This research guide shows the evolution of abortion laws and discusses the legality of abortion, abortion consent laws for minors, and women's reproductive rights. As we all know, abortion is a sensitive and controversial topic that everyone has a view on. As defined in the Merriam-Webster dictionary, abortion is, “the termination of a pregnancy after, accompanied by resulting in, or closely followed by the death of the embryo of fetus: such as spontaneous expulsion of a human fetus during the first twelve weeks of gestation, the induced expulsion of a human fetus, or the expulsion of a fetus by a domestic animal often due to infection at any time before completion of pregnancy." Abortions are one of the most common medical procedures done in the United States every year. More than 40% of all women have an abortion at some point in their reproductive lives.
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