Women across the country who must go through the traumatizing horrors of abortion are often categorized as shameful. They are judged enough already and certainly don’t deserve to bear the burden of ugly legislation. Planned Parenthood is an organization who supports women’s rights and is in disagreement with the things that they must put women through because of these regulations. A recent bill in Texas called the “Women’s Right to Know Act” was passed and requires women to make at least two visits to the abortion clinic before the
This case has brought a lot of changes since the 1960’s. It has changed the Supreme Court’s decisions where women’s health is concerned. Since 1921 women have been fighting for their reproductive rights in whether to have an abortion or not and when, still to this day women are fighting for their rights as to how early or how late a woman can have an abortion. The legislature is still fighting for rights of the
Abortion- A Woman’s Divine Right Tameka A. Severson SOC 120 Introduction to Ethics & Social Responsibility Instructor: Theodore Framan April 16, 2012 The topic of abortion is one of the most controversial of our times. The fight between pro-life and pro-choice supporters has been long and brutal. This is because individuals can be a bit “close minded” and refuse to view any other beliefs or ideas other than their own. Although I support the act of abortion, when it all boils down, it is a right and the circumstance at hand really depends on the particular individual. Abortion is defined as the termination of pregnancy by the removal or expulsion from the uterus of a fetus or embryo prior to viability.
Many issues can cause ones morals to come is conflict with the law. For example: Jane Doe becomes pregnant and due to her circumstances she makes the decision to have an abortion. While abortion is legal there are those that think that it is morally wrong. Another example would be that of medically assisted suicides. Let’s say that I was diagnosed with terminal cancer and was at the end stage where I was in a numerous amount of pain.
Susan B. Anthony also opposed abortion, which she saw as another instance of a "double standard" imposed upon women. In the nineteenth century, the decision to undergo an abortion was very often decided by men. There were none of the standard contraceptive options available to women today. Antibiotics had yet to be invented, and abortion was a life threatening and unsanitary procedure for the woman. Anthony wrote that "when a woman destroys the life of her unborn child, it is a sign that, by education or circumstances, she has been greatly wronged,” Susan B. Anthony encouraged women to register to vote and then vote, using the Fourteenth Amendment as justification.
Pro-Choice or Pro-Life Abortion is a very controversial subject that many avoid because it has so many opinions when it is the topic of conversation. According to the Encyclopedia Americana, abortion is the termination of a pregnancy by loss or destruction of a fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus before birth. Even though many people believe that the destruction of a human being is considered murder, all women should have the right to choose to plan their own fertility. Abortion has been legal in the United States since 1973 and there are valid reasons to terminate a pregnancy such as a result of being raped or molested and for the health of the mother. In 1969, a woman named Norma L. McCorvey became pregnant.
For example, Anas is a 53-year old woman who is currently working with prisoners who have gone through abortion trauma. Through this she reflects on the pain that her own abortion brought her at 19years old, “But after the procedure, she says, strange feelings washed over her. I remember having evil thoughts, about hurting children, she said. It was like I'd done the worst thing I could possibly do. A piece of evil had entered me.” (Bazelon, 2007) We cannot assume all patients have the same post trauma, this woman may have had a psychological disorder, or received extreme amounts of pressure or stress before encountering her abortion.
There are many reasons, most of them being because the parents are not prepared to handle the responsibility of a child, and have conceived an infant by accident. According to Linda Lowen, “4 out of 10 unintended pregnancies end in abortion” (Abortion Facts). This is a large number of 40% of children who get their lives taken away because of a careless mistake of someone who was not prepared to have a child. Statistics show that three of the main reasons for having an abortion are, “3/4 say that having a baby would interfere with work, school, or other responsibilities; about ¾ say they cannot afford a child; and ½ say they do not want to be a single parent or are having problems with their husband or partner” (The Alan Guttmacher Institute). These are all reason that could be avoided, and save many lives in the early stages.
You will see that, in fact, abortion harms women, ignores their rights, and exploits and degrades them. Anyone concerned about women will do well to know these facts. Surveys of women who have had abortions, (see, for example, David Reardon's book, Aborted Women, Silent No More), show that abortion is not a question of giving a woman a "choice." It is, tragically, a situation of women feeling they have NO CHOICE, feeling that nobody cares enough about them and their child to give them any alternative besides going to the abortionist. The woman feels rejected, confused, afraid,
Abortion Kenneth Blair Mississippi State University Abstract This paper is about women who decide to have an abortion because of an unwanted pregnancy. It also contains my personal views on the topic of abortion. This paper has statements from the NASW Code of Ethics guideline. It also talks about how social workers should represent their clients when they are thinking of getting an abortion, and at the same time, it talks about people values. Keywords: abortion, social work, values Abortion is a controversial topic for many people.