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Unformatted text preview: gnancy to alleviate anxiety was s hown to contribute to the form ation of deform ed 'flipper-like' hands or legs of
children, abortion was illegal in the United States . A s econd health tragedy was the s evere outbreak of rubella
during the s am e tim e period, which als o res ulted in m ajor birth defects . Thes e tragedies com bined with a
change of attitude towards a wom an's right to privacy led a num ber of s tates to pas s abortion-perm itting
On one s ide of the controvers y are thos e who call them s elves 'pro-life'. They view the foetus as a hum an life
rather than as an unform ed com plex of cells ; therefore they hold to the belief that abortion is es s entially m urder
of an unborn child. Thes e groups cite both legal and religious reas ons for their oppos ition to abortion. Pro-lifers
point to the ris e in legalized abortion figures and s ee this as m orally intolerable. On the other s ide of the is s ue
are thos e who call them s elves 'pro-choice'. They believe that wom en, not legis lators or judges...
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