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Pro-Choice - Abortion is a very controversial subject that has been argued over the past few years.

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Pro-Choice Abortion is a very controversial subject that has been argued over the past few years. The main argument behind this highly debated topic lies in the question "Should abortion remain legalized?" Depending on your answer to this question, you can be categorized in either two of the main sides dealing with the abortion issue; the pro-life side or the Pro-choice side. The pro-life side believes in the legalization of abortion. They are against abortion all together. The Pro-choice side includes those who believe it is the woman's right, and no other, to choose if she wants to have an abortion. This does not mean pro-choicers believe abortion is always the answer, or even that abortion is always justified. The pro-choice solution becomes abortion under reasons and circumstances they feel are necessary. Pro-lifers think just the opposite; despite whatever reasons a woman may wish to turn to abortion, pro-lifers believe abortion is never the answer. "I cannot project the degree of hatred required to make those women run around in crusades against abortion. Hatred is what they certainly project, not love for the embryos, which is a piece of nonsense no one could experience, but hatred, a virulent hatred for an unnamed object...Their hatred is directed against human beings as such, against the Shelgren 2 mind, against reason, against ambition, against success, against love, against any value that brings happiness to human life. ...read more.

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Pro-choice fights that whether the woman is mentally and physically capable of caring for the child, or financially stable enough to raise the child, or simply doesn't want it, she has the right to make her own decisions. According to Joyce Arthur, a member of the Pro-choice Action Network, "The pro-choice movement supports and works towards preventing unwanted pregnancies, Shelgren 4 reducing abortion, promoting contraception, educating woman and youth, and ensuring families have the necessary resources to raise healthy, happy children." No one should ever be able to tell a woman what she must do with her body. Before 1973, abortion was illegal in this country, forcing millions of women to obtain illegal and unsafe abortions. Between 1946 and 1972 it is estimated that there were "anywhere from 11 million to 32 million" abortions such as these. This also resulted in the deaths of over "7,000 women nation wide" ("Abortion Statistics" 3). At this time, abortion was illegal; women's constitutional rights were taken away. However, they were given back after the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision in 1973. This case "recognized abortion as a fundamental constitutional right and made it legal in all states" ("Abortion Rights" 2). When the decision was passed, abortion was illegal in two thirds of states, making back alley abortions very common. ...read more.

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Who can conceivably have the right to dictate to her what disposition she is to make of the functions of her body?" (Rand 4). If a woman makes the choice to have an abortion, it is her decision to do so. No one can decide for a woman what to do with her body. If a woman wishes to have an abortion, the option of abortion should be available to her. Abortion should be legal, and remain legal, simply because making it illegal would cause more harm than good. A law forbidding abortion wouldn't lessen the need for abortions. People would continue having abortions. "Well-intentioned but unskilled practitioners would perforate uteruses, misjudge the length of gestation, do incomplete abortions, and otherwise botch the procedure. Women's health would suffer and the death rates soar. Women of even greater numbers would be forced to turn to more back alley abortions, the coat hanger trick, or even forcing themselves down a flight of stairs. Pro-choice doesn't necessarily mean that if you were to get pregnant you'd have an abortion; it just allows you to have the choice to do so if you needed or wanted to for whatever reason. And further, it's about having Shelgren 7 control over your body and being able to decide for yourself, not what some politician or legislature thinks is right for all women. ...read more.

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