Abortion, the termination of a pregnancy, pro life advocates, pro choice advocates, personal judgment, sex education, abortion clinics, the personal liberty of individuals
Abortion is an age old question that has caused a great rift in society. While it is legal in the United States, abortion is also a question of morality and the values a person has. To what extent can or should law regulate morality, and to what extent should the state encroach on the personal liberty of individuals in a free and democratic society? While some pro life advocates believe that abortion should be illegal, others who are pro choice believe every woman should be able to choose. Law enforcement is crucial, for we as a society have decided that to terminate a pregnancy is a woman's decision, it must be a decision she can make without fear of legal penalty or intrusion on her private space. Abortion is much more than the termination of a pregnancy. It is a question that concerns politics, morality and personal judgment.
[...] 17.No (June 2002): pp. 187-201. Tribe, Laurence H. Abortion: The Clash of Absolutes. Cambridge: W.W. Norton & Co., 1992. [...]
[...] While it is a controversial topic, abortion is a medical procedure, a demographic trend, a legal issue, and a political policy issue. Above all else, however, it is a symbol- a symbol of death to its opponents, of freedom of choice to its proponents; a symbol of family responsibility to one group, of a woman's privacy to another. It is a symbol of hope and despair, and yet, what abortion truly is, what it embodies is a choice, a decision that each individual should be able to make for themselves. [...]
[...] Role of Party Activists in the Evolution of the Abortion Issue.” Political Behavior, Vol No Special Issue: Parties and Partisanship, Part Three, (Dec., 2002), pp. 361-377 Driedger, Leo and Halli, Shiva S. Life or Pro Choice: Politics of Career and Homemaking.” Population Studies, Vol No (Jul., 1997), pp. 129-137 Fagan, Amy. “Roe's 34th Year Sees a New Washington.” Washington Times 22 Jan 2007: A01. Kontominas, Bellinda. Decrease in Abortions When Illegal.” Sydney Morning Herald 13 Oct 2007: N11. Raymond, Paul and Norrander, Barbara. [...]
[...] According to an article by Leo Driedger and Shiva S. Halli, ‘Liberal' women are more concerned about women's rights to develop their own individual potential, whereas ‘conservative' women focus on the fetus. Religion restricts an individual's freedom, correlating highly with traditional community sanctions. The Judeo-Christian culture has been a significant source of limits on individual freedom by stressing the sacredness of human life, a view which often conflicts with freedom of individual choice. ‘Individualism' seemed to represent the views of many feminists at the population conference in Cairo. [...]
[...] "We don't expect further abortion restrictions to move through Congress." (Fagan 1). However, there are many states that have attempted to put certain restrictions on abortion rights; many of which have been overturned by the federal government. Although there are many arguments as to why abortion should remain legal in the United States, those who support pro life believe that abortion is a sin, and is not the act of “getting rid of a problem,” but the actual murder of an unborn child. [...]
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