Abortion Should Be Legal Option

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The debate over whether or not abortion should be a legal option continues to divide Americans long after the US Supreme Court’s 7-2 decision on Roe v. Wade declared the procedure a "fundamental right” in 1973. Advocates, also known as pro-choice, say that choosing abortion is a woman 's right that should not be limited by governmental or religious authority, which outweighs any right claimed for a fetus. One of the arguments is that pregnant women will resort to dangerous, illegal abortions if there is no legal option. Critics, also known as pro-life, believe that human rights and being a person begins at conception, therefore abortion is the immoral killing of an innocent human being. Even though some people believe life begins at…show more content…
This is completely unacceptable and every woman should have a say, if not complete choice, over what happens to her body. Abortion is not an issue that can or should be decided by a group of men. Abortion has been declared a fundamental right by the US Supreme Court guaranteed by the US Constitution. “In the case of Roe v. Wade in 1973, the Court ruled 7–2 that a right to privacy under the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment extended to a woman 's decision to have an abortion, but that this right must be balanced against the state 's interests in regulating abortions: protecting women 's health and protecting the potentiality of human life.” procon.org The Court resolved this balancing test by regulating states to only allow abortion to the third trimester of pregnancy. When women have access to legal, doctor performed abortions it decreases the likelihood of people doing dangerous, at home abortions. When performed by the right kind of doctor, abortions are one of the safest procedures in the practice of medicine, with a death rate of less than .01 percent for the mother. However abortions that are not performed by people with the correct background in medicine and skill set are very dangerous. According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 68,000 women die every year from

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