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Opponents & Proponents of Abortions

There are several proponents and opponents to the conduct of abortions, many of whom feel strongly regarding their positions. The proponents, consisting primarily of physicians, allied health professionals, jurists, patients and their families, and members of Catholics for Free Choice, among other interest groups, contend that the right to abortion belongs to the woman and she is to dictate what is to be done with her body (Beyette, 1991; Cohen, 1988; Freedman, 1988). The opponents, consisting primarily of physicians, allied health professionals, some jurists, patients and their families, and certain religious groups, contend that abortion constitutes mutilation to the body of the pregnant woman and murder and disrespect for the human dignity of the fetus (Annas & Elias, 1989; Robertson, 1988). Thus, both medical and social issues predominate the debate over whether or not abortions are to be delivered, and under what circumstances.

There is no clear indication as to the absolute number of abortions that are performed in the United States. In support of this, Robertson (1988) and Tumulty (199O) report that the number of nurses, physicians, clinics and hospitals that provide abortions is unknown. Robertson (1988) indicates that the number of nurses, physicians, clinics and hospitals providing abortions is unclear, given that records are often either not kept, or kept inaccurately on purpose to disguise this medical procedure. Further, there is no indication as to how many nonhealth individuals are providing abortions on an annual basis, as well as how many of these procedures they perform. Beyond this, there is no indication as to what proportion of the abortions are spontaneous, versus elective or induced, given the often inaccurate record keeping.

Tumulty (199O) notes however, that approximately 2,600 physicians, clinics, and hospitals around the nation provided abortions as of 1989. Of these, approximately 200 physicians, c...

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