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If you were writing an essay on abortion, how could you incorporate the following quotations into your own paragraphs? Your goal is to make sure that your quotations or paraphrases are relevant to your thesis, are commented on, and are blended with your own words. (In other words, the reader should understand why you chose to incorporate this material into your own writing.)

Chemerinsky, E., & Goodwin, M. (2017). Abortion: A Woman’s private choice. Texas Law Review, 95(6), 1189-1247. Retrieved from

  1. Abortion rights in the United States are in serious jeopardy. Despite the fact that a legal abortion is medically safer than carrying a pregnancy to term in the United States, that right may soon be more illusory than real. Both before and after his 2016 election as President of the United States, Donald Trump expressed the view that Roe v. Wade should be overruled. Mr. Trump predicts that the Supreme Court will reverse itself on abortion rights, and after, states will determine women’s access to abortion; some states will ban the procedure and others may allow abortion services. (page 1189)
  2. Estimates vary, but reports suggest that about one million illegal abortions took place each year, prior to Roe v. Wade, with hundreds ending in death and numerous others requiring emergency hospital interventions. (page 1189)



Redden, M. (2017, Feb 25). Could Roe v Wade be overturned and abortion outlawed in the US? In The Guardian. Retrieved February 13, 2018 from

  1. Norma McCorvey is the real name of the woman known as “Jane Roe” in the landmark US Supreme Court case on abortion rights, Roe v Wade. The 1973 case established a right for US women to have abortions. McCorvey became the plaintiff after she met with two lawyers looking for a test case to challenge Texas’s abortion ban. That was in 1970. At the time, McCorvey was pregnant, unwed, unemployed and unable to obtain an abortion legally or otherwise. (page 30)
  2. Making it harder for women to pay for abortions also seems to have an impact. Since 1976, when Congress blocked Medicaid — insurance for those on low-income — from paying for abortions, more than a million women have been blocked from access. (page 30)


Last Updated on February 18, 2018

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