Abortion as a Social Issue

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Abortion as a Social Issue
Virginia Putt

Abortion as a Social Issue
Abortion has been a long standing social issue in the United States, which is why I chose to discuss this topic. There has and probably always will be a social issue due to the vast variety of people who live in the United States. Abortion is more than just a social issue; it is a legal issue, political issue, religious issue, a medical issue, and an insurance issue. However, these are just subcategories that are directly related to one sociological problem. There is also a lot of information available on the social abortion debate because it is such a social conflict. Politics is a huge aspect in our society, so of course abortion is going to be a part of every political party’s agenda. The democratic, or liberal party, are the part of society who are pro choice when it comes to the subject of abortion. Pro choice is the liberal political phrase meaning that a woman has the right to choose what she has done with her body, including the right to choose abortion. This is where legal issues come into play because according to liberals, a fetus is not a human life before birth and therefore has no individual rights. Liberals also believe that every woman has the right to a safe legal abortion, including partial birth abortions, and that tax payer money should be available to pay for these abortions if the woman choosing the abortion cannot to afford to pay for it on her own. However, the conservatives, or Republican Party, are totally opposite. They are Pro Life, which is the political phrase meaning that a fetus is human as soon as it is conceived and therefore has individual human rights. Conservatives do not agree that taxpayers should fund abortions, and that partial birth abortions should be outlawed (StudentNewsDaily.com, 2010). Most people in the United States are either Pro Choice or Pro Life, which causes a major social conflict in our society. Abortion is...
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