Essay on Abortion : The Issue Of Abortion

967 Words Oct 26th, 2015 4 Pages
The issue of abortion has been greatly debated recently, but the problem is not new. Many women have received abortions throughout all of history. Nearly one in three women in the U.S. will have an abortion by the age of 45. Abortions ultimately lead to physical damage and psychological issues. We can better understand the negative effects of receiving an abortion by looking back at the history of the issue. By 1880, most abortions were illegal in the United States. History shows us that even when the government makes something illegal, people will still find a way to engage in the activity. In the 1950’s about a million illegal abortions were performed in the U.S. per year. Out of those women, over a thousand of them died. Some of the ways abortionists performed “backstreet abortions” were by injecting poison into the womb and inserting objects to dislodge the fetus. Many of the people that would perform these unsafe abortions would ask the women to pay high amounts of cash and turn them away if they couldn’t pay. Because of these conditions, women resorted to self-induced abortions. They would take herbal remedies or poisons intended to induce abortions. As a last resort, some women would throw themselves down the stairs, hit their stomach repeatedly, or jump from heights. On January 22, 1973, abortion was finally legalized due to the Roe v. Wade decision. Even though the legalization of abortion was a giant step towards keeping women safe, there are still major effects…

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