In 2014, thirty-eight states provided a certain level of criminal protection for the unborn. Twenty-three of these states have laws that protect the fetus from conception until birth. In 1999, the Unborn Victims of Violence Act was introduced into the U.S. Congress which defines violent assault committed against pregnant women as being a crime against two victims: the woman and the fetus she carries. In 2002, President George W. Bush announced a plan to ensure health care coverage for fetuses under the Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). In addition, The Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003 is a United States law prohibiting a form of late termination of pregnancy called “partial-birth abortion,”
After reading Chapters 14 and 15, and watching the above video’s, answer the following questions:
Can a fetus claim his/her protection? Why or why not?
Discuss your opinion on the following statement: Upon birth, a child is considered to acquire legal standing and, consequently, hold rights as a separate person.
Does the state have the duty to intervene on behalf of the fetus? Please explain your answer.
How did the Roe vs. Wade ruling change, if at all, the lives of American women?
What does the following statement mean? A fetus is part of a woman’s body; it’s a separate person.
Material: Donohoe, M. (2013). Public Health and Social Justice. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass/John Wiley & Sons.
Material: Desmond, M. (2016). Evicted. New York, NY: Broadway Books/Penguin Random House, LLC.