Essay on Abortion is More Beneficial to Society Than it is Harmful

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Abortion. The mere mention of that word can pit friend against friend, parent against child, teacher against student. It’s an argument that has been going on for as long as women have had unintended pregnancies. American law currently permits abortion, but it varies from state to state where the cutoff is in the gestation period. The fact that abortion is legal in the United States is a cause of much distress to many pro-life advocates. These people believe that life begins at conception, and that abortion is basically murder. They rely heavily on faith-based argument and don’t leave room for much scientific fact. When addressing the abortion issue, one must focus on three main points: other possible means of birth control, a woman’s …show more content…
This is where abortion comes in for the average individual who has a chance pregnancy. The probability of a person having an abortion is sadly directly related to their religious beliefs (Hardin 14). Many religions believe that life begins at conception. However, Roe v. Wade legalized abortion in 1973 and the government stated that when life begins at the point when the fetus is able to survive outside its mother’s womb (Frantz 1). It is offered by the government as a freedom and individual right of a woman to decide if she wants to have an abortion (Frantz 1). Induced abortion is one of the oldest and most widely used methods throughout the world; this is done by the destruction of the fetus (Silmon 1). There are five kinds of induced abortions: Suction aspiration, Dilation and curettage and D& E, Protaglandin, Salt Poisoning, and Hysterotomy (Willke 29). This has offered women the right to have an abortion as long as they meet the deadline prior to the fetus becoming viable. Since Roe v. Wade passed in 1973, the laws on abortion have changed from the 1960’s. In the 1960’s, 41 states allowed abortion as long as the woman was in danger of her health or going to die (Silmon 1). After Roe v. Wade the Supreme Court ruled that a fetus was not a person until viability and therefore not protected by the constitution (Silmon 34). Therefore, a woman was given the right to choose whether or
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