Research Essay: Abortion
Just think for a second, what it would feel like if someone made the decision if you either live or die. That is what happens to babies when their mother's decide to end their lives. It affects the baby because you're terminating their lives, but it also affects the mother in many different ways. We need to bring an end to abortion, it affects women physically and emotionally, killing a human being and not giving another family the opportunity of a child. The laws should not only protect the mother, but also the baby.
Everyone has their own definition of what abortion is. They all might define abortion differently, but at the end of the day they all mean you're ending a baby's life. The Merriam-Webster dictionary provides a clear definition of what abortion means. "The termination of pregnancy after, accompanied by, resulting in, or closely followed by the death of the embryo or fetus: as a: spontaneous expulsion of a human fetus during the first 12 weeks of gestation, b: induced expulsion of a human fetus," (merriam-webster.com). As you can see the Merriam dictionary explains that an abortion whether it's spontaneous, meaning you had no control over it or induced, which means the mother made the decision it still the termination of a human fetus. It doesn't matter at what point of the pregnancy you decide to terminate the pregnancy it's giving an end to a human's life. Some may say it's still not a person but, even the dictionary states "termination of a human fetus," (merriam-webster.com), giving them the human title.
In the United States there is a constant battle being fought, on abortion laws. For example, at what stage of the pregnancy is abortion permitted, whom and at what age can you get an abortion without parents' consent, and should there be a cost to get an abortion. Since 2014 abortion has resulted in the tragic death of more than 56 million unborn children according to National Right to Life Committee, Inc. Most laws from abortion come primarily from the United States Supreme Court;
"In the United States, the basic legal framework governing the legality of abortion and the legal status of unborn human beings has been "federalized" primarily by decisions of the United States Supreme Court, rather than by acts of Congress. Certainly, in the four decades since the U.S. Supreme Court handed down Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton in 1973, there have been many proposals in Congress to overtly challenge or overturn the Roe doctrine by statute or constitutional amendment, or conversely to ratify and reinforce the Roe doctrine by federal statute, but neither approach has ever been enacted into law," (National right to life committee, pg.11).
The fight against abortion laws have been going on for decades constantly changing for better or for worse. Some people are not aware of where most of the abortion laws come from, as you can see, most abortion laws are controlled but the United States Supreme Court. Not only are the women protected, there is an act protecting the infant if when he/she is born with a heartbeat they automatically recognized as a legal person. The act which the infant is protected by is called Born-Alive Infant Protection Act, National right to life committee states the act;
Under the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act (PL 107-207), enacted in 2002, humans who are born alive, whether before or after "viability," are recognized as full legal persons for all federal law purposes. This law says that "with respect to a member of the species homo sapiens," the term born alive "means the complete expulsion or extraction from his or her mother of that member, at any stage of development, who after such expulsion or extraction breathes or has a beating heart, pulsation of the umbilical cord, or definite movement of voluntary muscles, regardless of whether the umbilical cord has been cut, and regardless of whether the expulsion or extraction occurs as a result of natural or induced labor, cesarean section, or induced abortion." (National right to life committee, pg.12).
This law helps the infant because even if the mom still wants to terminate its life because the