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Abortion involves medically terminating a woman's pregnancy artificially. This issue involves a wide range of philosophical and moral/religious viewpoints, and is often controversial. Use for discussion about the politics that surround the issue.

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Which 2024 Republican candidates oppose a 6-week state-level abortion ban?

Former President Donald Trump said this on Meet the Press today: I mean, DeSanctus was willing to sign a 5 week and 6 week ban…. I think what he did was a terrible thing and a terrible mistake. ...
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Why does British Humanist Association advocate for abortion rights? [closed]

When going over the website of the Humanists.UK I discovered that this organization advocates for extended abortion rights. This looks to me highly counterintuitive. I was always convinced that a ...
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What would happen if the FDA refused to follow the order on mifepristone?

Yesterday a Texas judge said the FDA’s 2000 approval of mifepristone – one of the drugs used to terminate a pregnancy – must be halted. What would happen if the FDA said they refuse to follow that ...
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Why do people ask when does life start? [closed]

Abortion opponents and free choicer apparently ask this question and what has it got to do with abortion. All the opponent has to say is bacteria is alive and sperm and ovuum is alive and what does ...
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Why are laws on abortion more open than on suicide?

Since the question was closed and I probably did not express myself clearly enough, let me rephrase what is below: laws come from some cultural legacy in Europe we generally believe that killing ...
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Why are mandatory ultrasounds considered problematic by abortion rights activists?

Why do pro-choice activists oppose mandatory ultrasounds? They don't prevent women from having abortions; if a woman initially requests an abortion but then declines after seeing an ultrasound, doesn'...
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Can the Kansas Supreme Court overturn the results of the Value Them Both ballot measure?

Shortly after the SCOTUS overturned Roe v. Wade, states began taking their own measures for and against abortion. Kansas took an interesting turn. Despite the apparent redundancy under the rule of Roe,...
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Support for surrogacy from pro-choice groups

Are pro-choice groups (i.e. those supporting legal abortion or extending the abortion rights) typically supportive of surrogate motherhood and/or prostitution? I am interested in groups and ...
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On what grounds would Roe vs. Wade be a "bad law"?

Many opponents of the newly overturned Roe vs. Wade law claim the law was "bad law", as stated on this, National Review, openly conservative website. https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/...
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How does the Mississippi Gestational Age Act (2018) differ from the older 2007 "trigger" law, in terms of restrictions?

From Wikipedia's Dobbs article: In March 2018, the Mississippi Legislature passed the Gestational Age Act, which banned any abortion operation after the first 15 weeks of pregnancy, with exceptions ...
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How do the positions of the US parties on abortion align with those of their voters?

What is the abortion debate in the US really about? It seems to me that there are two completely different issues which are being constantly mixed/misrepresented in the public debate: Legality of ...
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Why does the government not introduce an amendment to the constitution to allow abortion?

Since the polls clearly show that the majority of the American people disagree with the Supreme Courts decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade, why does the US government not introduce an amendment to the ...
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Why do pro gun and anti abortion (and vice versa) views go together in the USA? [duplicate]

So this is looking in on America and maybe this isn't the way it really is but it seems like the two big cultural fault lines they have are guns and abortion. And it appears that people are either ...
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When was the last time the US Supreme Court limited rights with a decision?

The Supreme Court has now officially overruled Roe v Wade, allowing states to restrict the rights of pregnant people. When was the last time the Supreme Court came to a decision that reduced the ...
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If Roe is overturned, what is the legality of laws prohibiting crossing state lines for abortion?

States such as Missouri are planning to make it illegal for a citizen of Missouri to go to a different state to get an abortion if Roe is ultimately overturned. It attempts to evade legal challenge by ...
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On what basis could the US federal government codify Roe v. Wade?

There are proposals to pass a federal law allowing abortion in all states, in case Roe v. Wade is overturned. Ignoring the political feasibility of passing such a law, on what constitutional basis can ...
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Why do politics around abortion affiliate so heavily with religious status?

