Abortion and Contraception

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Elizabeth R. Katzki Reproductive Rights from the 1965 to the Present Bioethics emerged as a legitimate concern in the 1970’s because science began to have the ability to make changes in lives that exceeded the realm of fixing already occurring problems with medicine. It began to reach into what death entailed and how almost dead bodies could be used. Modern science was, and is, thought by some to be encroaching on G-d’s will and moral life. People’s lives were affected directly and science and religion continued on their path to conflict. Others believe it to be a wonderful thing that can save and alter lives in ways it never could before. In the book of Genesis G-d commands Adam and Eve to “be fruitful and multiply”. Many people feel that any forms of contraception oppose this statement, and that abortion does to a greater extent because not only is a ending a pregnancy, which is the act of being fruitful, but it is thought by some to be a murder of the potential life/ life. A legal induced abortion is a procedure, performed by a licensed physician or someone under the supervision of a licensed physician, to terminate a suspected or known intrauterine pregnancy and to produce a nonviable fetus (CDC). Because if this act, much controversy arose, bringing about issue changing events and many influential people and groups. The most notable being the Roe v. Wade case which defended a woman’s right to a safe and legal abortion. This case was fought in 1973 by a Texan unmarried pregnant woman against the state of Texas, in which, the unmarried woman, Jane Roe, won the case. There has since been much debate over the ruling, and many governments have restricted the ruling as much as possible. There are still court cases going on to limit a woman’s right to an abortion. Though it is federal law that a woman can get an abortion without undue
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Elizabeth R. Katzki governmental interference, there are still 26 states that have biased counseling and inconvenient delays during the process of trying to get an abortion. There are 23 stated that require a guardian’s consent, and 21 that require notification of a legal guardian. Abortion is legal but receives absolutely no funding in 15 states, and in some cases, limited training. Furthermore, all health-care providers have the right to refuse service, and can therefore refuse to perform abortions. (NARAL) There are many groups that fight to protect women’s reproductive rights. NOW (National Organization for Women) fights for all women’s rights, and is not limited to abortion. Because abortion is such a large issue, NOW is mainly known for protecting women’s reproductive rights. NOW is active in stopping violence against women’s clinics as shown in the case NOW v. Scheidler, in which, NOW argued that RICO (Racketeering Influence and Corrupt Organizations) was not stopping the violence in clinics caused by Pro-Life extremists. Planned Parenthood has taken an enormous role on the subject of women’s
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This essay was uploaded on 04/11/2008 for the course ENGLISH 101 taught by Professor Frandina during the Spring '08 term at Johns Hopkins.

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