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Nykiyah LavenderProfessor WhiteEnglish 103-29April 7, 2016Does Life Have a Price?Throughout history, America has engaged in a variety of problematic issues that has shaped our country into a threshold for controversy. The Constitution states, “ All men are created equal,” yet, we live in a country where we are judged for our beliefs, ethnicities, actions, and sexual preferences. Society has created certain standards for citizens to live by on a daily basis; however, if one goes against morality he or she is judged for their actions. Many of the societal struggles Americans have recognized as an controversial issue have gone against morality. For instance, a common controversial matter in our society is abortion. According to Planned Parenthood, “abortion is a safe and legal way to end pregnancy (Planned Parenthood, 2016).” Abortion ends the life of a fetus or embryo before the birth of the child. There are a variety of people or organizations that support abortions and fund the procedure from either federal or state fundings. Planned Parenthood helps acquire health care for low income women and receives federal and state fundings. The non-profit organization uses its proceeds to fund different abortion clinics to make it possible to proceed with the abortion procedure. According to NPR, “Planned Parenthood receives $500 million a year in government funding -- or, to be more exact, $528 million last year (Kurtzleben, 2016).” However, with abortion being such a controversial issue, many citizens believe that federal funding should cease because of its support of abortion. However, the government should continue to provide these Medicaid reimbursements instead of discontinuing these payments.
On January 22, 1973, America declared abortion as a “fundamental right” guaranteed by the U.S Constitution (ProCon, 2016).” The U.S Supreme Court Case of Roe vs. Wade ruled that babies are not legal “persons”; therefore, there isn’t a logical or legal way to protect the unborn fetuses under our Constitution. According to ProCon, “ the 7-2 decision stated that the