TL;DR: The political arguments on either side of the pro-choice/pro-life debate have virtually nothing to do with religion, so why are the politics and people's positions on this issue so correlated ...
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Why is abortion such a central issue in US politics, but not in the UK?

In Britain (excl Northern Ireland) a country close in many respects to the US - in terms of religious history, society, status of women, medical ethics etc abortion is rarely a political issue. The ...
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Are Gen-Zers really a "pro-life" generation? [closed]

Are Gen-Zers really a "pro-life" generation, or is it just a Republican trick to make their ideas look less ancient? Aren't zoomers generally supposed to be progressive (environmentalism, ...
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Why do the states have such heavy support banning abortion?

The political dynamic in the United States is that a small group of elites, the Supreme Court, has to read the tea leaves of the Constitution and extract imputed rights out of it that include the ...
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How close does the Texas law that bars most abortions after six weeks come to saying 'Defendants can't assert constitutionally protected rights?'

In the CNN video Toobin: This is the most important question a justice asked CNN Chief Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin shares his thoughts on the Supreme Court justices' questions as they hear oral ...
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Why is avoidance of judicial review of the Texas abortion law and other future US state laws so concerning to the US department of justice?

From CNN's video coverage of US Attorney General Merrick Garland announcement of its lawsuit against the state of Texas: Q: ...several GOP lawmakers who said that they will follow Texas’ lead, and I ...
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What arguments have been made to support the Texas abortion law's private enforcement provisions, beyond evading review?

Texas Senate Bill 8, which practically bars abortions in the state, has an unusual* provision whereby civil claims against abortion providers can be asserted by private plaintiffs not involved in or ...
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What was the status of Abortion Rights in 1990's Islamic State of Afghanistan?

When the Taliban previously ruled Afghanistan in the 90s, did they have a policy regarding abortion rights for women? Was abortion permitted at all, and if so under what terms?
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In general, do European right wing parties oppose abortion?

I was wondering about the abortion issue in the US which is a hot topic. Poland just banned abortion and people are protesting against it in the capital. I was wondering about whether or not this ...
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Are there anti-abortion leftist groups?

Is there such a group? Or they never could be organized outside religious groups? Is there a moral argument, deprived of religious views, well accepted for anti-abortion?
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Maximum fetal age for legal abortion in the USA?

Of all the places that permit abortion in the USA, which ones have the maximum fetal age for legal abortion? Say State A allows abortion when the age of the fetus is less than 20 weeks, and State B ...
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Why, according to the UN, "gender-biased abortion" is against human rights but "abortion in general" is not?

The UN Population Fund, in their latest report about violence against women, states: Interpretations of human rights treaties identify “gender-biased sex selection” in favour of boys as a harmful ...
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How have US pro-life groups responded to Trump's COVID-19 crisis response, given that it could permit more deaths?

I would expect US pro-life groups to simultaneously support Trump (as they're typically right-leaning), yet simultaneously strongly against his death-permissive approach to bolster the economy during ...
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Why does Singapore criminalize abortion for foreigners?

According to AWARE Singapore, foreigners can only get an abortion in Singapore if they meet certain conditions: Foreigners are only eligible for abortion in Singapore if they meet one of the ...
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What countries in the world have legalized both abortion and cannabis?

As far as I am aware, Uruguay is the only country in the Americas that has legalized both abortion and cannabis: Abortion was legalized in 2012, followed by same-sex marriage and cannabis in the ...
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Roughly what proportion of people think that abortion should be allowed, even if fetuses are persons?

There are two main ways of justifying support of abortion in relation to the potential personhood of a fetus/embryo. Between conception and birth(or some time before), fetuses/embryos are not ...
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Are there correlation/causation between abortion legalization and economic growth?

