The Civil Rights Movement Of The United States Of America

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Until the 19th century, no abortion laws existed in the United States of America. By the 1880s, most states had banned abortion except in cases where it was necessary to save the mother’s life. The cause of this shift in attitude can largely be attributed to the American Medical Association, founded in 1847. The organization wanted to stop unlicensed abortions by forcing the people giving them out of business. Religious leaders supported the American Medical Association’s move and worked with them to lead campaigns that would make abortions illegal. It was only in the 1960’s that these strict laws were reconsidered. The civil rights movement seeking equal treatment for black Americans led to women’s rights organizations seeing…show more content…
Nowadays, the drug is only used for advanced cancers and severe complications of leprosy. Also, due to the German measles (Rubella) epidemic in the United States in 1962, thousands of children were born with birth defects. Sometimes, the pregnant women were also affected by these high risk pregnancies. However, these women could not seek abortions due to the strict bans. (Supreme Court Drama, wikipedia.org, time.com) While women and women’s rights activists supported this movement, it also raised the question of whether or not abortions were merely a convenience. Also, people against abortion believed that abortions were a cause of unprotected sex and women should live with the consequences of their actions. However, it has been proven that all contraceptive methods are not as effective as they claim to be Also, multiple abortion cases deal with pregnancy due to rape or incest. Some people who are against normally against abortion allow it in these types of cases, because they recognize that the woman was not responsible for the child. (Supreme Court Drama) If a woman did not want a baby in the first place, it is highly unlikely that she (and her partner, if she has one) would be able to provide for onethe baby and be able to give the baby a good life. People who oppose abortion suggest adoption as an alternative. Another fear that goes along with the previous idea of legalizing abortions was that women would rely on abortionuse them
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