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Should Abortion Be Legal

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Should Abortion be Legal?
PHI 103
Fabio Escobar
June 11, 2012

Should Abortion be Legal?

Abortion is something that I am for, not against. I was raised as a Christian and I believe that, “thou shalt not kill” however, there are circumstances in our lives that cause us to believe differently. Life is about making choices and our maker and society gives us the freedom to choose. It is because of these choices that we will make a decision as to if we are ethically right or wrong.   This is because regardless of what people may believe abortion is neither right nor wrong.   It is the matter of a personal opinion where each side can say with conviction that the other side is wrong.
Abortion is the removal of an embryo or fetus from the uterus in order to end a pregnancy.   Abortion is one of the most controversial issues around and it will remain an issue that will never be agreed upon.   The issue of morals has been put into the question of whether it should be legal to have an abortion thus elevating the subject to a higher level. Some people no longer look at abortion as a question of choice but as a question of morality, and these perceptions have led to a full-blown debate over something that should not be questioned.  
A single pregnant woman brought a class action suit that challenged the Texas law that prohibited abortions except when medically advised with the purpose of saving the mother’s life. Roe was the single mother in this case and Henry Wade was one of the attorneys that argued the case in Texas’s defense.   Roe vs. Wade was first argued in the Supreme Court on December 13, 1971, was reargued in October 11, 1972 and again on January 22, 1973 when it was acknowledged that Roe’s ninth and 14th amendment rights had been insignificant and invalid.  
The Court found that the 14th Amendment’s pledges of personal liberties and previous decisions protecting privacy in family matters included a woman’s right to end her pregnancy.   The Court went as far...


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