Why the Government must, at times, infringe upon Individual Liberties such as Abortion

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Why the Government must, at times, infringe upon Individual Liberties such as Abortion

Throughout the history of our country, the State has been called on to place certain restraints on freedoms. These restraints have been instituted by all levels of government during times when action was warranted to provide for the protection of individual or group rights and public safety. These restraints, typically laws, have affected to varying degrees the absolute freedoms of people. Freedom, in this case, means the absence of external legal restraint to carry out actions of free will. Initially this seems to be undesirable, but when that act of free will is to violate the legal freedoms of one or more people then restraining the act is
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Few topics summon as extreme a divergence between the sides as does abortion. One side believes in the right of the woman to choose if she wants to carry a fetus to term. This "Pro Choice" view has varying opinions on when the fetus is a human life and is thus protected by the Constitution. The other side of the slate believes that the fetus is a human life from conception, and the mother has no right to terminate the life of the child. This "Pro Life" viewpoint points out that abortion is essentially murder as the fetus is protected by the Constitution from the time of conception. The difference in viewpoints of the two sides is a classic example of an ethical and moral dispute. Historically issues of moral difference place the opposing parties in a confrontational situation with little or no common ground between the two sides.
Subsequently, it is not unheard of for one side or the other to resort to intimidation and or violence to attempt settlement of the disagreement, or simply to "strike a blow" at the opposition. "Operation Rescue is an anti-abortion organization over a hundred thousand strong, which routinely sends thousands of it's "Shock Troops of the Lord" to block entrances of abortion clinic or to offer "sidewalk counseling" to women as they arrive for abortions. This counseling often involves waiving photographs of aborted fetuses in the women's faces and shouting

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