There are 4 ways to deal with abortion Criminalize Legalize Legal and Free (I've heard in Israel) Legal and free. Also mandatory for welfare recipients. I suppose the more pro-abortion a state is ...
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How do proponents of abortion bans, except for instances of sexual assault, propose to restrict access to victims of real assaults?

Many people and politicians who oppose abortion propose to ban the practice but make exceptions for cases of sexual assault. Under such a regime, anyone could claim to be sexually assaulted and thus ...
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Rationale for including incest as common abortion exception in addition to rape and health

This is a sensitive subject so let me be clear: I am not looking for opinions on abortion (good or bad). I am not looking for opinions on whether or not rape, health or incest are reasonable ...
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What is the rationale for Democrats attempting to exempt African-Americans from this Ohio abortion ban?

According to USA Today the Democratic Party attempted to pass a slew of amendments to Ohio Senate Bill 23, which would ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected. Most of them were pretty ...
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Are there serious proponents of post birth abortion? [closed]

I recently watched a podcast with Joe Rogan and Alex Jones, which is my own fault. The topic was a conspiracy theory about post-birth abortions, organ harvesting and the controversy surrounding the ...
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Why did Democrats in the Senate oppose the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (2019 S.130)?

The U.S. Senate voted in February 2019 to block the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which in the words of the bill itself would prohibit: a health care practitioner from failing to ...
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Can the Virginia State Government have a public referendum on 3rd trimester abortion? [closed]

Would a referendum on third term abortion be legal in Virginia if the only options were “yes” or “no”?
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Why isn't it a woman's choice to be a prostitute? [duplicate]

The non-legal argument in favor of abortion is that its a woman's body, therefore it should be the woman's choice. Why isn't that argument applied to prostitution? It seems to me that we as a society ...
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Why is abortion considered an individualist dilemma? [closed]

In this question: If conservatism believes in individualism, then why do conservatives often support regulation of personal decisions?, the questioner asks why right-wingers regulate "personal ...
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How can I find the name of a bill mentioned in the press?

Recently I have read a lot of news stories saying that President Trump is working on a religious freedom law which could allow doctors to refuse to do abortions or treat transgender patients. However,...
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Why would the government care about sex-selective abortions?

It is often claimed that China and India have tens of millions of women "missing" because of sex selective abortions and that apparently this is a "very large issue". But why exactly would it be a big ...
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Do feminists oppose sex-selective abortion?

It is well known that the human sex ratio (men/women) is high in India and China due to gender-based abortion and infanticide (e.g. India and China). Under certain interpretations of the word, this ...
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What's the point of banning abortions where abortion clinics are available in nearby countries? [closed]

As an example, Ireland currently bans abortions while they are fully legal in the UK. So there is nothing to stop a pregnant Irish woman from taking a plane/ferry to the UK, getting an abortion, and ...
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Are there any legal documents allowing the US government to dictate the matter of abortion?

To me, it seems the government is overstepping its bounds when it restricts women's access/right to proper abortions. Are there any legal documents stating that the government has a right to ...
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Why do pro-life people oppose punishing women who have abortions?

It seems everyone is upset with what Trump said yesterday, that there should be some form of punishment for women having abortion. It makes sense that pro-choice people are not happy about that, but ...
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What exactly did Donald Trump say about abortion?

Many news reports say that in an interview with Chris Matthews in March 2016, Donald Trump said that women who have abortions should be punished. What exactly did he say?
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Do any national US politicians exist who are pro-choice, but oppose Roe v. Wade on constitutional grounds or vise versa?

Roe v. Wade is one of the Supreme Court's more controversial decisions due to the controversial nature of abortion and the creative interpretation of the Constitution to block most regulations of ...
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Why didn't a conservative majority SCOTUS repeal Roe v. Wade before 2022?

I'm ignorant of the judicial branch, and I have a question, which I would like answered irrespective of the "pro-choice" or "pro-life" debate and focused on the workings of the ...
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