Essay about Although Controversial, Abortion is a Reality

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Abortion is a topic that most people prefer not to talk about. Nonetheless, although it is a controversial topic, it is also an undeniable reality. Many women have practiced abortion and many more will continue doing it regardless of the laws allowing, restricting, or prohibiting this practice. According to statistics provided by Planned Parenthood 3 out of 10 women in the U.S. have an abortion by the time they are 45 years old. Abortion was legalized by the Supreme Court in its landmark 1973 decision Roe v. Wade. However, as the nation marked the 40th anniversary of this historical decision, lawmakers have enacted more than 130 laws limiting abortion rights (Abortion, 2013). Women are legally entitled to make their
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A woman’s right to choose must not bring any shame or condemnation. Women have the right to know and enforce their rights at the moment of a pregnancy. They have to understand that the law allows them the right to choose between terminating the pregnancy, giving the baby for adoption, or keeping the baby – if that is their wish. When a woman chooses to terminate her pregnancy at an early stage, she can choose a medical or a surgical abortion. A medical abortion is induced by pills, and the surgical abortion is conducted inside the clinic using one of several procedures.
Restrictions that limit the number of abortions must be banned. Although women are encouraged to implement birth control methods and prevent unwanted pregnancies; the number of abortions allowed should not be imposed by the government. It is common knowledge that contraceptives are not 100% reliable and many times fail their purpose of family planning. Additionally, there have been cases when women are victims of rape and impregnated more than once in their life time.
State legislatures should respect the women’s constitutional rights and not pass bills that restrict a woman’s right to choose. In Idaho, the legislature passed a measure prohibiting abortion after 20 weeks, even in cases of rape or incest; fortunately this action was struck down by a U.S. District Court. Other cities and states have taken similar steps trying to defund organizations
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