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Ethics on Abortion in South Carolina
Ethics in Public Administration
Dr. Esteves
July 22, 2012
Courtney Washington
For a long time, there has been a struggle in accepting whether or not abortion was a right that women had and simply ethical. Since ethics are built off your morals, principles, standards, and sometimes religious beliefs people struggle with the fact of seeing abortion as an ethical decision. This has been an ongoing controversy for the nation and not most importantly the state of South Carolina. In my paper I plan to go in and research on the fact that if we as citizens of South Carolina do approve of abortion being legalized, then why do we have these actions imposed as laws to change the minds of these women who are seeking out these services? Are the lawmakers enforcing or underlying implying these rules to try and make these women who are receiving these services change their mind? Or are they being implemented just as informative information? “Only women know exactly why they end up making the difficult decision to have an abortion. Consequently, there is no better way to help us understand the issue than to listen to their stories. The story of each woman, rich or poor, younger or older, illiterate or highly educated – related here as told to us over the years – is unique and serves to illustrate the variety of circumstances that lead women to choose to terminate their pregnancies.” (Faundes & Barzelatto, 2006) South Carolina is a “hot spot” for many different political arenas in the United States of America, and for the past couple of years reproductive rights have been a major political issue the nation has been trying to tackle, and more importantly a topic South Carolina has been trying to take a lead on. Even though, we have seen much legislation come through the past 2-3 years on reproductive and abortion rights, has South Carolina law makers made any real lead way in trying to better abortion laws and reproductive policies here in the state? Have they taken into consideration “women” in particular when making laws about the bodies of women, being that majority of South Carolina’s policy and law makers are men? Is the right of abortion truly “our right” as women here in South Carolina? How does South Carolina relate nationally and globally on the scale of reforming and bettering the laws for reproductive rights? What laws are in place that contributes to the education of the reproductive rights and the rights as women? All these questions come into play where there is the mere fact that women make up 51% of South Carolina’s population which is over half but do not have a say in laws that affect them and their body. Women should want to have control over the rights for them to be pro-choice for abortions and other reproductive rights. Yes, many may say an abortion is unethical and against many religious and moral beliefs, but how can taking the rights of someone that so many women before us have fought so hard for not go hand in hand? Are politicians making an ethical decision when they make laws that hinder the citizens from making a clear and conscious decision? Having an ultrasound shown to an abortion patient before services is a way to try and deter the woman from the procedures. They feel that psychologically if they show these women these ultrasounds, the woman

Abortion laws in South Carolina start out in 1973 with the Roe v. Wade decision. This made abortion legal in South Carolina through the entire nine months of a woman’s pregnancy. During the first 1-3 months of pregnancy, an abortion is legal for any reason without any restrictions except for the pregnant woman’s consent. During the 4th-6th month, which is called the second trimester, an abortion is also legal for any reason, but the clinic or hospital performing the abortion must be licensed. Lastly, from 7-9 months of pregnancy, an abortion can be performed to preserve the life and health of the woman....
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