American citizens live in a world of obscene privilege. We have access to things like clean water, indoor plumbing, limitless food, the iPad, and Starbucks all of which signify our status of wealth and luxury. Above the material items we commonly enjoy, there are other intangible privileges; most notable among them, are the rights guaranteed to us by the Constitution and Bill of Rights. We can speak freely, express ourselves, and pursue happiness to almost any end without having to topple a dictator. All of these rights share the purpose of honoring human life, autonomy and choice.
Though brilliant in its conception, the Constitution, a well-weathered slip of hemp parchment paper stained with quill-applied ink that provides us these unerring rights, is constantly under attack. If you browse the news cycle of any period in American history, you would find thousands of stories that document the pruposed legislations that have sought to remove us from our rights. Most commonly endangered are the first amendment guaranteed rights to freedom of speech and expression. However, a quick browse through the news of today will be an introduction to the war against abortive services. While there is no such thing as a right to an abortion, we do have a fourteenth amendment guaranteed right to privacy, which allows us the use of abortive services thanks to 1973 Supreme Court case Roe v Wade. These rights were reaffirmed and further defined by the 2000 Supreme Court case Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey.