US Public Opinion And Abortion

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Ever since it was founded in 1776, America has always had a decent amount of controversial policies, however few topics have brought about such intensely heated debate as the topic of abortion. Politically, the controversy over abortion stems from the crucial 1973 Supreme Court Ruling of Roe v. Wade. Prior to this abortions were illegal unless the life of the mother was at stake. Roe v. Wade opened up the doors of abortion clinics to all women wanting to receive a legal abortion. Debate exists over whether the fetus or the life of the mother takes priority. Overall, polls show that Americans are generally divided in half when it comes to abortion, however percentages vary greatly when even the slightest changes in wording are made to the questions.

January 22, 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision in Roe v. Wade, a challenge to a Texas statute that made it a crime to perform an abortion unless a woman's life was at stake. The case had been filed by "Jane Roe," an unmarried woman who wanted to safely and legally end her pregnancy, and in siding with Roe, the Court struck down the Texas law. In its ruling, the Court recognized for the first time that the constitutional right to p

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