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Unformatted text preview: ABORTION AFF WORK 2.0 DDI ’09 GT 1 ABORT ION UPDATES <insert politically incorrect footer here> 1 ABORTION AFF WORK 2.0 DDI ’09 GT 2 HYDE UNSAFE ABORT IONS Women denied abortions must turn to back alley options or suffer stigma of illegitimate children Nancy Stearns , former NYC Women's Health Collective member, staff lawyer at the Center for Constitutional Rights, 19 88 , “Roe v. Wade: Our Struggle Continues” 4 Berkeley Women's L.J. 5 (1988-1990)http://heinonline.org/HOL/Page? handle=hein.journals/berkwolj4&id=13&type=text&collection=journals Many judges simply refused to hear these women speak. In the New York case, the three judge court assigned to the case quickly ruled that all testimony would be by way of deposition (for which they most cer- tainly would not be present). In Rhode Island, when the women's testi- mony began, only one of the judges assigned to the case remained in the courtroom; the other two got up and left. In Connecticut, however, the entire panel heard the testimony of the women plaintiffs, who chronicled the many ways in which back alley abortions, or unwanted children, had disrupted and damaged their lives and plans. The influence of the Con- necticut women's testimony on the Connecticut court is clear. Ruling that the Connecticut abortion law violated the right to liberty as well as the privacy of women, the court began by recognizing that [t]he decision to carry and bear a child has extraordinary ramifications for a woman. Pregnancy entails profound physical changes. Childbirth presents Isome danger to life and health. Bearing and raising a child demands difficult psychological and social adjustments. The working or student mother frequently must curtail or end her employment or educational opportunities. The mother with an unwanted child may find that it overtaxes her and her family's financial or emotional resources. The unmarried mother will suffer the stigma of having an illegitimate child. Thus, determining whether or not to bear a child is of fundamental importance to a woman. '8 One year later, the Supreme Court held in Roe v. Wade that the Texas abortion statute violated women's rights of privacy and personal liberty.' Justice Blackmun's description of the physical and emotional harm to women of an unwanted pregnancy, the stigma of an out-of-wed- lock pregnancy, and the problems associated with bearing an unwanted child bears a striking resemblance to the language used by the Connecti- cut court.20 Our decision to influence the law by dramatizing women's experiences with abortion appeared to have been successful. 2 ABORTION AFF WORK 2.0 DDI ’09 GT 3 HYDE UNSAFE ABORT IONS Hyde forces women to resort to dangerous ways of getting abortions and destroys independence Nancy Stearns , former NYC Women's Health Collective member, staff lawyer at the Center for Constitutional Rights, 19 88 , “Roe v. Wade: Our Struggle Continues” 4 Berkeley Women's L.J. 5 (1988-1990)http://heinonline.org/HOL/Page?“Roe v....
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