Date of Award

Spring 4-28-2017

Document Type

Thesis

Primary Advisor

Timothy Welch

Abstract

This thesis is about the Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade and how the Court in Roe ruled a child as a “potential to life.” The Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments show that there is an expectation of privacy in regards to a woman and her doctor but it is questionable as to whether or not the expectation of privacy can cover the fetus in the womb. The question raised next is whether or not the woman has complete rights to the fetus and whether or not she can decide if the fetus has a right to live or not. Coming to a national consensus of when life begins is vital to establish whether or not Roe is justified. Abortion justified by incest or rape will be discussed due to the fact that rape and incest make up an estimated less than one percent of abortions performed in the United States. Although abortion is legal, a stigma still exists around the concept of obtaining an abortion and if society deems it as justified. Abortion is not only a legal discussion - it is a spiritual discussion. Christianity and theologies can impact how people in America view abortion; however, the Word of God speaks evidence and truth that ultimately defines life.