Abortion: A Divisive Political Issue in Contemporary American Politics

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Why Abortion a Divisive Political Issue In Contemporary American Politics? Abortion is one of the most controversial and courted subject in US which has caused public, political and moral division. There is a particular sect which believes in illegality of this action whereas there is a group which feels that restriction is an answer. On the other hand, there are few who believe in legality and free access of it. Our socitey has related this issue with a bigger question: when life actually begins. It leads to a question that at what time, a child inside a woman starts feeling things and then bears legal rights? These questions have left us with a rather bigger issue: is woman's right to determine how her body will be used, is superior or the rights of an unborn fetus will take the lead. There are various definitions of the word abortion. However, these definitions are coined by various groups and thus supports their own cause. A rather unbiased definition is given by Oxford: "the act of giving untimely birth to offspring, premature delivery, miscarriage; the procuring of premature delivery so as to destroy offspring." (Oxford) There is another definition given by National Right to Life Organization "any premature expulsion of a human fetus, whether naturally spontaneous, as in a miscarriage, or artificially induced, as in a surgical or chemical abortion." (NRLC) Whereas the definition of The National Abortion Federation defines abortion as "A medical
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