Abortion in the United States Essay

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What is abortion? According to the Oxford English Dictionary, “Abortion: the premature expulsion of a [foetus] from the womb; an operation to cause this.” Abortion has been a controversial topic for many years. Some people favor adoption and some are against it. “In 2008 an estimated 1.21 million abortions were performed in the Unites States.”(Jones, and Kooistra). Many opinions collaborate in abortions rights or abortion legislation. “In 2008, 84,610 women obtained abortions in Texas, producing a rate of 16.5 abortions per 1,000 women of reproductive age. Some of these women were from other states, and some Texas residents had abortions in other states, so this rate may not reflect the abortion rate of state residents. The rate decreased…show more content…
It was on the year of 1973 were Roe vs. Wade, a decision made by the Supreme Court of the United States were women history change. It authorized women to perform an abortion legally in the early stages of pregnancy. “The landmark Supreme Court ruling on abortion was a complete overhaul of abortion laws in effect in a number of states, which allowed abortion only to save the life of the mother. A few of the states had previously granted permission for an abortion if the pregnancy was a result of rape or incest, but elective abortion was not permitted.” (Druker). Some people argue that the law were abusing power and did not let women to do as pleased with their bodies. “For more than thirty years the courts have ruled that mentally competent pregnant women can be forced to undergo medical treatments believed necessary to preserved fetal health and life.” (Schroedel) Even though abortion was legalized to prevent unsanitary conditions and death in women, illegal abortion still occurs, like teenagers to perform an abortion without the consent of the parents. “Although teenagers may trust their parents, they had negative attitudes toward parental permission laws on abortion. No matter how strongly the participants opposed abortion and even if they discussed their parents sympathetically, the teenagers did not feel that mandatory parental involvement would be helpful.”(Stone and Waszak). The majority of teenagers performed illegal abortions and only “43% of these minors

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