Women's Rights Rachael Stromberg, Marcorie Toussaint & Kaylei Bullock

Abortion

The deliberate termination of a human pregnancy, most often performed during the first 28 weeks of pregnancy.

Sometimes a woman is put in a situation where she becomes pregnant and is not able to care for the child. What ever the reason may be. She has a choice. Option 1, have this baby and hope it gets a home when she puts it up for adoption or, Option 2, terminate the pregnancy before any real harm is done.

More then 40% of women who have abortions are poor and many more are on the edge and can't afford to take care of children.

“If abortion does become illegal what makes you think that people won’t try to do it illegally?”

“What are the responsibilities of men to avoid getting women pregnant, to support them while they are pregnant, to provide for mother and child? And what measures would you promote to enforce those responsibilities?”

“The fetus is just a part of the pregnant woman’s body, like her tonsils or appendix. You can’t seriously believe a frozen embryo is an actual person.”

“Every woman should have control over her own body. Reproductive freedom is a basic right.”

Statistical Analysis

1/3 of all pregnancies worldwide are unplanned.

Approximately 25% of the world population lives in countries with highly restrictive abortion laws, mostly in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

One woman dies every 7 minutes around the world due to an unsafe illegal abortion. Women who undergo illegal abortions are those who are very poor and do not have access to family planning facilities for education and prevention of unwanted pregnancies.

Making abortion illegal or legal has no effect on the total number of abortions performed in the world. Making abortion legal dramatically reduces maternal morbidity and mortality.

Nearly 50% of pregnancies that occur yearly are unwanted with nearly ½ of those pregnant women terminating their pregnancy. In essence; 42 million choose to terminate their pregnancy with close to half of those (20 million) being illegal.

1. About six-in-ten U.S. adults (59%) say abortion should be legal in all or most cases, compared with 37% who say it should be illegal all or most of the time. Public support for legal abortion is now as high as it’s been in two decades of polling.

2. There is a substantial partisan and ideological divide on abortion, with Democrats much more likely than Republicans to say it should be legal in all or most cases. This gap is even larger between liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans: Nearly nine-in-ten liberal Democrats (88%) say abortion should be legal in all or most cases, compared with only about three-in-ten self-described conservatives in the GOP (27%).

3. When it comes to the Supreme Court’s landmark 1973 ruling, about seven-in-ten Americans (69%) say Roe v. Wade should not be completely overturned. Democrats are far more likely than Republicans to hold this view, and there are also significant differences by education level and religious affiliation. Nearly nine-in-ten of those with postgraduate degrees (88%) say the court should not overturn the decision, versus about seven-in-ten of those with a college degree (74%) or some college experience (70%) and 62% of those with a high school diploma or less education. There are no significant differences on this question by gender.

4. More than four-in-ten Americans (44%) say having an abortion is morally wrong, while 19% think it is morally acceptable and 34% say it is not a moral issue. These views also differ by religious affiliation: About three-quarters of white evangelical Protestants (76%) say having an abortion is morally wrong, but just 23% of religiously unaffiliated people agree.

5. Fifty percent of U.S. women obtaining abortion are younger than 25: Women aged 20-24 obtain 33% of all abortions, and teenagers obtain 17%.

6. Women who obtain abortion represent every religious affiliation. 43% of women obtaining abortion identify themselves as Protestant, and 27% as Catholic; and 13% of abortion patients describe themselves as born-again or Evangelical Christians.

Key Figures

Norma McCorvey, an unmarried pregnant woman in Texas, challenges a state law that makes it a crime for a doctor to perform an abortion unless a woman's life is at stake. To protect her privacy, McCorvey is listed as "Jane Roe" in all court documents.

The Supreme Court, in Roe vs. Wade, grants women the right to terminate pregnancies through abortion. The ruling is based on a woman's right to privacy.

1993 -- Abortion protestor Michael Griffin shoots Dr. David Gunn outside a clinic in Pensacola, Fla., during a March demonstration; he is later sentenced to life in prison. In August, Dr. George Tiller is shot in the arm while leaving clinic in Wichita, Kan.

1994 -- In July, Dr. John Bayard Britton and bodyguard are slain outside clinic in Pensacola, Fla., by former minister Paul J. Hill; Hill is convicted of murder and sentenced to death. In December, John Salvi walks into two Boston-area abortion clinics with a rifle and opens fire, killing two receptionists and wounding five others; he is sentenced to life in prison without parole, but he kills himself in prison in 1996.

Church's Stance

The Catholic Church opposes all forms of abortion procedures whose direct purpose is to destroy an embryo, blastocyst, zygote or fetus, since it holds that "human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception

The Catholic Church has always condemned abortion as a grave evil. As the early Christian writer Tertullian pointed out, the law of Moses ordered strict penalties for causing an abortion. We read, "If men who are fighting hit a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely [Hebrew: "so that her child comes out"], but there is no serious injury, the offender must be fined whatever the woman’s husband demands and the court allows.

The Church teaches that human life is created and begins at the moment of conception. The Catholic Church sees abortion as the termination of an unborn life, and therefore, it’s always wrong, sinful, and immoral

Important Documents

Some important documents for prolife include the Vatican Documents To Pontifical Council For The Family. The document states different topic about abortion some would include scientific and technical, doctrinal, cultural, legislative, and political institutional view on abortion.

The Declaration of Procured Abortion

"Death was not God's doing, he takes no pleasure in the extinction of the living" (Wis. 1:13). Certainly God has created beings who have only one lifetime and physical death cannot be absent from the world of those with a bodily existence. But what is immediately willed is life, and in the visible universe everything has been made for man, who is the image of God and the world's crowning glory (cf. Gen. 1:26-28). On the human level, "it was the devil's envy that brought death into the world" (Wis. 2:24). Introduced by sin, death remains bound up with it: death is the sign and fruit of sin."

"The tradition of the Church has always held that human life must be protected and favored from the beginning, just as at the various stages of its development. Opposing the morals of the Greco-Roman world, the Church of the first centuries insisted on the difference that exists on this point between those morals and Christian morals. In the Didache it is clearly said: "You shall not kill by abortion the fruit of the womb and you shall not murder the infant already born."[6] Athenagoras emphasizes that Christians consider as murderers those women who take medicines to procure an abortion; he condemns the killers of children, including those still living in their mother's womb, "where they are already the object of the care of divine Providence.""

Our Solution

While as christians we are taught at a young age that abortion is considered murder, I don't believe that prohibiting it is the right choice. For example just because their is a law that prohibits people from having abortions that doesn't means people are actually going to stop. Many people will find a way to do it illegally which will then hurt the mother and child. I do not think that prohibition of abortion is going to stop abortions any more than prohibiting drugs has stopped drug use.

Because prohibition does not work, attempting to ban abortion in this nation at this point would result in a higher demand, creating a black market that would then lead to more crime. As we can see the War on Drugs the exact same thing happened when prohibition of alcohol in the 1920s was in use. There was a higher demand which created more crime.

Their are some cases that I believe women should be allowed to have an abortion. In cases such as rape and incest. We as humans shouldnt be allowed to judge what people do with their bodies for instant if a women were to be rapped and impregnated who are wero tell her she has to keep the child. The women could be scared and keeping the child would just be a reminder of what had happened to her.

A solution to abortion would be to possibly ban abortion but allow it only for certain circumstances but also in a certain frame of time.

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