It is the loss of a pregnancy and does not refer to why that pregnancy was lost” (Definition of Abortion). Not only is the procedure a tragic loss of innocent life, but the effects it can have on the family, especially the mother, can be severe and last a lifetime. For a while, abortion was illegal throughout the United States. However, “In 1973, the United States Supreme Court struck down every federal, state, and local law regulating or restricting the practice of abortion. This action was based on the premise that the states no longer had any need to regulate abortion because the advances of modern medicine had now made abortion "relatively safe." Therefore, the Justices concluded, it is unconstitutional to prevent physicians from providing abortions as a "health" service to
women” (Reardon, David C.). This assumption is wrong, however. While abortions may not be as dangerous as they once were, because women may now go to professionals instead of back-alley clinics, they are not 100% safe as some people may claim. Not only do a large percentage of women suffer from emotional issues after having an abortion, but they are at risk for many physical health problems as well.