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Should Abortion Remain Legal?

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America is a land of choices and rights, a land of opportunities and freedom but where do we draw the line? On January 22, 1973 the US Supreme Court made a historic decision that a woman has a constitutional right to an abortion during the first six months of pregnancy. Before the Court’s ruling, a majority of states prohibited abortion, although most allowed an exception when pregnancy threatened the woman’s life. The Court overturned these state prohibitions in Roe v. Wade. The Court ruled that states could restrict abortions only during the final three months of pregnancy, a stage when medical experts considered the fetus capable of “meaningful life” outside the womb. The abortion debate has become one of the most divisive political issues in the United States and the Pro-choice, Pro-life campaigns have dominated most of the political debates of this century.
“While Americans hold an enormous variety of opinions on the morality or propriety of abortions for particular reasons or stages of pregnancy or circumstances, a majority continues to agree that it is the individual woman and not government that should do the deciding” (Doerr). Free will is the imperative word here. It is the woman who is faced with the decision, albeit under reasonable circumstances, and she is the one who has to live with the consequences and repercussions of her decisions for the rest of her life. Supporters of abortion such as the pro-choice, Planned Parenthood and other such campaigns firmly bel...

... middle of paper ... which these abortions are considered legal. Freedom abused is freedom lost. Just as any other right this must not be abused, especially, since the consequences are permanent and lasting.

Works Cited
Cunningham, Mark. “When argument fails.” National Review 44.21(1992): 42 Austin
Community Coll. Lib., Austin, TX. 11 June 2003
Doerr, Edd. “Roe v. Wade at Thirty” Humanist 63.2 (2003): 40. Austin Community Coll.
Lib., Austin, TX. 11 June 2003
Garrow, David. “Abortion before and after Roe vs. Wade: A historical perspective” Albany
Law Review 62.3 (1999): 833. Austin Community Coll. Lib., Austin, TX. 11 June 2003

Levin, Yuval. “When argument fails.” Public Interest 151(2003): 119. Austin Community
Coll. Lib., Austin, TX. 11 June 2003

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