Abortion: A Woman's Right to Choose

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Terminating the life of a child without allowing it to even be born has been one of the most controversial topics for centuries. Abortion is the term used to identify the act of intentionally interrupting pregnancy and not allowing the embryo (first stage of development) or fetus (eight weeks and on) to continue its normal process. Each woman has different reasons to decide to commit abortion and is either willing to put an end to their child’s life or permit it to live, even if it is unwanted. If it’s right or wrong, just or unfair is the main argument of the continuous controversy. In past centuries, before the mid 1800s abortion was legally, commonly, and freely practiced. Yet, around twenty states started to pass laws to make the practice of aborting illegal. The states reasons included the danger of abortion occurring with little medical education in the time. Between the mid 1800s through 1973 abortion was illegal, but statistics say that even the year before 1973 abortions were as high as about 1.2 million per year (National Abortion Federation). The 1973 court case called Roe v. Wade opened up the possibility for women to decide to legally and safely abort or not. Jane Roe was the representation of all the women that wanted to have the right to abort in a legal and safe manner and her voice was heard and acknowledged. In the other hand, the attorney Henry Wade defended abortion being illegal, yet his point of view on the subject was not able to overcome in the final court decision. Abortion was no longer illegal and the practice of it was safer and women were now able to confidently enter a facility to act upon her final decision (Glazer). Recently, the abortion controversy is starting to spark up again with it being lab... ... middle of paper ... ...ter those who stand firm and convinced on what side they incline to. In a definite matter, it is disturbing to know that 42 million abortions occur a year worldwide. Anyhow, the decision is personal and setting the difference disregarding the surrounding conditions is up to the parent. Work Cited Glazer, Sarah. "Roe v. Wade At 25." CQ Researcher Online. CQ Press, 28 Nov. 1997. Web. 5 Mar. 2011. "History of Abortion." National Abortion Federation. NFA. Web. 5 Mar. 2011. Jost, Kenneth. "Abortion Debates." CQ Researcher Online. CQ Press, 10 Sept. 2010. Web. 5 Mar. 2010. Johansen, Jay. "Pro-Choice Arguments." Pregnant Pause. 04 Sept. 2000. Web. 05 Mar. 2011. Reardon, David C. "Rape, Incest and Abortion: Searching Beyond the Myths." After Abortion. 1993. Web. 09 Mar. 2011. .

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