The Abortion Controversy

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“Difference of opinion leads to inquiry, and inquiry to truth.” –Thomas Jefferson Long since the 7-2 decision made on January 22, 1973 in the Roe v. Wade case, abortion has been a debate. During that time, the abortion procedure was declared a ‘fundamental right.’ When it comes right down to it, individuals are either proponents (pro-choice) or opponents (pro-life). A poll completed in 2009 by Gallup, indicated that 51% of Americans were pro-life and 42% were pro-choice. Even within these groups, it can be broken down further still. A proponent may be someone who believes that abortion should be used as a last resort or that there should be unrestricted access to women. An opponent may state that, under no circumstance should abortion be allowed, or that it will be accepted for cases of rape, incest, and when the woman’s life is at risk. The most common procedure is a surgical abortion, this involves the use of a suction device to remove the contents from the pregnancy. The second most common procedure is a medical abortion. Sometime during the 7th-9th weeks of pregnancy is when this pill is given. It is known most widely by the name of ‘RU-486,’ this medication will induce labor and cause a ‘natural’ miscarriage. There are several important dates that surround this controversial topic, some of the most significant ones are explained next. In the early 1900’s most states actually banned abortion due to physician influence. When the year 1965 came around, all 50 states had banned abortion. For some individual states though, there were some omissions made. In 1973, the case of Roe v. Wade was the first bit of involvement at the Federal level. During this case it was decided that there would not be any legislative interference during... ... middle of paper ... ...fall in to. The health risks associated with legal and illegal abortion can be viewed by either side as unfortunate from their realm of the spectrum. Through the data supplied by both organizations they feel either way- a woman suffers. While no ‘ah-ha’ moment for the abortion debate seems to be right around the corner, there appears to be a bit of hope with the small amount of common ground found today. Works Cited "Abortion." Should Abortion Be Legal?. ProCon.org, 15 Oct 2013. Web. 29 Nov 2013. Messerli, J.. "BalancedPolitics." Should Abortion Be Banned (Except in Special Circumstances Like Saving the Mother's Life)?. N.p., 7 Jan 2012. Web. 29 Nov 2013. . "Unsafe abortion." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, INC., 29 Oct 2013. Web. 1 Dec 2013. .

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