belief systems trump The Constitution and the democratic process
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    Not really... we just think that the protections given in the Constitution apply to the unborn as well. Nothing more, nothing less.
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    That is a religious belief and not held by a majority of people. Gallup poll – most people want some at least some abortion freedom. This is not a Theocracy (thank the founding fathers) and so we must judge "life" based on medical science viability as in Roe vs. Wade. You might want to move to Iran. They have a nice theocratic republic set up these. Sinners are regularly punished.
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    Why so angry? Because my opinion differs from yours? I'm a nurse and I'll tell that I've seen some pretty amazing things happen in the NICU. But whatever... hope you feel the same way on SCOTUS decisions that don't go your way.

    January 23, 2014 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    "The real problem is that too much of the right wing thinks that their morals and belief systems trump The Constitution and the democratic process."

    Not really... we just think that the protections given in the Constitution apply to the unborn as well. Nothing more, nothing less.
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    Really? I guess that explains why the right wing has been engaged in a decades long battle to trump the democratic process and overturn settled law. Can you imagine a major political party fighting a decades long battle against women being granted the right to vote?

    January 23, 2014 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  19. Silence DoGood

    @Rudy NYC
    "The real problem is that too much of the right wing thinks that their morals and belief systems trump The Constitution and the democratic process."

    Not really... we just think that the protections given in the Constitution apply to the unborn as well. Nothing more, nothing less.
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    Really? I guess that explains why the right wing has been engaged in a decades long battle to trump the democratic process and overturn settled law. Can you imagine a major political party fighting a decades long battle against women being granted the right to vote?
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    "battle against women being granted the right to vote?"
    Rudy NOOOO! Don't put that thought in their heads! Right now there is some guy reading this, looking at his Holy Book(s) (whatever that is), looking at his wife(s), and thinking "hmmmmmm – hey – yeah".

    January 23, 2014 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  20. Fair is Fair

    Rudy NYC

    "The real problem is that too much of the right wing thinks that their morals and belief systems trump The Constitution and the democratic process."

    Not really... we just think that the protections given in the Constitution apply to the unborn as well. Nothing more, nothing less.
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    Really? I guess that explains why the right wing has been engaged in a decades long battle to trump the democratic process and overturn settled law. Can you imagine a major political party fighting a decades long battle against women being granted the right to vote?
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    Comparing apples to cannon balls there, Amigo. You're an odd one... you call the citizens united decision (which I also disagree with) "perverse", but a decision that allows the termination of human life is perfectly ok with you. Oh, that's right... it's not life. Whatever. If it helps you sleep at night.

    January 23, 2014 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |