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Abortion Essay

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ENGLISH IV

ABORTION

MRS. ADAMS

EDNA LEAL

3/25/2014

In life there are many things that can have a decision or belief on. Abortion is a subject that everyone can have an opinion about. In the World English dictionary, an abortion is defined as, “the premature termination of pregnancy by spontaneous or induced expulsion of a nonviable fetus from the uterus.” Abortion is an endless controversial subject that will not have a final solution to. There are two sides two this controversial which are the liberals, “pro-choice”, and conservatives, “pro-life”. While “pro-choice” supporters continually argue for a woman’s right to choose, to have authority over her own body, “pro-life” goes against this argument with the rights of the fetus.
Abortion has been around for centuries. In the 1800’s, abortions in the U.S. became illegal. The lack of surgeries, procedures and medical education caused abortions to be very dangerous. As medical improvements were made, women still had to rely on back alley abortions which usually resulted in the harm of thousands of women, some even include death. The American Medical Association stated that, “abortions were wrong and unsafe”. Therefore, according to the National Abortion Federation, abortions were then made into a “physicians-only” practice because they could be performed legally in order to save the woman’s life. It was not until 1973 that abortions were made legal in the United States due to a Supreme Court decision in Roe vs. Wade by ruling that “Americans’ right to privacy included the right of a woman to decide whether to have children and the right of a woman and her doctor to make that decision without state interference”. Today, there are restrictions in order to better educate t...

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...ition difficult to defend. The additional details of contraceptives and various abortion methods further complicate the matter. Therefore, drawing on the empirical and moral arguments presented, the most defensible stance is a moderate one. It would seem that taking an extremely conservative stance would go against the decisions and precedents set by the Supreme Court, while taking an extremely liberal stance could potentially offend people both religiously and morally. One possible moderate stance on abortion could include some early abortions, while ruling them illegal after a certain period. It all comes down to the fact that there is no one stance to be had regarding abortion. There will always be a group in conflict with the position of another group. The goal is to find a middle ground that people of differing opinions can all at least majorly agree with.
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