Abortionhas been a very popular topic the 1970s, it can definitely be a heatedconversation. The court case, Roe v. Wade, 1973, was a decision of the supremecourt to keep abortion legal. Jane Roe argued that illegalizing abortion goesagainst the Fourteenth and Ninth Amendment of the Constitution. The Supreme Courtagreed that the right of privacy founded in these amendments protected womenfrom government interference of abortion only during the beginning of the pregnancy.Today, many people are pro-life, while others are pro-choice. The debatewhether abortion should be legal or illegal still divides Americans today.
ThisSupreme Court case declared that abortion is a fundamental right. People who identifythemselves as pro-choice demand that abortion should not be limited by thegovernment, or by religion. Those who are pro-life argue that life starts atconception, therefore abortion means killing an innocent human being. There aremany women who have abortions because they are not ready for motherhood, andthis upsets many people. The Roe V. Wade case will always have an impact onsociety because many people in this country are religious. The Supreme Courtcase of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, 1954, is also a case that isstill impacting society.
This document ruled that separate but equal schoolswere unconstitutional. This case occurred after the court case Plessy v.Ferguson 1896, which stated that public facilities should remain raciallysegregated as long as they are equal. The Brown v. Board of Education case wasthe alliance of four cases from different states. All the cases were disputingagainst the segregation of public schools because white public schools werehigh-quality facilities, while the African American schools were the oppositewith minimal resources.
African Americans were being denied entrance intopublic schools because of their race. This case argued that the public schoolscannot deny the admittance of African American students because it violates theEqual Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. This case impacts oursociety today because many people believe that the school system is still separated.In New York, there are schools for the wealthy and privileged and separate schoolsfor the poor and unfortunate. Although this divide is between economic classesinstead of race, it still showcases the separate but equal doctrine. It’supsetting that after everything the United States has gone through as acountry, they still can’t get schools to be equal.