A Nation of Murderers or a Nation of Freedom: Abortion in 2003

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A Nation of Murderers or a Nation of Freedom: Abortion in 2003 On January 22, 1973, in addition to disease, murders, and other tragedies, the probability of every person’s existence in America became even more jeopardized. That winter day was the date that abortion became legal by the Supreme Court in the case “Roe vs. Wade.” Since then, a decision had to be made during each pregnancy whether or not to terminate the growing fetus, resulting in the possibility of someone’s life never existing. One of the main problems today is determining at what point during the pregnancy constitutes a living being and not just a fetus inside the womb. During the first trimester there are too many aspects interpreted as religious, political, and medical opinions rather than scientific facts to determine whether or not the fetus is a living being. Consequently, the argument with the most substance is whether or not a woman should have the right to choose a termination of pregnancy during the second and third trimester and should it be legal. One of the standpoints of defense for abortion is that if medical abortions were outlawed, women would seek illegal, more dangerous methods of terminating a pregnancy. As a website on Planned Parenthood describes, “In the two decades before abortion was legal in the U.S., it's been estimated that nearly a million women per year sought illegal abortions. Thousands died. Tens of thousands were mutilated” (Abortion 2). The demand for abortions even under these extreme circumstances is because of the threat of injury to the woman if the baby is born, as well as inability to provide the baby a healthy and financially stable childhood. For tens of thousands of women with heart disease, kidney disea... ... middle of paper ... ...over the exact point during the pregnancy a fetus is alive and laws can be made accordingly. Until then we remain a society of diverse opinions. Works Cited - “Abortion.” Planned Parenthood Organization. 26 October 2003. <http://www.plannedparenthood.com> - Hymowitz, Kay S. “Who Decides?” Commentary October 2003: p82-86. - “NARAL.” National Abortion and Reproduction Rights Action League. 26 October 2003. <http://www.naral.org> - Nash, Madeline. “Inside the Womb.” Time 11 November 2002: p34-36. - Ranalli, Paul. “Knowledge of Fetal Development and Fetal Pain Grows Over Last 10 Years”. Helping to Change the Climate of Opinion. 26 October 2003. <http://www.nrlc.org/news/2003/NRL01/ranalli.html>. - Taillion, Marcel. “Abortion.” 26 October 2003 <http://www.long2live.com/abortion.htm>.

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