Persuasive Essay On Abortion

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
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“Each year an estimated 13,000 American women have abortions after becoming pregnant as a result of rape and/or incest” (Friedman 7). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “14,000 abortions are done because of rape/incest (This only makes up about 1% of all abortions.)” Many Americans assume that a women who conceived because of rape or incest would chose to have an abortion, but in actuality, that is not the case. As stated in Victims and Victors: Speaking Out About Their Pregnancies, Abortions and Children Resulting From Sexual Assault, “None of the women who gave birth to a child conceived in sexual assault expressed regret or wished they had aborted instead.” It also stated, “Most women who had abortions said that abortion only increased the trauma they were

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