The Effects Of The Great Depression Intensified The Debate On Abortion

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The effects of the Great Depression intensified the debate on abortion in the United States. Prior to 1867, abortion was legal in the United States. The legalization of abortion occurred in mid-eighteen century. However, abortion became illegal between 1867 and 1973. The Great Depression touched on every aspect of women’s lives. This period was characterized by high incidences of abortion. The number of jobs reduced, people lost their homes and funds became scanty. Due to lack of support for children, married couples took their children to orphanages. Pregnant women performed abortion to reduce the number of children. This period led to the sacking of women in various occupations (Dayton, 7). There was contention that jobs belonged to men and that husbands would support their women. This form of gender discrimination made single women to delay marriage. Some of them performed abortions to terminate pregnancies due to uncertainties of that time. The Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling brought significant relief to women. The ruling was made on January 22, 1973. According to the ruling, the laws that prohibited abortion grossly undermined women’s constitutional right to privacy. In this regard, abortion was made legal under the common law of the United States. This paper attempts to answer the fundamental question, “Is female experience in the United States a story of progress?” The paper relies on a combination of primary and secondary sources of information to answer the…

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