Abortion Is An Accepted And Legal Medical Practice

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There is widespread debate in American society on whether abortion should be an accepted and legal medical practice. Those who oppose abortion claim that fetuses are human persons with a right to life which must be protected by law, even at the earliest stages after conception. Those who support a woman’s right to choose whether she will carry an infant to term argue that the mother’s rights to bodily autonomy and to decide whether or not to have a child outweigh any rights a fetus might have. This paper will introduce the abortion rights debate in the context of social justice and will then explore two facets of the pro-choice argument: abortion as a tool to ensure women’s bodily autonomy and the impact access to abortion has on women and infants.
In discussing the abortion debate it is essential to have an understanding of the overarching reproductive rights movement in which it is situated. There has been an increasing awareness across the globe that women should have control over childbearing and there has been a growing consensus that such rights should be preserved. The United Nations has defined reproductive rights as “the basic right of all couples and individuals to decide freely and responsibly the number, spacing, and timing of their children and to have the information and means to do so, and the right to attain the highest standard of sexual and reproductive health. It also includes their right to make decisions concerning reproduction free of

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