Essay on Abortion Synthesis 4

1999 Words Oct 15th, 2010 8 Pages
Abortion
One of the most constant battles our society faces is the issue of abortion. It is a controversial issue that continues to create tension and diversion among our culture. But what makes abortion such an emotional and personal conflict? Often time people aren’t fully aware of what takes place in the process of aborting a fetus. Let’s take a look at what abortion is and what makes it so controversial. By understanding what an abortion is and the different viewpoints of society, one will acquire a better idea of where they stand on this issue and how it can be relevant in one’s life.
So what is abortion? Abortion is the termination of unwanted pregnancy by destruction of the fetus. There are two different types of abortion; there
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In 1973 the United States Supreme Court ruled abortion legal in the Roe vs. Wade case. Although according to Committee for Abortion Rights, a doctor has to be willing to perform the abortion, meaning that women aren’t able to make the ultimate decision (Women under Attack, 53). This causes anger in the feminist movement because of the lack of control that women have over their own bodies. They believe that it is their right to do what they want with their own body. They have the freedom to control whether they reproduce or not.
The reasoning behind these pro-choice views can often be selfish. After seeing the shocking reality of the situation many are left with the question why? Why would someone feel they have the right to do that to a living being? There are many reasons as to why women make the emotional and devastating decision. Women’s decisions to abort vary due to the circumstances. There are many different issues that cause the desire to end a pregnancy with an abortion. In the book, Abortion: Statutes, Policies, and Public Attitudes the World Over, Rita J. Simon provides some helpful statistics, “As of 1988, 83 percent of women who obtained abortions were unmarried, 84 percent were under 25 years old. Women who earned less than $15,000 per year were 1.6 to 2.2 times likely to have an abortion and women who lived with a partner outside of marriage or who made no religious identification were 3.5 to 4.0 times as likely as women in the general population to

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