Essay by vlex15College, Undergraduate November 2014

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Women have throughout the history of women's rights and the suffrage movement, always fought for the right to be able to terminate their own pregnancy if need be. In 1973 the famous court case of Roe versus Wade legalized abortion in the United States. Since that time, despite the occurrence of over thirty-five million abortions, abortion has become a prevalent social issue, extremely debatable and controversial. People have basically been divided into two groups, those in favor of abortion and those who oppose it. Nowadays, they are also referred to as the group that is pro-life and the group that is pro-choice; both groups have very powerful opinions regarding the issue and regularly debate its morality. The topic is one of the most arguable socially as well as even in politics but why do people truly feel so strongly about abortion?

"Abortion is murder". People opposed to abortion strongly believe that abortion takes away the "right to live", and is morally wrong.

Though, others for abortion argue that the statement is just a religious belief. Pro-abortionists consider that having an abortion is the women's' choice. In the mid-to-late 19th century, during the fight for women's suffrage in the U.S., many first-wave feminists, such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton opposed abortion. Abortion or operations that resemble abortion date back to ancient times all around the world in Ancient China, Greece and other countries. Many of the methods employed in early and primitive cultures were non-surgical. Each culture had their own way of performing this technique through physical activity ancient Greeks relied upon the herb silphium as an abortifacient and contraceptive. Throughout time, this procedure progressed along with women's rights and opportunities worldwide.

During the early 20th century, English women, supposedly, achieved civil equality. After World War 1, women were seen...