Hayden SiewertHistoryMr. Shockley204Abortion DebateWhen does life actually start for a human? Is it right to terminate a pregnancy? These are only some of the many issues that are faced when dealing with abortion. Abortion is the intentional termination of a pregnancy, usually done in the first 28 weeks. There are many different positions on the issue of abortion. One position is the conservative view on abortion. They believe abortion is never acceptable except when necessary to save the life of a pregnant woman. On another hand the liberal view believes that abortion is always ethically acceptable at any point in a pregnancy and for any reason. Abortion helps teenagers stay in school, has stopped harmful illegal abortions, and is the choice of the women. It is ethically and legally right to have an abortion as a developing embryo cannot be compared with a human life, constitution states it is a woman’s choice, and provides a safe option for women.The definition of abortion is “the deliberate termination of a human pregnancy, most often performed during the first 28 weeks of pregnancy”. Roe v. Wade was the supreme court decision in 1973 legalizing abortion. Fetal viability is the point at which the fetus could survive outside the womb. Viability usually begins at about 6 months of pregnancy, but with new medical advances the age of viability is being pushed back. Around one million abortions occur each year and around 85% of them are unmarried women. 23% of abortions occur because family cannot afford baby and another 25% because they are not ready for a baby.Having abortion legalized helps protect the lives of the maternal women and provides safe options. From 1880 to 1973, abortion was illegal in almost all of the United States. This lead to women desperately trying to inflict their own abortions or go to untrained practitioners to try in unsanitary conditions with outdated equipment. An estimated amount of illegal abortions from the 1950s to 1960s varied from 200,000 to 1.2 million per year. These abortions had a very severe impact on poor women and their families. A study of the low income women in NewYork during the 1960s found that almost one in ten women tried to terminate a pregnancy by illegal abortion. And almost four in every ten said that a friend or relative had attempted to obtain an abortion. And another eight out of ten women in this study who have had abortion said that they had attempted a self induced abortion, with only 2% of them saying that a physician had been involved. But in 1973 when abortion became legalized, the surgery has become one of the safest procedures in the United States. Women now experience complications less than 1% of the time. Because of this change, abortion is now not a leading cause of death among pregnant women. Since abortion has been legal in the United States it helps protect women’s safety by clinics providing safe options for mothers. For teenagers a pregnancy severely threatens their mental health, education, and the babies well being. An estimated 70% of pregnant teens dropout of high school and only half of those women get jobs and most have a very low income. And raising a baby is not inexpensive, so many times the mother will go to illegal work such as selling drugs or prostitution. And in many cases when telling your boyfriend you are pregnant it usually results in him leaving you. In a article written by the The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, only 34 percent teenage mothers got married by the time their child was 5 years old. It has also been said that 38% of teen mothers who were married at the time their child was born were no longer married just five years later. This means that most of these babies grow up having no relationships with their fathers, which is not healthy. All of these things lead to a decreasing amount in mental health. In 2016 a article published by The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing it states that “symptoms of depression are 2 to 4 times higher in teen mothers when compared to their childless peers”. These higher levels of depression can change the relationship and interaction between a mother and child. This effect a babies emotional and cognitive development throughout childhood.