It was legal and was openly advertised for women to have this procedure performed for many years. It was not until the1800s that the states began passing laws that made abortions illegal. Anti-abortion laws were something that would vary from state to state and during 1821, Connecticut would pass the first law in the United States barring abortions after quickening (National Abortion Federation, 2016).
Due to the rise in the abortion laws, this is when back-alley abortions started to take place. Even though there were laws making this illegal, women still sought to have an abortion and this did not reduce the numbers at all. Although accurate records could not have been kept, it is known that between the 1880s and 1973, many thousands of women were harmed as a result of illegal abortion (National Abortion Federation, 2016).
Due to these procedures women either died or suffered serious medical problems from attempting self-induced abortions or going to a back-alley office for one with unsanitary …show more content…
The states are starting to take the right away from women to get an abortion and also taking any funding away from the clinics that provide education and services for contraception. Today nearly half of pregnancies in US woman are unintended, and about four in 10 of these are terminated by abortions (GUTTMACHER INSTITUTE, 2016)
Women have abortions for many reasons, some of these reasons are due to income, the responsibilities of parenthood and family life, cannot afford a child, will interfere with work. Some of the stats from (GUTTMACHER INSTITUTE, 2016) states that forty-two percent of women obtaining abortions have incomes below 100% of the federal poverty level, twenty-seven percent have incomes between the 100 and 199% of the federal poverty level and fifty-one percent of women who have abortions had used a contraceptive method in the month they got pregnant most commonly condoms (27%) or a hormonal method (17%). So when looking at these stats and you at the new laws coming into place it is like we are reverting back to the 1800s. With every abortion, there is counseling that is required and sometimes this information can be misleading. "In addition to abortion counseling requirements, many states require that a time period of at least 24 hours elapse between the counseling and the abortion (GUTTMACHER INSTITUTE,