Essay by amybeeHigh School, 12th gradeA+, January 2004

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Government has stepped in where they shouldn't have by passing laws to limit the pregnant woman's choice to have an abortion.

On January 22, 1973 the Supreme Court voted to allow abortions legal. This was determined by the famous law case, Roe vs. Wade. "The Roe vs. Wade decision held that a woman, with her doctor, could choose abortion in earlier months of pregnancy without restriction, and with restrictions in later months, based on the right to privacy." This ruling has been one of the most controversial topics known to mankind. Jane Roe, whose real name is Norma McCorvey, challenged the criminal abortion laws of Texas. This law forbade abortion except in the case where the mothers' life was in danger. Henry Wade, the Texas Attorney General, defended the anti-abortion law. In conclusion, the Supreme Court held that a woman's right to choose abortion falls within the right to privacy.

This decision gave women the right to have an abortion during an entire pregnancy and for regulation abortion in the second and third trimesters.

Recently a new controversial procedure is the "Partial-Birth Abortion." This procedure is performed "in the second and third trimesters and entails (1) inducing a breech delivery with forceps, (2) delivering the legs, arms and torso only, (3) puncturing the back of the skull with scissors or a trochar, (4) inserting a suction curette into the skull, (4) suctioning the contents of the skull so as to collapse it, (5) completing the delivery." The Legislative Branch recently passed a law, which bans partial-birth

abortions to be performed. Thus meaning this procedure is against the law. The President of the United States, George Bush, signed this bill to be followed by the American public.

There are many advocates who support the fact that abortion...