History Of Abortion

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Throughout the history of abortion, women have been aiding others to help with abortion procedures. By 1880, abortions were illegal in the US, unless “`necessary to save the life of the woman” (Boston) . Laws were set in place to “protect” women from danger, but these laws were only there to return women to their tradition childbearing/housekeeping roles, and limiting their independence. Many women who were set on having an abortion legal or not would take it into their own hands using knitting needles, coat hangers, and lye these home done “procedures” are extremely dangerous and were often deadly. Over the years, the coathanger has become the single symbol for the millions of women who died trying to terminate an unwanted pregnancy because …show more content…
Pro-Life, or Pro-Choice. Pro-Life is on the side against abortion at all costs. Pro-Choice works to advocate for women 's reproductive rights, and the opportunity to save abortions. Many pro-lifers believe that abortion at any stage of the pregnancy is the murder of a person and that under no circumstances, even rape and/or incest should the child be “punished”. When you google “pro-life” the page you get taken to is Prolife.org, where you are faced with a declaration you are able to sign. It states, “1. I believe every life has dignity and limitless potential. 2. I believe the “right to life” is the most fundamental right protected by America’s founding documents. 3. I believe life should be protected and defended from the moment of conception until natural death. 4. I believe grace, compassion and understanding are essential to protecting life” (The Pro-Life ). It has sentimental statements but aside from that no information on abortion itself. Another common view among pro-life supporters is that women use abortion as a form of contraception and do not want their tax dollars to support a practice that they do not believe in. Lastly, there is an overriding argument that adoption is always an option for the …show more content…
Every woman needs the right to control her body, although some would argue that the fetus isn 't her body. Again, Linda Lowen stated, “it is attached by the placenta and umbilical cord, its health is dependent on her health, and cannot be regarded as a separate entity as it cannot exist outside her womb” (Boston). If women are restricted from being able to access safe abortions then we are going back on years and years of work to fight for these rights. The push to make abortion illegal is without a doubt regression. Women need to be in control of their own bodies, and not have to fear the government making decisions for them. If abortion does become illegal it won’t stop, as history has shown. It will only lead to unsafe and possibly deadly under the table abortions. Women need to be secure in their reproductive rights, and will continue to fight no matter what the verdict is on their cause. The right to use the services that come along with the availability of safe, affordable abortions is extremely important for women in the situations described

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