Abortion Essay

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Abortion is defined as “the termination of a pregnancy after, accompanied by, resulting in, or closely followed by the death of the embryo or fetus.” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary, 2014) In 1973, abortion was legalized in the United States as a result of the Supreme Court Case of Roe vs Wade. The opinions and beliefs of individuals are generally divided into two (2) groups; pro-choice and pro-life. Although the landmark case was won in 1973 the debate over whether it should have been legalized remains to be one of strongest argued topics among those living in the United States, as well as other part of the world’s countries, religions and cultures. Roe was a single and pregnant woman who was fighting the state of Texas where the law stated she was not allowed to get an abortion. Roe won her case, (7-2), and as a result abortion was legalized, not only in the state of Texas but, in the United States as well due to the case being argued before the Supreme Court of the United States of America. Millions of abortions have been performed in this country since the landmark case was won 1973, however, the debate continues. The individuals that refer to themselves as Pro-choice believe that a woman should have the choice to whatever she wishes with her body including the termination of a pregnancy should she become pregnant. They believe that she should have this fundamental right for no other reason than that is her wish. These individuals argue that abortion should be legalized without the influence of government or religion. On the opposing side are those individuals that believe that unborn babies are human from the moment of conception and, therefore, abortion is immoral and effectively killing an innocent human being who has the right to live. These individuals refer to themselves and their movement as being Pro-life. Although each side has valid points to

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