Pro-Life or Pro-Choice: Abortion Analyzed Through the Sociological Lens

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Throughout the course of history, many sociological issues have become relevant throughout Canada. These issues and their effects on society are part of the reason in which things are they way they are today. This research essay examines one of the most controversial sociological issues in all of history: abortion. To begin, a brief history of abortion in Canada is provided. From there, it discusses and analyzes the many laws or lack thereof regarding abortion in Canada. By analyzing the laws and legislation that has been put in place by Canadian government, it is easy to see how people can assume different positions on this topic. Throughout the first section, it also discusses women’s rights regarding birth and their bodies. Secondly, …show more content…
Overall, this piece of investigative writing examines and discusses the main topics surrounding one of the most popular sociological issues in Canada: abortion.

To begin, a brief history of abortion in Canada is a necessary first step. Abortion became a legalized act in Canada in1969 (Doull 2013, p. 52), with the stipulations that it should only be used for medical reasons. Canada has always been one of the leading supporters of abortion rights and has always been two steps ahead of other countries, especially the United States. As stated in Saurette and Kelly’s Arguing abortion: The new anti-abortion discourse in Canada, they discuss how, since the decade of the 80’s that Canada has had an immeasurable advantage over the United States and their abortion laws (Saurette and Kelly 2013, p.157). This has made Canada one of the leading countries when it comes to human rights. Another example as to why Canada has been a leader in this field, as mentioned in the article Doctors and Demonstrators: How political institutions shape abortion law in the United States, Britain, and Canada, written by Robert Pike refers to the issue of public healthcare and how most Canadians are able to receive abortions in a hospital/ public health care setting, whereas Americans usually need to seek out private clinics (Pike 2011, p.116). When analyzing the history of abortion, it is important to take a look at the society and culture that existed at that

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