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This paper looks at a brief history of abortion in America, which remains a controversial issue of human rights with social and moral ramifications. Several legal cases that influenced "Roe v. Wade" are discussed, starting with " Meyer v. Nebraska", which was filed during the early twentieth century. The paper explains that, despite "Roe v. Wade" stressing the constitutional rights of women, this hallmark case has created a societal division between the pro-choice position that supports abortion and the right to choose and its pro-life opponents who strongly disagree with this decision.
From the Paper:"Pro-life groups believe that life begins at the moment of conception. Many Catholics feel the fetus has a soul; therefore, aborting it would be considered murder. Pro-choice groups believe in having a choice and a safe place for women to have abortions. The mistake people make in criticizing pro-choice groups is the belief pro-choice means pro-abortion. This is not the case. Pro-life groups fail to recognize that a woman should have the right to decide what is best for her and/or her family."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Baird, Robert M. and Stuart E. Rosenbaum, eds. The Ethics of Abortion: Pro-life vs. Pro- choice. New York: Prometheus Books, 2001.
- Harris, Muriel. "Talk to Me: Engaging Reluctant Writers." A Tutor's Guide: Helping Writers One to One. Ed. Ben Rafoth. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 2000. 24-34.
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- Tompkins, Nancy. Roe v. Wade: The Fight Over Life and Liberty. New York: Franklin Watts Publisher, 1996.
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Cite this Analytical Essay:
Legalized Abortion (2009, August 26) Retrieved October 04, 2022, from https://www.academon.com/analytical-essay/legalized-abortion-116093/
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