Abortion And Its Effects On The United States

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In the United States “1.7% of women aged 15–44 have an abortion” (“Induced Abortion in the United States”). Twenty-one percent of all pregnancies end in abortion (“Induced Abortion in the United States”). Women most commonly have abortions before the end of her first trimester, twelve weeks into the pregnancy, however, abortions may also be performed after the first trimester. Abortions are quite common, but they also lead to numerous issues for the parents such as regret, depression, drug abuse and even suicide. The parent’s choice of abortion has lasting physical and psychological effects on the parents of the aborted child, even years after the abortion process.
The abortion process has changed in numerous ways during the last two centuries. Abortion was once illegal, then it changed to be legal. Throughout the process of legalization, it changed in many ways. In 1821, the state of Connecticut passed a law that banned the use of a liquid, after the fourth month that would induce a miscarriage of the child (“Timeline of Abortion Laws and Events”). The liquid had been used for several years simply to terminate the baby, without causing much pain to the mother. Later on in the 19th century, supplementary efforts were taken to prevent women from being able to abort their child. By the year of 1856, groups of pro-life supporters gathered together with the leader Dr. Horatio Storer, a pro-life supporter, to establish a “national drive” to prevent women from abortion (“Timeline…
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