Abortion Is Not A Social Problem

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According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, abortion is the termination of a pregnancy that results in, is accompanied by, after, or closely followed by the death of a fetus or embryo. Abortion is not a social problem that has developed strictly in America in recent years. In fact, the legality of abortion has been debated as early as 1588 when “Pope Sixtus V issued a papal bull forbidding abortion as punishment for the sexual sin of intercourse” (Rose, p xiii, 2008). A little over two hundred years later, United States President Ulysses S. Grant signed the Comstock Act, which forbid the delivery of contraceptives. During the years from 1918-1968; Ruth Barnett, of Portland, Oregon, performed tens of thousands of illegal (though, safe) abortions. As one can see thorough history, abortion has always been debated and considered a social problem. In America, laws regarding abortion started showing up in the nineteenth century. In 1821, the first statutory abortion regulation was put in place (in Connecticut) to protect women from abortion by way of poison. In 1856, it was legal in most states to receive an abortion during the first trimester. However, Dr. Horatio Storer, a pro-life advocate, established a national drive by the American Medical Association (AMA) to end all legal abortions (Timeline of abortion laws and events, n.d.). In 1890, the AMA advocated statues were put in place and abortion would only be permitted if one or more physicians believe it to be necessary
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