Controversial Issues: Roe V. Wade

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The topic of abortion is one of the most controversial issues in today's society. According to Planned Parenthood, "Abortion is the termination or expulsion of pregnancy before birth" (Planned Parenthood). Thousands of abortions happen every day, and yet the public opinion remains at a stalemate to determine whether or not an abortion is ethical. According to a poll created in 2013, fifty-four percent of Americans believe that the practice of abortion should be legal in all or most cases. (“Public Opinion on Abortion") Throughout life, there have been strong opinions coming from people who are considered to be pro-life or pro-choice. The person's perspective of the issue determines how he or she sees the fetus: as an individual human being…show more content…
Wade case. "Roe v. Wade is the historic Supreme Court decision overturning a Texas interpretation of abortion law and making abortion legal in the United States. The Roe v. Wade decision held that a woman, with her doctor, could choose abortion in earlier months of pregnancy without legal restriction, and with restrictions in later months, based on the right to privacy." (about.com). In the later months of the pregnancy, there would be more legal restrictions so that neither the mother nor fetus would be harmed throughout the abortion process. After the court's decision, all state laws were limiting women's access to abortions during the first trimester of pregnancy were invalidated. The Roe vs. Wade decision had legalized abortion in the United States which wasn't legal before. Now since abortion is legal in all states, there's nothing that is stopping a woman from getting an abortion on the legal…show more content…
Some women may get pregnant from rape or sexual violence. Rape can have unwanted physical, psychological and emotional effects on the mother. Not only will the mother have to relive the rape incident through memories, but she'll have a child conceived by that horrible incident. The woman may experience intense feelings of anxiety, stress or fear that can eventually develop into PTSD. It's common that the mother could be reliving the event through flashbacks, memories, or even dreams. Depending on the rape incident, she could experience being kidnapped then thrown onto the bed with the rapist hovering over her. The pregnant woman could also be feeling "on edge" all the time, be sleep deprived or may have random outbursts throughout the day. She may already have these so aborting the child may help her because she wouldn't have to worry about her child having sudden outbursts of anxiety or fear from the
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