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Kamryn Ramsay, Hope College

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Lynn Japinga, Religion; Dr. Fred Johnson, History

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The tension surrounding abortion in the United States has arguably dominated the political sphere for quite some time. The Pro-Choice community expresses its continued support of the ruling and the necessity for legal abortion. In contrast, the Pro-Life community has called for the overturning of the 1973 Supreme Court ruling of Roe v. Wade for reasons based in religion and the right to life; however, legalized abortion has protected the lives of women through safer procedures, legal autonomy over one’s body, and the preservation of mental health.