Should Abortion Be Legal Essay

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Running head: SHOULD ABORTION BE LEGAL? Final Paper Outline LaCourtney Wheeler PHI 103 Informal Logic Stephen Carter June 21, 2010 There are two opposing opinions on the issue of abortion, pro-life and pro-choice. Neither group argues that abortion is right but pro-lifers argue that abortion is unethical and should not be performed under any circumstances. Abortion is a very controversial topic and there are many conflicting opinions on the morality of the practice of abortion. Anti-abortion groups argue that abortion, or any killing of a living being, is unjustifiable. Pro-choice groups argue that women should have the right to make medical decisions regarding their bodies, including the right to terminate an unwanted pregnancy. The government should not be allowed to make decisions regarding women’s reproductive health. The issue of abortion has been debated for years. There has been several court cases brought before The United States Supreme Court concerning the issue of abortion. In 1973 case Roe vs. Wade, the Supreme Court ruled that laws forbidding abortion were in violation of the first, fourth, fifth, ninth, and fourteenth amendments of the Constitution. The Court ruled that the states were forbidden from outlawing or regulating any aspect of abortion performed during the first trimester of pregnancy, could only enact abortion regulations reasonably related to maternal health in the second and third trimesters, and could enact abortion laws protecting the life of the fetus only in the third trimester. At the time Roe vs. Wade was decided, most states restricted or banned the practice of abortion. On July 3, 1989 the Supreme Court upheld a Missouri law that imposed restrictions on the use of state funds, facilities, and employees in performing, assisting with, or counseling on abortions in the case Webster vs. The Reproductive Health

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