Essay about Should Abortion Be Legal?

1818 Words Nov 30th, 2014 8 Pages

Abortion is defined as the termination of pregnancy by the removal or expulsion from the uterus of a fetus or embryo prior to viability (Statistic Brain). Abortions have become one of the most common ways to end pregnancy. Three out of ten women in the United States have an abortion by the time they are 45 years old (Planet ParentHood). There are two different types of abortions women can have. The first is a clinic abortion and the second is the abortion pill. Abortion became legal in 1973 when the United Stated Supreme Court decided the right to an abortion was part of a women’s right to privacy. There are two sides to abortions. One side is called “pro life” which means they believe the “government has an obligation to preserve all human life regardless of intent, viability, or quality of life concerns” (). The other side is called “pro choice” which means individuals have unlimited autonomy with respect to their own reproductive systems as long as they do not breach the autonomy of other (). The debate between pro-life and pro-choice has been going on long after abortion became legal. The real issue here isn’t which side should be taken but whether abortion should have been legalized in the first place. We will discuss why abortion should and should not be legal. Some of these reasons are: rape, stem research, medical and financial. Each of these reasons will either support or neglect the decision if abortion should be legal.
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