Essay on Abortion : Ethical And Religious Dilemmas

1652 Words Mar 7th, 2016 7 Pages
Introduction
Elective abortion is considered one of the most influential, controversial, and legally active areas in the field of medicine. Elective abortion is the interruption of a pregnancy before the 20th week of gestation at the woman’s request for reasons other than maternal health or fetal disease. Abortion first became legalized due to the Supreme Court ruling in the Roe vs. Wade case, which found that women as part of their constitutional right to privacy, can terminate a pregnancy during its first two trimesters. This landmark decision and controversial ruling changed the foundation of abortion within the United States, and has created the current political debate surrounding the subject. There are many arguments for and against abortion that lay out the groundwork that has created the divide we see today. The ability for women to have control over their own body is crucial to their civil rights, yet statistics argue that many women who choose abortions are often minors and are considered too inexperienced in life to understand fully their decision. Abortion poses many ethical and religious dilemmas pertaining to all types of people and their various perspectives across the world. Christianity has been one of the most vocal religious groups that have been divided on the subject of abortion for decades, due to the many different interpretations of the Bible. The overwhelming majority believes that the Bible clearly prohibits taking the life of an innocent…

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