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For every two babies born, one dies because of abortion. Abortion is the most disruptive bio-ethical issue of our time (Levine 2). Abortion has two different viewpoints. One view, known as pro-life, sees abortion as the immoral slaughter of innocent life. The other view, pro-choice, considers abortion as an option that must be available to women if they are to control their own reproductive lives (2). Abortion is very much a heated topic these days, and many people think that they know how to solve the problem of abortion. Abortion can be seen through two extremely different sides, but I think that abortion is morally, ethically and spiritually wrong. The one, most popular, option is to give the baby up for adoption. In the U.S. since the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, abortion is essentially legal on request throughout the country. The Roe v. Wade decision established the trimester system of regulating abortion.

Under this system, the Supreme Court ruled that: 1) The state doesn't have any compelling interest in regulating Abortion during the first trimester (12 weeks) of pregnancy, Except to require that an abortion performed by a licensed Physician. 2) The states only interest in regulating abortions during the second trimester is to protect maternal health. 3) When outside the fetus becomes viable (capable of independent Survival outside the womb, with or without life support), the State may choose to limit abortions to women for whom continued pregnancy would be life threatening (Costa 75). Many people see abortion as something that has to be done, not as something that is wrong. Women seek abortions for a number of reasons. One is that women who are not married may wish to terminate a pregnancy. Sometimes this is because she can't support a baby on her own. Another...