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Abortion Issues - Social Debates And Concerns


Abortion issues stem from a variety of social concerns. There are two very important questions at the heart of all abortion debate: the question Pro-Life advocates - or those opposing abortion – focus on is, “When does life really start?” This is main issue of their argument against abortion. Pro-Lifers believe that life starts at conception and therefore abortion is murder. Pro-Choice advocates – or people who support abortion – are concerned with the question, “Do all women have the right to choose whether or not they have an abortion?” Pro-Choice advocates believe that abortion is a women’s rights issue and that all mothers should be free to choose what happens to her body. This debate is incredibly fierce because of the political, social, and moral implications of abortion. Religious Right leaders tend to be Pro-Life, while Feminists tend to be Pro-Choice. But there are so many exceptions to this statement. In fact, most individuals fall somewhere in the middle on this particular debate.

There are some other abortion issues that are major points of discussion in the abortion debate. These are social issues about the procedure of abortion itself, its effects on society, and highly biased preferences that will sometimes lead to choosing abortion.

The first of these is the existence of what are commonly known as dangerous “back-alley abortions”. This term refers to an abortion performed outside the medical community and not in the safest ways. For example, women who are looking to get an abortion in a country where abortion is illegal may resort to seeking an abortionist who is not a trained medical professional. They may find a trained medical professional who is willing to do the procedure, but only in an unsafe and unclean environment such as a house or even a storage space. Sometimes these individuals will do abortions in a way that is not medically proved effective. The term "back-alley" abortion can also refer to something the woman does to herself to cause an abortion, such as use a coat hanger to scrape her uterine walls.

Another of these abortion issues is the recent study done by economists that the tremendous drop in the crime rate is due to the legalization of abortion with the famous court case Wade vs Roe in 1973. Many individuals argue that this study is biased against race, but nonetheless, the data are accurate.

The last of these abortion issues is sex-selective abortion. In several countries, particularly Asian countries, the advent of the prenatal ultrasound and the knowledge of what sex a child will be before its birth brought about abortions due to the sex of the fetus. Many cultures favour boys, and in these countries sex-selective abortion was very common before the initiation of laws preventing them.

Christine Gray is a recognized authority on the subject of pregnancy. Her website Pregnancy Exposed provides a wealth of informative articles and resources on everything you will need to know about abortion. All rights reserved. Articles may be reprinted as long as the content and links remains intact and unchanged.

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