Should Abortion Be Legal? Essay

1871 Words Dec 1st, 2016 8 Pages
Abortion is a very divisive subject that people don’t typically enjoy discussing, but it is such a common procedure these days that discussing it is necessary. People could argue for what seems like forever about whether or not abortion should remain legal or how the law can better regulate abortions based on how far into the pregnancy a woman is and why she is considering terminating the pregnancy. While we may never come to a unanimous decision, we should at least agree that abortions in order to save the life of the mother are justified.
Consider a twenty-seven year old mother of four who has a history of moderate yet controlled pulmonary hypertension and is being seen at her pulmonologist’s office for worsening symptoms in mid-October 2009. During the appointment, a routine pregnancy test revealed that although she tried to avoid it, she had conceived and was just under eight weeks pregnant. Based on the severity of her condition, her pulmonologist advised that she terminate the pregnancy early before her condition worsened, but the woman was Catholic and decided not to terminate. (English, Haddad, and Veatch, 2015, 210-211)
On November 3rd, the woman was admitted to the St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona with worsening symptoms. Her physicians ran tests that revealed that the woman’s condition was now classified as severe and life-threatening PAH. This indicated that her risk of death was rising and getting dangerously close to 100%. An…

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