March 15, 2012
Dear Mr. President,
My name is Bailey. I am a student at Parkway West Middle School, and I am writing to you today to share my thoughts about banning abortion. As someone who strongly believes in each individual having the right to choose, I was immediately drawn to this topic. While researching ideas for a commentary article in my Communication Arts class, I discovered that the government is trying to refuse women the right to choose by banning abortion. I was outraged!
To begin, I have to refer to the infamous Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court case. Jane Roe filed a lawsuit against Texas saying that their law against abortion violated her constitutional rights. The Supreme Court went on to declare that laws against abortion are a violation of the 9th and 14th amendments to the constitution. Pro Life advocates often try to make us forget about this, but our attention should always be drawn back to the same idea, that as Americans we deserve the right to make the choice that we believe is best for us. Obviously, if members of the Supreme Court can see that banning abortion is unconstitutional, so can an intelligent man like yourself.
Secondly, banning abortion is sure to be harmful to women. For example, the American Heart Association has stated that studies show barriers to abortion care will force women to go to extreme measures like back alley or self induced abortion. If we take away women's right to choose, they will find a way to make the choice even if it is illegal. Clearly, if banning abortion will cause women to resort to illegal and harmful tactics, then it is not a helpful solution.
After reading this, I hope you see that you will not allow other government officials to ban abortion. I trust that you see this is what needs to be done and I thank you for your time.
Parkway West Middle
St. Louis, MO
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