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Abortion, one of the most controversial issues in the United States today, should remain legal because it helps to regulate population levels, keep unwanted children from being born, neglected, beaten or abandoned and in some cases it can also reduce divorce rates. Abortions can be practical for potential parents who do not have the money, time or experience to raise a child at this point in time in their life (especially teenagers). Women who have been raped also may have an abortion because she can not bear to a child that she did not willing conceive. Abortions are further more used to save the life of the mother. Abortion is defined as, the induced termination of a pregnancy followed by the death of the embryo or fetus.

It was officially made legal throughout the United States on January 22, 1973 with the Supreme Court ruling of Roe v. Wade. "Jane Roe" was single, pregnant woman wanted to get an abortion by a "competent, licensed physician, under safe, clinical conditions" (The Ethics of Abortion 13). This was not an option for her because the only way a woman could have an abortion in Texas at that time was if giving birth to the child might in some way endanger her life. Many woman would have traveled to a state where abortions were legal but this was not an option for Roe because she did not have the finances to do so. "She claimed that the Texas statutes were unconstitutionally vague and that they abridged her right of personal privacy, protected by the First, Fourth, Fifth, Ninth, and Fourteenth Amendment." She also said that "she would sue on half of herself and all other women"(The Ethics of Abortion 14). Mr. Justice Blackmum understood that abortion was not a problem that could be answered over night,...

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