In April 1992, abortion was thrust onto the center stage of U.S. politics again, as the U.S. Supreme Court prepared to hear Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which threatened to severely restrict women access to abortion. In the lead-up to a mass protest planned for Washington, D.C. that month, Sharon Smith wrote this article looking at the state of women's right to abortion. This article first appeared in the April 1992 issue of Socialist Worker. IN THE early 1970s, the women's movement demanded that abortion be legalized as part of a larger movement for women's rights. It was clear that, without control over their own reproductive lives, women couldn't be the equals of men--no matter what advances women made in the job market or in higher education. This is why socialists argue that all women deserve the right to control their own bodies, without interference from anyone. And in the 1970s, the women's movement demanded legal abortion as a right which should be available to all women--no matter how poor or how young, married or not. Today, however, the entire terrain of the abortion debate has been shifted. For more than a decade, the right to abortion has been steadily eroded, so that now the debate is over who should be able to pre-empt a woman's choice to terminate an unwanted pregnancy, laws now exist which allow parents, husbands or state governments to prevent pregnant women from having abortions. Increasingly, abortion has been transformed from a right to a privilege, denied to ever greater numbers of women. Thirty-seven states do not provide abortion funding for poor women's abortions. And 32 of these won't even fund abortions for poor women who become pregnant as a result of rape or incest, or in cases of a severely deformed fetus. Thirty-five states have laws requiring women under the age of 18 to notify or obtain the consent of a parent before they can have an abortion. A Pennsylvania law now being reviewed by the Supreme Court requires married women to...
...pick? The same concept applies with the issue of abortion. Abortion a procedure that deliberately removes a fetus in a woman's womb has been a major issue tackled by numerous countries and worldwide society. It is a process of taking away a child before it is able to live in the outside world. Through the years, it has been a debatable topic being talked about by various sectors and individuals, even here in the Philippines. It is very controversial because of the valid reasons on both sides; either you are pro-choice wherein you believe that women should have human rights to conduct an abortion or pro-life where you value the life of the child. However, the Filipino people do not realize the beneficial effect that it may bring. Legalizing abortion here in the Philippines would be more essential or advantageous in terms of women's rights, safety, and its contribution to our economic development.
The process of aborting a child into a mother's womb has been around for a long time already. One of the most controversial cases today related to abortion was the Roe v. Wade court hearing in the United States opened in 1971 and decided in 1973 . This case led to the legalization of abortion in their country because of the women conducting their abortions illegally. Today, fifty-four countries or 61% of the world's population have legalized abortion while ninety-seven...
...Instructor: Rozlyn Truss-Linder
Running Head: Should Abortion Be Legal? Page 2
Should Abortions Be Legal
Although this is America and women have rights, abortions should only be legal if a life is at
stake, threatening health issues or if the pregnancy was a result of rape or incest.
Some people fill that it is murder or inhumane to have an abortion, while others feel it is your body and you should have the right to decide whether or not to bring a new life into this world. It all comes down to the environment you were raised, your background and your moral standards. Abortions should be legal if there is a life threatening situation incest, or rape.
In California marijuana is legalized, which it has been proven that is kills your brain cells. You only have to be eighteen to buy cigarettes and twenty-one to drink. There many cases where alcohol has killed people, whether it was intentional or not. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, drunken motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among those ages 5-34 in the U.S. More than 2.3 million adult drivers and passengers were treated in emergency departments as the result of being injured by a drunk driver in 2009.
When someone engages in such a controversial topic culturally and ethically like abortion, many people may latch on to a specific idea. An example...
... Is terminating a pregnancy morally justified? Abortion has always been a major hot topic in the United States, and rightly so since abortion happens to be a matter of religion, politics, science, and human rights. This issue touches upon the core of every human’s principles, and whether it is well thought out, or little thought of; most U.S. citizens do claim to be either pro-life or pro-choice. This means they are for the unborn fulfilling its life, or alternatively, giving the mother the right to choose. The question that cannot seem to be answered is the one at the core of the issue, which if ever answered, might once and for all lay the matter to rest. Is the unborn a moral entity that holds value to the extent of a human being? The response is a lot more complicated than a simple yes or no. Although the unborn, once conceived, has the potential for life, biologically the fetus does not begin to “live” until the second trimester.
An abortion is “the termination of the unborn as a result of its destruction” (Arechavaleta). There is an open ended amount of reasons to terminate the fetus within its mother’s womb. A spontaneous abortion is one outside of the mother’s choice in the form of miscarriage. This holds no ethical implications because it is beyond a choice, whether from neglect or natural causes. A therapeutic abortion is normally a professional’s medical response to terminate...
