Keep Abortion Legal

Essay by chemicalsunsetsJunior High, 9th gradeA, January 2009

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A woman's body is like a house; she has the right to decide who stays and who does not. If she is not pleased with her guest, she is free to kick them out. Abortion is an issue which has recently become a common focus of diverse and powerful debate in various societies, especially the United States. One of the most argumentative topics discussed is whether or not abortion is morally ethical. More than 40% of all women will terminate a pregnancy by abortion at some point in their reproductive lives (Stacey OL). Despite the disagreement of many people, abortion is one of the most universal medical procedures preformed in the United States every single year. Although abortion is opposed by many people, it should remain legal, as it is a woman's right to control her own body.

Abortion controversy can be broken down into two groups; those who oppose abortion and call themselves pro-life, and those who support abortion rights and consider themselves pro-choice.

In 1916, the first family planning and birth control center in the United States was opened by Margaret Sanger. Fifty-seven years later in 1973, the United States Supreme Court ruled abortion legal during the early stages of pregnancy to protect potential life in later stages, during the case of Roe vs. Wade. Regardless of the court's ruling, abortion protests have grown from sidewalk picketing to clinic blockades, harassment of clinic workers and patients, vandalism, and even bombing, in the past thirty years. A fertilized ovum is less than the thickness of one human hair, it cannot be contemplated as a "baby". Thought upon by many people of humankind, it is outrageous to pretend that aborting a zygote or embryo is the same as "killing a baby", as the pro-life movement emphasizes.

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