Should Abortions Be Legal or Illegal
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RES 110 Introduction to Research and Information Utilization January 28, 2009
Should Abortions Be Legal or Illegal
One of the largest arguments in America history is Abortion. Whether or not if Abortions should be legal or illegal? Many women have used abortion to put a stop to the birth of a baby and always will no mater what the laws say or the majority of us think. When abortion is illegal, it can be unsafe and dangerous. Legal abortion is usual safe and not dangerous. Therefore, should abortions be legal and available for woman to chose or should abortions be illegal and women not have the option to ...view middle of the document...
Dudley ends with providing evidence from the American Psychological Associations support on womenâ€™s emotional feelings after a woman has an abortion.
â€œLegal abortion is not necessary to protect womenâ€™s healthâ€ (Forsythe, 2003 Â¶ 1). Attorney and the president of Americans United for Life, Clarke D. Forsythe writes although most Americans are morally opposed to abortion, they want it to remain legal because they believe that otherwise women's health will be put at risk. According to Forsythe (2003), this attitude originates from four prevalent myths about abortion's outcome on women's health; including the argument that making abortion illegal will result in thousands of deaths from "back-alley" abortions (Â¶ 1). Forsythe provides facts and numbers that women still die each year from complications of legal abortions. Forsythe ends with legal abortions have not improved women's health, stressing the unfavorable effect it has on both the woman and their unborn child. Forsythe believes that since the Supreme Court legalized abortion in 1973 was due to a nationwide demand and it only reflects the views of 20 percent and the reason legalized abortion is still one of the largest arguments 26 years later.
Dudley facts show that in the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision is the year in which the Supreme Court re-established legal abortions in the United States. Dudley also explains with either legal or illegal abortions risk is still a factor with both. Forsythe facts show that woman die from either legal or illegal abortions. During the first full year that abortions were legalized which was in 1968, the state of California had a total of 5,000 legal abortions (Forsythe, 2003, Â¶ 8).
Both authors have several opinions in their articles. Dudleyâ€™s believes the safest time to have an abortion would be when a woman is between 6 to 10 weeks pregnant. Dudley also believes that when abortions were not legalized woman would continuously stream into the emergency room with complications such as perforations of the uterus, retained placentas, sever bleeding, cervical wound, rampant infections, poisoning, shock, gangrene and even would sometimes lead to death in several situations. Forsythe (2003, Â¶ 1) believes that legalizing abortions in the US has not improved womenâ€™s health and women still die each year from complication from legal abortions. Forsythe also believes that if the effects of abortion are emphasize in more graphic manner to the public then Americans will see the impact on both a woman and the child and the public opinion on legalized abortions would change.
Dudley does not provide the statistical data to support the argument that legal abortion is safer than illegal abortions. Dudley explains the many risks which can occur with illegal abortions but also provides all the risk and complications that could potentially occur during a legal abortion so the facts are just not in the article. In the article Dudley provides percentages for...