...Abortion has become a common problem, as well as a controversial issue in the American culture and politics today. Abortion procedures taking place nationwide is approximately 115,000 every single day, the United States is responsible for 3,700 of these procedures. Abortion can be defined in several ways, all in which removes a developing child from the mother’s womb. Suction Aspiration, the most common type of abortion, involves surgical instruments that are used to cut the living fetus into pieces and removing it from the uterus using a vacuum pump or a simple scraping and extraction. Many people believe that abortion is just another form of murder, the idea that life begins the moment a zygote is formed. These people are known as anti-abortionists. In the 1960’s states started passing laws that made abortion legal to protect the life and health of pregnant women. But on January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court legalized abortion nationwide.
Although I feel women should have the free will to make their life choices, I also believe that abortion shouldn’t be one. Did you know that almost 1 out of every 4 American babies are aborted? Many of these abortions that are taking place daily are performed on unmarried women. Because these women are financially unstable or unable to raise a child due to certain circumstances, their only option would be to...
...AbortionAbortion is a topic everyone has an opinion on. Abortion as defined on Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abortion), a free online Encyclopedia; is the termination of a pregnancy from the uterus of a fetus or an embryo before viability (independent survival). Pregnancy is the fertilization of an ovum and a sperm, and its development in the uterus throughout the gestational period. An abortion is the intentional termination as oppose to a miscarriage, which is the spontaneous termination of a pregnancy. Abortion is and will always be a controversial issue in which everyone will not agree upon. Two main groups that have been derived throughout the controversy are Pro-Life and Pro-Choice. According to Gale’s Opposing Viewpoints in Context, Pro-Life supports the claim that life starts at conception; and abortion at any stage of a pregnancy is murder. Life is valuable to them; therefore the unborn child has the same rights as the mother. Pro-Choice, on the other hand, supports the claim that it is the woman’s right to choose what she does with her body. Pro-Life and Pro-Choice advocates differ in many of their opinions, for example, when life begins, effects of abortion on the mother, and how politics and religion play a role in abortion.
A complete explanation is required in order to fully understand a topic. The different procedures...
With being a woman come a great responsibility, the responsibility of motherhood. The role women have as mothers in society is substantial and dangerous. The choice of being a mother is not a choice that is in full power of the woman, this choice is shared with men. Throughout history the debate over abortion has not reached a definite decision regarding its legitimacy. The choice in giving birth to a child is no choice for many if not most women in America. The Right to choose to have a child has been taken away from women as individuals and has been placed at the hand of the population at large. Wether abortion is right or wrong it is an option not accessible to many women and therefore deprives them from having a full sense of freedom. Women cannot share the right to choose to give birth or not with a crowd in which most of it’s participants (men) can’t assimilate the responsibility and sacrifice childcare requires. As mothers, women are the only ones to suffer full mental and physical hardship the choice of childbirth brings. If this is the case, how is it that both men and women hold equal rights on the legal standing of abortion? Abortion is a choice, whom only affects women physically and therefore should only be a choice taken by the woman. Besides the physical implications pregnancy brings, the mother as well has a responsibility in the future of that fetus. This is where, the access...
...Abortion Should be Legalized
The issue of abortion is very controversial in today's society.
Although many people think it shouldn't be legalized, there are just as many who
think it should. Your opinion rests with you and possibly the values you were
brought up with. Whether you think women should have the right to abortion or
not, you can find support for either side.
Many individuals take the side of anti-abortion or pro-life which means
they don't think women should have the right to abort an unborn child. This is
the con side of legalizing abortion. Some of the pro-life members think that
the reasons women shouldn't be able to abort is that the mother is ending an
unborn child's life and if the mother is old enough to get pregnant they are old
enough to have the child. Some pro-life activists think that even if you have
to put the baby up for adoption later you should still have it. Although some
of the reasoning that pro-life activist use, might seem a little ridiculous at
times many of the activist aren't able to have children or are just trying to
defend a baby that can't defend it self. The pro's of pro-life are that the
baby gets a chance to live and experience life outside of the womb and maybe
someone who is unable to have children will get the chance to be a mother or
father if they...
...Abortion is the termination of pregnancy by the removal or expulsion from the uterus of a fetus or embryo before viability.[note 1] An abortion can occur spontaneously, in which case it is often called a miscarriage, or it can be purposely induced. The term abortion most commonly refers to the induced abortion of a human pregnancy. After viability, the relevant procedure is referred to as a "late termination of pregnancy".[note 1] Modern medicine utilizes medications and surgical procedures for induced abortion.
Abortion, when induced in the developed world in accordance with local law, is among the safest procedures in medicine. Uncomplicated abortions do not cause either long term psychological or physical problems. Unsafe abortions, however, result in approximately 47,000 maternal deaths and 5 million hospital admissions per year globally.
An estimated 44 million abortions are performed globally each year, with slightly under half of those performed unsafely. The number of abortion has stabilized in recent years, having previously spent decades declining as access to family planning education and contraceptive services increased. Forty percent of the world's women have access to legal induced abortions (within gestational limits).
Induced abortion has a long history and...