Pros And Cons Of Women's Abortion Legislation

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Women’s abortion legislation
The never-ending debate between pro-choice and pro-life is a controversial conversation that never seems to stop. Despite which side anyone is on, a major issue is how the legislation affects women. While the pro-choice side of things is viewed primarily for its support of women and women’s health, pro-life can be viewed as protecting the unborn child’s safety and health. Pro-life legislation is important but has many drawbacks, due to some of it being directly influenced by the pro-life movement. Many of the new abortion legislation and laws have forced women to face financial and physical obstacles to reach abortion clinics. If they succeed in even reaching a clinic it seems that all the procedures are against
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Whether it was only under certain circumstances or just legal, it means the majority of Americans approve of it to an extent. Even with the majority approval, in some states like Texas, it is becoming more and more difficult to find and reach abortion clinics. Whether the reason of the abortion is to save the life of the mother or an undesired pregnancy, they are different based on what trimester the mother is on. “Abortions are (most safely) done in the first trimester (before the 12th week of pregnancy)”. (Abortion) and they can be performed two ways, through surgical and medical procedures. Each are very effective methods and require several …show more content…
Wade was a turning point in terms of legislation, everything with the sole purpose of protecting the integrity of the mother/unborn child. To understand its impact and the the importance of legislation on this topic, history prior to Roe v. Wade, needs to be reviewed. The Great Depression triggered the practice or unregulated abortions, and by 1931, such “procedures were responsible for 14% of maternal deaths” (Wilson). By 1960’s women who wanted to abort found themselves travelling to different countries or getting assistance from underground systems, who helped them get an affordable, somehow safe, but still illegal abortions. In the early 1970’s, polarization was at one of the highest peaks, since 4 States in the Union legalized abortion, yet two Supreme Court cases, People v. Belous and Doe v. Scott (1971), declared it as unconstitutional, which triggered the challenging of state laws. And finally, in 1973, Roe v. Wade took place. Not by any means did it mark the end to the controversy, since a lot has happened since then but prior to it, during the 50’s and 60’s an estimate of 200,000 to 1.2 million illegal and unsafe abortions took place and as many of 5,000 women died as a result. With the introduction of legal abortions, the mortality rate “declined from 4.1 to 0.6 per 100,000 abortions,” (The Safety) between 1973 and

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