Abortion : The Fight For Abortion

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Although abortion was decriminalized in 1973, the fight for abortion rights did not end with Roe v. Wade. Just in the past three years, there have been systematic restrictions on abortion rights sweeping the country sate by state. In 2013, 22 states enacted 70 antiabortion measures, including pre-viability abortion bans, unnecessary doctor and clinic procedures, limits on medicated abortion, and bans on insurance coverage of abortion In 2011, 92 abortion restrictions were enacted, an in 2012, that number was 43. More abortion restrictions have been passed in the last three years than in the previous decade combined (Guttmacher Institute, 2014). These facts prove even in an increasingly progressive society, the antiabortion movement is winning many battles, as the rights of women across the country are continually threatened. How are these laws constitutional in the first place? Policies that limit abortion have been pushed into law since the decriminalization of abortion in 1973. Nearly ten years after Roe v. Wade, the Pennsylvania Abortion Control Act of 1982 was passed with provisions including spousal notification, information disclosure, a twenty-four hour waiting period, and parental consent for minors. In 1992, Casey v. Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania was taken to the US Supreme Court, with Planned Parenthood challenging the constitutionality of the law and its violation of Roe v. Wade. In a 5-4 ruling, the Pennsylvania Abortion Control act was

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