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A Womans Right to Choose According to National Health Statistics 43 of American women will have an abortion at some time in their life Abortion is one of the most controversial topics in our nation today We are constantly being surrounded with advertisements on billboards in magazines in newspapers and on television with slogans such as pro-life and pro-choice The medical definition of abortion is the end of a pregnancy before viability There are two different types of abortion Accidental abortions commonly known as miscarriages are not included in the controversy over abortions Therapeutic abortions or terminations of pregnancy via the intervention of a physician by way of surgery or medication are at the root of the argument Among the arguments against abortion pro-life is a common belief shared by Americans It allows for abortion in a few justifiable circumstances Pro-lifers are in favor of the rights of the fetus and the preservation of innocent lives that have merely begun Another popular argument is that giving a woman the right to choose is allowing her to play God Members of a number of different religious groups hold this belief On the other hand Pro-choice supporters believe in the rights of the woman and regulation over ones self Aside from being the strongest pro-choice is the only substantial defense in favor of abortion Although their arguments are weak and insufficient they seem to have control of the situation at the present time Laws regulating abortions have changed throughout the years Prior to Roe vs Wade it was up to the state and abortions were usually only performed on women at risk of losing their lives due to their pregnancy In 1973 a single pregnant woman by the name of Roe won a case making the Texas criminal abortion laws unconstitutional by the privacy clause of the fourteenth amendment The US Supreme Court ruling involved three different clauses The first is that a woman and her doctor
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