This paper will explain all of the harmful ways abortions can harm your body and also how they may affect you in a positive and in a negative way. It will also help you understand why people decide to get an abortion or why they decide not to get them. Even though you may not agree with the decision of abortion, you have to have an open mind to other people’s decisions and opinions towards them. Over several centuries and in different cultures there is a deep history of women helping each other to abort (Boston’s women help). Abortion is often presented as if it is new and people have just started doing it years ago, when in reality the practice of abortion has dated back to ancient times.
The topic of abortion is one of the most controversial issues in today’s society. Thousands of abortions take place every single day, and yet public opinion remains at a standstill as to whether or not abortion is ethical or not. According to a poll in 2013, fifty-four percent of the American public believes that the practice of abortion should be legal in all or most cases (“Public Opinion on Abortion”) Abortion has been defined as “the act of removing a human embryo or fetus from the uterus of a pregnant woman prior to the completion of the full term of pregnancy”(Rich, Wagner, and Geraldine). There are very strong opinions for and against this issue, but no one can deny the vast gray area of abortion. A person’s stance on the situation is often determined by how he views the fetus: a part of the mother’s body or as a human being.
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Banning abortion, put women at a higher risk of going out and finding illegal way to have the procedure done (“Abortion Information” 1). Once abortion became illegal in the United States 1.2 million abortions were preformed illegally. Dangerous attempts have been made by women to preform their own abortion, or have them done by unskilled surgeons often with dangerous instruments and sometimes in unsanitary conditions. Serious complication from unsafe abortion included, “perforations of the uterus, retained placentas, severe bleeding, cervical wounds, and rampant infections” (Currie 17.) Abortion has become safer over the years and should be legalized in every state in the United States; abortion should also be kept private between the client and doctor.
Another reason for abortion to be legal is if the mother had done drugs or drank lots of alcohol, while being pregnant. If she had no idea she was pregnant but had done all of that stuff she could have an abortion, because the child would have problems or live a hard life, because of all of the drugs and stuff the mother had one. There have been over fifty million babies being aborted every two years. This is what causes a big problem in the United States. So why do woman decide on going through with abortion?
Abortions are very common. In fact, 3 out of 10 women in the U.S. have an abortion by the time they are 45 years old. The motive for anti-abortion laws varied from state to state. One of the reasons included fears, that the population would be controlled by the children of the new generation. During the 1800s, all surgical procedures, including abortion, were extremely risky.
Since the famous case of Roe vs. Wade in 1973 abortion has been legal with few restrictions. A big point when it comes down to deciding restrictions on abortions is late term abortion and also underage abortion. Abortion dates all the way back to the 13th century, but in those days abortion was considered shameful and if was not preformed after the fifth or sixth week by then considered homicide and was punishable by hanging. Abortion was some what prohibited in the United Sates up until 1960s and 70s when several states started allowing abortions for a few things such as health, rape, and incest. (Rich, Alex K.Wagner, Geraldine.
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