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Abortion Rights – The History Of The Pro Choice Fight

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Monica was a high school student that had a magnificent future ahead of her. She was the best of her graduating class and was known by all the students and staff as nice, friendly, and intelligent. Sadly, Monica made a gigantic mistake and ended up pregnant. She believed that her life was ruined and that she would no longer be able to attend college because she would have to raise the baby. However, because of abortions, Monica was able to abort her pregnancy and continue to enjoy her life. She ended up being the valedictorian of her graduating class and received a full scholarship to her dream college.
An abortion is the deliberate termination of a pregnancy done within the first 28 weeks of a women being pregnant (oxforddictionaries.com/us/definition/american_english/abortion). When it comes to abortion everyone tends to have a differing opinion, as seen in polls ...view middle of the document...

At the time the Constitution was adopted, abortions before "quickening" were openly advertised and commonly performed (prochoice.org/about_abortion/history_abortion.html). Abortions were extremely risky and deadly due to the lack of medicine and knowledge during the 1800s. As time went on abortions became safer, but since abortions were illegal women had to get secret abortions which did not give them access to these new medicines and technology (prochoice.org/about_abortion/history_abortion.html).
As many women fought for their right to have an abortion, many of them took their problems to the Supreme Court. A major court battle dealing with abortions was Roe v. Wade. Roe was a pregnant women from Texas who believed that their abortion laws were unconstitutional. These laws made it a crime to get or try to get an abortion except on medical advice to save the life of the mother (lawnix.com/cases/roe-wade.html). Roe ended up winning her lawsuit. According to PBS, the Court ruled that Texas, and any state in the U.S, was forbidden from banning or regulating any part of abortion performed during the first trimester of pregnancy. It was ruled that they could only pass abortion laws related to maternal health in the second and third trimesters and could pass abortion laws protecting the life of the fetus only in the third trimester (pbs.org/wnet/supremecourt/rights/landmark_roe.html).
America’s opinion on abortions has changed throughout the years. According to Gallup, in 2012, 50 percent of American’s are pro-life while 41% of Americans are pro-choice. The poll also said that 51 percent of Americans believe that abortions are morally wrong while 38 percent of Americans believe that abortions are morally acceptable. However, when Americans were asked if abortions should be legal or illegal 52 percent said it should be legal under certain conditions, 25 percent said it should be legal under any condition, while only 20 percent said it should be illegal under all conditions (gallup.com/poll/154838/pro-choice-americans-record-low.aspx). This means that a little over half of Americans accept abortions as long as there is a reason, some of these being if raped or incest was committed.

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