How Abortion Changed The World Essay

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How Abortion Changed the World Abortion has been around for a very long time, and has had an effect on the world, both positive and negative. Christian influence in Western Civilizations caused widespread disapproval of this practice. It wasn’t until the 19th century that countries started to ban abortion, with the United States following in the late 20th century. Some states initially disapproved the ban, leading to the concern in the pro-life community. However, the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973 stated that the ban against abortion was unconstitutional, sending the debate of pro-life and pro-choice into a wild frenzy. Abortion is one of the most common medical practices in the world. Abortion is the removal of a fetus from the uterus to terminate the said pregnancy, with almost all abortions accuring in the first trimester when the fetus cannot survive independently of the mother. Although newer, safer and more effective ways of birth control methods, of the more than 6 million pregnancies that occur in the United States, close to half are unplanned. Of these unplanned pregnancies, nearly half of those end in termination. Almost 40% of all women will end a pregnancy by abortion in their lifetime. Even though women of all ethnicities and social classes seek termination, the average woman who ends her pregnancy will either be white, young, poor or over 40 years of age. In the course of any given year, 30-40 million legal abortions are performed in the world, with an…

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