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Abortion in the United States: a right not guaranteed

DeBoer, Corinne (2018) Abortion in the United States: a right not guaranteed. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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The practice of abortion was legal in the United States under British Common Law until the mid-1800s when states started to make their own laws and made it illegal. Abortions were performed using methods such as knitting needles and household cleaners, many times resulting in excessive bleeding, internal damage, and even death. Women did not stop having abortions even when they were illegal, the procedure just became more dangerous. Since abortion became legal, public acceptance has varied and rates of abortions differ significantly depending on the state.
A variety of perspectives surrounding abortion come from organizations and institutions. The American Medical Association, American Public Health Association, medical professionals, and anti-choice institutions all have their own ideas on how the practice of abortion should be handled. Consequently, abortion policy goes far beyond the landmark Supreme Court case of Roe v Wade. There are federal and state policies that limit a woman’s access to abortion because of restrictions on funding, insurance coverage, access to clinics, and availability of providers. Moving forward measures need to be put in place to ensure that a woman’s right to an abortion is not infringed upon. The public health significance for having access to safe, legal abortions is that without it, women will seek abortions despite increased risk of injury and death. A woman who does not want to continue with her pregnancy should not be forced to and have an undue burden placed upon her.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
DeBoer, Corinnedeboercorinne@gmail.comCOD31
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairTerry, Martha
Committee MemberBurke, Jessica
Committee MemberMartinson, Jeremy
Date: 28 June 2018
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 6 April 2018
Approval Date: 28 June 2018
Submission Date: 26 April 2018
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 52
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: None
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2018 19:39
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2018 19:39


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