Identify what you believe is the most critical social problem related to sex and sexuality in the 21st century
Research the issue (HIV, abortion, STDs, teenage pregnancy, molestation, rape, birth control pill, preventive care, sex education, pornography, sex trafficking, etc.) to DEFINE IT.
Take a methodological look at the issue
Find three graphs/tables that depict the problem from the internet, article, government site, sexuality source/site. You can copy/paste the visual (graph/table) as long as you site the source. Then write at least 5-7 statements interpreting the visual (graph/table) and relate it to your assigned weekly readings/videos – using paraphrasing and/or quotes.
State title and source
Explain it by connecting it to reading/research materials (from the readings and online sources)

Mark Joe
Extra Credit
Professor
February 9, 2019
Methodological Look at Sex
The abortion contention is concerned about the pros and cons of purposely ending a pregnancy. Abortion is an exceptionally polarizing point for people who weigh up the ethical predicament of the practice among others. Statistical data has progressively attempted to dissect the matter and prove which side of the fence is worth standing for; tables and graphical representations alike.
Figure 1: Number of Abortions per 1,000 Women in Reproductive Age

Alesha Doan. “Opposition and Intimidation: The Abortion Wars and Strategies of Political Harassment.” 2007.
The yearly amount of legitimately actuated abortions in America multiplied somewhere between 1973 and 1979, cresting in 1990. Then, there was a moderate but consistent fall all through the 1990s. Generally, the quantity of yearly abortions diminished by seven percent in the range of 2000 through 2009, with an impermanent rise in 2002 and 2006.
Around 2011, the rate of abortion in the country fell to its lowest level since the authorization of the practice by the Supreme Court. As indicated by an examination performed by the Guttmacher Institute, long term strategies of contraception had a noteworthy effect in diminishing undesirable pregnancies. For every women who had reached or were within the age of childbirth, there were less than 17 abortions. This proved a thirteen percent fall from the values three years prior, and a marginally higher rise in the rate since the 1970s, when abortion was legalized by the Supreme Court after the Roe v. Wade landmark case. This chart demonstrates a long haul decrease in the rate of the practice. Altogether, the rate has significantly fallen from its untouched peak around 1981, which saw some “30 abortions for every 1,000 women” of childbearing age. The general amount of abortions likewise dropped thirteen percent in the year 2008 to about one million in the year 2011. Since 2013, the chart reports a fall in abortion rates.
This chart is related to the assigned reading on the grounds that despite the fact that abortion is legitimate nowadays, it can convey substantial social disgrace; occurrence of abortions might be hard to gauge in light of the fact that in medicine, they are accounted for differently as miscarriage, “instigated miscarriage, and control of a suspended monthly cycle”
Table 1: Societal attitudes towards abortion, United States
Date of poll Pro-life Pro-choice Mixed / neither Don’t know what terms mean No opinion
2016, May 4–8 46% 47% 3% 3% 2%
2015, May 6–10 44% 50% 3% 2% 1%
2014, May 8–11 46% 47% 3% 3% –
2013, May 2–7 45% 48% 3% 3% 2%
2012, May 3–6 55% 46% 4% 3% 3%
2011, May 5–8 45% 49% 3% 2% 2%
2010, March 26–28 50% 41% 4% 3% 3%
2009, November 20–22 45% 48% 2% 2% 3%
2009, May 7–10 51% 42% – 0 7%
2008, September 5–7 43% 51% 2% 1% 3%
Lydia Saad. “Plenty of Common Ground Found in Abortion Debate”. Gallup. 2011.
According to this table, in January 2013; at around the 40th commemoration of the Roe v. Wade landmark case, a greater part of Americans trusted abortion ought to be lawful in most or all cases, as per a survey by NBC News. Accordingly, roughly fifty-one percent of respondents stood against the overturning of the Supreme Court decision in 2008, which is the most astounding rate on this issue since the late twentieth century. Moreover, the same percentage of respondents called for the court decision to be overturned about a year later, signifying largely topsy-turvy opinions.
This chart is related to the assigned reading because takes note of the fact that attitudes towards this very sensitive issue are shifting. In 2010, Americans identifying as pro-life was relatively normal. However, since then, the balance has swung in the other direction. It is worth noting, according to this table of course, that there has been a relative rise in pro-choice observers.
Beyond this table, it is proposed that political polarization is probably the reason behind this new pro-choice outlook. The expressions “pro-life” and “pro-choice” don’t generally mirror a political view, but it is alluded that more Americans are beginning to hold that abortions should be left to choice in all or some cases, such as rape. Similarly, since the dawn of the decade, more Americans have become aware of the debate since the peak in 2009 of citizens who were ignorant of the terms used in the issue.
Figure 2: Enacted Abortion Restrictions by Year

Jeffrey Jones. “U.S. Abortion Attitudes Remain Closely Divided”. Gallup. 2018.
The practice of Abortion in the United States is legal in every state. It has been so since 1973, and each state has no less than one abortion clinic. However, the practice has been a polarizing one politically, and standard endeavors to confine or restrict it in some way happen regularly in many states. This graph attempts to represent the general enactment of these restrictions since 1985. Certain states such as Texas have been heavily involved in minor pro-life legislative campaigns, but the Supreme Court has consistently been relied upon to act against some large enough to create issues.
According to this chart by the Guttmacher Institute, federal and state legislative restrictions on abortion incredibly rose around the dawn of the present decade. This graph exhibits a rise in abortion legislation and a concurrent abatement in access to abortion services in the country by 1997. An index of access to abortion services and the number of restrictive legislation was made utilizing the data on gestational limitations, TRAP laws, and parental notice policies to gauge abortion in the country.
This chart is related to the assigned reading on the issue of abortion relative to juveniles. At state level, as many as 35 demand parental consent or involvement to some degree, in the form of consent or in the form of notice. In specific circumstances, the parental confinements can be abrogated by a court. Waiting periods and ultrasounds are some of the required or common legislative restrictions to this practice. These restrictive policies are commonly more evident in Southern states.

Works Cited
Doan, Alesha. Opposition and Intimidation: The Abortion Wars and Strategies of Political Harassment. University of Michigan Press. 2007. p. 57
Jones, Jeffrey. “U.S. Abortion Attitudes Remain Closely Divided”. Gallup. June 11, 2018.
Saad, Lydia. “Plenty of Common Ground Found in Abortion Debate”. Gallup. August 8, 2011.