Abortion Should Not Be Legal Essay

1283 Words Apr 11th, 2015 6 Pages
Many babies are denied the chance to live each year because of the option of a medical procedure called abortion. Abortion is defined as the intentional, premature extraction of the unborn fetus from the female uterus. There are many people who have gone through this procedure all over the world. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, there are an estimated 1.21 million abortions performed in America annually. Although abortion may not be personal for everyone, most people have at least one friend or family member who has had an abortion.
Abortion was first practiced in Western Europe and United States in the 19th century by women healers. The women healers “used a variety of techniques to end pregnancies, making use of herbal abortifacients, mechanical methods (such as constriction of a griddle or introduction of foreign objects into the uterus), heat applied externally, strenuous physical activity, and starvation” (Lewis Alexander/Alexander 125). By the end of the 1800s many physicians tried to launch movements to outlaw abortions and by 1910, many states passed laws that prohibited abortion during all stages of pregnancy. Even with these efforts, “estimates of the number of illegal abortions performed annually in the 1950s and 1960s range from 200,000 to 1.2 million” (Lewis Alexander/Alexander 125). Because of the unlawfulness of abortion at the time, many women “sought out unlicensed and unskilled abortionist or attempted to perform the procedure on…

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