Exploring the Abortion Issue When it comes to abortion one can not state that there is simply a conflict between a woman’s right to privacy/autonomy of her body (i.e. the right to choose) and the right to life (particularly the right of the fetus to be born). It is also not adequate to claim that the alternating theories of when life is created is at the core of the conflict over abortion, because the definition of the creation of life does not determine when and why the state will protect the right of the life of the fetus. The overlying issue is a combination of both claims. By carefully analyzing the moral and empirical claims surrounding the abortion issue, we believe that the best position for our candidate is one of pro-choice with some restrictions.
Teen Pregnancy and Abortion in the US Teen pregnancy and abortion are two contemporary social issues within our nation today. With raising rates in both matters, it is easy to see why they may be such controversy. In sociology, thinking about the way humans interact with one another and in their worlds is important. With these two presented topics, focusing on gender inequalities, poverty, group prediction and social location may have a substantial amount of influence on the increased rates we are seeing within the last few years and present time on teen pregnancy and abortion. It is important to remember that when thinking sociologically, we can only predict what a group may do versus what an individual’s actions may be.
In a 2006 study conducted by the CDC, it was reported that 53-56% of abortions were performed on white women between the ages of 20 and 29. Among the 46 states that provided data consistently during 1996--2006, a total of 835,134 abortions (98.7% of the total) were reported; the abortion rate was 16.1 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15--44 years, and the abortion ratio was 236 abortions per 1,000 live births. During the previous decade (1997--2006), reported abortion numbers, rates, and ratios decreased 5.7%, 8.8%, and 14.8%, respectively; most of these declines occurred before 2001. During the previous year (2005--2006), the total number of abortions increased 3.1%, and the abortion rate increased 3.2%; the abortion ratio was stable. (CDC, 2009)
Even though the teen pregnancy and birth rates have dropped by one-third over the past decade, teen pregnancy in the United States is a growing problem. According to data by the National Center for Health Statistics and other official data, one in three girls still become pregnant by the age of twenty (Brown lines 1-3). In the United States one million adolescent girls become pregnant every year causing the U.S. to be the leader of the developed world in teen pregnancy. One in four of these teen girls will have a second baby within twenty four months and in 1997 a survey showed that only one in ten of these unwed mothers, ages fifteen to seventeen, received child support from the father (Sad but True lines 1-3). As citizens of the United States this is a time when we all need to pull together and help to change the future before it is too late. Many things can cause teen pregnancy but many things can prevent it or at least slow it down.
Abortion is a really big topic that has been talked about a lot in the past, but now it has become this big issue around America. More teens are getting pregnant each year and society is giving them the option to have an abortion or to keep the baby. Teens make the decision of getting an abortion or not based of their religious views and morals. In 2011, approximately 1.06 million abortions took place in the U.S., down from an estimated 1.21 million abortions in 2008, 1.29 million in 2002, 1.31 million in 2000 and 1.36 million in 1996. From 1973 through 2011, nearly 53 million legal abortions occurred in the U.S. (AGI).
In today’s society there is still an ongoing argument about abortion. There are always two sides to a story. There are people who are for abortion, meaning that they believe abortion should be legal, and there are people who think abortion should be illegal. The people who think abortion should be illegal may say it is a human killing an innocent fetus, which in their terms is still another human being, but that human is not born or at times developed. The people that are for abortion may say every woman has a choice whether or whether not to have an abortion. Abortion should be legal because it reduces the crime rate and makes it safer for women.(Donohue, John)
For hundreds of years, the United States of America has been a country defined by its promising opportunities and freedom. However, America has proven many times it is not the promised land that many residents of other countries have viewed it to be. Issues like euthanasia, death penalty, freedom of speech, and abortion have given rise to questions of the freedom in America. Abortion has proven to be one of the more tenacious issues that has brought controversy to America. In the Encyclopedia Britannica, abortion is defined as “the expulsion of a fetus from the uterus before it has reached the stage of viability” (Encyclopedia Brittanica). In simple terms, having an abortion is a pregnant woman choosing to not deliver her child. The Guttmacher Institute provides that there are 6.6 million pregnancies in the United States each year, and 51% are unintended (Guttmacher Institute). Further facts from the Guttmacher Institute states that around 358,000 women die per year because of pregnancy and the United States accounts for 60% of those maternal deaths (Guttmacher Institute). There is an estimated over 1 million abortions in the United States per year (Worldometers Real Time World Statistics). Death is one of the reasons of why women decide to have an abortion. More reasons in modern society include fear of parents, unplanned pregnancies, and financial instability. The controversy surrounding abortion is revolved around the two opposing sides which includes pro-life, the argument that abortion should be illegal, and pro-choice, in which people argue women should have the choice of whether or not to have an abortion. People in favor of pro-life support their decision with many arguments. They state that a fetus is considered a h...
One of the biggest social issues that our nation is facing is the major social problem of abortion. The dispute over abortion began over two centuries ago, but caught the public’s eye again in the 1960’s and 1970’s. During the 60’s and 70’s, the women’s rights movement and civil rights movement really brought the topic of abortion back as a national issue. To this day, abortion has divided people, communities, friends, and especially politics to believe that they belong to two opposing sides, pro-choice and pro-life. Each side has researched abortion deeply and has come up with beliefs and morals that make abortion such a debatable and divisive subject.
The United States government should protect the health and welfare of not only its citizens but of the citizens being born every day. In 2011 there was approximately 1.06 million abortions took place in just the United States alone (2014 Loxafamosity Ministries). However this is down from the estimated 1.21 million abortions in 2008 (2014 Loxafamosity Ministries). From 1973 through 2011 nearly fifty-three million abortions have occurred in the United States and this number is not including all the black market abortions that occur on a daily basis (2014 Loxafamosity Ministries).