Abortion had been going on long before the 1800s but this is when states started to ban it. By the 1900s, most states had indeed done so. Though it was not legal, people still performed and received them. During the reign to the Comstock Law, women were not using birth control therefore it was happening more. When the law was lifted, it was thought that it would bring …show more content…
Manninen refers to pregnancy as “not life”, but the “human brain is programmed into the embryo from the beginning.” [That is why] we must view the zygote as a human being” (Furton). There are signs of life, signs of human structure right there the entire time. Even in the first week, there is growth and development. Within five it has a brain stem and a heartbeat.
There are alternatives and different routes to extensive things in life. Abortions are no different. “Many of these abortions are done in cases that aren’t hopeless” (Lewis). I have two friends that have had an abortion: one almost died in the process and the other was perfectly fine through and after. I know that there were options they could have gone with to avoid this situation. Comstock was lifted for a reason. They could have finished out the pregnancy and went with adoption. They could never have gotten pregnant at all.
Abortions can cause a number of complications both physically and mentally. One physical set back it causes is the inability to carry a pregnancy to full term. This causes “preterm birth and placenta previa ” (Gaul). And we all know that premature can be followed by birth defects. On the mental side, “abortion in young women is associated with increased risk of major depression, anxiety disorder, suicidal behaviors, and substance dependence” (Gaul). This can put the once mother on a dark scary roller