Let's Article: The Case Of Abortion
11 December 2015
In 1973, abortion was legalized in the United States via the court case of Roe v. Wade. The debate over whether or not abortion should be legal continues to divide Americans after the US Supreme Court’s decision on Roe v. Wade declared the procedure a fundamental right. In his article, “How Roe V. Wade Was Written,” David Garrow, a research Professor of History and Law, discusses that the Roe v. Wade case made abortion a woman right. He effectively states:
The Court ruled that the states were forbidden from outlawing or regulating any aspect of abortion performed during the first trimester of pregnancy, could only enact abortion regulations reasonably related to maternal health …show more content…
Pro-choice individuals believe it should be a woman’s choice if she wants to have her fetus or not. In her article, “Abortion and the “Women Question”: Forty Years of Debate,” Reva Siegel, a Law Professor at Yale Law School, discusses how abortion became a woman right. “Then pro-abortion activists . . . changed the question. No longer was our nation arguing about killing babies. The focus, through their efforts, had shifted off the humanity of the unborn child to one of women 's right” (Siegel 1372). There are many reasons on why women have abortions. Those who want to see abortion legal point to the reasons on why a mother would not want to be a mother. In their article, “Understanding why women seek abortions in the US,” Antonia Biggs and Diana Foster, experts on women’s health, discuss the reasons on why women have abortions. They state, “Women’s reasons for seeking an abortion fell into 11 broad themes. The predominant themes identified as reasons for seeking abortion included financial reasons (40%), timing (36%), partner related reasons (31%), and the need to focus on other children (29%). Most women reported multiple reasons for seeking an abortion crossing over several themes (64%)” (Biggs and Foster 2).
It is understandable on why a woman would want to have complete control over her own body. A woman wants to be able to make decisions in their own reproductive lives. It is herself who goes through the …show more content…
Many of the abortions done do not go as planned and in many cases end up in a tragedy. Besides ending the life of a fetus, abortion also threatens the mother’s life. In her article, “About Abortion: The Complications of the Category,” Carol Sanger, a member of the executive board of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, explains that many women die due to abortion. She states, “Legal abortion is reported as the fifth leading cause of maternal death in the United States” (Sanger 854). There are many dangers and complications during an abortion that may harm the mother. The majority of complications take time to develop and will not be apparent for days, months or even years. In her article, “Abortion: No More Apologies,” Katha Pollitt, a Professor at the University of Mississippi, discusses that thousands of women face complications during an abortion. She states, “The scope of the problem of abortion complications is large, both numerically and economically. In 2011 an estimated 77,000 women in the United States sustained complications of abortion” (Pollitt 15). An abortion injures the cervix and other organs and causes infections. In their article, “Hyperkalemic Paralysis: An Elective Abortion Gone Wrong,” Garg Manish and Nadia Markovchick, medical doctors and experts in medicine, explain that commonly used abortion agents convey serious side effects for the mother. They state, “If digoxin is used as an