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By Dorothy E. McBride

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

• basic resources comprise excerpts from significant ideally suited lawsuits, legislative money owed and legislation glided by Congress, and historic documents

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

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Trusting women to make decisions about their pregnancies is our bottom line. Women are moral agents, and they are capable of making complex decisions. In addition, women may not agree with the moral stand taken by our opponents. In fact, many people believe there is a difference between a fertilized egg in the body of a woman and a child who has been born. To treat them as equal is to ignore the woman’s body and her life altogether. We staunchly oppose this position. We are convinced that our opponents have an agenda even larger than reversing Roe v.

The Contemporary Debate over Roe v. Wade In 2005 it turned out that one justice from each side of the divide—Justices O’Connor and Rehnquist—left the Court.

By 1973, however, the opposition to reform was also gaining strength. In Michigan and North Dakota, referendums for abortion without condition up to 20 weeks of pregnancy failed by large margins. Lobbying efforts in state legislatures stalled, especially those promoting repeal. Because of the New York repeal, many women traveled there to obtain abortions through referrals operated by Planned Parenthood and other organizations. Perhaps this alleviated the pressure presented by illegal abortions.

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