Abortion was a polarizing issue a century ago during the progressive era, and it remains so. In fact, you may have a firm perspective on whether abortion should be legal always, in certain circumstances, or never.
Modern perspectives on abortion have been influenced by the pivotal Roe v. Wade case. In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court deemed a state’s banning of abortions unconstitutional. How did that case affect the nation and social work practice? How has it continued to inform public and private discussions about women’s rights?
For this Discussion, you examine the Roe v. Wade case and its effects.
- Explain how the landmark ruling of Roe v. Wade affected women’s right to an abortion.
- Reflect on the benefits and challenges for women talking about abortion.
- Name at least one benefit and one challenge.
- Explain how you would support a client whose perspective on abortion differs from yours.
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