Essay on Abortion Should Be Legal Or Illegal

1017 Words Oct 8th, 2014 5 Pages
One of the biggest issues concerning Americans today is the debate over whether or not abortion should be legal or illegal. For over more than thirty years Americans have been divided over the issue of abortion. Many Americans believe it to be immoral and some even consider it to be murder. The definition of abortion according to dictionary.com is “the removal of and embryo or fetus from the uterus in order to end a pregnancy.” Proponents say that choosing abortion is a woman’s right and should not be limited by governmental or religious authority. While opponents believe that life begins at conception and aborting the embryo is the immoral killing of an innocent child. Abortion has been around since way before the eighteen - hundreds. With abortions being practiced slightly up until the eighteen - eighties when some states banned them only to be used in exception to save a woman’s life. In 1880, when the United States agreed to make abortion illegal, in order for a women to receive a safe abortion it depended on her economic situation, her race, and where she lived. Individuals who were wealthy enough to leave the country did or found a physician who charged a high priced fee. Poor women were at the mercy of inexperienced doctors with debatable motives. Laws banning abortion over whelmed women’s lives and health. Many women being unable to pay turned to life threatening self- abortions not limited but including insertion of knitting needles or coat hangers and…

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