The Abortion Debate

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Approximately 3,000 abortions take place every day in the United States (Snyder). Those abortions add up to more than one million abortions per year. For years, people from all over the world have fought back and forth in the abortion debate. The pro-life side of the debate argues that abortion should not be legal. They also argue that abortion denies the right-to-life of the baby, and threatens both the mental and physical health of the mother. This side of the debate comes from many different points of view including religion, culture, and multiple branches of science. In response to the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court case, abortion became legal in 1973. Since then, abortions have killed over fifty-six million innocent babies (Snyder). The law …show more content…
There are quite a few health risks associated with abortion, including both mental and physical health. One of the main problems a woman who chooses to have an abortion will face is her increased risk of breast cancer. When a woman completes a full-term pregnancy, approximately eighty-five percent of her breast tissue matures into cancer-resistant tissue with help from the hormones produced by her offspring (Lanfranchi). If the mother’s breasts mature fully, she reduces her risk of suffering from breast cancer, however that will not happen with an induced abortion. Terminating pregnancies due to abortion can also have a negative impact on future pregnancies such as mental and physical disabilities, pre-mature birth, and miscarriages. Those negative impacts can be caused by both safe and unsafe abortions. However, unsafe abortions caused around 47,000 deaths in 2008, and nearly 22 million unsafe abortions take place every year (“Preventing Unsafe Abortion”). Death, future pregnancy problems, and breast cancer include just a few of the physical health problems a woman may face after having an induced abortion. Mental health also has its place in abortions as well. Many women who choose to have an abortion have a higher rate of self-diagnosed depression. Those women also have an increased association with drug and/or alcohol abuse, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts and behaviors (Fergusson, Horwood, and Boden). Abortions have the ability to negatively affect a woman’s health in both physical and mental

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