Abortion: The Justifications behind it

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Abortion: The Justifications behind It

According the U.N. Demographic Yearbook of 1988 lists, thousand of teenage girls and women died from "back-alley" abortions around the world because in many countries, abortion is illegal. Back-alley is a slang term for illegal abortion operation. Contrarily, ever since the verdict of Roe V. Wade, abortion is legal in the Untied States. However, abortion did not cease to be controversial and often touchy issue in America. The abortion issue continues to dominate America politic and divide Americans' opinions. Conservative activists want to ban abortion on the ground that it is religiously unmoral, and abortion is murder. Liberal activists on the other hand, support the mothers' rights to choose for themselves. After all, many pregnancies are unplanned. According to the statistic at the National Abortion Federation website, 70 percents of girls age 13 or younger who had sexual experiences, reported that sex was forced upon them.

By the age of twenty, 40 percents of these girls were pregnant at least one time (Dudley). In addition, according to "Know the facts,"14000 women have abortions because of rape or incest .Abortion to many girls and women is more than a personal choice, it is a decision that will affect the rest of their lives. The decision to abort a fetus is often difficult to many girls and women, but to many women and girls, there are no alternatives. Some of these individuals are poor, young, and immature, therefore, they can not adequately support a child. While others were rape, abuse, and impregnate by their perpetrators, thus, it is

unthinkable to force these women to carry these unwanted pregnancies. The reasons behind abortion vary among women and girls. Because of reasons such as unwanted pregnancy,