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Roe vs. Wade: Was this ruling made based on moral/Biblical values?

On January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court issued a 7–2 decision holding that the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution provides a fundamental "right to privacy", which protects a pregnant woman's right to an abortion. Chief Justice Warren E. Burger's court, ruled that states could not prohibit abortion within the first trimester and that restrictions in the second and third trimester must take into account the health of the pregnant individual.

The Roe v. Wade decision was also laced with ideals for population control, citing many eugenic references. Ruth Bader Ginsburg said in a New York Times interview: “Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of.” In Elle magazine, Ginsburg also insinuates that poor people should have ready access to abortions because “[i]t makes no sense as a national policy to promote birth only among poor people.”

The ruling never addressed the moral value of the right to life of an unborn child.

The ruling also contradicts another law. Murdering a pregnant woman can be classified as a double homicide because someone else is ending the life of a mother and a child. A double homicide is the murder of TWO people. In this instance a fetus is labeled as a human, but the same human is not considered a human when referring to an abortion.

How does this compare to biblical values?

Exodus 21:22-23

“If men should struggle with each other and they hurt a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely but no fatality results, the offender must pay the damages imposed on him by the husband of the woman; and he must pay it through the judges. But if a fatality does occur, then you must give life for life.

Exodus 20:13

You shall not murder.

It is clear in Exodus 21:23, that a preborn baby is considered a life. Taking of an innocent life is murder, which God hates.

The January 22, 1973 Supreme Court decision on abortion was targeting people of color and the poor. The Supreme Court did not use Biblical or moral values in their decision.

The June 24, 2022 Supreme Court decision that overturned Roe vs. Wade did not outlaw abortions. It only shifted the decision back to the states in keeping with the 10th Amendment.

10th Amendment

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

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