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The term abortion refers to the premature expulsion of a human fetus whether naturally spontaneous as in a miscarriage or artificially induced as in a surgical or chemical abortion The most common usage often refers to artificially induced abortion which is the subject of my essay I feel that all human life is sacred from fertilization through adulthood The life of a baby begins at conception Abortion ends human life and should be punishable by law In the following essay I plan to illustrate the reasons for taking such a position One cannot begin to discuss the issues of abortion without first mentioning the 1973 landmark court case decision which made the act of abortion legal In Roe v Wade the Supreme Court held that women have the constitutional right to decide whether or not to terminate a pregnancy The Supreme Court further held that the state could place restrictions on abortion only if justified by a compelling interest In creating this last binding the Supreme Court essentially made a compromise in the rights of women and the rights of the state The state was given the power to ensure the health of pregnant women and protect potential human life The court ruled that in the first trimester of pregnancy the women are granted the freedom of choice without any restrictions as to whether to terminate the pregnancy In the second trimester however only the states interest in potential life became compelling The state could not however restrict women from having an abortion if continuing pregnancy would put the womens health at risk Many other court cases have been held since Roe v Wade that have substantially increased the states power in challenging a womens choice of having an abortion In Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v Casey the Supreme Court empowered the state to impose restrictions so as long as it does not have the intention of placing a substantial object
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