Opinions And Views: Abortion

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Opinions and Views In our present day society a question of life has been left unanswered. Every day young individuals are not given the chance to live, and to some, it is justified. To others, this justification is poorly met. Abortions are conducted or not conducted depending on the opinion an individual holds. The opinions are usually classified as pro-life and pro-choice. Within these opinions are ethical and medical beliefs that attribute to both. At times an individual may not classify themselves as one or the other, and decide to hold their own ethical or medical standpoints. Whatever the case may be, millions of women each day make a choice of abortion and the statistics are rising. A reported forty million abortions were recorded from 1973 through 1998, and this is simply from those who chose to report them. They do not include the millions of women who seek the aid of private clinics.

Many have tried to pass laws dealing with abortions yet it doesn't seem to have effect on the aborting mother for it is thought that "abortion is exclusively a women's issue to be decided by women"� (Butler.347). All abortions conducted are done so because of an individual's belief, whether it is pro-life, pro-choice, or a personal medical or ethical belief, to the individual it seems to be the best choice, no matter what statistics or medical research is introduced.

In the United States, the pro-life and pro-choice movements are both powerful and active. Pro-life groups are particularly active at the state level and have successfully influenced legislators and governors in to creating many laws that restrict abortion. Many laws have been ineffectual; they are so broadly worded that they are usually declared unconstitutional shortly after having been signed into law. Those laws that survive are...