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Should Abortion Be Legal?

An abortion is “the expulsion of a fetus from the uterus before it has reached the stage of viability (in human beings, usually about the 20th week of gestation),” according to the Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica. On June 24, 2022, the US Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey in a 6-3 decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, eliminating the federal constitutional right to abortion. For more on abortion, explore the ProCon debate.

PRO (yes)


Joe Biden:

“I’m a practicing Catholic. I’m not big on abortion. But guess what? Roe v. Wade got it right. Roe v. Wade cut in a place where the vast majority of religions have reached agreement… the first three months or thereabouts, in all major religions. Next three months is between a woman and her doctor. The last three months have to be negotiated, because you can’t — unless you are in a position where your physical health is at stake — you can’t do it.”


Melissa Quinn, “Biden Says He’s “Not Big on Abortion” Because of Catholic Faith, but Roe ‘Got It Right,'”, June 28, 2023


Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.:

“I don’t think the government should be telling us what medical products [we can use]. We can’t tell you what procedures we ought to endure. I don’t think the government has any business telling people what they can and cannot do with their body. I’m not going to be in a position… telling a woman to bring a child to term that she doesn’t want. I don’t think it’s a good solution. I think every abortion is a tragedy. And and, you know, as I said, I came from a family that was very, very divided on this issue… But I don’t think the government, I think the worst illusion, is that the government is involved in decisions that should be belong to a woman.”

Editors’ Note: On Sunday, Aug. 13, 2023, at the Iowa State Fair, Kennedy stated: “I believe a decision to abort a child should be up to the woman during the first three months of life.” To a journalist’s question about whether he would enact a federal ban on abortions after the first trimester, he answered in the affirmative. Within a few hours, however, his campaign staff released the following statement: “Mr. Kennedy’s position on abortion is that it is always the woman’s right to choose. He does not support legislation banning abortion.”


Adam Sexton, “Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Shares Views on Abortion, Says He Is Pro-Choice,”, June 23, 2023
Source for Editors’ Note: Maggie Astor, “Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Backtracks on Support for Federal Abortion Ban,”, Aug. 14, 2023

CON (no)

Not Clear or Not Found

Donald Trump:

“My view is now that we have abortion where everybody wanted it from a legal standpoint, the states will determine by vote or legislation or perhaps both, and whatever they decide must be the law of the land. In this case, the law of the state.”

“I happen to be for the exceptions, like Ronald Reagan, with the life of the mother, rape, incest. I have to be there.”

“One of the reasons they wanted Roe v. Wade terminated is to bring it back into the states where a lot of people feel strongly the greatest progress for pro-life is now being made. There of course remains a vital role for the federal government in protecting unborn life.”

Editors’ Note: Trump has previously expressed conflicting opinions on whether abortion should be legal.


Danielle Kurtzleben, “Trump Declines to Back Nationwide Abortion Ban, Says It Should Be Left to the States,”, Apr. 8, 2024

Molly Olmstead, “For a Moment, Trump Had a Shrewd Answer to the Abortion Question,”, Jan. 11, 2024

Michelle L. Price and Will Weissert, “Trump Says US Government Has ‘Vital Role’ Opposing Abortion, Won’t Say If He Backs National Ban,”, June 24, 2023