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A Federal Appeals Court’s Decision to Ban An Arizona Abortion Law

Posted on Monday, 27th May 2013 @ 08:35 AM by Text Size A | A | A

The issue of abortion is a tough one to discuss considering the controversy it may cause to people with differing views. If you’re against abortion, some may view this as a breach in the freedom of a woman to control her own body, while being pro-abortion can be analyzed as a person murdering an innocent, unborn child. The issue should then be- should individuals be allowed to still have an abortion at 20 weeks gestation, when the fetus is just shy of being able to survive outside the womb?

A federal appeals court has taken this matter into their hands when on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 they banned an abortion law in Arizona previously allowing for abortions up to the 20-week gestation period. This decision then allows for pro-abortionists to still be able to have an abortion following this period, which to many may seem as a dangerous procedure considering the fetus is viable at around 23 to 24 weeks. If one decides to have an abortion, it should be done during the early stages of pregnancy when the fetus has not yet really developed, whereas having an abortion later on in the pregnancy, in this case at 20 weeks, may have serious health risks to the mother and of course to the unborn child.

Staying neutral here, I understand the federal appeals court’s decision to ban the law stating that women cannot have an abortion at 20 weeks, for women should have the right to control their own body and choose whether or not they want to have a child. I also understand Arizona’s persistence in striving for the institution of this law because one important issue to think about is whether the time of abortion is just or unjust. On the other hand, laws stating that abortion is illegal do prohibit women from expressing the control over their own body but it does so to protect the unborn child that they helped to conceive. Either way you look at it, the decision to allow abortions following the 20-week gestation period is a big issue in Arizona and we can only wait and see what is to come from it.

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