Issue One passed in Ohio and is now going into effect in Ohio’s constitution. The passage of this issue grants people the right to abortion and reproductive freedom. It also prohibits the government from interfering with any “reproductive decisions.”
The issue followed the overturning of Roe Vs. Wade, a case that protected the reproductive rights of women for around 50 years. This case was opened in the supreme court in 1971, arguing about the states infringing on her rights to her reproductive rights. Later, in 1973, the court ruled that reproductive rights belonged to the individual and not the government. Roe’s side argues that the individual has the right to carry out their reproductive decisions without government interference while Wade’s side argues that the unborn child has the right to a life and thus has to be protected from abortion.
“I don’t have a really strong opinion about it, but I think that abortions should be illegal, mostly because people are killing off something that’s living,” said Victoria Loza, a freshman.
“I think it’s something that’s necessary in society; the decision shouldn’t only be limited to morals or religious beliefs,” Jolie Jarrell says, another freshman.
American politician and state representative Danny McCormick said, “The taking of a life is murder, and it is illegal.” This was told to a committee of representatives right after the leaking of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v Wade.
Popular activist and TikToker Sandy Cabrera Atrega argues that “People are always going to make mistakes or find themselves in emergency situations, and that’s why we need a Plan B.”
A serious issue like this is important to us high school students because a fraction of our student body is already able to vote. It’s also crucial that students are able to learn and debate from the controversy of this issue, especially about how their voices matter.
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