Should Abortion Be Legal?

3423 WordsJun 11, 201514 Pages
Since almost the beginning of time, abortion has been something that is considered very taboo in our society. Many people do not like to discuss it or share their views on it to spare the feelings or judgement of others. However, it is a very important topic that deserves to have more light shed on it as well as have more supporters be open and outspoken about it. Abortion can be a tough topic for many to talk about due to their own personal experiences or life choices. However what is not so difficult is to simply make others aware that it is a pressing issue around them. As Lao Tzu said, “Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single…show more content…
Since this made it much more difficult for women to receive an abortion, an increase in illegal and unsanitary abortions began to occur. During the Great Depression, there was a major increase in the number of women wanting abortions simply because they were afraid they could not bear the expense of another child. This led to a high amount of unregulated abortions, which did not follow any health precautions, and in turn lead to a spike in maternal mortality rates. According to Leslie Reagan, professor of history and law at the University of Illinois and author of "When Abortion was a Crime,” “a study done in 1931 shows illegal procedures were responsible for 14% of maternal deaths” (CNN). In the 1950’s hospitals began to administer “therapeutic abortions” which were only done if and when the mother’s life was in danger. Finally, in 1958, a record of a Planned Parenthood conference was released to the public and conversation of abortion rights was sparked across the nation. During the 1960’s a woman by the name of Pat Maginnis became the first person to publicly speak out about legalizing abortion. Throughout the 1960’s more people began to voice their opinions on women’s rights and abortion laws. From Sherri Finkbine traveling all the way to Sweden to receive an abortion, to “Jane” a major activist group at this time. Jane was created to provide women with the resources to find a place to administer a safe and healthy abortion. In
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