Essay Abortion Is A Controversial Issue

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The abortion debate deals with the rights and wrongs of intentionally ending a pregnancy before typical childbirth, therefore, killing the fetus in the process. Abortion is a controversial topic for both men and women who find themselves facing the moral dilemma of whether to terminate a pregnancy or not. Abortion is one of the most polarizing issues because most people are on one side or the other and very few are undecided. Abortions have been happening in America for thousands of years. However, in the 1800s, abortions in the United States were illegal. Typically, procedures and surgeries for abortions were dangerous due to lack of medical education. As medical progressions were made, women still had to rely on back alley abortions, due to the stigma attached to having an abortion. Even as medical advancements were made, abortions remained illegal. It was not until 1973 that abortions were made legal in the United States due to a Supreme Court decision in Roe Vs Wade.
40 years ago, in the landmark case of Roe V. Wade, the Supreme Court decided that abortion should be legal in the United States (Easterbrook 2014). Decades after the Roe Vs. Wade, the abortion debate still remains dividing. Ever since the court decision of Roe V. Wade in 1973, abortion has been one of the most dividing issues in our society. On one hand are pro-life supporters who argue that the fetus has the same status as the human adult including right to life from the moment of conception. On the…

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