Legal Abortion Policy Boundaries Of The United States

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Legal Abortion Policy Boundaries After the most widely known court case in the United States, Roe v. Wade (1973), a woman had a right to have a legal abortion during the first trimester of pregnancy (The National Right to Life Committee, inc., 2014). Legislation decided that States were able to regulate abortion into the second trimester, only to reasonable promote the interest of the women 's health. The third trimester was the first time the state was able to say no to protect the life of the fetus (Arrigo & Waldman, 2014). Since Roe v Wade, there have been major advancements in the maternal-fetal world of medicine. Advanced technology and science have shown us that there is “life” to a fetus before the last trimester, leading to many regulations and laws to prohibit abortion for the life the fetus. Discussed in this paper are the policies, court cases, and executive decisions affecting legal abortion in the US and the ethical implications that debate them. Legal Abortion and Roe v. Wade of 1973 The court case, Roe v. Wade (1973), brought forward the Texas state law to allow on demand abortions of fetuses for women until the third trimester, when the state recognized the life of the child (The National Right to Life Committee, inc., 2014) This brought satisfaction to the women who felt their rights were violated by not being able to choose what they wanted done with their bodies. Roe v. Wade (1973) made it seem like abortion was the “best choice” or the “only choice” when

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