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On January 22 1973 the Supreme Court had ruled in the case of Roe VS Wade that women have the constitutional right to choose whether or not to have an abortion in the first three months of their pregnancy Fiorina Peterson 1998 Until this point each state basically had their own abortion laws and if one engaged in an abortion it was up to the state to decide if it was legal or illegal Today still abortion plays a large part in the world and they are still legal I have to agree with the decision of the Supreme Court I feel that along with our freedom of speech our freedom of choice in any matter should be available to everyone as well First of all lets discus exactly what abortion is according to the Grolier encyclopedia an abortion is the termination of a pregnancy before the fetus is viable or capable of living outside the womb There are two types of abortions a spontaneous abortion or also known as a miscarriage occurs when the embryo fails to develop and dies The second type is induced which is a procedure intended to terminate a suspected or known pregnancy Most of induced abortions occur in the first 12 weeks after which involves a much more complicated procedure More than three-fourths of conceptions are spontaneously aborted There are a lot of complications that come along with having an abortion some of these include complications with future pregnancies increased risk of breast cancer pelvic inflammatory disease placenta previa and excessive bleeding in other pregnanciesrisks and complications March 24 1999 These are just some risks that need to be thought about when deciding whether to choose to have an abortion There are also high risk groups that are involved first being-women under 20 which have 2 times higher risk of medical complications and 150 percent greater risk of cervical injury Second are women who have had a
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