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During the past quarter century abortion has joined race and war as one of the most debatable subject of controversy in the United States Abortion poses a moral social and medical dilemma which for many individuals face hence the atmosphere for this debate is both an emotional and violent one There are many points of view toward abortion the main two distinctive ones being pro-choice and pro-life A pro-choicer would feel that the decision to abort a pregnancy is the mothers and the mothers alone and that the state has no right to interfere A pro-lifer would argue that from the moment of conception the embryo or fetus is alive This life imposes on us a moral obligation to preserve it and that abortion is the same as murder About 40 percent of Americans believe that abortion should remain legal and 40 percent believe it should be banned except when the pregnancy threatens the life of the mother or if the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest 15 percent believe it should be illegal in all cases Background information In the United States about 16 million pregnancies end in abortion Women with incomes under eleven thousand are over three times more likely to abort than those with incomes above twenty-five thousand Unmarried women are four to five times more likely to abort than married and the abortion rate has doubled for 18 and 19 year olds Recently the US rate dropped 6 percent overall but the rate of abortion among girls younger than 15 jumped 18 percent The rate among minority teens rose from 186 per 1000 to 189 per 1000 The Pro choice Argument Others feel that abortion is a womens own right and choice In 1973 the Roe v Wade decision proved this by recognizing abortion as a fundamental constitution right and made it legal in all states The law now permits abortion at the request of
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