Abortion : The Issue Of Abortion

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The topic of abortion has been an ongoing debate for many years. According to ProChoice.org, abortion was legal in in the days of the early settlers. At the time that the constitution was adopted abortions were legal. Abortions were openly advertised and performed before the first fetal movement (13-16 weeks from the start of a women’s last period). The concern for abortion started in the late 1800’s when immigrants were coming into the country in large numbers and the fear was that they would produce children faster than Caucasian women. Surgical procedures along with abortion were very risky. They had no knowledge of antiseptics. Thousands of women were harmed between the years of 1800 and 1973("National Abortion Federation: History of Abortion," 2010). In 1973 a 21-year-old pregnant woman named Jane Roe won her case in a Texas courtroom that would allow women to have safe and legal abortions. Most Americans believe that abortion is both murder and morally wrong and it should be allowed in special circumstances. I am pro-choice, but against abortion, and will discuss the utilitarian and Natural law of abortion. Since 1973 abortion has been legal in the United States. This occurred when the Supreme Court Roe Vs. Wade decision stopped states from banning the procedure before the last three months of a women’s pregnancy ( (Mackinnon & Fiala). Many thought that they would never return to the era of “back alley abortions” (illegal abortion) (include the coat hanger method).

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