Why do Women Choose to have an abortion?

Every since the legislation was passed on Roe v. Wade that allowed   women to have abortions there has been a great debate on the topic of abortion from the problems of having an abortion to the likely benefits of abortion. Legal induced abortion was defined as a procedure, performed by a licensed physician or someone acting under the supervision of a licensed physician, which was intended to terminate a suspected or known intrauterine pregnancy and to produce a nonviable fetus at any gestational age. Over the past years there seems to have been substantial changes in the demographic composition of women who have abortions. Theorists have often tried to determine the number of factors that may have influenced the change demographics, including shifting perspectives on teen pregnancy, religious shifts and changes in the community views regarding abortions. This paper will outline current literature on the subject of abortion along with discuss   how women view abortion in regards to their decision to seek abortive services or to bear children and demographic representation of women who seek abortive services.

The Demographics of Abortion     2
Review of Literature
Abortion is an issue where moral principles, emotion and law often come to a head. There are many view points on abortion, but the main two differences are “pro-choice” and “pro-life”. A pro-choice person feels that the decision to have an abortion is the mother’s choice. A pro-life person feels that from the moment of development of the embryo is alive, and by having an
abortion the mother commits murder.   Some studies show that abortion has had a significant demographic impact on American society, although no one knows how many of the terminated pregnancies were replaced by later births (Masteo, 1998).

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