An abortion is a right as an individual

An abortion is a right as an individual - Abortion is a...

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Abortion is a medical procedure of inducing expulsion of a human fetus to terminate a pregnancy. It was practiced in United States since the Republic was found. The social character and legal status of abortion varied throughout the history. In the past, abortion was left versus right, radical versus reactionary, feminist versus anti-feminist issue. The 21st century sees the issue of abortion debated in a new, seemingly contradictory, context. There are people who support it and people who are fighting against it. Advocates for making or keeping abortion legal are usually termed Pro-Choice, and those who are for making or keeping induced abortion illegal are usually termed Pro-Life. Only minority of Americans actually holds strict pro-life or pro- choice views. Pro-life group of people generally contend that abortion is wrong because it kills human life, which they believe begins at conception. However, some pro-lifers grant that abortion should be allowed in cases of rape or incest, or when the pregnancy threatens the life or health of the mother. Those who identify themselves as pro-choice often maintain that abortion must remain legal because a woman should have the right to control her body and her destiny. They argue that because a fetus cannot survive independent of the mother, there is no criterion in which to grant the right to life. But some pro-choicers also believe that there should be certain restrictions on teen access to abortion and on abortions occurring after the first trimester of pregnancy. They interpret that there are more health risks induced by childbirth than abortion, including the risk of death. An individual bases the decision of whether or not to support abortion upon personal ethics and beliefs. In 1973,
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This note was uploaded on 03/06/2010 for the course POL 102 taught by Professor Cover during the Fall '08 term at SUNY Stony Brook.

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