Abortion Policy in the US Term Paper by ashleymg99

An in-depth look at the history of abortion legislation in the United States.
# 146519 | 3,798 words | 8 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Dec 30, 2010 in Law (Constitution) , Law (Historic Trials) , Hot Topics (Abortion) , Women Studies (General)

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This paper discusses the history of abortion legislation in the United States and the factors that influenced abortion policy. The paper addresses case law set forth by legal precedents, freedom and privacy rights, public opinion, religion and morality. The paper looks at the role of the legislative, judicial and executive branches of government and also examines the fundamental role of the Supreme Court and specific constitutional amendments within the Bill of Rights.

From the Paper:

"Abortion is one of the most controversial issues the world has seen; it is a political, religious, legal, and moral issue. Yet despite its global reach, developed secular free societies such as the United States (US) may be the most divided on the issue of abortion. The US was founded on the premise that personal freedom is an essential human right. As a result, many believe the idea of allowing government to restrict a woman's right to choose what to do with her body contradicts this intrinsically American value. Abortion issues also involve elements of morality and religion, and thus force us to question the importance of morality versus our right to freedom. Furthermore, the US was founded on the belief that church and state should remain separate. Unlike the US, many countries do not distinguish between church and state; and arguably may not face the same dilemmas as the US in passing legislation on an issue that clearly includes aspects that are both secular and non-secular."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Definitions of Case Law: On the Web. Retrieved April 13, 2010 fromhttp://www.worldnetweb.princeton.edu
  • Frohock, F. M. (1983). Abortion: A Case Study in Law and Morals. Contributions in PoliticalScience. Greenwood Press.
  • Lasser, William. (2003). Perspectives on American Politics. (4th ed.). Cengage Learning
  • The Laws of The United States of America: In Three Volumes. Philadelphia. (1796) Printed byRichard Folwell. Retrieved April 22, 2010 from http://www.archive.org
  • Patterson, Crystal. Moral Issues of Abortion. Retrieved April 7, 2010 fromhttp://www.helium.com

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