Race and Abortion Essay

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Abortion is a highly debatable subject that splits people into one of two categories; pro-choice or pro-life. People that support a pro choice feel that women should have the right to either keep or terminate their pregnancy. For them not being able to have that right is unconstitutional and results in women thinking that they have no control over their reproductive lives. On the other hand, those who are pro-life feel that abortion is a right that should never be exercised because the practice of abortion is murder of an innocent life. Most of this debate stems from the difference in the definition of life between the two groups. Pro-lifers believe that life starts at conception whereas pro-choicers believe that life does
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Within past research, it has been discovered that race is a big indicator of how people feel about abortion practices. In leading studies, African Americans have tended to be less accepting of abortion than whites and it has been found that this may be accounted for by four different factors (Combs and Welch, 1982). Those who have more formal education, higher occupation and income status tend to have a higher support for abortion. These qualities are also what tend to make up the class differences between the two races, which might be significant when looking at the differing attitudes on abortion. Another factor is religious practices and beliefs. African Americans tend to have a higher tie with their church and are more likely to attend church on a regular basis (Combs and Welch, 1982). The third factor is the black political movement that began in the 1960’s. During this movement, African Americans were under the belief that abortion was a plot by whites to cause genocide on their race and so African Americans are still more prone to be under that mindset and not participate in abortion practices (Combs and Welch, 1982). This thought process goes as far as contraceptive issues also where African American women are less likely to wear contraceptives because they are also viewed as a genocide attempt

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