Essay on Abortion : The American Medical Association

1005 Words Nov 17th, 2016 5 Pages
Abortion Abortion has been around for many years. It was widely practiced in the U.S. during the 1800s and was just a part of life. In 1821 Connecticut passed the first law in the United States making abortion illegal after quickening (when the woman can feel the fetus move during pregnancy). During this period woman was usually given poison after the fourth month of pregnancy. Most states followed Connecticut in this making abortions illegal after the first trimester but nothing big happened until 1856 when a guy by the name of Dr. Horatio Storer made his mark through the American Medical Association to make abortion illegal. The AMA had a lot of success. In 111 years, they persuaded 49 states to make abortion a felony. In 1969 two people, Lawrence Lader and Dr. Bernard Nathanson, founded the National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws. They fought to relegalize abortion in America. A year later Alaska, Hawaii, New York, and Washington all dropped their bans on abortion and gave the doctor and their patient 24 weeks to make a decision. Abortion didn’t become legal again until 1973. The Roe v. Wade case settled this in the supreme court where they found it against the privacy of the woman (14th Amendment). This decision gave the woman till the end of the first trimester. This affected 46 state laws at the time. From then abortion has always been legal. People have always argued and there have been more laws restricting things about abortion. Through…

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