Abortions Essay

1483 Words Jan 8th, 2016 6 Pages
Abortions are one of the many things that everyone has an opinion on. As defined by the 2012 Merriam-Webster dictionary,

an Encyclopedia Britannica Company, an abortion is, “the termination of a pregnancy after, accompanied by, resulting in, or

closely followed by the death of the embryo or fetus as a spontaneous expulsion of a human fetus during the first 12 weeks of

gestation--miscarriage, the induced expulsion of a human fetus, or the expulsion of a fetus by a domestic animal often due to

infection at any time before completion of pregnancy.” Abortions have always been and will probably always be a controversial

topic in which everyone will not agree upon. In the midst of the controversy, two groups have emerged.
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Abortions remained illegal, despite the medical advancements largely

impart to the fact that physicians did not want to share their patients with other practitioners. The American Medical

Association stated that abortions were wrong and unsafe. Therefore, according to the National Abortion Federation, abortions

were then made into a “physicians-only” practice because they could be performed legally in order to save the woman’s life. It

was not until 1973 that abortions were made legal in the United States due to a Supreme Court decision in Roe vs Wade by

ruling that “Americans’ right to privacy included the right of a woman to decide whether to have children, and the right of a

woman and her doctor to make that decision without state interference”. Today, there are restrictions in order to better

educate the women concerning what they are about to do and parental consent for minors. However, abortions are one

hundred percent legal and cannot be denied to any adult, woman.

Abortions are performed in a myriad of different procedures which are based upon how far along into the pregnancy a

woman is. During the first trimester of pregnancy, there are two options. A woman can either have a medical abortion, within

the first nine weeks, or a surgical abortion. According to the American Pregnancy Association,

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