Essay on Abortion

1283 Words Sep 19th, 2013 6 Pages
Abortion-Personal Experience Interview

Abortion, the intentional termination of a pregnancy resulting in the death of the fetus, has been a serious issue since 1821. Many people argue back and forth how one should have choice in the birth or death of the fetus, as other state that the unborn child actually has the decision and that abortion should not be legalized. A recent legal decision that affects the legality of abortion is the Unborn Victims of Violence Act of 2004, created after the Laci Peterson case. This act has made it so that a violent crime against a pregnant woman counts as two separate crimes; one against the woman herself and the other against the unborn child. This has added to the controversial nature of the issue
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Also, the Partial-birth Abortion Act, which had deemed partial-birth abortions illegal, going against a previous Supreme Court ruling in Stenberg v. Carhart, was later deemed unconstitutional. This further supports the belief that an abortion is a mother’s right to choose and a woman has the right to privacy in regards to the actions she takes with her own body.
This being said an argument of why abortion should be legal is hugely focused on rape, but in the case of rape the statics are shocking. The national rape-related pregnancy rate is 5.0% per rape among victims of reproductive age (aged 12 to 45); among adult women an estimated 32,101 pregnancies result from rape each year. Among 34 cases of rape-related pregnancy, the majority occurred among adolescents and resulted from assault by a known, often related perpetrator. Only 11.7% of these victims received immediate medical attention after the assault, and 47.1% received no medical attention related to the rape. A total 32.4% of these victims did not discover they were pregnant until they had already entered the second trimester; 32.2% opted to keep the infant whereas 50% underwent abortion and 5.9% placed the infant for adoption; an additional 11.8% had spontaneous abortion. In the case of rape, abortion is at a high point. Although when you look at the impact rape has is it only a 1-5% impact. Not counting those who choose not to report it.
In early May of 2011, I was sexually assaulted and

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