Persuasive Essay On Pro Abortion

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The United States did not have set laws for abortion until the 1800’s, but they did follow the guidelines for abortion in England. England allowed abortions as long as quickening had not yet occurred, which means the mother had not yet felt movement from the fetus inside of her. In the 1880’s the United States criminalized abortion, which stayed intact until the 1960’s. Many women’s rights organizations began to reform the laws of abortion. Between the 1960’s and 1970’s, one-third of the states liberalized or revoked their criminal abortion laws. It wasn’t until 1973 when women were given the right to abortion (Abortion History in the U.S. - Find Law).
Roe versus Wade was a Supreme Court case that declared abortion as legal and established guidelines for the states. A 21-year-old pregnant women, Jane Roe, represented all women who desired an abortion but were unable to receive one legally and safely. The Texas Attorney General, Henry Wade, defended the law against abortions. After taking the case to the Supreme Court it was ruled that all Americans’ have the right to privacy, which includes a women’s right to an abortion without state interference (History of Abortion –
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Pro-life activists support the idea that women have the fundamental right to make the final decision over their personal reproductive health. They argue that human life does not begin at contraception, but instead begins when the fetus can survive outside of the uterus and no longer requires the mother’s body to survive. Seth Millstein makes a point to say people have the “right to life,” meaning people have the right to not let anyone impose on their body. Millstein goes on to imply that even if the fetus is alive women shouldn’t be forced to carry it because it is her “right to life” (Millstein). Pro-abortion supporters mainly focus on women’s reproductive rights rather than the outcome of abortion

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