Abortion in the United States

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What is abortion? According to the Oxford English Dictionary, “Abortion: the premature expulsion of a [foetus] from the womb; an operation to cause this.” Abortion has been a controversial topic for many years. Some people favor adoption and some are against it. “In 2008 an estimated 1.21 million abortions were performed in the Unites States.”(Jones, and Kooistra). Many opinions collaborate in abortions rights or abortion legislation. “In 2008, 84,610 women obtained abortions in Texas, producing a rate of 16.5 abortions per 1,000 women of reproductive age. Some of these women were from other states, and some Texas residents had abortions in other states, so this rate may not reflect the abortion rate of state residents. The rate decreased 4% since 2005, when it was 17.3 abortions per 1,000 women 15-44. Abortions in Texas represent 7% of all abortions in the United States.”(Jones, Zolna, Henshaw, and Finer). Some argues that favors abortion focus in the mother’s rights to choose what to do in her body, and opponents of abortion focus on the fetus right to life without the discomfort of the mother. In my opinion, abortion should be prohibiting as it increase every day. Abortions are performed legal as well as illegal in which is a criminal action against the laws of the United States, also there are physiological, emotional, and physical consequences in women who perform an abortion, and mainly because by murdering the fetus it denies the right of life to a child. According to Texas Statues Abortion enacted in 1857, Article 1191, describes how a women will be punish to “not less than two nor more than five years” in jail if with her consent an abortion is performed. (Druker). Before 1973, abortion was prohibited and consider crimi... ... middle of paper ... ...and Bernard M. Dickens. "Human Rights Quarterly." Human Rights Dynamics of Abortion Law Reform (2003): 1-59. JSTOR. Web. 26 Mar. 2011  Druker, Dan. Abortions Decisions of the Supreme Court, 1973 through 1988. A Comprehensive Review with Historical Commentary. Jefferson: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, 1990.  Flavin, Jeanne. Our Bodies, Our Crimes. The Policing of Women's Reproduction in America. New York and London: New York University Press, 2009.  Hull, N.E.H and Peter Charles Hoffer. Rose v. Wade. The Abortion Rights Controversy in American History . kansas: University Press, 2001.  Schroedel, Jean Reith. Is the Fetus a person? A Comparison of Policies across the Fifty States . Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 2000.  Shrage, Laurie. Abortion and Social Responsibility. Depolarizing The Debate. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.
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