By Dorothy E. McBride

This paintings is a balanced presentation of the pro-life/pro-choice controversy, exhibiting all points of the talk and why it's so tricky to resolve.

• fundamental resources comprise excerpts from significant perfect proceedings, legislative debts and legislation glided by Congress, and ancient documents

• presents tables displaying states' legislation on abortion and public opinion on a variety of features of the abortion controversy

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Second, even people who are not religious know that human life begins with conception. Advances in genetic science prove that at the moment of conception, a new human being exists with all the genetic information that he or she will have when reaching maturity. The fertilized egg is very tiny, but it is an independent life. No real difference exists between that one cell and an adult human. Killing a human being is wrong; that is a value everybody accepts. Because abortion kills an unborn human being, abortion is wrong by definition (Beckwith 1993).

Legal abortion does not guarantee freedom if there is no information or services for contraception. Freedom includes contraception but also the right to say no to sex. It includes safety from forced sterilization but also access to surgical sterilization if desired. It means the right to have children and raise them with sufficient child care, health care, education, and income so they won’t be in poverty. Although much of the pro-choice movement’s political activism focuses on abortion laws and practices, the overall goal has a much broader context of bearing wanted children and raising them to be happy and healthy citizens.

A majority of the justices confirmed the Court’s central ruling in Roe v. S. 833, 846). 2. A plurality of the justices agreed that the trimester framework was no longer in force. The place to draw the line with respect to states’ power to prohibit abortion would be viability. 3. com ABC-CLIO 1-800-368-6868 40 Problems, Controversies, and Solutions constitute an “undue burden” on a woman’s liberty. S. 833, 877). The Planned Parenthood v. Casey decision cooled the turmoil over Roe v. Wade for more than a decade.

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