Abortion Should Not Be Legal

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Abortions have been performed ubiquitously for thousands of years predating the 1973 Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade when the United States made it possible for women to get abortions legally from properly trained medical practitioners. In the 1880s, abortion was a risky process due to inaccessibility to hospitals and consequently, was often performed in life-threatening, unhygienic conditions. “Prohibition of legal abortion from the 1880s until 1973 came under the…Comstock laws that prohibited the dissemination of birth control information and services” (National Abortion Federation 1). However, criminalizing abortion did not reduce the multitude of women seeking to terminate their pregnancies. It is estimated that “In the years before Roe v. Wade … [the number of] illegal abortions ranged as high as 1.2 million per year” (Tietze C, Henshaw, Induced Abortion: A World Review). For this reason, many women in the United States faced higher medical risks and psychological problems after attempting to self-induce their abortions in unsanitary environments. In 1973, a case concerning Jane Roe, a 21-year-old woman seeking legal abortion in the State of Texas, led to a Supreme Court ruling that all American women had the right to decide whether or not they wanted children without the interference of the state. The Roe v. Wade “made it possible for women to get safe, legal abortions from well-trained medical practitioners… [leading to a] dramatic decrease in pregnancy-related
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