Abortion Should Be Legal For Women Essay

1140 Words May 19th, 2016 5 Pages
Women are told they have control over their own bodies, but does that include if they want to have an abortion? The idea of abortion cause people to build an opinion and want laws created, but some believe that abortion should be the woman’s choice and some believe it should be the government 's decision if a woman is to get an abortion.
Abortion has gone back many years. In the early 1800s abortions in early pregnancies could be legally performed by midwives and folk practitioners (Zewski, 17). In 1873 information was given to women about birth control and abortions. In 1980 abortions were prohibited unless the mother’s life is in danger. In 1973 a supreme court case arises named Roe vs Wade; this case was to fight for women to have the rights of their own bodies so they could receive an abortion if they wanted one. Throughout this time medicaid would not pay for an abortion no matter the situation ( Farrell, 96-97). After the Roe vs Wade case abortions became legal for women ( Farrell, 27). In 2006 Plan B became legal for any woman above the age of 18 ( Farrell, 99). Sherri Finkbine was a woman in 1961 who had discovered that a drug she had been taking in her early pregnancy had caused of her twins to develop a birth defect. She had wanted an abortion and was denied (Zewski, 22).
Abortions had been very dangerous and rare before the 1800s. The legalization of abortions had not been widely discussed. In Rome and Greece abortion was legal if the father of the child ordered…

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