Abortions: What You Need to Know


Lydia Abruzzo, Author

The History of Abortions 

   The first abortions date back to 1550 BCE during the time of the Egyptian Ebers Papyrus. As time continued more ways were developed, but due to the fact that it was so early they were non-surgical. The methods include abortifacient herbs, sharpened implements, abdominal pressure, and other non-surgical techniques. During this time and until the 18th and 19th centuries, abortions really didn’t have any involvement with the government and there were no laws that prevented them from happening. The group that was most involved was religious groups, mostly the Catholic church. The 18th and 19th centuries were when physicians and politicians started to enact the ideas of banning abortions. In the end, they ended up banning abortions completely. As time went on, more states made abortions legal, but it was a very difficult process to have one until recently. 


Roe vs. Wade case

     This case is not known by many people, but when talking about abortions it is important to understand the events that happened during this court case back in 1973. Let’s start from the beginning by talking about what this case is even about. This case was presented to the U.S. Supreme court. The fight was about if the Constitution of the United States should protect a pregnant women’s liberty to choose to have an abortion without excessive government restriction. This decision made during this case struck down many U.S. federal and state abortion laws. Roe played a big part in the ongoing debate that was going on about abortions during that time. Roe fought many cases on weather abortions should be legal and how moral and religious views play a part in all of this. In the end, Roe won the agreement, giving women a fundamental right to choose whether to have an abortion without excessive government restriction. This caused many of the bans in Texas to be forcefully struck down. 


What has been happening recently?

       Abortions have been always in discussion, but recently there has been a lot of talk and argument about this very important type. Due to the fact that everyone has different opinions on this topic, it’s hard for everyone to agree with one idea, which is how usually anything works in the world, so there have been a lot of protests and court cases involving abortions. Many states have already banned abortions and many abortion clinics have been shut down. In all, eight states have banned abortions. The states include Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Michigan, Mississippi, Oklahoma, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. 


 How are people reacting to this?

   Due to the fact that there are so many deferring opinions, everyone has been reacting to this issue differently. There have been many protests on both sides of the argument. Not only protests but there have been many speeches and

conferences. Many people who support the pro-life movement have a goal to share their opinion with the whole United States to get every state to ban abortions, as in states where abortions are still legal people volunteer to protect people walking into the abortion clinics to block them away from the people protesting outside.