Abortion: A Brief Summary

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1. Abortion 2. Before 1973, individual states were allowed to decide whether abortion would be legal within their borders. But it all changed in the Supreme Court case, Roe vs Wade, in 1973. The plaintiff, Norma McCorvey, lived in Texas, unmarried and pregnant, seeking for an abortion. She was denied the right to do so under Texas law. McCorvey felt it was unconstitutional and violated her right to privacy to not allow her to choose. The U.S. Supreme Court agreed with her, in a 7-2 vote, stating that it was unconstitutional and violated her rights to privacy to not allow her to have an abortion. However, the Supreme Court understood the state’s concern for the protection of potential human life. They divided a pregnancy into three …show more content…

The disrespect administrations sometimes show for scientific advice is also illustrated by substantial swings in health policy on controversial issues. The behavior of successive administrations on reproductive health policy provides a vivid illustration. For a dozen years Republican administrations developed and maintained highly restrictive policies on abortion rights: (i) in a 1984 order known as the "Mexico City Policy," President Reagan prohibited the United States from providing foreign aid to family planning programs that were involved in abortion-related activities; (ii) in memoranda in 1987 and 1988, the National Institutes of Health placed a moratorium on federal funding of research involving the implantation of fetal tissue from induced abortions; (iii) by memoranda of 1987-1988, the Department of Defense banned all abortions at U.S. military facilities, even where the procedure wasrivately funded; (iv) in a 1988 regulation known as the "gag rule," the Department of Health and Human Services prohibited family planning clinics funded under Title X of the Public Health Service Act from counseling or referring women for abortion; and (v) in two Import Alerts issued in 1988-1989, the Food and Drug Administration excluded Mifepristone (RU-486) from the list of drugs that …show more content…

My analysis of abortion, as it is currently legal, is extremely against the policy. I am very pro life, and believe that a fetus IS a living being. There are cases that I believe women probably should have the right to make a choice, for example, in the incident of rape or any sexual abuse/assault. However, I still believe that there are other options rather than killing the baby. There’s always putting the baby up for adoption. I understand that the process of putting a baby up for adoption can be expensive, and vice versa, when actually adopting a baby into your own family. But there are free adoption service programs out there. Here lies the recommendations for change and improvement that I would love to see. I believe that putting a baby up for adoption or actually adopting a baby into your own family should not be so expensive like it is right now. It’s crazy to think that to kill a baby costs only $300-$800, but to put a baby up for adoption or to adopt one costs about $12-$15,000. It should not be that way, at

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