Abortion-A Woman's Right

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During the late 1960s the number of illegal abortions preformed annually in the United States was estimated to be from 200,000 to 1.2 million (Jost 260). In 1965, an estimated 200 women died from crudely administered, illegal abortions (260). Even after abortion was legalized, it was still an extremely controversial subject with two very distinct sides. The topic is so controversial that some people even resort to violent measures as a means of protest. Most notably are the acts from the pro-life side. wording Since 1977 there have been more than 6,000 clinic blockades and invasions (Solinger 106). Also, thousands of acts of violence have been committed against abortion providers, more than two hundred attempted or completed arsons and fire bombings at abortion related facilities, and hundreds of death threats (106). The two sides, pro-choice and pro-life, both have very passionate views about the abortion topic. Pro-life believes, no matter what, that the fetus is a person and that to have an abortion would always murder.


choice believes the right to choose an abortion is a guaranteed right of the American women.

However, both sides are much more complex and there seems to be no sign of finding common ground for the two sides of the debate. Today, however, with a conservative president and congress, the accessibility to obtain an abortion is much lower than it was in the past. Certain procedures are being attacked and even the right to choose an abortion is being threatened. As a nation of freedom and choice, the United States should keep the high courts ruling and keep abortion legal.

Abortion is not a topic that has come about only recently. It has been around for many decades. In fact, abortion dates as far back as to ancient civilization. There were many crude...