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December 15, 2014
Throughout history women have fought for the same rights as men such as equal treatment, secession and educational rights, however women are still struggling today to have control over their own reproductive system. In fact there are some states which deny women the access to having an abortion leaving victims of incest rape or whom are pregnant to bear an unwanted child. An abortion is a deliberate termination of a women pregnancy and is usually performed during the first 28 weeks it is a woman’s’ choice to terminate her pregnancy. Abortion has been a controversial topic since the 19th century. Today women whom are pregnant have three choices prolife and prochoice. If a women choices prolife then she goes through the entire pregnancy and gives birth to a baby. However if a women does not want to endure the entire pregnancy, She has the option of prochoice which is a woman's choice to have an abortion. One of the fundamental cases for abortion was Roe versus Wade and it resulted in abortion being legalized. The United States policy for abortion is unconstitutional because it deprives the right to privacy of women, having control of their own reproductive health and body, as well as contradicting the Supreme Court decision of abortion being a fundamental right. “Susan thought she had been through enough, she had been brutally raped and cannot stand the fact that she is pregnant with her rapist's’ baby. She decided to schedule an abortion; the baby will interfere with her career and was disappointed to find out that she must wait a long
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period of time to have an abortion. She arrived on the day scheduled for her abortion but is told she is already too far in her pregnancy to terminate the baby.” Approximately twenty seven out of the fifty states believe abortion is hostile and have created laws to make it more difficult to have an abortion. Texas is one of the twenty seven states that consider abortion hostile. Since the state of Texas declares abortion hostile, there are many laws that make it difficult to have an abortion. There are long waiting periods and ultrasounds that women must go through before they have an abortion. In fact, ‘One result of the law is that Texas women are increasingly turning to black market abortion drugs from online pharmacies, flea markets, or Mexico to induce their own miscarriages—a fact that might have been on the police officers’ minds when they decided descend on Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas to investigate a miscarriage.”(Beyerstein).This quote elaborates on the fact that women believe they should have the right to do what they want with their body. In addition women, who are resorting to the black market to terminate their pregnancies, clearly have made up their minds. On January 22, 1973 a significant court case, Doe v. Dalton occurred, Mary Doe was a three month pregnant women who wanted to have an abortion. However her doctor did not allow her to have an abortion done, Mary Doe declared that the constitution gives her the right to have an abortion if she chose to. The court case was about a law that made it difficult to have an abortion because women had to be examined and endure a physical, mental judgment. The doctor has to decide whether or not it is in the best interest for the women to have an abortion. Women were only given the option of an abortion only if it would endanger their lives and it was absolutely necessary. However the law was soon overturned due to the court case and allowed
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women to have an abortion in the state of Georgia without needing a doctor to determine if it was ok for a women to have an abortion or not.
Abortion is constitutional and it is shown in the Roe versus Wade court case. The Roe v. ...